Author Archives: Waller Curtis

A New FUNKIN’ Queens of the Stone Age

A New FUNKIN’ Queens of the Stone Age

If you didn’t know that Queens of the Stone Age was one of the DOPEST ROCK Bands to come to fruition in the last 20 years, now you know.  This is not so much a blog, but more of a heads up!  QOTSA are back with this one — Feeling It!!!  In search of new music two days ago, I came across this Billboard article and review.

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DIESEL FUEL CHOKES WILL’S SPACESHIP – Action Movies and African Kings

DIESEL FUEL CHOKES WILL’S SPACESHIP – Action Movies and African Kings

Holy Summer Blockbusters!  Universal’s “The Purge” will lead the box office this weekend for raking in the dough.  The film studio is riding high right now, as “Fast & Furious 6″ topped the box office last week, making it number-one two weeks in a row!  I just knew “After Earth” would take the top spot, since ‘Furious’ was released for Memorial Day Weekend… WRONG!

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FUNK MONSANTO – Some Folks Still Don’t Know

FUNK MONSANTO – Some Folks Still Don’t Know

You know there are still some folks out there who do not know about the evil that is Monsanto.  The corporate entity is probably exposed best in the film “Food Inc.”  They give people a multitude of reasons why the supermarkets to shop at are Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and your local farmer’s market.  Below is a very modest and condensed list of some of the top things EVERYONE should know and hate about Monsanto.  I snagged it from http://www.wewititla.com

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MISSING THE FUNKIEST MOMENT

MISSING THE FUNKIEST MOMENT

The FUNKIEST moment is being there, in the moment, not recording it.  I watched Oprah Winfrey’s address to Harvard University online last night.  One being able to have the opportunity to hear a person of her caliber, success and expertise in a private setting speak, is rare.  When moments like this occur, you should really be in tune and focused, not recording it.

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USHER’S FUNKY FIREWORKS ON THE HUDSON!!!

USHER’S FUNKY FIREWORKS ON THE HUDSON!!!

The news is out, this year’s 37th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will light up the sky over the Hudson River.  An event that usually takes place on the East side of NYC these days, it takes place on the West side like every five years.

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Forest Whitaker FUNKS UP “The Butler”

Forest Whitaker FUNKS UP “The Butler”

Oscar Award winning actor, producer and director Forest Whitaker has several projects on deck right now.  Soon to be seen as the lead in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” opposite Oprah Winfrey, he has current and upcoming roles in six other films.

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FUNKY NUMBER 9

FUNKY NUMBER 9

Let’s try this again… some where along the course of blogging I made an error, as the blog I anticipated would hold the first position on the eighth page of the Funkalicious Blog, ended up as the fourth one?  I don’t know, but it gives me an excuse to talk about FUNKY #9.  How can a number be FUNKY you may be thinking…

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The FUNK of The Mason Affair

The FUNK of The Mason Affair

If and when you’re in L.A. and need a dose of some FUNK, check out The Mason Affair.  These guys have been compared to the likes of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Aloe Blacc, Ozomatli, Parliament/Funkadelic and Galactic.  For me they’re a great fusion band of FUNK and Jazz, bringing flavor on their songs “All Night”, “I Can Tell You” and “Eyes On Fire.”

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A New FUNKIN’ NYC – Where’s My 8th Street At?

A New FUNKIN’ NYC – Where’s My 8th Street At?

“If I can, make it there, I’ll make it, Anywhere…”  Truer words were never spoken of all the true words there are.  The truth of that statement still exist, but THAT “New York, New York” is long gone.  As this life has afforded me nearly half a century, ‘these vagabond shoes are longing to stray’, not so much ‘through the very heart of it’, but to continue my journey around the country and the world.

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Fifteen of My Favorite FUNKY Quotes and a few words of my own

Fifteen of My Favorite FUNKY Quotes and a few words of my own

Over the years I’ve heard many words that have impressed, inspired and stuck with me.  A couple I remember hearing fondly from my mother Ronna Waller and always recycle are “Better safe than sorry” and “Be careful what you wish for.”  The first time I heard the phrase “People in hell want ice water - that don’t mean they get it,” was a brilliantly delivered line from Jessica Lange as Patsy Cline in the movie “Sweet Dreams.”  Here’s another bakers dozen…

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The FUNK of the Past is Ever Present: Words from MLK

The FUNK of the Past is Ever Present: Words from MLK

How we live, as well as history, shows that we as a people have made tremendous strides.  What’s incredible and extremely unfortunate, is that with all our “progress”, so many things are still the same.  I was watching Bill Moyer on PBS, and he sited an excerpt of a speech by Martin Luther King.  It’s uncanny how we’ve moved forward, but not nearly enough, and in some instances not at all.  

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COMIC BOOK FUNK AT THE MOVIES — The Power of Robert Downey Jr.

COMIC BOOK FUNK AT THE MOVIES — The Power of Robert Downey Jr.

“Iron Man 3″ was number-one at the box office after the weekend results were all totaled.  According to boxofficemojo.com it took in an estimated $175.3 million dollars.  This ranks it the second all-time highest grossing movie opening behind last year’s “The Avengers”, which took in $207.4 million.  The movie is also doing well overseas, and is on its way to earning well over $1 billion worldwide.

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FUNK the Stigmas in SPORTS: CONGRATS JASON COLLINS

FUNK the Stigmas in SPORTS: CONGRATS JASON COLLINS

The end of stigmas in sports overall would be a tremendous human achievement.  The reality of that actually occurring is very slim, but the courage that NBA B-Ball player Jason Collins has displayed is unprecedented.  As a result he got unprecedented support from fellow NBA players and President Barack Obama — our hats here at The Museum of UnCut Funk come off to him.  There’s not even much I can say, here’s an excerpt of the interview from the source that broke the story, Sports Illustrated…

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Paul “Robeson” The Movie: One of The FUNKIEST Men Ever

Paul “Robeson” The Movie: One of The FUNKIEST Men Ever

This past February, I used a photo of a stamp with the face of Paul Robeson as my “Profile Photo” on Facebook.  Although his name is featured on the stamp, a few folks asked me who he was.  I had just took it for granted that most people knew him or were aware.  Growing up, I can remember seeing documentaries about him and hearing his name mentioned in multiple circles.  For years, randomly in a particular setting, one might sing the words “Ol’ man river…” as a means of setting an oppressive tone for the conversation.

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The FUNK of Marshall McLuhan

The FUNK of Marshall McLuhan

I was fortunate to be turned on to the mind of Marshall McLuhan by my wife Kimberly.  A man who was able to grasp the dynamics of media and convey his thoughts to the masses, if one is able to accept the truth, the answers you discover can be enlightening.

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DON’T FUNK WITH INDIA

DON’T FUNK WITH INDIA

While on Facebook, I see an ad in the border for India.Arie’s new single “Cocoa Butter.”  I listen, love it, buy it on itunes, now I’m like what’s up with the album, or should I say CD… google, searching, what’s this?  Accusations of India.Arie lightening her skin?  This is ridiculous, absurd…

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PHILIP’S FUNKY CONSPIRACIES

PHILIP’S FUNKY CONSPIRACIES

Movies adapted from the writings of Philip Kindred Dick are always depicted through fantasy, steeped in conspiracy.  It’s the art of film encompassing what we love most about movies and why we rely on them for momentary escapism.  So far, 10 major motion pictures have been brought to life based on the writings of Philip K. Dick.  Eleven and 12 are on the way; 13 and 14 are in the wings; and other writings by the author have been sold.

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“42″ FUNKS UP THE BOX OFFICE

“42″ FUNKS UP THE BOX OFFICE

The new movie “42” based on the life and sacrifices of Jackie Robinson, is looking like it will be tops at the box office this weekend.  Based on the book by Aaron Rosenberg and written directed by Academy Award winner Brian Helgeland, it opened with $9.1m at 3,003 venues on Friday, April 12th, according to studio estimates via Box Office Mojo.

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FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!

FREE ANGELA AND ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS!

“Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” are the specific choice of words that Angela Davis insisted be used when the plight to emancipate her was in progress.  The film of the same name hits theaters today at select AMC theaters across the country.

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THE FUNKY FUNDAMENTALIST: Through the Lens of Mira Nair

THE FUNKY FUNDAMENTALIST: Through the Lens of Mira Nair

I always enjoy films from Mira Nair.  Surely one of India’s most beloved daughters, Nair’s films always pull on the heart strings while displaying aspects of imperfections in our society that transcend race and culture.  Her new film “The Reluctant Fundamentalist” appears to epitomize my aforementioned statement, depicting the life of a Pakistani in the U.S. just post 9-11.

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