Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and a New York Times best-selling author who has written seven books, including Black Profiles in Courage; A Season on the Reservation; Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes; On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance; and What Color is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors. He is also an avid collector. Here is his story.
The 1954 Supreme Court case known as Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka (Kansas) actually included five cases from five different states, but all the cases related to the issue of ending racial segregation in public schools. The Commemorative Bronze Medal commemorating this seminal case is in the collection of the Museum Of UnCut Funk.
I learned something new about the Blaxploitation movement, that in addition to the NAACP, the Black Panthers at some point also started to protest this genre of film. Seems like they had more of a love / hate relationship with Blaxploitation.
In honor of the 2012 Halloween season that wasn’t, due to Hurricane Sandy, the Museum of UnCut Funk has selected some Blaxploitation Horror flix trailers for your viewing pleasure. I will admit some of these movies and trailers are hard to watch. None the less, they are true Blaxploitation classics.
I saw Leonardo’s art after we friended each other on facebook. I immediately connected to his images and I was reminded of my days studying abroad in Senegal, West Africa. I spent a lot of time at the artist village and watched the Senegalese craftsman dye fabrics and create beautiful works of art. I asked Leonardo if he’d like in share his work with our visitors and I’m happy he did.
Bebe’s Kids is the first animated feature to feature an entirely Black main cast. The film is based upon comedian Robin Harris’ “Bébé’s Kids” stand-up comedy act. Bebe’s Kids is the second animated cartoon featuring Black characters to be based on a stand-up routine, following in the footsteps of Fat Albert, which was based upon Bill Cosby’s Buck Buck routine. Bebe’s Kids was released in 1992. The film was directed by Bruce W. Smith and produced by Reginald Hudlin.
The U.S. of Archie was a Saturday morning cartoon show that aired on CBS from September 7, 1974 to September, 1976. A spinoff of the popular Archie comic books and television show, it featured Archie, Jughead, and the other Riverdale High student regulars re-enacting famous scenes throughout American history, taking full advantage of the Bicentennial in the months leading up to it. Chuck Clayton, the Black male character in the Archies gang, also appeared in this series. Chuck was the first Black male character to appear in Archie comics and the first Black male character to appear as a member of the Archie’s gang in a Saturday morning cartoon series
Flip Wilson, also known as Clerow Wilson, was one of the funniest Black comedians of the 1970’s. He was the master of a million characters, some of the most endearing being Geraldine Jones and Reverend LeRoy from the Church Of What’s Happening Now. He took all of his famous characters from his stand up routine and his TV show and incorporated them into two prime time cartoon specials, Clerow Wilson and the Miracle of PS 14 (1972) and Clerow’s Great Escape (1974). Both 30 minute specials aired on NBC.
Spidey Super Stories was a live-action, recurring skit on the PBS children’s television series The Electric Company. Episodes featured the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, provided to the Children’s Television Workshop free of charge. Spider-Man was played (always in costume) by puppeteer and dancer Danny Seagren. Spidey Super Stories premiered during The Electric Company’s fourth season (1974 – 1975).
The Street Where You Live … And What You Can Do To Improve It! is another NAACP comic book that was published in the 1960’s. The focus of this comic book was to stress the importance of registering to vote and participating in the voting process as a means of brining about positive change in one’s neighborhood. The NAACP also published another comic book entitled Your Future Rests In Your Hands which also stressed the importance of voting.
Fat Albert & the Cosby Kids Buzzy’s Rebound is a promotional comic book that was first published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 1972, and has been reprinted several times since then. This comic deals with a young kid who learns that sports and alcohol don’t mix. Check it out below.