Curator’s Notes

  The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing The Promise

The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington: Picturing The Promise

Addison Scurlock and his sons spent much of the twentieth century photographing leaders, lumniaries, and local Washingtonians. From the original Scurlock Studio on U Street to the Custom Craft Studio and the Capitol School of Photography, the Scurlocks’ imagery was viewed and shared by thousands of people.

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  More Motown: The Musical

More Motown: The Musical

Chrysler just released their new commercial featuring Berry Gordy riding in their new Motown 300C. This spot is supposed to air during the Super Bowl. It is nice to see Gordy and Motown get the accolades they deserve. Give them their flowers while they are here…

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  Free Angela And Other Political Prisoners

Free Angela And Other Political Prisoners

Free Angela And Other Political Prisoners is a new documentary produced by Shola Lynch that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. Lynch is best known for her 2005 documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed, on Shirley Chisholm’s historic 1972 Presidential run, which won a peabody award in 2006.

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  Sistas: The Musical

Sistas: The Musical

Sistas: The Musical had my head bouncing, my toes tapping and my off key voice singing (to myself, of course). This off Broadway production is a hidden jewel and a musical delight.

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  Sista ToFunky Is The New Chair Of The Glyph Comic Awards Committee!!!

Sista ToFunky Is The New Chair Of The Glyph Comic Awards Committee!!!

I am extremely honored to have recently been named as the new chairperson of The Glyph Comics Awards Committee (GCA). I would like to thank Rich Watson, the original chair and founder of GCA as well as the East Coast Black Age of Comics Convention (ECBACC) for this amazing opportunity. I am looking forward to working with this prestigious award program and the ECBACC.

Sista ToFunky

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  Social Media and The 2012 Election

Social Media and The 2012 Election

What role will social media play in this election cycle? The graph below provides a wealth of information on soical media and how it could effect this election. This information is provided by and reprinted with the permission of Open Site.

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  Nile Rodgers Musical And Documentary

Nile Rodgers Musical And Documentary

Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers is working on a new Broadway musical based on his life story. The musician is writing a stage show based on his book, Le Freak: An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco, and Destiny, and he is hoping to launch the project in New York.

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  Aretha The Movie?

Aretha The Movie?

The Queen of Soul is currently working with Taylor Hackford, the producer of Ray, on a biopic of her life.

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  Why Hate On PBS?

Why Hate On PBS?

I have to ask, what did PBS ever do to you? What is up with the all out assault on teachers, on science, on the arts, on intelligence, on Bird Bird, on common sense? Why take your hatred out on a bunch of defenseless puppets and pre-schoolers? Just how dumb does this country have to get? I have covered Sesame Street, The Electric Company and Zoom in my Funky Stuff blog, three of my favorite childhood shows, so I am definitely not objective when it comes to PBS. I am at a loss…

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  Keep Your Hands Off Big Bird!!!

Keep Your Hands Off Big Bird!!!

As has been stated in another post on this site, I love Sesame Street (See The Soul Of Sesame Street). It is one of my favorite shows from my childhood. So as you can imagine, I am vehemently opposed to cutting funding for PBS, for Sesame Street or any of the other educational and cultural programs that they produce.

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  Celebrating 75 Years Of Their Eyes Were Watching God

Celebrating 75 Years Of Their Eyes Were Watching God

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the original publication and to herald its place as a seminal work in the American literary tradition, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR presented a multiplatform exploration of the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.

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  The 30th Anniversary Of The Color Purple

The 30th Anniversary Of The Color Purple

It’s hard to fathom that The Color Purple is 30 years old already. I read the book in my Black literature class in college. I have watched the movie so many times that I can recite all of the lines by heart…like many Black women can and do every time. I saw the broadway play three times. I can’t think of another piece of work that has made me cry, over and over again, across multiple formats. Here are some comments from Alice Walker on the 30th anniversary of The Color Purple.

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  Motown: The Musical Star Studded Broadway Preview

Motown: The Musical Star Studded Broadway Preview

Berry Gordy and some of his most famous musical proteges hit the great white way Thursday night for a star studded preview of the new broadway production based on his life story. A crowd of 1200 people were treated to a 90 minute preview of the show that opens on April 14, 2013 at the Lunt Fontaine Theater. Previews begin March 11, 2013.

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  Funky New Music

Funky New Music

Now I don’t typically write about music at the museum, but there are some artists that I just love and I get really excited when they release new music. So I had to put this info out to the people! There seems to be a lot going on in what I would call the “real” music category right now…

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  Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp Documentary

Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp Documentary

Ice-T and director Jorge Hinojosa have collaborated to produce Iceberg Slim: Portrait Of A Pimp, a documentary on Iceberg Slim that recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.

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  Mickalene Thomas: Can You Dig It???

Mickalene Thomas: Can You Dig It???

Can You Dig It? You know I can.

The Brooklyn Museum First Saturdays presents “CAN YOU DIG IT?” 1970’s Soul Experience honoring the Mickalene Thomas Exhibit “Origin Of The Universe”.

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  Blackball: Illuminating Negro Leagues Baseball

Blackball: Illuminating Negro Leagues Baseball

BLACKBALL: Illuminating Negro Leagues Baseball
August 27 – October 4, 2012
Reception: Thursday, September 13, 2012 | 5:30 – 7:30pm

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  Fall Short List

Fall Short List

Now that summer is over, I’ve given some thought to my short list of fall adventures. I will be heading north to one of my favorite spots on the eastern seaboard, Captain Scott’s Lobster Dock in New London, Connecticut. I traveled the Connecticut coast line last summer. I must say that Connecticut has some of the best public and private beaches around. The water is beautiful and clean and the seafood is exceptional. Captain Scott’s is worth the 3 hour drive coming and going.

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  When We Were Kings On Broadway?

When We Were Kings On Broadway?

According to Variety, Producer David Sonenberg has begun work on a musical version of “When We Were Kings,” the Oscar-winning 1996 documentary about the Rumble in the Jungle, the legendary 1974 heavyweight title bout in Zaire between George Foreman and Muhammad Ali. Sonenberg produced the documentary.

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  Motown: The Musical

Motown: The Musical

UPDATE: Motown: The Musical will hit Broadway on on April 14, 2013 at the Lunt Fontaine Theatre (205 West 46 Street). Preview performances will begin March 11, 2013. The cast has been set. Tickets will go on sale October 1st.

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