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HIP-HOP (Hooray) for HOLLYWOOD – RZA & Azealia Do “Coco”

HIP-HOP (Hooray) for HOLLYWOOD – RZA & Azealia Do “Coco”

Back in the day, “Krush Groove”, was the quintessential hip-hop flick.  It was released through Warner Brothers studios in 1985, one year after the success of Prince’s “Purple Rain”, and starred his then protégé and companion Sheila E.  Although rap and the culture of hip-hop, are rooted in advocating anti-establishment values and not “selling out”, ever since “Boyz N’ the Hood”, it’s been all about cashing in.

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The BB King Interview

The BB King Interview

BB King is undisputedly one of the greatest Blues musicians that has ever lived.  I got to meet and talk to him when he was promoting his album “Deuces Wild.”  The release features covers of his hits, and he’s joined by the likes of D’Angelo, Van Morrison, Tracy Chapman, Eric Clapton, Mick Hucknall, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John, Joe Cocker, Marty Stuart, the Rolling Stones, and Willie Nelson.

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Souleo’s Art at The STAX Museum

Souleo’s Art at The STAX Museum

Stax Records officially began in 1960.  A company, that evolved from Satellite Records three years prior, the Stax Museum formed in the late 90’s.  A group of community leaders, philanthropists and former Stax employees formed the Soulsville Foundation, to revitalize the area, provide mentoring and music-focused educational opportunities for neighborhood children, and open a museum to tell the Stax story.

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10 PROCLAMATIONS OPPOSED TO RESTRICTION OR OPPRESSION

10 PROCLAMATIONS OPPOSED TO RESTRICTION OR OPPRESSION

The following are 10 songs recorded over the past 80 years, that express the sentiment of not being tied down, or succumbing to the “establishment.”  For True Independence – Enjoy!

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The Bill Withers Interview

The Bill Withers Interview

Bill Withers is a living legend.  He is unquestionably, the most regular famous guy, I have had the fortune to talk to.  When Sony/ Columbia Records released a greatest hits collection of his music titled, “The Best of Bill Withers: Lean on Me” back in 2000, I had the honor of doing a phoner interview with him.

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The Real Dope on Donald (Duck) Trump

The Real Dope on Donald (Duck) Trump

Here’s the deal with Donald Trump.  All his previous announcements to run for President were publicity.  You may be saying, “no kidding,” but allow me to elaborate.

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Taraji P. Henson Talks About Being Diana Ross

Taraji P. Henson Talks About Being Diana Ross

Taraji’s “trending”… Why? Apart from Ms. Henson’s “Empire” success, she’ll soon grace the cover of W magazine, and she’s giving the flavor of “The Boss.”  The Inquisiter, People, US Weekly, Extra, Yahoo and Facebook, are all talking about her look.

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HEY! FUNKIN’ ROAD HOGS – MOVE!!!

HEY! FUNKIN’ ROAD HOGS – MOVE!!!

The following, are 10 examples of the proverbial “Road Hog,” that can make for unpleasantness on any given day.

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The FUNKY Blatant Black Ignorance of Rachel Dolezal & Interviews

The FUNKY Blatant Black Ignorance of Rachel Dolezal & Interviews

This is a follow-up to my initial thoughts on the actions of Rachel Dolezal.  In lieu of her Fakin’ the FUNK, I simply want to display her false reality, accompanied by reactions to her delusion.

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NO MORE FUNKIN’ WAR

NO MORE FUNKIN’ WAR

As long as I’ve been alive there’s been war.  Taken from npr.org: “The U.S. is going to deploy more military trainers to Iraq. President Obama has approved sending 450 more Americans in the effort to take back Anbar province from the self-proclaimed Islamic State.  That’s the largely Sunni region which stretches west from Baghdad to the border with Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.  Iraqi government forces have done poorly against ISIS.”

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SHEEFY: NEW FUNKIN’ TALENT FROM DETROIT

SHEEFY: NEW FUNKIN’ TALENT FROM DETROIT

Every so often a new talent comes along with a means of expression that surpasses the average that currently exist.  Up and coming artist, Tashif “Sheefy” Turner, fits that description.  Straight outta Detroit, here’s a taste, that will forever reign as a mark of his beginnings…

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NAACP Prez Rachel Dolezal Believes She’s a Black Woman

NAACP Prez Rachel Dolezal Believes She’s a Black Woman

After years of oppression and discrimination that black people have endured, a white woman has benefited from these atrocities.  Born and raised as a white person, Rachel Dolezal who’s the President of the NAACP chapter in Spokane, Washington, appears to genuinely believe she’s actually a black woman.

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20 YEARS for the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – BLACK MUSIC MONTH?

20 YEARS for the ESSENCE MUSIC FESTIVAL – BLACK MUSIC MONTH?

This year marks the 20th year for the Essence Music Festival!!!  An INCREDIBLE FUNKIN’ event, it started out as a celebration, for Essence magazine’s 25th anniversary.  After the first year, it was clear, at the very least another was required.

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UBER’S FUNKY RECRUITING

UBER’S FUNKY RECRUITING

UBER has been consistently growing city to city and around the world since its inception in 2009.  Today I saw a sign as I was on my way to the supermarket, where they were offering “Free Gas,” for their drivers and as a means of recruiting new drivers.

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KEVIN HART’S FIFTH FUNKY TOUR!

KEVIN HART’S FIFTH FUNKY TOUR!

“What Now?” is Kevin Hart’s fifth major LIVE stand-up outing.  I had the fortune to attend the second set on his stop in Boston last night at TD Garden — he killed it.  I LOVE comedy shows!  Over the years I’ve seen Paul Mooney, Eddie Murphy, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, each of them two or more times.

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THE UNIVERSAL HIP-HOP MUSEUM

THE UNIVERSAL HIP-HOP MUSEUM

The Museum of UnCut Funk (TMOUF) supports The Universal Hip-Hop Museum (UHHM), as it seeks to open the doors of an actual facility, in the Bronx this September.  Like TMOUF, UHHM, currently lives and operates online.

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The FUNK and Recovery of Tracy Morgan

The FUNK and Recovery of Tracy Morgan

On Saturday, June 7th of 2014, Tracy Morgan’s limo bus was pulverized by a Walmart tractor trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike, as it was in route to New York after a performance in Delaware.  Morgan’s friend and comedy writer, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, was killed in the accident.  Morgan himself experienced brain trauma, a broken leg and broken ribs, from the tragic occurrence.

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THE BROTHERS DOZEN & A SISTA – 13 Successful Black Directors

THE BROTHERS DOZEN & A SISTA – 13 Successful Black Directors

Saw a story on Atlanta Blackstar’s website about black film directors.  A good overview of these mavericks, I wanted to share and archive it, here in the Funkalicious blog…

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BROTHERS LOUIS JOHNSON & BB KING – The Art of FUNK & BLUES

BROTHERS LOUIS JOHNSON & BB KING – The Art of FUNK & BLUES

Louis Johnson, of the Brother’s Johnson discovered by Quincy Jones, passed away on May 21st.  Truly one I was blessed to have met, and got to interview about his life and music, he was unquestionably one of the FUNKIEST to ever hold a bass guitar.

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M is for Malcolm – Born 90 Years Ago Today

M is for Malcolm – Born 90 Years Ago Today

Many of the lessons Malcolm X taught, were for the benefit of all Men then, as well as today.  A Man that was Marveled, and yet MisunderstoodMalcolm Little was the son of parents Earl and Louise Little.  He Married Betty Shabazz in 1958, and is the father to Qubilah, Ilyasah, Attallah, Malikah, Gamilah Lumumba, and Malaak.

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