Tag Archives: Actress

40 YEARS OF CELEBRATING BLACK (AMERICAN) HISTORY MONTH!

40 YEARS OF CELEBRATING BLACK (AMERICAN) HISTORY MONTH!

Forty years ago this February, President Gerald Ford, was the first to recognize “Black History Month.”  This period of acknowledgement evolved from “Negro History Week,” that was created by historian Carter G. Woodson, and other prominent African-Americans.  This installment of the FUNKALICIOUS blog, is a retrospective of some American and Internatinal “Black” History accomplishments and occurrences, throughout 2015…

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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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100 YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – In Tribute to Eleanora Fagan

100 YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – In Tribute to Eleanora Fagan

April 7th, 2015 would mark the 100th birthday, of the legendary Billie Holiday!  Born on April 7th, 1915 in Philadelphia, her innovative vocal style has influenced a multitude of singers around the world, over the past century.

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“Midnight Cowboy” is a FUNKIN’ “American Horror Story”

“Midnight Cowboy” is a FUNKIN’ “American Horror Story”

Classic definition: Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind; i.e. “a classic novel” — A work of art of recognized and established value.  This is a definitely a title befitting of the FX television series “American Horror Story.”  Created and executive produced by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, who brought the TV viewing public “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck,” the show is in its fourth FUNKY season and was recently greenlit for a Funkalicious fifth.

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15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released.  This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous.  While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted.  (click on photo above for full view)

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The FUNK Beyond of LUC BESSON – “LUCY”

The FUNK Beyond of LUC BESSON – “LUCY”

At the age of 22, Luc Besson released his first short film “L’avant dernier,” (translation: Next to Last) in which he also appeared.  It starred Jean Reno, an actor that he would work with repeatedly in future films.  Besson’s new film “Lucy” starring Scarlet Johansen hits theaters across the country this week, and it’s nowhere near ‘next to last’, on Luc’s list of movies.

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Oscar Diversity: The WIN – WIN!!! A Funky Prophecy

Oscar Diversity: The WIN – WIN!!! A Funky Prophecy

Last night was a historical one for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).  Headed by Cheryl Boone Isaacs, the first African-American to hold the position, diversity was exemplary at the Oscars.  Hosted by the Fabulous Ellen DeGeneres, the list of winners and nominees was multi-cultural as well as valid, in that they made poignant statements regarding sexual; age; gender; class; and racial discrimination.  This was the best thing about the winners and nominees of this year’s ceremony.

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Paying Homage – By Not Forgetting

Paying Homage – By Not Forgetting

 

The Museum of UnCut Funk is all about celebrating the power of THE FUNK and of 1970’s Black Culture. As we continue to provide information on one of the most powerful and productive decades in Black history, we also want to pay homage those those who passed this year who were major players during this period and beyond.

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Ms. Lena

Ms. Lena

Lena Horne, whose striking beauty and magnetic sex appeal often overshadowed her talent and artistry, was remarkably candid about the underlying reason for her success: “I was unique in that I was a kind of Black that white people could accept,” she once said.

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