Tag Archives: Black Culture

Uncut Funk: the internet’s funkiest museum of black culture

Uncut Funk: the internet’s funkiest museum of black culture

It’s free, open 24/7 and contains a magnificent archive of African American culture ranging from afros to blaxploitation movies. Is the Museum of Uncut Funk a step ahead of the new Smithsonian?

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Remarks by the President at 2016 Black History Month Reception

Remarks by the President at 2016 Black History Month Reception

For Immediate Release
February 18, 2016
East Room
4:51 P.M. EST

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2016 State Of the Union Address – President Obama’s Last

2016 State Of the Union Address – President Obama’s Last

President Obama
Final State Of The Union Address
January 13, 2016

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“THE COLOR PURPLE” IS BACK ON BROADWAY!

“THE COLOR PURPLE” IS BACK ON BROADWAY!

“The Color Purple” opens on Broadway tomorrow night!  Starring Jennifer Hudson as “Shug Avery,” the all around female entertainer performed a segment of the show, on “The Late Show” after taking the couch with Stephen Colbert on Monday night.

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BLACK & WHITE GRAMMY FUNK!!!

BLACK & WHITE GRAMMY FUNK!!!

There are four Grammy nominees that chose black & white for their album covers that I have written about in this blog previously.  This is just a hats off and Congratulations to Alabama Shakes, Kendrick Lamar, D’Angelo and The Weeknd, on being recognized for their brand of FUNK.

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For The Love Of Money: Blacks On U.S. Currency Panel Exhibition

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A Panel Exhibition Featuring Black Icons And Historic Events On U.S. Currency

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Firsts Panel Exhibition

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Black Character Revolution Firsts – A Timeline Of The First Appearances Of Positive Black Animation Characters In Television History

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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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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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First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Tuskegee University

First Lady Michelle Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, Alabama

MRS. OBAMA:  Thank you all.  (Applause.)  Thank you so much. (Applause.)  Let’s let our graduates rest themselves.  You’ve worked hard for those seats!  (Applause.)

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President Obama Eulogy For Reverend Clementa Pinckney

President Obama Eulogy For Reverend Clementa Pinckney

President Obama Speaks On The Charleston, SC Shootings

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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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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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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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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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“It Comes in Threes” – In Memory of Percy, K2 & Johnny

“It Comes in Threes” – In Memory of Percy, K2 & Johnny

“It Comes in Threes” is a phrase you’ll hear, usually by way, of unfortunate circumstances.  Nothing could have prepared me for the recent tragic events that I’ve experienced.  Two people that I had the fortune to work with, and one that I have been inspired by, passed on within three days of each other.

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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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