Since Whitney Houston’s passing, there have been photos circulating of her engaging in activity the night before. This evening being the precursor if you will to Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy bash, of which Whitney was sure to grace with her presence. A gala attended by many, it’s invitation only, and always well attended. The party still went on last night, Davis was quoted saying “She loved music and loved this night that celebrated music… Whitney would have asked that the music go on,” and so it did. The annual gathering began with a performance by Tony Bennett, followed by Diana Krall, Diddy and Alicia Keys, who dedicated her song “No One” to Houston. Some photos of Houston and Davis from previous years…
The death of Whitney Houston at the age of 48 is a deep loss for the music world. But it also has reverberations in another artistic realm–the movies.
2012 Toonseum Exhibition
The Museum Of UnCut Funk successfully completed it’s first showing of Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution at the ToonSeum in Pittsburgh, Pa. They have a beautiful space and we were very excited to have worked with them to kick off this historically important traveling exhibition.
It’s been almost a year since my blog entry on the rivalry between Nicki Minaj and Lil’ Kim. Just when you thought it was over, Nicki’s back with a new track called “Stupid Hoe.”
In a time of debt ceiling debates, federal budget cuts and the possible reduction in US military spending, I thought it would be befitting to highlight some of the koolest military / war related comic books I could find, many of which are archived in the collection of The Museum of UnCut Funk. As I continue to research military comics and their portrayal of Blacks and other minorities, The Museum of Uncut Funk has created an online exhibition of the comic books presented in this blog.
The history of the cinema is dotted with “a-star-is-born” films: James Cagney in “Public Enemy,” Boris Karloff in “Frankenstein,” Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky,” Robert De Niro in “Mean Streets.” But for Pam Grier, her star-making film is less auspicious.
One of the most charismatic action stars, Fred is known for coming at you hard in-your-face action. True to his image, you can find him presently doing exactly that in Down ‘N Dirty, his second in a series of films in which he stars as street-wise Dakota ‘Dak’ Smith (first starred as “Dak’ in Night Vision – which he received the Dallas Forth-Worth Film Critics Assoc. Award).
Our Friend, Martin is a 1999 animated children’s educational film about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the American civil rights movement.
One of the signature accomplishments of President Obama’s first term was the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Of the provisions in this bill, fought for from day one by the Obama administration was the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
It has been a while since we last checked in on the maybe/maybe not biopic about the life of fallen Supreme Florence Ballard, but film blog Shadow and Act spotted something curious on the flick’s IMDB profile.
Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids the animated series was created, produced, and hosted by comedian Bill Cosby, who also lent his voice to a number of characters, including Fat Albert himself. Filmation was the production company for the series. The show premiered on September 9, 1972 and ran until 1985. The show, based on Bill Cosby’s remembrances of his childhood gang, focused on the lovable, oversized Albert, with his signature rumbling exclamation “Hey hey hey!”, and his friends.