For The Love Of Money: Blacks On U.S. Currency Exhibition At The Museum Of American Finance – Press Conference – February 22, 2016
Born in 1937, actor Morgan Freeman has been featured in more films and appeared on more television shows, than the years he’s been alive. His first acting job in film was as an extra in “The Pawnbroker” released in 1964. The actor has taken on 101 acting gigs thus far.
As exemplified in an episode of Kevin Hart’s new series the “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” Richard Pryor is the all time “King of Comedy.” Hart has a poster sized photograph of Pryor on his living room wall in the BET show.
Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z are the producers for the films “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” and “Annie.” This marks Jay-Z’s company’s first two efforts in film. In addition to starring in movies like “Independence Day”, “Enemy of the State”, “Wild Wild West”, “Ali”, “I Am Legend” and the franchise projects “Men in Black”; “Bad Boys”; “Hancock” and “I-Robot”…
The 1954 Supreme Court case known as Brown versus Board of Education of Topeka (Kansas) actually included five cases from five different states, but all the cases related to the issue of ending racial segregation in public schools. The Commemorative Bronze Medal commemorating this seminal case is in the collection of the Museum Of UnCut Funk.
The Tuskegee Airmen Commemorative Bronze Medal has been added to the Museum Of UnCut Funk Coin and Medals collection.
Here are two of the latest stamps to be released in 2013 by the USPS that represent the history of Black America.
A couple of months ago, the crew from the Collector’s Quest website became the first people to actually visit the offices of The Museum Of UnCut Funk, interview me and see our collection.
On June 11, 2012 the curator of The Museum Of UnCut Funk was interviewed by Skip Funktologist from Jammin KZKO The Vibe internet radio in Denver. We discussed the museum, the collection and more. Check it out.
Over the Memorial day weekend, the curators of The Museum Of UnCut Funk were interviewed by Kim Kane, radio personality for Power 105.1 radio in NY. Kim is also the host of the community affairs program Power On The Block. We discuss the museum collection, our Black animation touring exhibition and other initiatives that we are working on. Check it out.
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.
I started collecting movie posters from Blaxploitation and all Black films from the 1970‘s because I love these films. I also love the illustrated artwork that was used to create these posters. Poster illustration has become a lost art form, as today’s posters utilize photography.
East Germany Digs Blaxploitation!
Many U.S. movies from the 1930’s and 1940’s arrived in East German theaters for the first time after 1947. During the Blaxploitation film explosion of the 1970‘s, movies took 2 to 3 years on average after the U.S. release to make it into East German theaters.
France Digs Blaxploitation!
The arrival of American sound films at first created panic among the European countries who immediately resisted the influx of US films. The French public didn’t accept films in other languages, the film industry tried to ignore them and the government strengthened censorship and tariff laws and stopped ‘talkies’ from being shown in France for a period of time.
Italy Digs Blaxploitation!
The first presentation of film in Italy was in February of 1896 by Vittorio Calcina at the Ospedale di Carita in Turin. Blaxploitation Films made their debut in Italy during the mid 1970’s. As with most international releases of American films, each film would screen a few years after the American release.
Japan Digs Blaxploitation!
The Japanese have always had a fondness for Black culture. Blaxploitation films were a huge hit in Japan and have continued to be, so much so, that one of the largest collections of Blaxploitation memorabilia is owned by a Japanese man. He has catalogued his collection in a book called The Soul of Black Movie!