A long time friend of mine sent me this video on Facebook. It’s incredible because it breaks down the root of bigotry, the dynamics of the caste system in America and it’s guiding force through media, in less than 12 minutes. Narrated by actor Matthew Cook, there’s nothing I can really add, as he puts it all into perspective.
As not only America, but the world will be zoned into Chapter 7 of “Star Wars” come this Friday, there’s plenty of Funky films to be seen. FOUR NEW FUNKY FLICKS, “STAR WARS” & THE GOLDEN GLOBES “Chi-Raq” hit theaters on December 4th. A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, it’s set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago. In a nutshell, women take stand and deny their men sex, until the killing stops.
“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.
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.
I like to drop my FUNKIEST MUSIC list of the year prior to the Grammy nominations. As the announcements are this morning, I’m always curious, to see how the academy will measure up – Yeah I said it! The eighth year for a FUNKALICIOUS Top Album list it’s varied from 10 to 25.
The Isley Brothers hit “Fight the Power” is currently featured in a new commercial for Nespresso. The spot features actors/ directors George Clooney and Danny DeVito.
I Love FUNKY hairstyles but don’t understand dirty or stinky ones. The Funkiest of all hairstyles (to me) are dreadlocks and the spiked look. One among a nation, influenced by the late great and legendary Bob Marley, I rocked dreads for years allowing them to grow to my nipples.
A couple of classics were released this past year, a few tributes, music from some that are jazz favorites and a couple of relative new-comers. Harry Connick’s new release is a little different from what is longtime fans may be used to from him. His CD “That Would Be Me” was released this month. Herb Alpert’s “Come Fly with Me,” became available last month, as well as Lizz Wright’s “Freedom & Surrender.” http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/09/17/for-the-funkin-love-of-lizz/
FUNK IS GOOD! FUNK is everything you think is Funky, and it doesn’t matter, if nobody else is Groovin’ to it – can ya dig it. FUNK is UNIVERSAL, and it’s the FUNKY string of the universe, that ties us all together. FUNK can be the stench from a dumpster, but my favorite FUNK, is the musical genre. Louis Jordan is the Troglodyte of FUNK music! “The Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, is the quintessential Pioneer of FUNK! Sly Stone, is the Godfather of FUNK and Rick James is the King of Funk-n-Roll. The collective artists of PARLIAMENT – FUNKADELIC featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, took FUNK into the stratosphere, while Kool and the Gang kept it Dirty and Down to Earth…
All true Prince friends, fans and admirers don’t believe he makes any bad music, we just like some of his albums more than others. I honestly have not heard all of his releases, in their entirety over the past several years, but his latest CD “HIT n RUN” is FUN!
Lizz Wright’s fifth album “Freedom & Surrender” drops on October 16th. A revelation in music since her first release “Salt,” I’m looking forward to the new work. Although Wright’s music ain’t FUNK, the spiritual nature of her flavor and delivery, is consistently off the FUNKIN’ CHAIN!
The “War On Drugs” has been a farce from it’s inception. Created by government as a means of appeasing citizens, the angle was to make the non-thinker believe that law enforcement, actually had a hold or some level of control on drug trafficking. Although the information I’ve compiled in this blurb is contained, it’s fairly meaty, however none of it is new and it only scratches the surface.
Andre Romelle Young, better known as Dr. Dre, has dropped his new album “Compton”. The release came like a thief in the night, with minimal promotion and fanfare, just before the movie “Straight Outta Compton” hits theaters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.