Tag Archives: Don Cornelius

10 PROCLAMATIONS OPPOSED TO RESTRICTION OR OPPRESSION

10 PROCLAMATIONS OPPOSED TO RESTRICTION OR OPPRESSION

The following are 10 songs recorded over the past 80 years, that express the sentiment of not being tied down, or succumbing to the “establishment.”  For True Independence – Enjoy!

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Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 Do$$ars – Part VI: GAP Band vs. Commodores

Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 Do$$ars – Part VI: GAP Band vs. Commodores

Charlie Wilson is without a doubt one of the best return to music stories in R&B.  I won’t call it a comeback, cause he’s been here for years, with one of the FUNKIEST bands in the ‘80s – The GAP Band.  Lionel Richie was down with the Commodores before his solo success, and today they both have songs, backing major brands.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By Soul Train

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By Soul Train

The Museum Of UnCut Funk is honored to have had the opportunity to speak with LaShawn Williams from Soul Train.com about our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition traveling to the DuSable Museum in Chicago.

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Funky Turns 40: Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Leo Sullivan

Funky Turns 40: Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Leo Sullivan

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Leo Sullivan, one of the pioneering Black animators who helped lead the revolution of positive Black animated characters during the 1970’s. I interviewed Leo for close to an hour, spoke to him after the interview for a little longer. He was gracious, humorous and introspective. His bio and interview are below. It was an honor to speak to this Animation Legend.

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Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Robert Schnakenberg

Sista ToFunky’s Interview With Robert Schnakenberg

I recently had the opportunity to interview Robert Schnakenberg and discuss his Spoof Comic books Soul Trek Volumes 1 and 2.

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Earvin “Magic” Johnson Buys ‘Soul Train’ Rights

Earvin “Magic” Johnson Buys ‘Soul Train’ Rights

According to the NY Post, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and his business partners have bought the rights to the Soul Train franchise for “several million dollars,” and are planning an upcoming musical based on the life of Don Cornelius.

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THE FUNK OF BLACK TELEVISION

THE FUNK OF BLACK TELEVISION

Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Sean “P-Diddy” Combs have entered in to the world of television.  My initial reaction was “Great”, but we’ve been here before.  Don’t get me wrong I’m happy, ecstatic, overjoyed that two of our most successful moguls in entertainment are about to grow their existing respective empires – good for them.  However, we’ve had such a poor showing on a very short list of accomplishments thus far with Black Television.

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WHITNEY HOUSTON DEAD AT 48

WHITNEY HOUSTON DEAD AT 48

 

Whitney Houston was pronounced dead today at 3:43 pm Pacific time.  She was found at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel, where she presently remains as her cause of death is under investigation with the Beverly Hills Police department.  “I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney’s passing.  She was a true original and a talent beyond compare, I will miss her terribly.”  Quincy Jones…  Houston was a native of Newark, NJ. The daughter of Cissy Houston, a cousin to Dione Warwick and the God-daughter of Aretha Franklin, she was destined to be one of the best in music.

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The FUNKIN’ DON of SOUL TV – Don Cornelius, Dead at 75

The FUNKIN’ DON of SOUL TV – Don Cornelius, Dead at 75

My mouth literally gaped open just now when I read the headline that television icon Don Cornelius was dead.  It then opened wider when I read that he had shot himself!!!  “Soul Train” hit the air in 1970 in Chicago, going national in 1971, I was eight.  It was uplifting programming, seeing people of color dancing and enjoying themselves while some of the greatest talent in music performed.

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Soul Train – Celebrating Don Cornelius And 40 Years of The Hippest Trip in America

Soul Train – Celebrating Don Cornelius And 40 Years of The Hippest Trip in America

It was the little show that could. Beginning its ride as a local dance show on Chicago’s WCIU-TV, “Soul Train” chugged its way to Los Angeles and into pop culture history. The syndicated franchise’s impact is chronicled in the 40th-anniversary tribute “Soul Train: The Hippest Trip in America.”

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