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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Coverage

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Coverage

Review all of the press coverage received to date for the Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour.

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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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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Fast Company Design

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Fast Company Design

Fat Albert, Schoolhouse Rock, The Harlem Globetrotters: with their retro animation styles, these 1970s cartoons seem dated now, but in their time, they were groundbreaking.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By Hyperallergic

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By Hyperallergic

Think of trailblazing black TV shows, and The Cosby Show immediately comes to mind. But before the Cliff Huxtable, there was Fat Albert, Bill Cosby’s beloved animated creation that became famous for his catchphrase, “Hey, hey, hey!”

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Complex Art+Design

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Complex Art+Design

The mission of the Museum Of UnCut Funk is to “preserve funky Black Cultural artifacts and history for future generations.”

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On NY1

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On NY1

Just in time for Black History Month, a new exhibition in Harlem looks at the rise of black characters on classic Saturday morning cartoons. NY1’s Roger Clark filed the following report.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In USA Today

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In USA Today

The Museum Of UnCut Funk and our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered in the Black History Month Supplement of USA Today.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Ebony.com

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered In Ebony.com

Pre-Boomerang/Cartoon Network, when there were only three major networks (CBS, NBC and ABC), part of the television ritual for kids during the 1970s was Saturday morning cartoons.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On Here And Now On ABC 7

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered On Here And Now On ABC 7

On February 2, 2014 our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition at the Schomburg Center was mentioned on the ABC 7 NY community affairs program Here and Now.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Visits The FanBros Show

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Visits The FanBros Show

The Museum Of UnCut Funk visited the FanBros Show to talk about our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition at the Schomburg Center. Kimsonian from FanBros came to our Curator’s Talk and to see the exhibition.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Release – NY

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Press Release – NY

Hey Hey Hey! New Animation-Inspired Exhibit, Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution to Open at Schomburg Center February 5th.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By NPR Code Switch

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Covered By NPR Code Switch

Our Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition National Museum Tour was recently covered by Tanya Ballard Brown for NPR’s Code Switch blog. Below is Tanya’s article, which includes her conversation with legendary animator Leo Sullivan, who worked on the Fat Albert cartoon special and series and several other 1970’s cartoons that featured positive Black characters.

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Franklin and The Peanuts

Franklin and The Peanuts

The Peanuts cartoon franchise started in the early 1950s and is one of the most famous and influential cartoon series of all time. Because Peanuts was featured primarily in comic strips in the Sunday newspaper and later in films and television specials, its target audience is family friendly, with both children and adults taking part. In 1968, which was also in the heat of the civil rights movement, a new character, Franklin, was introduced into the Sunday comic strip. Because he was Black, Franklin made history and quickly became one of the most famous Black cartoon characters of all time.

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Coloring The Color Line with Franklin

Coloring The Color Line with Franklin

Like many other venues in 1960s America, the comics page was essentially racially segregated. The diversification of the comics required the mainstream acceptance of Charles Schulz’ Peanuts and the persistent idealism of one of its readers.

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Franklin can SWIM!!!

Franklin can SWIM!!!

In the summer of 1968, Charles Schulz decided not to take the path of least resistance and introduce the world to Franklin, the first and only Black Peanuts character. 

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The Lost Comic Strips of Franklin circa 1968

The Lost Comic Strips of Franklin circa 1968

Franklin made his first Peanuts comic strip appearance on August 1, 1968 in a short run of four comic strips which lasted three days. Franklin did not reappear until October 15, 1968. Check out the lost comic strips of Franklin from Peanuts.

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The Overanalyzation of Franklin’s Thanksgiving Feast

The Overanalyzation of Franklin’s Thanksgiving Feast

Franklin, the sole Black member of the Peanuts ensemble, is sitting all by himself on one side of the table.

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The Museum Of UnCut Funk Black Animation Collection

The Museum Of UnCut Funk Black Animation Collection
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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition Toonseum Opening Night

Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Exhibition Toonseum Opening Night

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.

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Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Animation Exhibition


A Retrospective Of The First Positive Black Animation Characters To Appear In Television History

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