Some Must See’s for me this year ranging from horror, to reality to fantasy, I’m just dropping trailers of those that apply…
Forty years ago this February, President Gerald Ford, was the first to recognize “Black History Month.” This period of acknowledgement evolved from “Negro History Week,” that was created by historian Carter G. Woodson, and other prominent African-Americans. This installment of the FUNKALICIOUS blog, is a retrospective of some American and Internatinal “Black” History accomplishments and occurrences, throughout 2015…
As music fans, lovers and aficionados are perched and waiting for “Get On Up” and “Jimi: All Is by My Side,” one can’t help but think of musical biopics that have been previously released. This blog was prompted and inspired by a chat with, and query from my wife, as to how many films of this nature have been done — there are numerous. While many are excited for the lives of James Brown and Jimi Hendrix to grace the silver screen, the lives of other music icons have been brilliantly depicted. (click on photo above for full view)
In light of the not guilty verdict for the accused in the case of Treyvon Martin, Stevie Wonder announced recently that he will no longer perform in Florida. During the midst of a show in Canada, he expressed not only won’t he do that state, he added he will not do concerts any where in the world that upholds the “Stand Your Ground” law.
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.
I’m a big Quentin Tarantino fan and have been for years. Why? Because he loves Blaxploitation, he gets it and like the Museum Of UnCut Funk he pays homage to it…through his films. I saw Django Unchained and I loved it. It was a funny, brutal love story that happened to have slavery as a back drop. I haven’t seen the original but I plan to.
“Django Unchained” is everything a Quentin Tarantino fan expects it to be — Don’t miss it. It stars Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, Samuel L. Jackson and Christopher Waltz.
This film is the story of a cultural legend as told by the innovators of an important, and in some cases overlooked, era in Black culture. Spanning the late 1980′s through to the early 2000′s, this story goes deep into the fabric of soul music, it’s definitions, it’s pioneers, it’s offspring, it’s movements, the challenges with the “mainstream” industry and the evolution of the FunkJazz Kafé, a music and arts movement born of Atlanta’s diverse musical heritage.
It’s official, Andre 3000 of OutKast, real name Andre Benjamin has been cast to portray Jimi Hendrix in the biopic “All Is By My Side.” Benjamin’s name was mentioned a few years ago about taking on the role, but rumors died after about a month or so. “All Is By My Side” will be set in the 1960s just before the release of Jimi’s debut album “Are You Experienced.”
The nominees are in… this past Tuesday the annual Oscar nominations were announced. A lover of movies, I was always impressed by a show that honored the best of the best in film as a youth.
The feature-length documentary On the Shoulders of Giants honors a group of sports pioneers who have been all but forgotten to time, and it celebrates the legacy of a magical game – and the shoulders that today’s players stand on.
This Friday marks the release of Jamie Foxx’s executive produced music documentary titled ‘Thunder Soul.’ The docu-pic follows the alumni from Houston’s acclaimed 1970’s Kashmere High School Stage Band as they regroup 35 years later for a tribute concert in honor of their band leader, Conrad “Prof” Johnson.
Multi-Grammy winning producer, composer and arranger Quincy Jones will release his 37th album, “Q:Soul Bossa Nostra,” on Interscope Records on November 9th. The album features a who’s who of today’s hottest Pop, R&B and Hip-Hop artists and producers who have recorded contemporary versions of popular songs from Jones’ massive catalog.