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…
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.
This is a follow-up to my initial thoughts on the actions of Rachel Dolezal. In lieu of her Fakin’ the FUNK, I simply want to display her false reality, accompanied by reactions to her delusion.
Straight outta the U.K., FKA Twigs’ new album “LP1” dropped the latter part of last year. Real name Tahliah Debrett Barnett, she’s an English singer-songwriter, producer and dancer originally from Gloucestershire, that’s already become a trend setter in fashion.
Azealia Banks’ debut album, “Broke With Expensive Taste,” hit i-tunes and Spotify on November 6th. Ever since her track “212” dropped in 2011, I’ve been looking forward to a full length project. Interscope records picked her up soon after the single was released, but dropped her this past July. The label released her EP “1991” in the Spring of 2012, and her mixtape “Fantasea,” followed it two months later.
Recently my friend Gary Harris, who happens to be a former EMI A&R exec, has been criticized and bashed by several fans and other outlets on the web. One who introduced me to the music of D’Angelo back in 1992 prior to it’s release while I was at WBLS, he wrote an open letter to the artist, expressing a personal point of view.
Chadwick Boseman, the star of the movie “42” based on the life of Jackie Robinson, has taken on the role of James Brown for the biopic “Get On Up.” The film chronicles Brown’s life from poverty to his rise to mega success, as he became one of the most influential musicians in history. World renown as “The Godfather of Soul”, Brown is unequivocally “The Pioneer of FUNK.”
My impression was that Robin Thicke’s big hit “Blurred Lines” was meant to be an awesome tribute to Marvin Gaye’s 70s smash “Got To Give It Up.” Sampling and re-creating classic hits has been such a mainstay for the music industry for the past 30 years now, that I thought most people had probably stopped taken notice of it. Not Marvin Gaye III, who it appears will be taking legal action against Thicke, who initiated a lawsuit against the Gaye family.