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…
Many of the lessons Malcolm X taught, were for the benefit of all Men then, as well as today. A Man that was Marveled, and yet Misunderstood, Malcolm Little was the son of parents Earl and Louise Little. He Married Betty Shabazz in 1958, and is the father to Qubilah, Ilyasah, Attallah, Malikah, Gamilah Lumumba, and Malaak.
This is not a review, just an announcement, the new Kendrick Lamar is here. Lamar gave hip-hop a long awaited FUNK injection with his debut release “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” in 2012. His new CD “To Pimp a Butterfly” is a Funkalicious follow-up.
“I left because I didn’t feel that Black people were going to get their due, and I still don’t.” Nina Simone 1997
Let’s reminisce a little… I’m an O.G. (older gentleman) and as I recollect, I remember the 70s being my favorite decade, and I will tell you why. The music, the club scene, the dances, and so on – and I could just go on, and on. Why this particular time, rather than some others was more enjoyable to me personally, is easy to explain.
The loss of National Treasures evokes thoughts of one’s own mortality and legacy. THEY DID THEIR WORK; THEY’VE LEFT THEIR MARKS ON THE PLANET; TOUCHED THE LIVES OF MILLIONS! How much time do we/ I have left? What will we/ I leave behind? My/ our child (ren) and/ or future children? This blog, a Facebook post? I believe those of us still here… STILL HAVE STUFF TO DO.
Spike Lee and Spike Jonze both have new films in theaters this fall. Two of today’s most innovative directors, they both have a distinctive style that sets them apart from men behind the camera of yesteryear. In addition to displaying aspects of the human condition, Jonze and Lee get to deliver it in ways Hollywood only, and never dreamed of. Before “Being John Malcovich” was released, there had never been a film quite like it. Once Lee made his way into the fray, more black people began working in the industry of film than ever before.
Betty and Coretta, the Lifetime Original Movie, premieres February 2nd and will probably run periodically throughout Black History Month. Betty and Coretta tells the dual real-life stories of Coretta Scott King and Dr. Betty Shabazz as they create an unbreakable life-long bond after their husbands’ tragic assassinations. Specifically, the movie follows them as they continue on as single mothers and keepers of their husbands legacies.
I remember rushing to my computer to order my copy of Women Of Blaxploitation the minute I learned this book had been published. I felt as if there was someone else who “got it”… about one of the greatest times in Black cinematic history and the impact that Black women had in these films.
Albert Cornelius Freeman Jr. was born March 21, 1934, in San Antonio, where he lived with his mother after she and his father, a jazz pianist, divorced. He served in the Air Force and attended Los Angeles City College before heading to New York for theater roles.
Spike Lee’s new film “Red Hook Summer” hits theaters on Friday. The latest installment from his “Chronicles of Brooklyn,” it follows previous releases “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Do The Right Thing,” “Crooklyn,” “Clockers” and “He Got Game.”
America has truly lost an icon of cultural signifigance. As a 20+ year veteran in the business of entertainment, my foundation would not exist, had it not been for him. Percy Sutton, the founder of Inner City Broadcasting – the home of New York’s first and only black-owned radio station, has passed.
This is one of the most important and significant times in Black History. To celebrate the election of a Black man as the 44th President of the United States, as well as the many achievements of Black Americans, I have selected a few of my favorite historical figures from the Museum collection to profile.