Tag Archives: Motown

80 EMPIRE “FALLING” for ANDREA are “SO SMOOTH” w/ BONE CRUSHER

80 EMPIRE “FALLING” for ANDREA are “SO SMOOTH” w/ BONE CRUSHER

80 Empire a.k.a. The Rezza Brothers and Andrea Godin are all from Canada, but their favorite music, was made in the lower half of North America.  The production duo and rising pop star got together and revamped Godin’s song “Falling.”

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Funk Ad(d)s Up To Dollars – Part 9: All About The Isleys

Funk Ad(d)s Up To Dollars – Part 9: All About The Isleys

I just featured The Isley Brothers in this series in “Part Seven” http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/11/16/funk-add-up-to-dollar-pt-even/  It seems like I blinked and here comes that sound… of FUNK, again.  Phillips Norelco uses the group’s hit “It’s Your Thing,” to accent a man’s shaving prowess, which results in his face being fresher than that of his lady… http://www.ispot.tv/ad/Aw_Y/philips-norelco-getting-ready 

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Taraji P. Henson Talks About Being Diana Ross

Taraji P. Henson Talks About Being Diana Ross

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.

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100 YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – In Tribute to Eleanora Fagan

100 YEARS OF BILLIE HOLIDAY – In Tribute to Eleanora Fagan

April 7th, 2015 would mark the 100th birthday, of the legendary Billie Holiday!  Born on April 7th, 1915 in Philadelphia, her innovative vocal style has influenced a multitude of singers around the world, over the past century.

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FOUR SEASONS OF FUNK – JAMES, RICK, GEORGE & BOOTSY

FOUR SEASONS OF FUNK – JAMES, RICK, GEORGE & BOOTSY

James Brown’s biopic “Get On Up” hits theaters today.  In the spirit of FUNK, I wanted to share an interview I did with him for those who might want to hear the actual voice, of “The Godfather of Soul.”  Then I figured, why not include three other masters, of the FUNK genre.  Having the honor to speak with these men were not only a highlight of my career in music, but in life, as they provided the soundtrack to it (click on photo above for full view).

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15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

15 FUNKY MUSIC BIOPICS – honorable mentions, dream ‘pics & conflicts

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)

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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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CHAKA KHAN WAY — A CHI-TOWN CELEBRATION

CHAKA KHAN WAY — A CHI-TOWN CELEBRATION

The City of Chicago honored ten-time Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan this past weekend by naming a street after her.  A ceremony took place on Saturday, July 27th, christening “Chaka Khan Way”, and Sunday, July 28th, has now been declared “Chaka Khan Day” in Chicago, which is the FUNKY singer’s hometown.  Born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953, Chaka made her presence known during the 1970s.

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FUNKY NUMBER 9

FUNKY NUMBER 9

Let’s try this again… some where along the course of blogging I made an error, as the blog I anticipated would hold the first position on the eighth page of the Funkalicious Blog, ended up as the fourth one?  I don’t know, but it gives me an excuse to talk about FUNKY #9.  How can a number be FUNKY you may be thinking…

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Latest Remakes: Ironside, The Enforcer, Good Times, The Last Dragon

Latest Remakes: Ironside, The Enforcer, Good Times, The Last Dragon

Raymond Burr was THE Robert Ironside. I loved that show. It remains to be seen if this role can be resurrected in an interesting way. But I must admit that I am intrigued by Blair Underwood taking it on.

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