Celebrating the 40th anniversaries of Blaxploitation films and films that starred Black actors during the Blaxploitation film genre. These films were released from January 1 – December 31, 1970 during the “Greatest Decade Ever” in Black cinematic history. Most of these movie posters are in the collection of The Museum Of UnCut Funk, except Ghetto Freaks and The McMasters.
Where’s Huddles? is a Hanna-Barbera animated television program which premiered on CBS on July 1, 1970 and ran for ten episodes as a prime-time summer replacement show for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour until September 2, 1970. Repeats were shown on the network’s Sunday afternoon schedule in the summer of 1971. It was the first prime time animated series to debut since The Flintstones went off the air in 1966.
We celebrate the 84th birthday and the official holiday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by presenting some of his famous speeches and interviews. While we remember the man, let’s also reflect upon his words. You can also read the text and hear King’s delivery of his famous “I Have A Dream” speech here.
I learned something new about the Blaxploitation movement, that in addition to the NAACP, the Black Panthers at some point also started to protest this genre of film. Seems like they had more of a love / hate relationship with Blaxploitation.
Free Angela And Other Political Prisoners is a new documentary produced by Shola Lynch that premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in September. Lynch is best known for her 2005 documentary Chisholm ’72: Unbought and Unbossed, on Shirley Chisholm’s historic 1972 Presidential run, which won a peabody award in 2006.
Widely recognized as the impresario of Black arts and culture, Ellis B. Haizlip devoted a lifetime of artistic excellence to the communication of Black perspectives through stage and television productions. His mission, in his own words, was “to sensitize and involve the total community in the lifestyle and rhythm” of Black Americans.
Bebe’s Kids is the first animated feature to feature an entirely Black main cast. The film is based upon comedian Robin Harris’ “Bébé’s Kids” stand-up comedy act. Bebe’s Kids is the second animated cartoon featuring Black characters to be based on a stand-up routine, following in the footsteps of Fat Albert, which was based upon Bill Cosby’s Buck Buck routine. Bebe’s Kids was released in 1992. The film was directed by Bruce W. Smith and produced by Reginald Hudlin.
The list of Black female Grand Slam tennis champions is a very short one. So is the list of Black female Olympic tennis champions. Among this very select group of Black female athletes is Althea Gibson and the Williams Sisters. Althea Gibson paved the way for all Blacks in tennis to follow. Venus and Serena have literally picked up the ball and crushed it.
File this one under interesting…Michael Johnson, 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the 200m and 400m traces his roots to answer whether Olympic dominance by African American and Caribbean sprinters is a by product of Slavery. The documentary that explores this question was broadcast recently on Channel 4 in the UK.
A few months ago, ESPN aired a documentary directed by Nelson George called The Announcement. I just had an opportunity to watch this. If you missed it, this is highly recommended viewing for basketball fans, students of sports history and most importantly Magic fans.
Here is the official music video for Celebrate, Whitney’s last song recorded for the soundtrack of the upcoming remake of Sparkle.
As the Curator of The Museum Of UnCut Funk I have had an opportunity to meet some of my sheroes and heroes from the 1970′s. I hope to get to meet many more and continue to add to my photo album.
I have been meaning to post the trailer for Whitney’s movie Sparkle, along with the poster. I was a little slow on this. So when Whitney’s last song Celebrate, recorded for the movie soundtrack, was released earlier today, I decided to post everything at once. I have also included a couple of interviews on the film. ENJOY!!!
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.