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Oh How We Love the FUNK of Shonda Rhimes

Oh How We Love the FUNK of Shonda Rhimes

On the day after Eric Holder announces the results of the Federal Investigation on Ferguson…  Shonda Rhimes incorporates the essence of current events on “Scandal,” presenting the horror of the Michael Brown case and addressing the issue of “illegal immigrants”, via “Olivia Pope” ala Kerry Washington.

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THE FUNKIEST MUSIC OF THE 70s

THE FUNKIEST MUSIC OF THE 70s

What’s happening folks, it’s S.D., your favorite OG (older gent) here!  Reflecting on some of my favorite musical artists of the 70’s (1970-1979).  It was during these times that I personally enjoyed the natural development and maturation of some already known R&B acts.  In addition to being introduced to new musicians from the “DISCO” era.

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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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Funk Gettin Ready To Roll

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Blaxploitation Trailers And Soundtracks


Blaxploitation films had very funky trailers, featuring the latest threads and hippest jive.

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Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 $

Funk Ad(d)s Up 2 $

There’s so much Funkin’ music used in advertising. I was taken aback and thrilled recently to hear the classic Ohio Players (OP) track “Fire” as the theme music for the TV show “HELL’S KITCHEN.”  I’m surfing the tube one night and see a flash of Gordon Ramsey.  Having worked with him on “Kitchen Nightmares” for a season, I tuned in for a minute, not because I love the show – but thought I might catch him berating and humiliating one of the “talents” on it – horrible, but true ;-).  First there’s clips of what’s on tonight’s episode, maybe some commercials… all of a sudden sirens, I’m like “huh”? as I’m grabbing something to drink from the fridge.

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