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…
FROM THE WASHINGTON POST: “A grand jury has declined to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo. police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests and a national conversation about race and police interactions with African Americans, prosecutors said Monday. The decision means that Wilson, 28, will face no state charges in the August shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.”
Stevie Wonder is taking “Songs in the Key of Life” on the road! He initially announced the tour about a year ago, but dates for the road trip, hit the Internet just last month. I got the news via http://insideplaya.wordpress.com about a week or so ago! I didn’t recall having heard about it before – then I spoke to a fellow Wonder lovers, and they too said they hadn’t heard yet either. I am generally the one to hear about major music events among my immediate family and friends — then our cousin Stevie told us that he wanted to write something for The Museum of UnCut Funk. His inspiration, to talk about his memories connected to the album, made me begin to think of mine…
I didn’t write a tribute or an obituary immediately after he died. Not that much time has passed in the greater scheme of things, but from the perspective of doing a news story or covering a current event, hence why this is a blog. Phillip was a Funkin’ good mutherFunkin’ actor, a thespian, a true artist… right down to the way he thought, his thought process.
Some television shows celebrate their 200th episode. Unless I’ve completely lost it, this is my 200th blog — no, I haven’t lost it, it is my 200th blog. 20 blogs per page, at 10 pages, equals 200 right? 20 X 10 = 200. Generally T-V programs will review and/ or reflect on shows past, when celebrating the 200th show. That’s very appropriate for television, and I suppose I could touch on a few of my favorite blogs over the past five years, but I believe speaking on public figures that are anti-FUNK or just plain FUNKED UP may be more intriguing.
BLACK IS BEAUTIFUL! That used to be a popular phrase. One that still holds true for me, it doesn’t for a multitude of people… from the land where the black man — the first man — began. Bill Duke and D. Channsin Berry are the directors of “Dark Girls.” Airing on OWN, it premiered last night, I don’t see any future air dates — but you can get all the details and see portions of the film on it’s official site: http://officialdarkgirlsmovie.com
How we live, as well as history, shows that we as a people have made tremendous strides. What’s incredible and extremely unfortunate, is that with all our “progress”, so many things are still the same. I was watching Bill Moyer on PBS, and he sited an excerpt of a speech by Martin Luther King. It’s uncanny how we’ve moved forward, but not nearly enough, and in some instances not at all.
Cafe 70 has been on hiatus but that hasn’t stopped me from keeping up with my love of cooking, shopping and most importing eating.
I have to ask, what did PBS ever do to you? What is up with the all out assault on teachers, on science, on the arts, on intelligence, on Bird Bird, on common sense? Why take your hatred out on a bunch of defenseless puppets and pre-schoolers? Just how dumb does this country have to get? I have covered Sesame Street, The Electric Company and Zoom in my Funky Stuff blog, three of my favorite childhood shows, so I am definitely not objective when it comes to PBS. I am at a loss…
As has been stated in another post on this site, I love Sesame Street (See The Soul Of Sesame Street). It is one of my favorite shows from my childhood. So as you can imagine, I am vehemently opposed to cutting funding for PBS, for Sesame Street or any of the other educational and cultural programs that they produce.
Spidey Super Stories was a live-action, recurring skit on the PBS children’s television series The Electric Company. Episodes featured the Marvel Comics character Spider-Man, provided to the Children’s Television Workshop free of charge. Spider-Man was played (always in costume) by puppeteer and dancer Danny Seagren. Spidey Super Stories premiered during The Electric Company’s fourth season (1974 – 1975).
Can you believe that Sesame Street turned 40 in 2009? I was lucky enough to see this revolutionary children’s educational series at the very beginning, when in my opinion it was the best show on TV. Ask any body else who was a kid under 5 at that time and they will tell you the same thing.
One thing that I loved about watching Sesame Street was that you would often see your favorite Black actors, musicians and athletes hanging out with the muppets. Everyone from Lena Horne to Ray Charles to Richard Pryor to Arthur Ashe made appearances on Sesame Street. I didn’t know at that time that I was being treated to performances by some of the biggest icons of entertainment and sports. I just knew that it was funky and really appreciated seeing cool Black people interacting with my favorite puppets.
Zoom was a television series that originally ran from 1972 to 1978 on PBS. The series was produced by WGBH-TV in Boston. That’s Zoom, Z-DOUBLE O-M, Box 350, Boston, Mass, 0-2-1-3-4. Oh yeah, you know you watched and sang along until the the closing theme song was done.
The Electric Company was an educational children’s television series produced by the Children’s Television Workshop (now called Sesame Workshop) for PBS. The Electric Company ran for 780 episodes of over the course of six seasons from October 25, 1971 to April 15, 1977, and continued in re-runs from 1977 to 1985.