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“THE COLOR PURPLE” IS BACK ON BROADWAY!

“THE COLOR PURPLE” IS BACK ON BROADWAY!

“The Color Purple” opens on Broadway tomorrow night!  Starring Jennifer Hudson as “Shug Avery,” the all around female entertainer performed a segment of the show, on “The Late Show” after taking the couch with Stephen Colbert on Monday night.

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“Midnight Cowboy” is a FUNKIN’ “American Horror Story”

“Midnight Cowboy” is a FUNKIN’ “American Horror Story”

Classic definition: Judged over a period of time to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind; i.e. “a classic novel” — A work of art of recognized and established value.  This is a definitely a title befitting of the FX television series “American Horror Story.”  Created and executive produced by Brad Falchuk and Ryan Murphy, who brought the TV viewing public “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck,” the show is in its fourth FUNKY season and was recently greenlit for a Funkalicious fifth.

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NEW FUNK FROM PRINCE

NEW FUNK FROM PRINCE

Prince is releasing not one, but 2 new albums this fall.  Expected for release on September 30th, “Art Official Age,” is a solo project and “Plectrumelectrum,” is the long anticipated project that features 3rdEyeGirl.  Friends and fans may already have seen the video for the previously released single, “Breakfast Can Wait,” which features Dave Chapelle on the cover art – if not, go here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GHbyNrGXpAA

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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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Paul “Robeson” The Movie: One of The FUNKIEST Men Ever

Paul “Robeson” The Movie: One of The FUNKIEST Men Ever

This past February, I used a photo of a stamp with the face of Paul Robeson as my “Profile Photo” on Facebook.  Although his name is featured on the stamp, a few folks asked me who he was.  I had just took it for granted that most people knew him or were aware.  Growing up, I can remember seeing documentaries about him and hearing his name mentioned in multiple circles.  For years, randomly in a particular setting, one might sing the words “Ol’ man river…” as a means of setting an oppressive tone for the conversation.

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MORGAN FREEMAN IS 101!!!

MORGAN FREEMAN IS 101!!!

Born in 1937, actor Morgan Freeman has been featured in more films and appeared on more television shows, than the years he’s been alive.  His first acting job in film was as an extra in “The Pawnbroker” released in 1964.  The actor has taken on  101 acting gigs thus far.

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FUNKY BROADWAY – “The Trip to Bountiful” w/ Cicely, Cuba and Vanessa!

FUNKY BROADWAY – “The Trip to Bountiful” w/ Cicely, Cuba and Vanessa!

Tom Hanks is making his Broadway debut this season in Nora Ephron’s final play “Lucky Guy.”  Bette Midler is even returning to the “Great White Way” for a one-woman-show in “I’ll Eat You Last,” where she’ll depict the life of Hollywood agent Sue Mengers.  Although shows with Tom and Bette are exciting, after a 30-year absence, acclaimed actress Cicely Tyson returns to the stage for “The Trip to Bountiful” – that’s entertainment!

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TYLER’S FUNKIN’ TEMPTATION/ KASI’S BLACK NATIVITY

TYLER’S FUNKIN’ TEMPTATION/ KASI’S BLACK NATIVITY

Tyler’s back with a new drama called “Temptation.”  Starring Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Jurnee’s not a junior miss anymore.  Initially intrigued to watch the trailer by an ad with huge ruby red lips in the subway, I didn’t recognize Smollett when I first saw the trailer.

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FUNKY BASKETBALL: KNICKS VS. NETS – A GIFT OR A CURSE?

FUNKY BASKETBALL: KNICKS VS. NETS – A GIFT OR A CURSE?

When riding the subway train yesterday, as I sat down, I noted a young man sitting across from me wearing a New York Knicks cap.  At the same time, I could see my own reflection, as I was wearing a Brooklyn Nets cap.  Liken to one of the titles of a CD released by one of the Nets owners, I thought the dynamic of two basketball teams for NYC are a Gift and a Curse.

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