“Jitney” is a triumph for the great playwright August Wilson, director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the cast and Broadway! It opened this past Thursday and features a brilliant ensemble cast.
Roger Ortega, a.k.a. RO, has hit “The Lottery”! It wasn’t by way of a “Lottery” ticket though, but through his choices to relish in his fortune, and appreciating the benefits that life has afforded him. Ortega started his first group, Slo Motion, at the age of 14. These days he’s rollin’ solo, as an artist, with the undying support of his loving family.
Prince’s release “Hit N Run,” was a definite favorite of mine last year… http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/12/07/the-funky-top-10-for-2015/ – Now his majesty has followed it up with “Hit N Run: Phase Two”…
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…
The Museum of UnCut Funk (TMOUF) supports The Universal Hip-Hop Museum (UHHM), as it seeks to open the doors of an actual facility, in the Bronx this September. Like TMOUF, UHHM, currently lives and operates online.
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.”
Benjamin Booker is a raw new talent out of New Orleans! He recently made his network television debut on “The Late Show w/ David Letterman,” and his self-titled debut album is in stores now – performance on Letterman here… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8VyRO2iqeg
In the midst of turmoil, even when the worst of matters are smacking folks of all cultures in the face, a spade gon’ be a spade. “Call a Spade a Spade”: To tell the truth about something, even if it is not polite or pleasant. Pertaining to ethnicity, the phrase predates the use of the word “spade” as an ethnic slur against black people, which was not recorded until 1928. This item encompasses a bit of both regarding recent public and personal occurrences.
Liken to three men who believed in equality, peace and respect for human life, three men brought joy, comic relief and hope to millions of people. Three men assassinated for being committed to their beliefs will forever have their place in history, for living up to a standard that they believed everybody deserved.
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown is the latest phenomenon in social media. In lieu of too many tragic unjustified killings by police, people – particularly ethnic ones – are posting photos of themselves side-by-side in two different respects. One side is them in a respected capacity, while the other pictures them in what might be a questionable one.
I’m always impressed when intellect and wealth meet humanity. The initiatives and efforts of Bill and Melinda Gates in the realms of education, health, hunger and global economics are astounding. Oprah Winfrey’s school in Africa for girls; how she’s put young men through college here in the United States; and her “Legends Ball” where she honored Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee, among others, before they left this earth will forever amaze me.
Taco Bell is tired of Micky-D’s raking in all that breakfast dough. So they’ve decided to add breakfast food to their menu!!! While I’m sure there are several that are excited about a new fast food breakfast option, the stuff they’ll be selling, is not necessarily nutritious. I’ll let the menu speak for itself…
At one point amidst our daily usage of cell phones and modern technology, it seemed to me that some folks were just getting out of hand. It inspired me to do this cheesy short film, I hope you like it.
My writings are mostly fluff, what I consider controversial when I want to be. The works of Michael Hastings and Edward Snowden is serious stuff. My hats off to those that keep us, the American public, informed about what we have a right to know about. My condolences to the friends and family of Michael Hastings, as I can not imagine their torment during this time.
THIS IS AN “OPEN LETTER” TO MY FAVORITE HIP-HOP PRODUCER DR. DRE. WARNING: This Blog May Contain Language Not Suitable for Small Children and Is Only for Those Who Really Love the Music of Dr. Dre. It’s not for the meek or easily offended at the rant of a hip-hop advocate and enthusiast. That said, it’s simply metaphysically time for new music from Dre. If you agree with me, I need you to prove it, I need you to tweet, share, e-mail, and get on the phone so this message goes viral. If you’re not down with that, stop here, this blog’s not for you.
The end of stigmas in sports overall would be a tremendous human achievement. The reality of that actually occurring is very slim, but the courage that NBA B-Ball player Jason Collins has displayed is unprecedented. As a result he got unprecedented support from fellow NBA players and President Barack Obama — our hats here at The Museum of UnCut Funk come off to him. There’s not even much I can say, here’s an excerpt of the interview from the source that broke the story, Sports Illustrated…
While on Facebook, I see an ad in the border for India.Arie’s new single “Cocoa Butter.” I listen, love it, buy it on itunes, now I’m like what’s up with the album, or should I say CD… google, searching, what’s this? Accusations of India.Arie lightening her skin? This is ridiculous, absurd…
I believe Jeymes Samuel is an artist on the rise to watch. The frontman for the group The Bullitts, Samuel is a producer/singer/songwriter and filmmaker.
What role will social media play in this election cycle? The graph below provides a wealth of information on soical media and how it could effect this election. This information is provided by and reprinted with the permission of Open Site.
Tyrese Gibson tweeted recently: “I have officially secured the life rights to the life story of Teddy Pendergrass, my inspiration. This movie will be made…” People are already saying he can’t pull it off… to those haters, there’s still hope for you 😉 I’m not even a Tyrese fan, but say CONGRATULATIONS!