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WHAT THE FUNK! My Current State of Mind

WHAT THE FUNK! My Current State of Mind

Above all, I’m grateful for my blessings, I can truly say that.  This coward that took the lives of so many innocent people in Orlando should not be called a terrorist.  It was a horrific occurrence, and while I do consider acts of violence terrorist acts, this weakling for lack of better description isn’t worthy.

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ROGER ORTEGA HIT “THE LOTTERY”

ROGER ORTEGA HIT “THE LOTTERY”

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.

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Funk Ad(d)s Up To Dollars – Part 9: All About The Isleys

Funk Ad(d)s Up To Dollars – Part 9: All About The Isleys

I just featured The Isley Brothers in this series in “Part Seven” http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2015/11/16/funk-add-up-to-dollar-pt-even/  It seems like I blinked and here comes that sound… of FUNK, again.  Phillips Norelco uses the group’s hit “It’s Your Thing,” to accent a man’s shaving prowess, which results in his face being fresher than that of his lady… http://www.ispot.tv/ad/Aw_Y/philips-norelco-getting-ready 

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40 YEARS OF CELEBRATING BLACK (AMERICAN) HISTORY MONTH!

40 YEARS OF CELEBRATING BLACK (AMERICAN) HISTORY MONTH!

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…

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MY DEFINITION OF FUNK: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

MY DEFINITION OF FUNK: FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

FUNK IS GOOD!  FUNK is everything you think is Funky, and it doesn’t matter, if nobody else is Groovin’ to it – can ya dig it.  FUNK is UNIVERSAL, and it’s the FUNKY string of the universe, that ties us all together.  FUNK can be the stench from a dumpster, but my favorite FUNK, is the musical genre.  Louis Jordan is the Troglodyte of FUNK music!  “The Godfather of Soul,” James Brown, is the quintessential Pioneer of FUNK!  Sly Stone, is the Godfather of FUNK and Rick James is the King of Funk-n-Roll.  The collective artists of PARLIAMENT – FUNKADELIC featuring George Clinton and Bootsy Collins, took FUNK into the stratosphere, while Kool and the Gang kept it Dirty and Down to Earth…

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EVERGREEN FUNKY CLIPS

EVERGREEN FUNKY CLIPS

Liken to my PSA blogs, “Evergreen Funky Clips,” will be videos regarding aspects of society that are Funked Up.  Best case scenario, a new day will dawn, however considering we have to address these issues…  Unfortunately despite the realization, while some issues will ideally cease to exist, little to nothing will be done about most of these atrocities.

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Azealia’s New FUNK!

Azealia’s New FUNK!

Azealia Banks’ debut album, “Broke With Expensive Taste,” hit i-tunes and Spotify on November 6th.  Ever since her track “212” dropped in 2011, I’ve been looking forward to a full length project.  Interscope records picked her up soon after the single was released, but dropped her this past July.  The label released her EP “1991” in the Spring of 2012, and her mixtape “Fantasea,” followed it two months later.

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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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#IfTheyGunnedMeDown – Unjust and Fatal Assaults by Police

#IfTheyGunnedMeDown – Unjust and Fatal Assaults by Police

#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.

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FUNKY DIVAS SHELIA & CHAKA/ PATTI LaBELLE FUNKS UP BROADWAY!

FUNKY DIVAS SHELIA & CHAKA/ PATTI LaBELLE FUNKS UP BROADWAY!

Patti LaBelle is back on Broadway this month!  Appearing in the stage production of “After Midnight,” she fills in where Vanessa Williams, Toni Braxton and Fantasia have all taken bows, opposite Dule Hill http://museumofuncutfunk.com/2014/02/25/vanessa-williams-funks-up-broadway-again/.  Her run goes through June 29th at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.

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XSCAPE – THE FUNKIN’ POSTHUMOUS MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM

XSCAPE – THE FUNKIN’ POSTHUMOUS MICHAEL JACKSON ALBUM

Earlier this year, I had to put a friend up on the meaning of posthumous — I forget what I was referencing.  According to Webster’s it means: happening, done, or published after someone’s death;  born after the death of the father; published after the death of the author; and/ or following or occurring after death.  For friends and fans of a music artist, posthumous is generally a dirty and undesirable word.

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THICKE & FUNKY — “Got To Give It Up” TO “Give It 2 U”

THICKE & FUNKY — “Got To Give It Up” TO “Give It 2 U”

My impression was that Robin Thicke’s big hit “Blurred Lines” was meant to be an awesome tribute to Marvin Gaye’s 70s smash “Got To Give It Up.”  Sampling and re-creating classic hits has been such a mainstay for the music industry for the past 30 years now, that I thought most people had probably stopped taken notice of it.  Not Marvin Gaye III, who it appears will be taking legal action against Thicke, who initiated a lawsuit against the Gaye family.

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DON’T FUNK WITH INDIA

DON’T FUNK WITH INDIA

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…

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Leonardo Benzant

Leonardo Benzant

I saw Leonardo’s art after we friended each other on facebook. I immediately connected to his images and I was reminded of my days studying abroad in Senegal, West Africa. I spent a lot of time at the artist village and watched the Senegalese craftsman dye fabrics and create beautiful works of art. I asked Leonardo if he’d like in share his work with our visitors and I’m happy he did.

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AT LAST, IT’S JUST BEGUN: THE BEST IN FUNK – LEGENDS IN MUSIC

AT LAST, IT’S JUST BEGUN: THE BEST IN FUNK – LEGENDS IN MUSIC

Two of music’s favorite children made their transitions recently.  One was once considered the Queen of the Blues, the other a Master of Funk.  I’m speaking of Etta James and Jimmy Castor, two people in music that may not have always been top of mind as artists via the mainstream, but certainly loved and highly respected among their fans and peers.

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