Category: Black Culture

After years of oppression and discrimination that black people have endured, a white woman has benefited from these atrocities. Born and raised as a white person, Rachel Dolezal appears to genuinely believe, she is actually a black woman.

When the truth first came out, she was directly confronted with a picture of her biological father, and asked if she was African-American. Caught very much off guard, after being interviewed about being a victim of hate crimes, Dolezal is obviously confused as to how to proceed and simply doesn’t.

While I have nothing against her personally wanting to claim to be black, I do have a problem with her benefiting from lying about being black. Dolezal is obviously delusional and in my opinion could benefit from psychiatric help. This is not over…

NAACP President/ CEO Cornell William Brooks…

A link to Dolezal’s art…


for the FUNKIN’ truth

Curtis Waller


Kehinde Wiley was compelled to be an artist early on in life.  Born in 1977, he’s the son of a Nigerian father and an African-American mother.  As a child, his mom supported his enthusiasm for art, by enrolling him in art classes.  Wiley says he first took an interest at the age of 11, and he spent a short time at an art school in Russia, when he was 12.  Estranged from his father early on, he went to Nigeria when he was 20, to trace his roots and meet him.  A native of Los Angeles, he earned his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute, and received his MFA from Yale’s School of Art in 2001.

A child of hip-hop, Wiley’s work is primarily influenced by, “classical European paintings of noblemen, royalty and aristocrats.”  Viacom used his works in their promotion of their annual Video Music Awards and Hip-Hop Honors and Pop artist Santigold used his art for the cover of her second album…wileywithicet

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Now the hit TV show “Empire,” uses his works as a backdrop in Lucious Lyon’s mansion, displayed throughout his home.  An aspect of the show only mentioned by Naomi Campbell’s character last week, it’s been present since the show’s first episode…



Beyond these prominent displays of his work, Wiley’s art is now used in different aspects of fashion…



for more on this 20th century accomplished artist, go to his website at…


D'Angleo and the Vanguard

Last year D’Angelo started doing shows again.  Earlier this year he had a sit down with writer Nelson George, hosted by Red Bull, the forum was orchestrated by Questlove via his relationship with the beverage company.  The Roots’ frontman has been doing events with Red Bull for the past few years now.

Michael D’Angelo Archer’s forthcoming release is titled “Black Messiah.”  Does that mean D is proclaiming himself as the “Black Messiah” of music?  I don’t think that what he’s saying, but perhaps, as a visual featured in a Pitchfork story reads: “All we wanted was a chance to talk ‘stead all we got was outlined in chalk.”  This statement speaks volumes considering the atrocities we are currently experiencing in our society.  A “Messiah” through music would provide tremendous healing, potentially to millions, but our deliverance is not upon us yet.

There was a listening session in New York tonight for the new release, that managed to sneak a 30 second ad in during this evenings airing of the guilty pleasure of millions, “The Real Housewives of Atlanta.”  This simply says that D’Angelo, manager Kevin Liles and AfroPunk creator Jocelyn Cooper, have not forgotten the artist’s core audience.  The first single from “Black Messiah” is the tune “Sugah Daddy” that can be heard here…

As this is the first of many, and since I’ve been very limited to the posts I’ve done on this page since its inception, I’ll keep it brief.  I simply had to acknowledge that one of music’s favorite sons is on the move, and I for one am looking forward to The Funkin’ Truth

in music and FUNK we trust


2011 – it still sounds kind of funny to me – I mean we’re into it now, the 2000s.  Soon it’ll be 2020 and so on, provided 2012…  I usually chuckle at the notion of the world crumbling in 2012.  There have already been several natural disasters that emulate these claims of Nostradamus.  Hurricane Katrina; the Tsunami in 2004; now these birds falling from the sky… There’s too many things I want to do and accomplish to be consumed by these incidents.  We’re gonna live live live until we die YES?!?!!! Only people that would take time to write a blog, more so read somebody else’s blog even has a notion as to the significance of that statement, so obviously we understand each other 😉