Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

Today, we celebrate Martin Luther King and his "I Have A Dream" speech.

Above is the full speech.

What does MLK day mean to you?-Dr.FB


Music Legend Lena Horne Passes Away

Lena Horne File Photo
Lena Horne File Photo

Lena Horne File Photo

Music legend Lena Horne has passed away at the age of 92.  Her voice was as sexy as her beauty and her acting.

She passed away at a New York hospital.  In the 1940's, Lena was one of the first black artists to play at the Copacabana.  In 1943, she starred in "Stormy Weather" and it became the role that would identify her for quite a while. 

Singing and acting was not good enough for Horne as she successfully performed on Broadway in the late 50's in "Jamaica" and was well reviewed.

One of the first female performers to tackle racism back then, Horne became an advocate of only performing for white audiences and would stop performing at places that kept black people out.  Early in her career, black people felt Lena sold out for performing for white audiences and tried to pass for something else due to her complexion.

"I don't have to be an imitation of a white woman that Hollywood sort of hoped I'd become," Horne once said. "I'm me, and I'm like nobody else."

In 1944, while performing for the troops overseas, she saw white soldiers sitting in the front while black soldiers were regulated to the back and that caused her to take action. 

Lena Horne did marry a white man and when asked why, she replied; "To get even with him."

In 1981,  she returned to Broadway to do a 1 woman show about her life entitled " Lena Horne: The Lady & Her Music", which she won a Tony for. 

Lena Horne is an icon.  To music. To film. To Broadway. To Civil Rights.  Without Lena, there would be no Halle Berry.  There would be no Alicia Keys.  This place would not be so funky if not for a soul like Lena Horne.

You will be missed.  Thank you for everything you did.-Dr.FB


No. 6 Prop 8

Prop 8. Also known as Prop. hate or Prop H8.  November 4th was one of the greatest days ever as we had our first African-American President. It was also a sad day as rights were taken away for the gay community in California.

The right to gay marriage was overturned early this year and gay couples were planning gettign married right away.  From the couple who had been together for 40 years, to the famous Ellen marrying her girl Portia, to those who went to Hawaii, where it is legal to get married, to those who may not have thought of it.  Then, on the ballot for the next election, prop 8 appeared.  Yes on 8 if you are against gay marriage, no if you are for.  Designed to confuse, it seemed it would be beat.

But it wasn't. It still confused most voters and yes, a higher black voter turn out may have had something to do with it.  People were confused thinking voting yes meant they were for it.  Protests happened.  Protests for rights.  Protests for those who stood in their way to be happy: The Mormon Church.  Seriously.  One of the most criticized religions with multiple wives was trying to save the sanctity of marriage .  Seriously?

This is rights.  This is the right to see your significant other recover in a hospital. to make decisions on their well-being.  For so many things that many people who are allowed to marry maybe do not think about.  This whole thing stinks. 

As soon as church got involved with state, the sanctity of marriage was gone.  If you are so worried about the sanctity of marriage, maybe you should go after divorced couples, which the rate is still on the rise.  Others were upset that there should have been protests before the election and not so sure that it wouldn't it pass.

It is going back to the courts and make no mistake, it will be overturned, but those who think they are against gay marriage, think about the past where you could not marry someone outside your race, to the ones who forget how hard they had to work to become a citizen of this country, to those whose relatives were held in camps because of thier religion, to the women who did not have the right to vote and were treated like 2nd class citizens, and those were discriminated over a stupid, stupid thing as color for generations, remember once, you and your people did not have rights. 

Who are you to take those rights away?-Dr.FB


Prop 8 Going To The Courts

Suck on that.-Dr.FB


The Stars Come Out For Prop. 8 Protests

The Stars came out for a No on Prop. 8 protest at Sunset Junction last night.  We thank a funkenberry reader for sending the news here.

Thousands were in attendance last night and marching with them was Zachary Quinto from "Hereos", Allison Janney from the movie "Juno", Katherine Moening from the "L Word" along with Lance Bass.

It is still amazing to me that the Mormon religion donated so much money for the yes on Prop 8 campaign.  Ridiculed forever about their multiple partner marriages and they get involved in a very misleading campaign taking away one's civil rights. 

The santicity of marriage?  What the F*#@ ever.-Dr.FB