It’s Tom’s favorite day and he and Sybil are live from the land of funk! They’re in Dayton, Ohio, last night was Central State’s homecoming and they partied hard! Today they’re doing meet and greets, a fish fry, and Tom’s getting an award! HEAD BACK TO THE BLACKAMERICAWEB.COM HOMEPAGE

On this Tom Joyner Morning Show throwback we look at the 2002 Sky Show with the amazing James Brown. Becoming one of Tom’s favorite Sky Shows of all time, Brown shuts the place down with his amazing sense of funk and great music. Tom remembers how hard Brown would go during his performances. So hard he’d have […]


Pianist and composer Joe Sample, a founding member of the genre-crossing Jazz Crusaders who helped pioneer the electronic jazz-funk fusion style, has died. He was 75. Sample died of complications due to lung cancer Friday evening at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, his manager, Patrick Rains, told The Associated Press on Saturday. Rains […]


If you thought the fictionalized version of James Brown’s life was lacking, HBO has acquired the U.S. and Canadian TV rights to Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, a feature-length documentary directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger. It airs on Monday, Oct. 27 (9:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT). The film features […]

We admit we weren’t all that excited about a James Brown movie…at first. But a glimpse at the almost 3 minute trailer for Get On Up has surely changed our mind. We thought we knew a little something about the Godfather of Soul’s life, but we didn’t know it was going to come off like […]

When it comes to funk, as illustrated in the new VH1 documentary Finding the Funk airing again on VH1 in March, there are several groups that are well-known. There is Parliament Funkadelic, Sly Stone and Slave as well as current folks like Janelle Monae and others who’ve taken up the mantle. But without the Bar-Kays, […]

When Spike Lee needed funds for his new movie, he turned to his fans, friends and supporters who answered the call, raising over $1.2 million dollars via Kickstarter. Now the Father of the Funk, legendary bassist Bootsy Collins, wants you to do the same. He and his wife, Patti, are starting their own Kickstarter campaign […]

Writer, producer and cultural critic Nelson George has covered Black music since his stint at Billboard’s black music editor in the early 80’s. During that time, the Brooklyn-based writer was at the forefront of the burgeoning hip-hop music scene, documenting the culture that was soon to move the world. The author of several books on […]