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Episode 46 | S2 E21 – Faking The Funk

Mario Hines August 30, 2022

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This week on Appraise The Phrase:


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This week, Mario and Twenty welcome creator, coach, and facilitator Black to the Expression Appraisal Table.

If you ain’t got it, you ain’t got it. The theory is brilliant?

Watch as Mario and Twenty are joined by Boston native and New Orleans based creator, coach, and facilitator Black to discuss the meaning and origin of Faking The Funk. Black share their views of aunthenticity, work, and spirit. We explore the love of artist’s work in Central Africa, the creation of Funk music, and the Spike Lee classic film, White Men Can’t Jump, and it’s impact on the phrase.

Black (they/them) is a renaissance, drawing inspiration from artists like Josephine Baker and Ntozake Shange, who were unapologetic and unbound in their creative expression. They are a Black, genderqueer creator, coach, and facilitator currently based in New Orleans. Through anti/interdisciplinary creative practice, Black transcends the boundaries between art and form to create space for healing, discovery and transformation. They create within the realm of Afrofuturism and spirituality, conjuring new worlds, facilitating deep connection, and cultivating a sense of collectivity, wholeness and embodied wisdom. It is through this work that Black strives towards liberation.

You can connect with Black at:





0:00 Fragrance/Cologne Testing Opener
1:22 Intro
1:56 Roll Call: Twenty Interrupts The Intro
6:38 Connection To Faking The Funk
11:03 What is Faking The Funk? Webster’s Definition
16:35 The Origin of Faking The Funk – The History of Funk: The Smell
18:28 Funk In African Art and Music
21:50 Sweat From Hardwork
24:35 Question 1: Baby Got Back
28:24 Funk Music In America: James Brown
33:38 Funk Is Meant For A Live Setting
39:13 Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk
43:20 Jabs At West Coast Gangsta Rap
49:27 Appraise The Phrase: The Grades
52:52 Connect With Black The Creator
55:25 Dictionary of Misinformation: The Kentucky Rifle

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