Posts Tagged ‘Nina Simone’
That’s what’s up! Four artists (Adam Pendleton, Rashid Johnson, Ellen Gallagher, Julie Mehretu) purchased the house where Nina Simone was born and spent her childhood.
It wasn’t long after the election that this all began to happen, and I was desperate like a lot of people to be engaged, and this felt like exactly the right way.
– Rashid Johnson
Go on a tour (with The New York Times) of Simone’s old home in Tryon, North Carolina, above.
Back in the day renowned Italian national radio on-air personality Lilian Terry recorded a favorite, long-sought celeb interview – of Nina Simone – by the skin of her teeth. See, Nina being Nina… She did not make a habit of talking to White people. And Lillian almost missed out, because she had the complexion for rejection. However, once Nina found out Lillian was ‘from Egypt’ though (born in Cairo to a father from Malta and a mother from Italy), the two were formally introduced and found themselves talking about Nefertitti and the Pharoahs in no time. Only days later Lilian went to Nina’s house in Mt. Vernon, New York, and recorded this conversation.
Great interview audio compiled by PBS Digital. Nina Simone wowing listeners right from the start: Did she say she hit the stage in an outfit that made her appear NUDE? WHOA! Talking about her baby girl and the world she will grow up in, music inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. So much in such a short clip.
Lots of reaction to this all over the Interwebs. Mine… I’m laughing… because this is just terrible. Zoe Saldana in blackface.
The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.
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Much beloved and often misunderstood, the story of Americaʼs most overlooked musical genius is finally brought to light in “The Amazing Nina Simone.”
We know the musical pedigree; proven worldwide. But perhaps as under-appreciated for the longest is Nina’s civil rights struggles. This film also promises to cover her journey from the segregated South, navigating through the twists and turns of the 1960’s fight for racial equality throughout her career. Viewers get to learn a lot about Nina’s artistry and intentions, her fav songs, her bold style, controversial statements, and the reason she ultimately ended up leaving America. “The Amazing Nina Simone” is due out in theaters October 16, 2015.
L Boogie sang that! You can admit it, once you watch. She was Jimmy Fallon’s guest on The Tonight Show – doing her tribute cover of “Feeling Good” (off the “Nina Revisited… A Tribute to Nina Simone” compilation) with a live band.
“How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?”
– Nina Simone
Waaaaay more to sista Nina Simone than the Kanye West “Blood On The Leaves” sample; and it looks like NetFlix is going to let us in on the rest of the story. Check out the trailer for the documentary profile of the prolific pioneer artist/activist entitled “What Happened, Miss Simone?” The documentary (due out June 26, 2015) will include comments from her daughter and others close to her, along with rare recordings and footage.
This is one of my many favorites from the one of the greatest jazz musician/songwriters, who was the embodiment of “Black is Beautiful”, Nina Simone (February 21,1933-April 21,2003). Although she wasnt traditional jazz, nor did she have the tradional smooth jazz/lounge voice like Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington,or Ella Fitzgerald but check the linear notes of any of your favorite hip hop albums and you will see her joints credited for samples everywhere. Heads knew muscially Nina Simone would “Put a Spell on You”.
Happy Birthday Ms. Nina Simone (Feb 21, 1933 – April 21st 2003). It’s a shame but an artist like Nina Simone would have never gotten a chance in 2011. Salute to the Queen & all she stood for. Here comes the sun…..