Growing up after the Civil Rights Movement removed executive producer of WORLD Channel, Chris Hastings, from any firsthand experiences of that era. Instead the bulk of his knowledge came from books and documentaries such as Eyes on the Prize. Hastings has now helped ensure the return of this documentary to television for a new generation.
It's especially lovely when the dance community can gather together and applaud each other's efforts. Such is the environment at the Bessie's, dance's version of the Academy Awards or the Tony's. This year, the 31st-annual ceremony took place at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, with its iconic neon-red sign.
After the screening, Lauryn Hill fronted a big band singing songs from Nina Simone's songlist, starting with "Ne Me Quitte Pas." She played "Ain't Got No, I Got Life" as a rap tune. Jazmine Sullivan sang "Baltimore." These performers, along with Mary J. Blige, Usher and others are part of a Nina Simone tribute album.