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We, Too, Sing America: 17 Songs That Reflect On Being Black In America

The Huffington Post | Zahara Hill | Posted 02.10.2017 | Black Voices

Music has always been a sacred outlet of expression for black Americans. From singers like Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, music made by black artists can...

Twenty-Five Holiday Songs to get Warm to

Ralph A. Miriello | Posted 12.20.2016 | Arts
Ralph A. Miriello

Its that time of year again and its always nice to get in the spirit of the season with some great holiday music. Here are a few memorable if not typi...

Loudon & Friends: The Wain-Wrights Of Passage

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 07.30.2016 | Arts
Randee Mia Berman

It's a family that needs almost no introduction. But here it is anyway. It started with Loudon -- a musical legend -- and continued on to Sloan, Rufus, Martha, Lucy, Lexi, Suzzi...and, well, you almost need a genealogy chart, or at least a timeline, to map it out.

What Would Nina Simone Think About The Black Lives Matter Movement?

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 07.20.2016 | Black Voices

Best-selling poet Nikki Giovanni has opened up about her close friendship with Nina Simone, and what the singer would have thought of today’s racial...

Lupita Nyong'o's Hair-Raising Tribute To Nina Simone

The Huffington Post | Dana Oliver | Posted 05.03.2016 | Style

We're still raving about all the red carpet dresses at the 2016 Met Gala. There are many looks that have left a lasting impression on us -- from Beyon...

Great Artists: Troubled Personalities

Edward Goldman | Posted 05.03.2016 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Her life was a mess - no other way to describe it. But looking at her fabulous sculptures with their voluptuous shapes and rainbow-colored mosaic - is to be overwhelmed by their exuberance, their sense of happiness. If only for a moment, one feels like a child playing in a sandbox.

Hollywood's Café Con Leche Conundrum

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.29.2016 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

Simone was able to conjure glamour in spite of everything the world said about black women who looked like her. And for that she enjoyed a special pla...

Nina: The Devil is in the Details

Nsenga Burton | Posted 04.26.2016 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

The film Nina starring celebrated actors Zoe Saldana (Nina Simone) and David Oyelowo (Clifton Henderson) is a film in search of itself.

21 Movies About Black Music Icons You Should Watch ASAP

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 04.22.2016 | Black Voices

On Friday, the "Nina" movie controversy will culminated with the film's release. Since 2012, the biopic chronicling the life of Nina Simone has been p...


Dwight Brown | Posted 04.21.2016 | Entertainment
Dwight Brown

Enlightening and moving are two descriptive words that will never be associated with the misconceived and misguided endeavor that is Nina.

The Person Who Nina Simone Wanted to Play Her in a Biopic Might Surprise You

Al Schackman | Posted 04.19.2016 | Black Voices
Al Schackman

Nina and I first met in 1957, played a magical set together, and remained the closest of friends and colleagues for 46 years until her passing in 2003. For history and accuracy I feel compelled to comment on the heated debate that is currently being waged over the movie.

'Nina' Director Breaks Down Reasons For Casting Zoe Saldana

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.18.2016 | Black Voices

Last month following the release of the trailer for Nina Simone's biopic,"Nina," director Cynthia Mort responded to critics and fans who deemed Zoe Sa...

A Civil Rights Anthem at the U.S. Supreme Court

Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson | Posted 03.25.2016 | Black Voices
Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

I was at the Supreme Court last week for an historic moment. No, not because a new justice was nominated by President Obama, but because in those hallowed, history-suffused halls someone who looks like me, a black woman, sang a Civil Rights Movement anthem.

Sivert Høyem simply magical!

Ernesta Redi Neudert | Posted 03.23.2016 | Entertainment
Ernesta Redi Neudert

I had the pleasure of meeting Sivert Høyem a few weeks back before he kicked of his sold out tour in Germany.  He was very candid and completely at...

Director Of 'The Amazing Nina Simone' Doc Slams Forthcoming Biopic

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.22.2016 | Black Voices

As Nina Simone’s controversial biopic, “Nina” nears its big screen release on April 22, the project continues to draw criticism from fans and fi...

Queen Latifah, Paula Patton Defend Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices

While India.Arie recently added to the surge of critics referring to Zoe Saldana's portrayal of Nina Simone in the forthcoming biopic "Nina" as "tone-...

India.Arie Perfectly Explains Why Nina Simone Casting Was A Lost Opportunity

The Huffington Post | Taryn Finley | Posted 03.07.2016 | Black Voices

In case anyone is still confused about why casting Zoe Saldana to play Nina Simone in the upcoming biopic "Nina" is problematic, India.Arie is here to...

The Drama Over The 'Nina' Biopic Continues

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.04.2016 | Black Voices

The backlash against Zoe Saldana’s portrayal of Nina Simone reignited on Wednesday when the the trailer of the singer's biopic, “Nina,” was rele...

Nina Simone Estate Tells Zoe Saldana To 'Take Nina's Name Out Your Mouth'

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 03.03.2016 | Entertainment

Nina Simone's estate has again spoken out against the forthcoming biopic about the late jazz singer, this time responding to the trailer that premiere...

The 'Nina' Trailer Is What Happens When White People Tell Black Stories

The Huffington Post | Zeba Blay | Posted 03.03.2016 | Black Voices

On Wednesday, the trailer for Zoe Saldana's upcoming Nina Simone biopic was released, and Black Twitter wasn't happy about it. There's nothing extraor...

Nina Simone Film, Starring Zoe Saldana, Gets A Release Date

Entertainment Weekly | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.01.2016 | Black Voices

How could we cheer up Nina Simone fans about the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? losing to Amy at the Oscars last Sunday?...

The Role of the Musician and Artist in Tense Social Times By Nedelka F. Prescod

New England Conservatory | Posted 02.24.2017 | Arts
New England Conservatory

As a musician, or as an Artist, as I prefer to think of myself, I often feel there is way too much pressure on us creatives to be this undefinable super-being for the world.

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Others Celebrate 'What Happened, Miss Simone?'

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 02.18.2017 | Arts
Jeryl Brunner

Recently nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, What Happened, Miss Simone? showcases the life of this brilliant, dynamic, passionate and deeply tormented music icon with rare footage and recordings that have never been seen or heard before.

Daily Meditation: A New Dawn

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.04.2016 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

11 Great Movies From 2015 That You Can Stream On Netflix Now

The Huffington Post | Matthew Jacobs | Posted 12.31.2015 | Entertainment

This New Year's weekend is a blissful time to visit movies you didn't catch in 2015. You can do that in theaters, where many of the year's best releas...