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Black Lives Matter

George Heymont | Posted 07.26.2015 | Arts
George Heymont

While playwrights such as Lynn Nottage (51), Suzan Lori-Parks (52), George C. Wolfe (60), and Ntozake Shange (66) are familiar names on the theatrical landscape, a younger generation of gifted African-American dramatists such as Katori Hall (34) and Marcus Gardley (37) have been impressing audiences with their work.

10 Things I Learned about Nina Simone

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 06.30.2015 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

I screened What Happened, Ninan Simone? on Netflix. The title comes from a Maya Angelou quote: Miss Simone, you are idolized, even loved, by million...

Brennan Williams

Nina Simone's Daughter Says New Documentary About Her Mother Gets It Right

HuffingtonPost.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.29.2015 | Black Voices

After a decade in development, Nina Simone’s authorized documentary “What Happened, Miss Simone?” was released in select theaters and on Netfl...

Live from the Nantucket Film Festival

Marshall Fine | Posted 06.27.2015 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

This is my second year at the Nantucket Film Festival, and this will probably be my one dispatch, mostly because I'm having too much fun to take time to write about it.

Samantha Lachman

New Nina Simone Documentary Recalls Past Struggles While Echoing Present

HuffingtonPost.com | Samantha Lachman | Posted 06.22.2015 | Black Voices

While watching "What Happened, Miss Simone?" -- a new documentary about the legendary singer-songwriter Nina Simone -- it's almost impossible not to t...

Lauryn Hill Honors Nina Simone With Incredible 'Feeling Good' Cover

The Huffington Post | Madeline Kaplan | Posted 06.18.2015 | Entertainment

Lauryn Hill has recorded covers of some of Nina Simone's greatest work in honor of the upcoming "What Happened, Miss Simone?" The film, directed by Li...

Zoe Saldana On Nina Simone Criticism: 'I Didn't Think I Was Right For The Part'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

The topic of race and casting in Hollywood resurfaced in the weeks since Entertainment Weekly published an essay by actor Michael B. Jordan on May 22....

Liz Garbus on What Sets Her 'Nina Simone' Doc Apart From Upcoming Biopic

Tavis Smiley | Posted 06.11.2015 | Entertainment
Tavis Smiley

The Academy Award-nominated documentarian has directed a new film that uses rare archival footage and never-before-heard recordings to paint a remarkable portrait of legendary singer Nina Simone.

Lauryn Hill at the Apollo: Celebrating Nina Simone

Regina Weinreich | Posted 06.04.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

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.

Nina Simone Biopic Starring Zoe Saldana To Be Released This Year

Essence.com | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices

Moviegoers can expect to see Nina: The Biopic of Nina Simone in theaters before year's end....

Jazmine Sullivan's Chilling Cover Of Nina Simone's 'Baltimore' Is A Must-Hear

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.12.2015 | Black Voices

“How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?" This question -- as timeless as it is timely -- is posed by Nina Simone in an 1970 intervie...

The Exceptional Touch of KCRW's Jason Bentley Shapes America's Musical Tastes

Xaque Gruber | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
Xaque Gruber

What do Adele, Foster The People, Hozier, Norah Jones, Arcade Fire, Lorde, Beck, Coldplay, The Black Keys and Sia all have in common?

Watch The Trailer For Netflix's Nina Simone Doc

www.ew.com | Posted 04.29.2015 | Entertainment

“I think the only way to tell you who I am these days, is to sing a song,” says Nina Simone in the first trailer for "What Happened, Miss Simone?...

Ne Me Quitte Pas

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 04.28.2015 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

Nina Simone's music stirs the soul. I liken it to one awash in the Holy Spirit in a Baptist church on a Sunday morning. Her classical piano finesse infused with her jazzy and bluesy gospel voice is heard in all of her music, especially in all of her civil rights protest songs.

Rhiannon Solo (and Then Some)

Barry Singer | Posted 04.15.2015 | Arts
Barry Singer

Today -- after the amicable departure of Flemons and Robinson for their own solo projects -- the band, more than ever, is a shifting troupe of young African-American folk musicians who revolve around Rhiannon Giddens. I had long wanted to speak with this lady.

Daily Meditation: We Shall Be Released

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 12.23.2014 | Religion

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

First Nighter: Eric Comstock, Gabrielle Stravelli Light Up Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 10.21.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Cabaret is alive and not quite yet reduced to gasping for breath in New York City.

The Delicious Soulfulness of Dianne Reeves

Diriye Osman | Posted 09.28.2014 | Entertainment
Diriye Osman

Dianne Reeves oozes earth-deep soulfulness. Everything about her -- from the way she sings to the way she speaks -- is soulful.

Zoe Saldana Opens Up On Nina Simone Controversy

Black Film | Posted 07.01.2014 | Black Voices

It’s been over a year since actress Zoe Saldana was chosen to play the legendary Jazz singer Nina Simone, with controversy coming from all sides. Ju...

Spite Your Face: Zoe As Nina

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

I like Zoe as an actress and as a person that I don't know. I admire her hutzpah as she defends her right to embody Ms. Simone. However, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

Music and Movements: The Tradition Continues

Peter Dreier | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Dreier

The 1960s folk music scene was a chapter in a long story, one that began decades earlier and that continues today as a new generation of singers and songwriters connect -- directly and indirectly -- to the burgeoning progressive movements that are rippling across the country.

More Drama For Nina Simone's Biopic

Posted 05.21.2014 | Black Voices

The highly-anticipated Nina Simone biopic, “Nina,” is set to make its debut during a screening at this year’s annual Cannes Film Festival on Thu...

Dog Ears Music: Let It Snow

The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin | Posted 02.19.2014 | Entertainment
The Everlasting Phil Ramone and Danielle Evin

This week's playlist includes music by Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Eddy Arnold, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and more.

Save the Country

Susan Sisko Carter | Posted 10.15.2013 | Politics
Susan Sisko Carter

"Negotiations between Obama and the Republicans... they have failed. The suspense... it continues," he says. Then he speaks words of his own: "Your government is shut. And everyone in your country has a gun."

First Nighter: 'A Night With Janis Joplin' Gets Only a Piece of Her Heart

David Finkle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
David Finkle

Whenever performers -- such as Mary Bridget Davies in A Night With Janis Joplin, at the Lyceum -- impersonate iconic figures, they're going to be compared to the original, whether they like it or not. They certainly can't be surprised when they are.