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Nina Simone

First Nighter: Eric Comstock, Gabrielle Stravelli Light Up Cabaret

David Finkle | Posted 08.26.2014 | 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 07.29.2014 | 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.

Deborah Koenigsberger Has a Heart of Gold

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 01.23.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

This Jamaican-born star habitually gives more than she takes. From the first time I met her to the present, the fire had not dimmed. She ignites something from others that she only herself possesses. It is something that can only be a gift form a higher being.

First Nighter: "Soul Doctor" Celebrates Singing Rabbi Carlebach

David Finkle | Posted 10.15.2013 | Arts
David Finkle

Consider it my embarrassing oversight that Shlomo Carlebach was news to me when I showed up for Soul Doctor, the new musical at Circle in the Square. ...

India.Arie: It Was Not My Intention To Be Hard On Zoe Saldana

Posted 06.28.2013 | Black Voices

In recent months, India.Arie has faced a hailstorm of criticism for lightening her skin on the cover of her latest single, “Cocoa Butter,” and has...

Lou Doillon? At 30, With Her First CD, She Won a French Grammy. Now Her CD Is Here. Lucky Us.

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 08.23.2013 | Entertainment
Jesse Kornbluth

Places deserves every superlative you can think of. And not only because it's an astonishing debut. It's music that comes from a deep place. A place that, if you've had a romance or three, you know very well

Kanye West, Lil Wayne and the Misappropriation of Black History

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.17.2013 | Black Voices
Ernest Owens

Black history deserves to be regarded highly as well as we would anything else sacred in our society... let's please start treating it as such.

My Father's Love of Nina Simone

CC Stinson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Black Voices
CC Stinson

Nina is an interesting and charismatic character, so I can see why my father loved her music. He would be so excited that two films are in production about her life, and I am thrilled as well despite the controversy.

Another Nina Simone Project In The Works

Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices

While filmmaker Cynthia Mort is currently wrapping up production on Nina Simone’s highly anticipated biopic, “Nina,” scheduled to hit theaters l...

Sweet Honey In the Rock Is Ready to Rock NYC

Margie Goldsmith | Posted 05.06.2013 | Entertainment
Margie Goldsmith

It's been 39 years since this all female African-American a cappella group was formed and for four decades the group has been singing out for justice, truth and entertaining, educating and empowering audiences.

WATCH: Zoe Saldana Responds To Nina Simone Biopic Criticism

Posted 03.06.2013 | Black Voices

After widespread backlash broke out in response to Zoe Saldana's casting in the forthcoming biopic of iconic jazz singer Nina Simone, the 34-year-old ...

Mississippi, Again! Between Lil' Wayne and Nina Simone

William H. Turner | Posted 04.27.2013 | Black Voices
William H. Turner

The publicity of rapper Wayne's decidedly vulgar reference to Emmett Till -- whose scandalous murder in Mississippi in 1955 was considered by many as the impetus to the modern civil rights movement -- was, or so I thought, a teachable moment in my sociology classes at a black college.

Happy Birthday, Nina Simone!

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 02.23.2013 | Arts

Today is the birthday of Eunice Kathleen Waymon, better known as the high-priestess of soul, Nina Simone. The great American crooner, a broad-ranging ...

Conversations With José James, Otis Taylor, Erin Boheme and Renaiszance's Radha & Ravé Mehta, Plus an Unknown Component Video

Mike Ragogna | Posted 04.06.2013 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

"My mother is Irish-American and my father is Afro-Panamanian, so it's kind of been the story of my life to be a bridge between different cultures and different styles, and musically, that's between jazz and R&B."

Morgan James Shows Old Soul On Nina Simone Tribute

AP | JOHN CARUCCI | Posted 01.02.2013 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Covering the music of the late Nina Simone seemed like a natural choice for Morgan James. From an early age, the Broadway actress says she...

Controversy Surrounding Zoe Saldana Playing Nina Simone Ignites

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 11.27.2012 | Black Voices

Controversy surrounding the casting of actress Zoe Saldana in a biopic of iconic jazz singer Nina Simone continues to heat up with a Change.org petiti...

Black Barbies: Love Me or Leave Me

Erikka Yancy | Posted 01.15.2013 | Black Voices
Erikka Yancy

There was finally a role for a black actress, the type of actress who typically is relegated to playing cop, or maid, or union-hating teacher, and they gave the role the Hollywood Black Barbie treatment.

Mike Epps Will Play Richard Pryor in Nina Simone Biopic

The Huffington Post | Treye Green | Posted 10.16.2012 | Entertainment

Actor Mike Epps is joining the cast of "Nina," the Nina Simone biopic written and directed by Cynthia Mort. Epps will play comedian Richard Pryor,...