ESSAY: NINA SIMONE

    NINA SIMONE   Nina is song. Not just a vocalist or singer, but actual song. The physical vibration and the meaning too. A reflection and projection of a certain segment of our mesmerizing ethos. Culturally specific in attitude, in rhythm, in what she harmonizes with and what she clashes against, merges snugly into […]

FIVE REASONZ WHY NINA SIMONE IZ A TIMELEZZ QUEEN

by By T. McLendon Nina Simone would have been 84 years old today and in thinking about her contributions to Black thought, music, style, and activism, we can’t think of a single reason why she shouldn’t be celebrated. Take a look at these five reasons why Nina Simone was and is a timeless queen. Musical Excellence: […]

Wattz Prophetz

  The Watts Prophets poets and World’s longest performing “Rap” group from Watts, Los Angeles, California, were the first Rap artist to publish the common law trademark word “Rappin™” on an album, establishing the global title of the new American art form called “Rap”. Anthony ‘Amde’ Hamilton, a true Father of Rap music was taught […]

“O BALTIMORE” BLUEZ

[col. writ. 8/12/16] ©’16 Mumia Abu-Jamal   The brilliant and beautiful Nina Simone (1933-2003), in her classic lament, “Baltimore,” sings of a city by the sea, but one that she longs to flee from, because of its hardness and meanness. In her unforgettable refrain, she mixes her love of the city with her yearning to […]

Nina Simone – the Legend

For those of us coming of age in the tumultuous sixties, Nina Simone was an iconic figure of struggle and revolution. Often referred to as the High Priestess of Soul, in hindsight she now seems more like a goddess. That voice, that stage presence, that piano virtuosity, that ability to switch effortlessly between musical genres […]

Black Women and the Carceral State

Gabriel Winant Women prisoners wait in line at the Parchman Post Office, circa 1930 (Mississippi Department of Archives and History) No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity by Sarah Haley The University of North Carolina Press, 2016, 360 pp. Chained in Silence: Black Women and Convict Labor in the New […]

Natural Fact: The Nina Simone Story

Nina Simone had no filter. She spoke with candor about civil rights when many in her position didn’t dare. She sang about uncomfortable subjects and made sure her audiences understood what those songs were really about. Whether due to the demons that haunted her or the overpowering desire for social justice that burned deep in […]

Nina Simone’z Face

There is something deeply shameful in the fact that even today a young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast in her own biopic. ​The new film “Nina” proves that the world still isn’t ready to tell her story. Ta-Nehisi Coates The Atlantic   Nina Simone   When I was a kid, I […]