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 […]

“Negro” by Langston Hughez

I am a Negro: Black as the night is black, Black like the depths of my Africa. I’ve been a slave: Caesar told me to keep his door-steps clean. I brushed the boots of Washington. I’ve been a worker: Under my hand the pyramids arose. I made mortar for the Woolworth Building. I’ve been a […]

On Thiz Day In History (our story)

Nina Simone, more than a voice Nina Simone Date: Tue, 1933-02-21 *Nina Simone was born on this date in 1933. She was an African American vocalist. Her birth name was Eunice Kathleen Waymon and she is one of eight children from Tryon, North Carolina. Her musical ability early on was demonstrated in the local Tryon […]

Thiz Day in Black History (our story): March 23, 1953

Singer, songwriter and actor Chaka Khan was born in Chicago, Illinois. By Joyce Jones Aretha Franklin may be the Queen of Soul, but singer, songwriter and actor Chaka Khan holds the title of Queen of Funk. Born Yvette Marie Stevens on March 23, 1953, in Chicago, Illinois, Khan achieved fame as part of the soul-funk […]