The Music: A Look at Some Albums

A problematic/genius icon whose defiance and distinctive voice has impacted generations, there has never been another Nina Simone. Her music revealed a message about the black female experience–a message of triumph and overwhelming grief. While questing to learn every aspect about every aspect of Nina Simone’s life in preparation for this project, I found that…

She Was Just…Rude!

Maybe even more than being known for her music, Simone was renowned as being inherently offensive. She was loud, mean, unstable, and impulsive. But if rudeness is a personification of musicians genius, then Nina Simone was the brightest of them all. I remember watching ‘Amadeus’ as a kid and telling my mom how annoying I…

‘Nina’ Movie Review

“Nina reveals Ms. Saldana as Nina brandishing a gun, being strapped down in a hospital and throwing champagne bottles. Where there wasn’t truth, they invented it–dark-skinned people are still passed over, even for the role of a woman whose story is defined by her proud blackness. A young Nina Simone would have a hard time being cast…