This year’s inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced, and they have finally gotten around to adding Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who’s got a pretty good claim to having invented that shit. She got her credit the same year as Dire Straits and Bon Jovi.
While I’m not sure how relevant the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is these days, it’s nice to see that this year’s nominees for induction include four women who deserved to be in the Hall a long, long time ago.
Zoe Saldana has moved passed the point of placating naysayers who criticized her appearance in Nina Simone’s biopic, a film that was not met favorably by critics. Now she wants to hit pause and remind us that she is black, and no one can tell her she’s not, no matter how long their think piece is.
Cynthia Mort’s contentious Nina Simone biopic hits theaters today with a limited release and via Video On Demand, nearly three and a half years after it began filming.
Everything about the Nina Simone biopic so far has been a disaster led by ignorance, bad decisions and greed, but the bright side is that Zoe Saldana probably has a decent voice in the movie.
The blazing circus tent fire that has become the upcoming Nina Simone biopic will hopefully go down in history for teaching us a number of valuable lessons, like don’t put anyone in anything that might even resemble blackface. Perhaps the clearest takeaway, however, is the importance of those of us who are not…
When we talk about the upcoming Nina Simone biopic, it feels that two different conversations are taking place: One amongst those who understand how an undercurrent of anti-black racism allowed this to happen, and those who do not.
The founder of BET has spoken out in defense of Zoe Saldana’s ill-advised Nina Simone biopic and confirmed that his production company will, in fact, release the film on April 22.
The ghost of her highness Nina Simone is not even with Zoe Saldana right now.
It looks like the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana is really happening. For real. Like, they’re actually going through with this.
An official poster for Nina, the Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana, has been revealed and, well, the movie still looks suspect.
In the newest installment of their Blank on Blank series, in which “lost” interviews with celebrated artists are animated and set to music, PBS has chosen a 1968 chat between Nina Simone and renowned jazz singer and radio host Lilian Terry.
What Happened, Miss Simone?, which premieres on Netflix this Friday, is a masterpiece. Directed by Oscar-nominated documentarian Liz Garbus, whose storytelling skills are uniquely sensitive to the complicated tales of women and men grappling with fame and internal demons, it presents Nina Simone unlike we’ve ever seen…
Weekly-ish, a pre-approved, snap-judged music guide based on our very scientific, non-subjective Yes/No rating system. There’s really no debating this, come on stop.
What a time to release a documentary about Nina Simone, righteous exemplar/defender of black woman genius and, as her daughter says in this trailer, “an anomaly... brilliant... loved.” What a title it has, too: What Happened, Miss Simone?
While it makes its Cannes debut, Nina is receiving backlash on twitter for its casting choices, while the director just filed a lawsuit against the film's producers.
Last night I returned from a marathon of a trip (that included 18 hours total in the Sheremetyevo airport in Moscow) and woke up to sun and birds chirping. Naturally, the question begs: is this shit here to stay yet?
Aretha Franklin, that classy, classy lady, is apparently tangentially involved, sorta, in who will play her in her much-anticipated upcoming biopic: "I just try to come up with the names I feel are going to best present this, who are the people that will best present my biopic and what I have in mind."
The National Enquirer, bastion of all legitimate-and-definitely-not-made-up-by-peoples'-greed-and-imagination news, reports that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie's slinky, uber-sexual union is being torn asunder by, of all things, Tivo. Brad's allegedly pissed at Angelina for secretly recording episodes of her ex Jonny…
Zoe Saldana has started filming scenes for Nina, the movie that's an unauthorized look at the life of legendary jazz singer Nina Simone, and a paparazzi photo of Saldana on the way to the set reveals that she's been making some physical changes in order to play the part. There's dark makeup on her jaw, and she appears…