Nina Simone Documentary In The Works

The estate of Nina Simone has partnered with to bring us the definitive documentary on the life and legacy of Nina Simone.

The project will use never-before-seen archival footage to tell her incredible story.

From NewsOne:

According to the press release, Jayson Jackson, the estate’s representative, brought the project to, and it will include “highlights from hours of never-before-seen archival and performance footage tracing Nina’s life from her journey from poverty in the Jim Crow South, to her defining role in the Civil Rights struggle and her arrival on the world’s stage and finally, her self-imposed exile in France.”

Happy Birthday Nina Simone!

Today is Nina Simone’s birthday.

An endlessly fascinating vocalist and fierce activist, Nina Simone changed the face of American popular music.

There were great jazz vocalists before her, but no singer was more fearless with their delivery, arrangements, style, and subject matter. A true maverick.

VIDEO: Jill Scott "He Loves Me" LIVE


Check out this phenomenal performance from Jill Scott. While the details of the video are unclear, we can guess that this is probably from the Soul Train Awards in 2001. Jilly gives a haunting rendition of her hit “He Loves Me.”

Her vocals here are out of this world. The audience goes absolutely ape-shit; even Ms. Patty LaBelle has to show her some love.

I can’t think of a better way to start off November 2011. Happy Tuesday, everyone!