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 to Soul Icon Marvin Gaye!

Today – April 2nd – would have been the legendary Marvin Gaye’s 74th birthday.

Marvin Gaye is responsible for some of the most important music of the 20th century; art that combined technical daring and inventiveness, with an intoxicating conceptual mixture of sensuality, spirituality, and politics.

His landmark album What’s Goin’ On still stands as the greatest soul album ever made, and later LPs like Let’s Get It On, I Want You, and Here, My Dear aren’t far behind.

Happy 71st Birthday to The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin

Today is the 71st birthday of the undisputed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin!

Not much to say about Aretha that hasn’t already been said. The woman is a force of nature. Arguably the greatest voice in the history of popular music, Franklin’s vocal chops are legendary and her impact on rock and soul untouchable.

Back in 2008, Rolling Stone named Aretha Franklin the no. 1 Greatest Singer of All Time. Mary J. Blige wrote a wonderful editorial for the feature:

From Rolling Stone:

You know a force from heaven. You know something that God made. And Aretha is a gift from God. When it comes to expressing yourself through song, there is no one who can touch her. She is the reason why women want to sing.

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.

Rhythm, Blue, Social Disorder


The conscious humyn evaluates and integrates various influences of  style regardless of race, gender or and social divisions. If “male” has a significance, you could receive the conscious male and his personality as influenced by Sade or Nina Simone. He, or better the humyn, could express a masculinity/femininity that is too distinct for either/or. Manifesting the Sade in him, he’s not afraid to express his experience of the sweetest taboo. Nothing’s loss of his power to create in the world, though he may tell you that he wants to feel an intense love like no other.

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!