Film Review: What Happened, Miss Simone?

May 21 / 16 Hello again. I did promise a film review right? I just saw What Happened Miss Simone a few weeks ago. I saw it twice actually. She was called the Priestess of Soul. Not only was Simone a singer, but also a very accomplished pianist, whose voice crossed to jazz, blues, folk, r&b, pop, and gospel. The biographical documentary film, directed by Liz Garbus, focuses on Simone’s early years, the ups and downs of her career and personal life. You see rare archival footage of her performances, interviews from her daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, an actress and … Continue reading Film Review: What Happened, Miss Simone?

Creative Spotlight: Nina Simone

April 11 / 16 I first heard of singer, songwriter, composer, and activist  Nina Simone in the 1993’s Point of No Return, but I really didn’t get to hear her until recently, when I watched the 2015 documentary film What Happened Miss Simone? which is featured on Netflix. This documentary features interviews from her ex-husband, Andrew Stroud, their daughter Lisa, and others. The documentary goes beyond who Simone really was. That’s when I really began to hear not only her music, but the woman behind it. Born Eunice Waymon, Simone began playing the piano at very young age. It wasn’t … Continue reading Creative Spotlight: Nina Simone