February 25, 2020

OWHL Artist of the Week: Nina Simone

This resource provides interviews with Nina Simone, essays about her life, and links to her fiercely powerful songs.
by Derek Curtis

Angela Davis invoked Nina Simone's name multiple times during her talk in Cochran Chapel on February 14. If you are interested in learning more about M. Simone, this resource provides interviews with her, reflections on her art and life, analyses of her relationship to the Civil Rights movement (including this piece by Angela Davis), videos of M. Simone performing, and audio-files and appreciations of her fiercely powerful songs.

|Essays|

Nina Simone's Music was about so much than a Soundtrack to a Movement [Mail & Guardian]

Nina Simone - 10 of The Best [The Guardian]

Nina Simone’s Live Performances of Her Poignant Civil Rights Protest Songs [Open Culture]

Nina Simone: Her Art and Life in 33 Songs [Pitchfork]

11 Nina Simone Songs You Need to Know [Vulture]

A Raised Voice: How Nina Simone Turned the Movement into Music [New Yorker]

The Fierce Courage of Nina Simone [New York Review of Books]

“I Don’t Trust You Anymore”: Nina Simone, Culture, and Black Activism in the 1960s [J or Am. History]

Nina Simone’s Face [The Atlantic]

Nina Simone & The Civil Rights Movement: Protest at Her Piano, Audience at Her Feet [J of International Women’s Studies]

What Happened to Nina Simone? [The Atlantic]

Nina Simone: “Are You Ready to Burn Buildings?” [The Guardian]

Memoir in a Melody: The Outrage in Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam” [Signature]

When Nina Simone Sang What Everyone Was Thinking [Longreads]

“Ain’t Got No, I Got Life”: #OscarsSoWhite & The Problem of Women Musicians in Film [LA Review of Books]

Nikki Giovanni on Her Friend Nina Simone: If She Were Here, She’d Be Wearing a ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-Shirt [The Root]

Nina Simone: The Voice of a People [Vinyl Me, Please]

“I Wish I knew How It Would Feel to Be Free”: Nina Simone and the Redefining of the Freedom Song of the 1960s [J of The Society for American Music]

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1 [All About Jazz]

The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 2 [All About Jazz]

Nina Simone in Liberia [Guernica]

A Spell Deferred [New Republic]

|Videos|

Nina Simone Interview [BBC Hardtalk]

Nina Simone: To Be Young, Gifted, and Black

Nina Simone - 1966 Martin Bronstein Interview Nina Simone performance and interview [Black Journal]

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OWHL Artist of the Week: Nina Simone

This resource provides interviews with Nina Simone, essays about her life, and links to her fiercely powerful songs.

Climate Cafe talk by Katharine Hayhoe

Please join us this coming Friday night, February 21st from 6-7pm in the Makerspace Cafe for a talk by Katharine Hayhoe.