Nina Simone documentary

Nina Simone‘s power was evident any time she sang; her personality came through in every aspect of her unique voice and delivery. She was amazing, and her music will endure. But not many people know her full story.

What Happened, Miss Simone? is the authorized Nina Simone documentary, directed by Liz Garbus (Bobby Fischer Against the WorldKilling in the Name), and featuring interviews with her family and friends, among many others. The highlight of the film, based on word out of its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, is likely the extended performance footage seen in the doc, but I’m excited to see the whole story. Check out the What Happened, Miss Simone? trailer here. Read More »

Mary J. Blige Set to Play Nina Simone

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A Nina Simone biopic has been slowly crawling toward a start date for some time. Now it seems to be more firmly in the ‘go’ column, with long-attached Mary J. Blige set to star. But rather than presenting a comprehensive take on the singer’s life, the film “will focus on Simone’s relationship with her assistant Clifton Henderson, who will be played by David Oyelowo.” That might be reason for disappointment, or it might be a way to keep the film from falling into the trap of covering a great span of time in relatively little detail. Read More »