Nina Simone in Concert

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  • Analysis Of Mississippi Goddam By Nina Simone

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    of a full realization of Black freedom a century after the Thirteenth Amendment. [1. Sound of the Break: Jazz and the Failures of Emancipation Bridget R. Cooks American Quarterly (June 2016) no. 2 330] It took Nina Simone an hour to write “Mississippi Goddam”, which is a song based on the place names of oppression. It was written immediately in the wake of the 1963 church bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, where four African American girls, none older than fourteen

  • Nina Simone Essay

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    this notion, she decided to take a stage name. She chose Nina – an affectionate term that an ex-boyfriend used to call her meaning girl in Spanish – and Simone – after Simone Signoret a French actor, because she though it sounded sophisticated. With her new stage name, she got a job in a small bar and grill off the boardwalk. At first she just played the piano, but her boss told her that she had to sing or she could not keep the job. Nina began to put her own style – a mixture from her background

  • Who Is Nina Simone?

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    performance. Nina Simone is perhaps the most politically significant figure of the latter group, as she not only actively participated as a proponent of civil rights efforts, but became a pioneer in black power and feminist ideology. Nina Simone transcended the typical ideas of blackness through her music, and used this position of respectability to further more radical, advanced ideas of black liberation that would make up much of the rhetoric for the 1970s and beyond. Before Nina Simone was an activist

  • How Did Nina Simone Influence The Civil Rights Movement

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    captivating people with her raspy voice and beautiful music training. As a devoted Civil Rights activists, Ms. Simone used her platform as a singer to fight the cause. She was known for songs such as “Mississippi Goddam," "Young, Gifted and Black" and "Feeling Good”. She didn’t feed on fame, she used it to expand the work that others were doing. Before she would be known as Nina Simone, on February 21, 1933, in Tryon, North Carolina, Eunice Kathleen Waymon was born. As a young girl, playing piano

  • The Work Of Nina Simone

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    Nina Simone was born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, February 21, 1933 in North Carolina. The sixth of eight children, she began playing the piano at the age of three and showed extreme talent for classical music. Due to the poverty of her family, her mother worked as a maid. Nina showed her talent to her mother’s employer, who recognized her great ability and started a fund to pay for Nina’s piano lessons and early education. When she was twelve she performed a classical piano recital. Her parents had

  • The Great Leaders Of The Civil Rights Movement

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    actions is Nina Simone. She made an impact on the Civil Right Movement that not many other artist or celebrity would have done. When you think of the Civil Rights Movement the first three that come to mind of course are, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcom X, and Rosa Parks. So, when someone hears the name Nina Simone the two most common responses might be “Who’s that?” or “Oh the singer?”. But what is forgotten is how she, at such a high level, put her reputation at a risk. Nina Simone was a very

  • Essay on Civil Rights, Equality and the Music of Nina Simone

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    Nina Simone used music to challenge, provoke, incite, and inform the masses during the period that we know as the Civil Rights Era. In the songs” Four Women”, “Young Gifted and Black”, and Mississippi God Damn”, Nina Simone musically maps a personal "intersectionality" as it relates to being a black American female artist. Kimberly Crenshaw defines "intersectionality" as an inability for black women to separate race, class and gender. Nina Simone’s music directly addresses this paradigm. While

  • Nina Simone Contributions

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    dominant sources of leadership and influence. Nina Simone led an influential and successful life as a musical artist, especially during the civil rights movement. Her music fused genres of classical, soul, rhythm and blues, and jazz to create a completely unique, uncategorizable style of music. Her contralto voice and distinguished musical style made her easily recognizable and popular to a diverse, global audience during the 60s and 70s. Although Simone is often omitted from historical recounts of

  • Questions That Could Be Used For Interviewing Musicians

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    Questions that could be used in interviewing musicians. 
 1. When and why did you start playing? I started to sing in a choir at the age of 5. I have always expressed myself through music, so my mom got me into the choir as soon as I was old enough to be able to sing Lyrics. 
 2. Which instruments do you play? My voice is my main instrument. But I do play a little bit of guitar and piano when I 'm writing new songs, or when I haven 't got an instrumentalist who can back me up.
 3. What was the first

  • Racism In 'A Raisin In The Sun'

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    about the racism, and they did it with music among other things. A Raisin in the Sun has many correlations to classic Motown songs and was used to show how prevalent racism was in that time and moving forward. The whole family feels trapped like Nina Simone and her song,”I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to Be Free.” They have the drive to better themselves and are willing to say what they want to people who try to keep them down. When Mama buys the new house, Ruth is very