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“More Than Just a Jazz Performer”: Nina Simone’s Border Crossings

Ruth Feldstein

in How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195314038
eISBN:
9780199344819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314038.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter focuses on Nina Simone, a classically trained pianist who shifted to more popular music in the 1950s and who, after 1963, used her music to participate in and recast black activism. ... More


Nina Simone’s Quadruple Consciousness

Malik Gaines

in Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479837038
eISBN:
9781479822607
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479837038.003.0002
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The musical performances of Nina Simone are situated in her activist context, influenced by the civil rights movement and her friends, including playwright Lorraine Hansberry. Simone’s relationship ... More


Reimagining Africa: How Black Women Invented the Language of Soul in the 1950s

Tanisha C. Ford

in Liberated Threads: Black Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9781469625157
eISBN:
9781469625171
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625157.003.0002
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter examines how women soul singers Miriam Makeba, Nina Simone, Abbey Lincoln, and Odetta developed a language of soul in the late 1950s and early 1960s that was then marketed by record ... More


Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

Nadine Cohodas

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872437
eISBN:
9781469602240
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas
Subject:
History, African-American History

Born Eunice Waymon in Tryon, North Carolina, Nina Simone began her musical life playing classical piano. A child prodigy, she wanted a career on the concert stage, but when the Curtis Institute of ... More


Prologue

Nadine Cohodas

in Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872437
eISBN:
9781469602240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas.3
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter shows that it was more a path emerging than a promise fulfilled that put Nina Simone on a makeshift stage in Montgomery, Alabama, on a sodden March night in 1965. Nina wanted to sing for ... More


The Souls of Black Gay Folk: The Black Arts Movement and Melvin Dixon’s Revision of Du Boisian Double Consciousness in Vanishing Rooms

Charles Nero

in Black Intersectionalities: A Critique for the 21st Century

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781846319389
eISBN:
9781781380901
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/liverpool/9781846319389.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Melvin Dixon’s 1991 novel Vanishing Rooms is widely regarded as a gay novel, but it intersects in specific ways with African American liberation struggles. First, it uses the queer doubling ... More


How It Feels to Be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement

Ruth Feldstein

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780195314038
eISBN:
9780199344819
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314038.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

How It Feels to Be Free tells a story about black women entertainers and their relationships to the civil rights/black power movement. The book focuses on six performers: singer and film star Lena ... More


Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left: A History of the Impossible

Malik Gaines

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781479837038
eISBN:
9781479822607
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9781479837038.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

Black Performance on the Outskirts of the Left uses the notion of excess—its transgression, multiplicity, and ambivalence—to consider performances of the sixties that circulated a black political ... More


. Called For and Delivered ~ June 1898–February 1933 ~

Nadine Cohodas

in Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807872437
eISBN:
9781469602240
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807882740_cohodas.4
Subject:
History, African-American History

This chapter discusses the gifts that would turn Eunice Waymon into Nina Simone; they were apparent by the time Nina was three, though the passions, the mood swings, and the ferocious intensity that ... More


Conclusion a Tale of Two Cities

Luther Adams

in Way Up North in Louisville: African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807834220
eISBN:
9781469603865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807899434_adams.11
Subject:
History, African-American History

This book concludes by discussing the death of Martin Luther King, Jr. After his murder, some African Americans across the nation responded with violent protests. In more than 168 cities blacks ... More


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