nina simone

Nina Simone biopic: Zoe Saldana is just the wrong choice

And yes it’s because she’s just too light-skinned for the role, I won’t lie. As far back as 2010 The Hollywood Reporter and other Hollywood trade publications were reporting on Mary J Blige starring in the role of the late great Jazz Chanteuse,  pianist  and civil rights activist  Nina Simone. Since then, Blige has pulled […]

Born to sing the blues: A fans tribute to Etta James

    Last week I tweeted that Ms. Etta James wasn’t long for this world, then Friday came the news that Ms. James had passed away that morning (20 January), at a hospital in Riverside County, California. The quality of her life had diminished considerably, so it was expected and for me a relief that she was no […]