Currently free to watch on Prime Video, do not miss the opportunity to watch the documentary "I am not your negro" by James Baldwin. It conjures up the period of history in 1960s America when the Civil Rights movement was at its height. James Baldwin is an excellent communicator, debater, writer, playwright and commentator - …
This is one of the best films available on Netflix. I’m reposting, as a friend of mine saw it recently and was just as profoundly shaken and stirred by it. Totally absorbing.
Last night I more or less idly began watching a documentary on Netflix about Nina Simone – and was right from the start transfixed by her words: “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me – no fear!”
From those opening comments in “What happened to you Miss Simone?” I was glued to the screen. One of the words most used by the singer herself is “compelling” – and it fits her appearances.
Musically, she is electrifying: confident, powerful, emotional, unpredictable, distinctive. Like all great artists in any genre (and this is something someone needs to tell warbly teenage wannabe popstars)
- she inherited powerful art skills through her family (literature words and performance as her mother was a Bible preacher)
- has invested depth into her art by years of studying and acquiring classical technique (classical piano study),
- responding to her times and national culture (Civil Rights),
- bringing in her most personal…
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I had heard of this important encounter for the actress who played "Uhura" in Star Trek. But now I get to hear it, in detail from her, and I'm pulled into the moment and times. It takes 12 minutes to tell the story, but it is worth hearing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pSq_UIuxba8 "At that moment, my world tilted..."
Review of the jawdropping documentary on Nina Simone, musical artist, songwriter, radical. Reasons to watch the film.