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Nina Simone (1933-2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist and jazz musician

Nina Simone (1933-2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist and jazz musician

Nina Simone: every element in this shot ooooozes industial strength style!

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Nina Simone: every element in this shot ooooozes industial strength style!

R.I.P. Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), better known to the world as Nina Simone.

R.I.P. Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), better known to the world as Nina Simone.

This clever kiddo channels a wide range of iconic African-American women—from civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, and Angela Davis to entertainers like Josephine Baker and Nina Simone.

This clever kiddo channels a wide range of iconic African-American women—from civil rights leaders like Rosa Parks, Coretta Scott King, and Angela Davis to entertainers like Josephine Baker and Nina Simone.

Redd Foxx and Nina Simone chilling in 1959. They were shot by G. Marshall Wilson (1906-1998), who was a staff photographer for EBONY for 33 years. In other news, this photo will be hanging on my wall in the near future…

Redd Foxx and Nina Simone chilling in 1959. They were shot by G. Marshall Wilson (1906-1998), who was a staff photographer for EBONY for 33 years. In other news, this photo will be hanging on my wall in the near future…

Nellie Lutcher (October 15, 1912 – June 8, 2007) was an African-American R&B and jazz singer and pianist, who gained prominence in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She was most recognizable for her diction and exaggerated pronunciation, and was credited as an influence by Nina Simone among others... In 1935, she moved to Los Angeles, where she married Leonel Lewis and had a son. She began to play swing piano, and also to sing, in small combos throughout the area and began developing her own…

Nellie Lutcher (October 15, 1912 – June 8, 2007) was an African-American R&B and jazz singer and pianist, who gained prominence in the late 1940s and early 1950s. She was most recognizable for her diction and exaggerated pronunciation, and was credited as an influence by Nina Simone among others... In 1935, she moved to Los Angeles, where she married Leonel Lewis and had a son. She began to play swing piano, and also to sing, in small combos throughout the area and began developing her own…

Kanye West is well known for his unique incorporation of classic jazz samples over hip-hop beats. His samples range from African american jazz and/or rhythm and blues musicians like Gil Scott-Heron, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Otis Redding, to name a few. In West's Ode to Grean St.Truif he candidly references the modern day lynching of African American Artists in the rap industry. In His sixth studio album addresses notions of the "New Slave" and is a reminder of the presence of racism.

Kanye West is well known for his unique incorporation of classic jazz samples over hip-hop beats. His samples range from African american jazz and/or rhythm and blues musicians like Gil Scott-Heron, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Otis Redding, to name a few. In West's Ode to Grean St.Truif he candidly references the modern day lynching of African American Artists in the rap industry. In His sixth studio album addresses notions of the "New Slave" and is a reminder of the presence of racism.

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