Nina Simone -- The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1


Nina Simone -- The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1
  1. Nina Simone -- The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1
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    In 1964, Civil Rights workers, known as Freedom Riders, were increasingly becoming the victims of violent attacks from the Ku Klux Klan as they initiated a program to register black voters in the Deep South. As members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Raci... [ read more…
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In 1964, Civil Rights workers, known as Freedom Riders, were increasingly becoming the victims of violent attacks from the Ku Klux Klan as they initiated a program to register black voters in the Deep South. As members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the advocates were franticly racing against time in an effort to send representatives to the 1964 Democratic National Convention to push the party agenda toward a Voter's Rights Act. In his book Freedom Summer (Viking, 2010), Bruce Watson tells the story of how SNCC recruited the singer Harry Belafonte to help raise money for the cause. Belafonte, whose political beliefs were largely shaped by singer, actor and Communist activist Paul Robeson, had previously helped the group raise money for a March on Washington and he agreed to support them again. Belafonte's celebrity influence was considerable and it crossed color lines. As a regular New York City club performer he was backed by a band that included Charlie Parker, Max Roach and Miles Davis, but Belafonte was well aware of the limits of his status in the South. Belefonte raised sixty-thousand dollars and decided to travel to Greenwood, Mississippi himself to deliver the money. Nervous about making the trip alone, he enlisted his friend, the actor Sidney Poitier, to accompany him. The two arrived at night, in a single-engine propeller plane and were transferred to a car provided by members of SNCC. As they started their drive, three other cars that had been hidden and waiting in a corn field chased them through the maze of crops, repeatedly ramming their car. The pursuing cars were driven by Klansmen and only when Belafonte's car reached the Black section of Greenwood did the Klansmen retreat. Belafonte and Poitier were ushered into the local Elks hall and delivered the money to the waiting Civil Rights workers. Fearing another attack, the group decided to spend the night in the hall with two shotguns keeping watch at the doors and windows. The fear was rationale; there had been seven murders of blacks and thirty black church burnings in the space of weeks; all were related to the SNCC efforts and none were a priority for the local police. What kept the small group from feeling even more isolated and threatened that night was music, as the advocates and Belafonte engaged in rounds of Civil Rights protest songs, some spontaneously created. There is more than a dotted-line that connects the American Communist Party to the Civil Rights movement and the music associated with the movement's early days. The party was founded about 1919 as a splinter group, out of the Socialist Party of America. Largely made up of…
  1. Spoon Discuss Unreleased Jack Ü Collaboration

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    03.28 / 21:28 stereogum.com
    Spoon released their ninth album, Hot Thoughts, earlier this month, and in a Rolling Stone feature that just went up, Britt Daniel and Alex Fischel talk about a collaboration with Jack Ü -- the Diplo and Skrillex team-up that resulted in a number of hit songs -- that hasn't materialized yet. Here's the relevant …
  2. Master P Announces Biopic

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    03.28 / 21:28 stereogum.com
    This summer, Master P hopes to join the likes of The Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, and N.W.A. on the list of rap artists with their own biopics. …
  3. Sweden: Donny Montell wants to enter Melodifestivalen 2018

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    03.28 / 21:28 escdaily.com
    Donny Montell has shocked many Eurovision fans. The Lithuanian singer is after a new Eurovision challenge – in Sweden! Donny represented Lithuania twice at Eurovision. In 2012 with ‘Love is Blind’ and in 2016 with ‘I’ve Been Waiting For This Night’. In an interview with RTL TV show ‘Good Morning, Lithuania’ he stated that he wants […] The post Sweden: Donny Montell wants to enter Melodifestivalen 2018 appeared first on ESCDaily.com || …
  4. Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox Plays Jesus Christ in New Mick Rock Documentary

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    03.28 / 21:26 pitchfork.com
    Shot! The Psycho-Spiritual Mantra of Rock is a forthcoming documentary on music photographer Mick Rock, out April 7 in theaters and on Amazon/iTunes. The film, which premiered at last year’s Tribeca Film Festival, features a slew of artists, including Father John Misty and Karen O. One cameo is particularly special: In a brief sequence to illustrate an acid flashback, Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox appears as Jesus Christ, hanging from a cross wearing a crown of thorns and not much else. …
  5. John Coltrane Documentary Chasing Trane Coming to Theaters

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    03.28 / 21:26 pitchfork.com
    A new trailer has been released for a forthcoming documentary about John Coltrane, titled Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Story. Watch it below via Vanity Fair. Combining archival footage, photographs and performances, the film tells the story of the jazz musician's short but powerful life. Since Coltrane gave minimal radio interviews and never gave a television interview before he died at age 40, Denzel Washington narrates his words. “In many of his roles Denzel radiates an exceptional qu…
  6. Watch Danny Brown and Jonah Hill’s New “Ain’t It Funny” Video

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    03.28 / 21:26 pitchfork.com
    As promised, Danny Brown and Jonah Hill have shared a new collaboration. Hill directed the video for Brown’s Atrocity Exhibition track “Ain’t It Funny.” It initially streamed on Danny’s Periscope. Watch it below. It features Brown starring alongside Gus Van Sant and others in a dark sitcom satire that also includes an anthropomorphic cough syrup bottle and Xanax bar. Hill is a noted rap fan. He did “Jumpman” with Future on “SNL,” famously played “Connect 4” with Kanye West, and took part i…
  7. Nicki Minaj, Zendaya Weigh in on Bill O’Reilly’s Controversial Maxine Waters Comments

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    03.28 / 21:24 923amp.cbslocal.com
    O'Reilly referred to Waters' hair as a "James Brown…
  8. Tonight. The LIVECAST Has BLACK DAHLIA MURDER's Trevor Strnad Judging Your Unsigned Band on Thrash It or Trash It

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    03.28 / 21:23 metalinjection.net
    We have a very special edition of Thrash It or Trash It tonight, with special guest Trevor Strnad of The Black... The post Tonight. The LIVECAST Has BLACK DAHLIA MURDER's Trevor Strnad Judging Your Unsigned Band on Thrash It or Trash It appeared first on Metal …
  9. Police Warning Shots May Be In For A Comeback

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    03.28 / 21:19 kasu.org
    Why don't the police fire warning shots? That's a question that comes up a lot, especially after controversial shooting deaths. Last fall, the International Association of Chiefs of Police and 10 other law enforcement groups got together to work out a consensus policy on the use of force — a sort of model document for local departments that want to update their rules. When the document came out in January, it contained a surprise: it allowed for warning shots. For police trainers and u…
  10. What Russia's Protests Mean For Putin's Opposition

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    03.28 / 21:19 kasu.org
    Russians are still trying to understand exactly what happened over the weekend, when thousands of people – many of them teenagers – turned out for anti-government rallies in dozens of cities across the country. Sunday's rallies were the biggest public demonstration of discontent with the Kremlin since a wave of protests five winters ago that failed to stop the reelection of Vladimir Putin for an unprecedented third term as president. Two years later, the Kremlin's military intervention in U…
  11. Deportation Fears Prompt Immigrants To Cancel Food Stamps

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    03.28 / 21:19 kasu.org
    Groups that help low-income families get food assistance are alarmed by a recent drop in the number of immigrants seeking help. Some families are even canceling their food stamps and other government benefits, for fear that receiving them will affect their immigration status or lead to deportation. Many of the concerns appear to be unfounded, but have been fueled by the Trump administration's tough stance on immigration. Officials at Manna Food Center in Montgomery County, Md., report that…
  12. The Revivalists Add Tour Dates Including Central Park Summerstage

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    03.28 / 21:17 jambands.com
    New Orleans outfit The Revivalists have expanded their current “Still Feeling Good From Yesterday” tour, which continues this weekend and now includes more headlining gigs and a spot at New York’s Central Park Summerstage. The new dates include stops in Toronto, Atlantic City, the…
  13. Bonnaroo Details Club Stage Artists

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    03.28 / 21:17 jambands.com
    Bonnaroo has announced the artists it will be highlighting at this year’s Club Stage, which consists of up-and-coming acts and under-the-radar bands that the festival collects to introduce to a new set of fans. This year’s Club Stage lineup features Baskery, Backup Planet, Mt. Joy, Jacob…
  14. Joe Russo & Friends Share Video From ‘Hooteroll? + Plus!’ Rehearsal

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    03.28 / 21:17 jambase.com
    Drummer Joe Russo has shared a preview of next month's 'Hooteroll? + Plus' concert filmed live in the…
  15. Pro-Shot Video: The Suffers Perform ‘Good Day’ Aboard Jam Cruise 15

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    03.28 / 21:17 jambase.com
    Watch Houston-based soul band The Suffers play "Good Day" during their Pool Deck set on the final full day of Jam Cruise…
  16. Travis Scott's Kendrick Lamar-Assisted "Goosebumps" Goes Platinum

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    03.28 / 21:17 hotnewhiphop.com
    Travis Scott and Kendrick Lamar's "Goosebumps" just went…
  17. Nick Young Gives Tour Of His Walk-In Closet, "Most Hated" Apparel +More

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    03.28 / 21:17 hotnewhiphop.com
    "I've kind of always been just daring and trying new…
  18. YFN Lucci Feat. YFN Trae Pound "Ammunition" Video

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    03.28 / 21:17 hotnewhiphop.com
    YFN Lucci & YFN Trae Pound combat terrorism in explosive new video.…
  19. Ratings: “Bates Motel” Dips For Second Rihanna Appearance, Shower Scene

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    03.28 / 21:14 headlineplanet.com
    Last week’s “Bates Motel,” which featured guest star Rihanna’s first appearance, posted gains in adults 18-49 and total viewership. This week’s episode, which featured her second appearance, endured slight declines. The post Ratings: “Bates Motel” Dips For Second Rihanna Appearance, Shower Scene appeared first on Headline…
  20. Harry Styles Scheduled To Perform On April 15 “Saturday Night Live”

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    03.28 / 21:14 headlineplanet.com
    Earlier this month, NBC announced that Jimmy Fallon would be hosting the April 15 edition of “Saturday Night Live.” At the time, it did not confirm the musical guest. The The post Harry Styles Scheduled To Perform On April 15 “Saturday Night Live” appeared first on Headline…