Meant for a bedazzling golden sequin dress, Sharon Jones owns the stage as she stomps, and twirls, and sings with mighty strength after a nasty battle with cancer. If you don’t know this American soul and funk diva already, it’s not easy to forget her this time in Academy Award winning director, Barbara Kopple’s new… Continue reading MISS SHARON JONES!


Zoe Saldana stars as famed musician Nina Simone in the later part of her 70-year life. She drinks, smokes and falls into a vessel of self-destructive behavior. But despite Saldana’s efforts and the remaining – and impressive – supporting cast, Cynthia Mort’s script misses the mark. (BKP 3/5) Review by Associate Editor Brigid K. Presecky… Continue reading NINA


Nina Simone was an immeasurable talent, more than just a classically trained pianist with a powerful voice. Simone’s contribution to the world of music was substantial, as captured by this documentary. What Happened, Miss Simone, directed by Liz Garbus, paints the full picture of Miss Simone’s career, the talent, and the struggles of a brilliant… Continue reading WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?