The Roots’ Black Thought releases audiobook ‘7 Years’

Black Thought of The Roots released his new audiobook titled 7 Years on Thursday, July 8, 2021. The book debuted exclusively in the U.S. as part of the Words + Music series covering the intimate journeys of music artists such as Sheryl Crow, Smokey Robinson and more on Amazon’s Audible platform. In 7 Years, Black Thought […]

Nina Simone’s granddaughter defends Chloe Bailey’s risqué performance

Chloe Bailey, one half of the dynamic R&B duo Chloe x Halle, made her solo television debut Friday, June 18, 2021, on ABC’s “Juneteenth: Together We Triumph — A Soul of a Nation Special,” performing a cover of Nina Simone’s 1965 classic “Feeling Good.” Many viewers felt the singer’s set was simply too sexy for […]

Nina Simone’s family blames Kamala Harris for loss of their land

The family of the late legendary singer Nina Simone accused Vice President Kamala Harris of ripping the family away from their mother’s estate and legacy when she was the California attorney general. The diatribe against Harris began innocently enough as Simone’s surviving granddaughter, RéAnna Simone Kelly, defended Chloe Bailey’s sexually provocative rendition of Simone’s classic […]

Questlove makes his directorial debut with ‘Summer of Soul’ film (video)

The Roots’ Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson premiered his new movie Summer of Soul (… Or When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) during Sundance’s virtual screening this  pastweekend. The movie takes an in-depth look at the Harlem Cultural Festival which has been described as a pre-Coachella music gathering. The Harlem Cultural Festival, also referred to as […]

Why Zoe Saldana regrets portrayal of Nina Simone in biopic

In the early 2010s, Zoe Saldana stood as one of the rising actresses in Hollywood. Following her roles in Colombiana and Avatar, Saldana appeared to be making significant moves in her career. However, she received backlash when she portrayed Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic, Nina. During the filming, Saldana, who is Afro-Latina, wore skin-darkening […]

Rapper Y2 reveals how his fearless instinct landed him a deal with Sony Music

Y2, who recently signed to Sony Music, has built an impressive resume as a rapper, songwriter and producer. He has written songs for popular artists, such as Rihanna, Dr. Dre, Gucci Mane, Jessica Jarrell, Bun B, and Trey Songz. Y2 stopped by rolling out studios for an exclusive interview to discuss his new deal with Sony […]

Happy Mother’s Day to the mother of all mothers

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers who have made sacrifices to help their children achieve their wildest dreams. To those who have cultivated loving relationships and created phenomenal human beings, thank you. This sentiment is seldom shared consistently and is often only expressed annually, even though it should happen daily, hourly, every second, even […]

Being Black and woman: The eternal struggle

In Nina Simone’s classic Four Women, she serenades her listeners with the external and internal struggles of being a Black woman in a White world. Simone narrates the lonely journey Black women must travel to maintain their spiritual, mental and physical well-being. For centuries, White society has attempted to nurture self-doubt and self-hatred in Black […]

Queen Latifah and Paula Patton defend Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana has had a rough few weeks as she’s been repeatedly blasted by fans and family members of late soul legend Nina Simone for her portrayal of the singer in the upcoming film biopic Nina. Although lots of people have had something negative to say about Saldana and the film, Saldana recently got some […]

India Arie blasts Nina Simone biopic

Everywhere you turn it seems like somebody is talking about the upcoming Nina Simone biopic and unfortunately for the movie’s star, Zoe Saldana, most people don’t have anything positive to say about her portrayal of the soul legend. Now, famous singer India Arie has weighed in on the matter and blasted the film, as well. As […]

Nina Simone’s daughter defends Zoe Saldana; still hates film

Zoe Saldana

The backlash and controversy surrounding the upcoming Zoe Saldana led biopic on the life of beloved music icon Nina Simone has been far and wide. Everyone from bewildered fans to fellow actresses have weighed in on the issue (usually with criticism of Saldana) since promotion of the film began to kick into high gear last […]

‘London Has Fallen’ red carpet world premiere

[jwplatform dU22JwK9] Rolling out was on the red carpet for the world premiere of the action-packed film London Has Fallen starring Morgan Freeman Angela Bassett and many more. We caught up with the cast just before they entered the ArcLight theater to view their film. Check out the interviews.

Nina Simone’s brother responds to Zoe Saldana

2016 isn’t going so well for Zoe Saldana’s career. After enjoying a quiet few months at the top of the year, Saldana came under extreme scrutiny this past week as promotion began for her highly controversial portrayal of late soul legend Nina Simone in the upcoming Nina biopic. And after being blasted by Simone’s estate earlier […]

Nina Simone’s estate claps back at Zoe Saldana

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Black Twitter users aren’t the only ones livid about Zoe Saldana’s Nina. As previously reported, the Internet has been up in arms over the last several days after the project released its first official movie poster and trailer, featuring the 37-year-old in blackface. “Zoe Saldana looks nothing like Nina Simone #FAIL not even close. Why […]

Kendrick Lamar g—-m! A history of the Black protest song

Last night the crowd at the Grammys got a taste of what Black Lives Matter protesters have been feeling all year. Kendrick Lamar performed a transcendent rendition of “Alright,” which has become this generation’s protest anthem. From the days of blues and prohibition, Black musicians have been relaying our moods through song and melody. This […]

Famous Black celebrities with mental illness

Mental illness takes many forms; therefore, the issues those battling mental health face often go unseen. For some Black celebrities with mental health issues, life is often filled with tragedy and triumphs while engaging in a private and public battle. Following is a list of famous Black celebrities who have battled mental illness. Michael Jackson Megastar Michael Jackson […]

10 celebrities whose lives were changed by breast cancer

October was proclaimed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. While the Susan G. Komen Foundation and several other national organizations have impacted our culture, the need remains for even more women to be encouraged to get mammograms on a regular basis, as early detection is the best prevention. The following celebrities have battled breast cancer, […]

Zoe Saldana’s Nina Simone biopic set to hit theaters in December

Zoe Saldana’s controversial turn as legendary singer and activist Nina Simone is on its way to theaters. RLJ Entertainment recently announced that it has acquired the North American rights to Nina and plans to release the film in December. “I had the special privilege early in my career of working with Ms. Simone while coordinating […]

Ozara Odé performs with purpose

Ozara Odé captivates the audience as she portrays Nina Simone. This rising star dreams of taking on the big screen in the near future. What inspired you to get into the entertainment business? I was actually inspired to get into the entertainment business to draw attention to the causes that are most near and dear to […]