Tag Archives: Nina Simone

Friday on My Mind: Martin Luther King Jr.

It’s time again for Friday on My Mind. Our weekly blog post where we look at videos centered around one common theme. This is a collaborative effort between KEXP and King 5 News. Yesterday marked what would have been Martin Luther King Jr.’s 86th birthday. This upcoming Monday the national holiday created in his honorRead more…

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Video Roundup: Let Freedom Ring on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Today, we celebrate what would’ve been the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of history’s greatest voices of liberty. King’s contributions to civil rights have inspired millions, including many musicians who’ve paid tribute to him in song. Below, we’ve collected some of those odes that help King’s message live on for generations.Read more…

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KEXP Documentaries: “Sirens of Jazz” ‒ Nina Simone

Nina Simone’s vocal work, like Billie Holiday’s, is so strong it gets airplay on non-jazz stations.  And after decades of play, her songs are still popular today.  She is one of the 10 female jazz singers we’re profiling in our new KEXP Documentary series Sirens of Jazz. Nina Simone started out as a child prodigyRead more…

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KEXP Documentaries: Civil Rights Songs – Mississippi Goddam

Nina Simone was a famous African-American jazz singer when horrifying civil rights struggles were happening on June 11, 1963, when President Kennedy made a speech to the nation. That same day he had sent national troops to Alabama so that two African-American college students could enter the University of Alabama without being killed by angryRead more…

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