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Backlash against casting Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone gets real

The first look at the upcoming Nina Simone biopic is out, and it’s reigniting objections to a light-skinned actress playing the dark-skinned civil rights activist and jazz singer. Criticism has dogged “Nina” since news broke in 2012 that actress Zoe Saldana, who is of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, would play the woman known to Read More…

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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Gil Scott-Heron now on Blu-Ray

“Black Wax,” the masterful 1982 portrait of the great poet-singer-songwriter and rap music forefather Gil Scott-Heron, is now available for the first time on DVD and Blu-Ray. Filmed entirely on location in Washington, D.C. by acclaimed director Robert Mugge, Scott-Heron is documented with his 10-piece Midnight Band performing such potent political numbers as “Winter in Read More…

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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Miles, Nina back on track

While chart toppers and youngsters are vying to produce this summer’s signature song, a trio of releases this week centered around music icons may prove that everything old is new again. Miles Davis’ 20-year association as an artist at impresario George Wein’s renowned Newport Jazz Festival is a thriving tradition that is celebrated with the Read More…