Nina Simone

Laiona Michelle
Sam Mattingly

Laiona Michelle, who dazzled audiences in in last year's George Street Playhouse production of her Little Girl Blue: The Nina Simone Musical, returns for a one-night only performance at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center on March 19 at 7:30pm in the Elizabeth Ross Johnson Theater.

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The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Arts Council, the N.C. African American Heritage Commission and the National Trust for Historic Preservation announced this week that more than $60,000 has been raised during the North Carolina Year of Music to benefit the rehabilitation and preservation of Nina Simone’s childhood home in Tryon, N.C.

MTW
Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience

The new Associate Director of the Clement A. Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture and the Modern Experience and one of the organizers of the upcoming MTW is Salamishah Tillet.

Tillet sat down recently with WBGO's News Director Doug Doyle to talk about this year's MTW's theme:  The Erotic as Power:  Sexuality and the Black Experience.

The event begins at 9:30am on Saturday, February 16th  at the Paul Robeson Campus Center at Rutgers University-Newark.

Laiona Michelle
T. Charles Erickson

Nina Simone was a cultural icon who used her creativity to attract a worldwide audience and spread a message of social and personal injustice and racial inequality.

Actress and playwright Laiona Michelle, through Ms. Simone's words and 17 songs, raises the high priestess' profile in Little Girl Blue, running through February 24th at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Michelle joined WBGO morning host Gary Walker to talk about this seven year project which one could immediately tell had changed her own outlook on the world around her.