Nina Simone & Sister Rosetta Tharpe Are 2018 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Nina Simone are 2018 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Tharpe was an early pioneer of rock becoming a star in the 1940’s with her hits “Rock Me” and “Strange Things Happening Every Day.” She was one of the first successful gospel artists to enter the mainstream with a sound that had a heavy secular influence. Her mastery of the guitar and the use of distortion made her the first guitar hero of rock. Little Richard received his first break from as a child and Aretha Franklin, Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Issac Hayes and Jerry Lee Lewis were all influenced by Tharpe. Those achievements have gotten her labeled as the Godmother Of Rock and the Hall of Fame has inducted her into the category of Early Influences.

Nina Simone’s jazz, folk and classical informed style was enlivened by a voice in search of social justice. Her song “Mississippi Goddamn” reflected the Civil Rights struggle in the United States and was inspired by the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four little girls. She later recorded “To Be Young, Gifted And Black” and “Four Women” which also were a response to the racism of the times. Simone is being inducted into the category of Performers.

LL Cool J, Nina Simone, The Meters & Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan Are 2018 Nominee For The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

[youtube id=”A5VlshF5xCQ”] The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame announced the 2018 nominees today. LL Cool J, Chaka Khan Featuring Rufus, The Meters, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Eurythmics are among the 19 voting choices. Music industry professionals and artists will cast their vote and the five nominees with the most support become the new inductees. Fans can also vote for their picks out of the nominees here. The five most popular vote-getters chosen by the public form one ballot and they are taken into consideration with the same amount of importance as the other submitted ballots.


Media Questions Of The Week

Would it have been better to cast someone other than Zoe Saldana in the role of Nina Simone in the movie Nina? If so, who? And why did director Cynthia Mort want to make a movie about Simone based on a fictitious relationship?


Is Berry Gordy right about Michael Jackson still being alive if he had stayed on Motown?

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Is Malcolm Jamal-Warner right about Woody Allen and Roman Polanski not having their careers suffer in the same way as Bill Cosby for similar issues because Cosby is Black?

Nina Trailer

Entertainment Weekly debuted the trailer for the Cynthia Mort-directed Nina. Zoe Saldana stars as Nina Simone and the internet is already criticizing Saldana’s heavily made-up appearance as Simone. Many people feel that Saldana’s appearance is disrespectful to Simone’s legacy as a proud dark-skinned Black woman who spoke openly about her challenges in a world that deemed her ugly. When Saldana was initially cast as Simone, onlookers questioned the choice and wondered why another actress like Adepero Oduye, Teyonah Paris or Lauryn Hill were not considered for the role. The movie looks at Simone’s life as a trailblazing artist, her depression and her relationship with Clifton Henderson, played by David Oyelowo, who was her assistant and became her manager. Nina will be in theaters and  available as VOD on April 22nd.