Four Women: A Conversation About Nina Simone, Billie Holiday, Camilla Williams, & Mary J. Blige
February 29, 2012 at 2:30 PM to
February 29, 2012 at 4:00 PM
MU Campus—Ellis Library, Colonnade
Nina Simone's iconic 1966 song, "Four Women" brilliantly highlights the roles that have defined (and confined) black women in the United States. Simone herself was an artist that broke through the boundaries of these stereotypes to create her own way, to define her own terms, and to ultimately establish herself as a distinctive voice in American music and culture. Reflecting on this legacy, three scholars discuss the lives and work of three black female musicians: jazz vocalist Billie Holiday, opera diva Camilla Williams, and queen of hip-hop soul Mary J. Blige. The discussion will explore the contributions of these artists on the history of American music and culture. Scholars: Dr. Maya Gibson, Dr. Treva Lindsey, and Dr. Stephanie Shonekan. Sponsored by the Black History Month Committee.
Black Studies Program, 573-882-6229, email@example.com