Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 40 - Nina Simone, Before and Afro, JC Brooks, Poolside
In this episode: Actress Zoe Saldana is slated to play Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. Molly wonders if Hollywood has an issue supporting and casting dark-skinned black actresses. Brian thinks that Zoe Saldana, a black actress, reserves the right to accept the role as offered to her.
Also, New Yorker Michelle Joni has sparked controversy with her blog, “Before and Afro,” which chronicles her self-discovery through the daily wearing of a black afro wig. With the help of a few Vocalo listeners, Luis and Shantell discuss whether Joni’s attempt is a journey of self-enlightenment or just another example of white privilege and misunderstanding.
When it comes to big hair, irresistible grooves and heart wrenching soul, it’s undeniably Chicago’s very own JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound who come to mind. They have this town on the move with their signature high energy post-punk soul sound. The band embraces some of the great soul traditions of the past but they also infuse their sound with punk rock ethos, seamlessly shifting from smooth ballads to gritty, hard-edged RnB and covering everything in between. The band joins Jesse Menendez for an interview as well as a stellar live performance in our Maybe Performance studio.
FInally, DJ duo Poolside bring us a melancholy downbeat set, just right for the weather! Tune in.