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30th Annual Women's History Month Film Series

Monday, Feb. 22, 2016 - 7:00 - 9:00 pm ~ 206 Kirkbride Hall

The Girls in the Band

In the 1930s and 1940s, hundreds of women musicians toured the country in glamorous All-Girl Bands, while others played side by side with their male counterparts. Yet by the mid-1950s female jazz musicians had literally disappeared from the workplace, their names, and their contributions to music, completely forgotten. The Girls in the Band tells the poignant stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their fascinating, groundbreaking journeys from the late 1930s to the present day. These incredibly talented women endured sexism, racism and diminished opportunities for decades, yet continued to persevere, inspire, and cultivate their talents in a field that seldom welcomed them. Gifted young women performers taking their rightful place in the world of jazz today stand on their shoulders.
Speaker: Nadjah Nicole of TV’s “The Voice”

Nadjah Nicole

Nadjah Nicole from NBC’s Emmy Award winning TV show The Voice, is a Delaware native. She is a singer and songwriter that has amassed an impressive resume. She was recently introduced to 10 million new viewers during her 10 week run on The Voice. Nadjah has graced the stage with Kindred the Family Soul, Robin Thicke, Macy Gray, Chrisette Michele, Lela James, Brian Owens and many others. She’s also a former winning contestant of the legendary Apollo Theater in New York.

Nadjah Nicole’s focus is on making an impact on the music scene, along with her band they perform original music as well as everyone’s favorites. Performances are a standard serving of soul music with a pop twist. They cite R&B and Pop artists such as Erykah Badu, Esperanza Spalding, Corrine Bailey Rae, Jill Scott, Beyonce, and many others. As a band they continually explore their own given talents, and continue to make good music.
This year’s series is sponsored by the University of Delaware departments of Anthropology, Black American Studies, History, and Women and Gender Studies, as well as the Faculty Senate Committee on Cultural Activities and Public Events (CAPE), the Center for Black Culture, and the Student Centers Programming Advisory Board (SCPAB).
The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and Title IX institution. For the University’s complete non-discrimination statement, please visit www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html

All films are free and open to the public.