Lorraine Hansberry's Influence On Elton John, Nina Simone, and Nike

Nina Simone and Lorraine Hansberry were good friends throughout their lives.

Several years after her friend's death, Simone recorded "To Be Young, Gifted and Black," inspired by Hansberry's play of the same title. Yet, there were others who were influenced by Hansberry's work. Among them, Bruce Norris, who wrote the Pulitzer Prize and Tony-winning play Clybourne Park. VITAMIN W charts Hansberry's influence and what inspired the title of her play, "A Raisin in the Sun." 


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Dalila-Johari Paul

I started out as newspaper journalist before jumping ship to all things digital. I hope to merge my passion for health-related journalism and my work as an advocate. My part-time jobs include special projects editor at Women's eNews, editor at Vitamin W and video intern at ThirdWorld Newsreel.

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