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Coumba Sidibe

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Mali’s Coumba Sidibe was a pioneering pressure behind the evolution of wassoulou, the earthy, propulsive music that 1st captured the creativity of west African listeners within the mid-’70s. A vocalist of elemental power, she arranged the stage for any generation of performers including Oumou Sangaré, Issa Bagayogo, and Nahawa Doumbia, although their worldwide fame regularly eluded her. Given birth to in Koninko, Mali in 1950, Sidibe started singing at local harvest celebrations at age seven, pursuing in the footsteps of her dad Diara, a famed dancer and sorcerer experienced within the ecstatic percussion and dance custom referred to as sogoninkun, and her mom, a vocalist of great regional renown. The very first female person in l’Ensemble Instrumental Country wide du Mali, a state-sponsored orchestra intended to represent the country’s folkloric customs, Sidibe exited their rates in 1977 to group with Alata Brulaye, the originator from the kamelengon, a six-string harp modeled in the sacred dosongoni, a musical instrument successfully off limits well-known music artists. The kamelengoni’s cool, percussive sound quickly surfaced as the base of the wassoulou visual, a neo-traditional design that threatened the long-standing ethnic dominance of Mali’s jelis, the music-making caste whose root base date back again to the 13th hundred years. As the jelis performed traditional music geared to the rich and effective, the so-called “kono” (we.e., the mostly female “songbirds” on the forefront from the wassoulou motion) addressed modern themes like love and feminism; strikes like “Diya ye Banna” gained Sidibe the unofficial name “Queen of Wassoulou,” and her support group Le Super Mansa de Wassoulou was the introducing pad for potential superstars including Sangaré, probably the most effective Malian musician of her era. While a revered body in her homeland, Sidibe hardly ever enticed the music of the globe music cognoscenti, and in the past due ’90s she and her family members relocated to NEW YORK, where she headlined a Weekend evening residency at Harlem’s St. Nick’s Pub. Sidibe passed away in Brooklyn on, may 10, 2009.

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Full Name Coumba Sidibe
Music Songs Djanjoba, Konyan, Ayé Wili, Djguiballa, Kouloun Yelima Djohba, Mougakan, Kani Kassi, Fouru, Sanghan, Djagolla, Pouikanpoui, Mamarato, Manika Sira, Nabahe - Tabahe, Tani Gony, Lolaya, Deligllelma, Kolimagni, Cogoyon, Ayé bo sirala, Wary, Wélé wélé, Sandji, Souba, Soû, Sissi, Nale Na, Tche Kani Wele, Baba, Dounouyan, Mansa, Ninin
Albums Djanjoba (Enregistré à New York), Sanghan, Mansa, Mali Stars


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1 Is one of 10 African-American actresses to be nominated for the Best Actress Oscar. The others in chronological order are: Dorothy Dandridge, Diana Ross, Cicely Tyson, Diahann Carroll, Whoopi Goldberg, Angela Bassett, Halle Berry, Viola Davis, and Quvenzhané Wallis.
2 Her father is from Senegal. Her mother is African-American, and is originally from Georgia.
3 Parents split when she was younger.
4 She and Adam Scarimbolo just signed with manager Jill Kaplan at Principal Entertainment.
5 Daughter of Alice Tan Ridley.
6 Attended the Borough of Manhattan Community College whose most famous alumnus is Queen Latifah.
7 Attended The City College of New York whose alumni include Edward G. Robinson Woody Allen, Ira Gershwin, Paddy Chayefsky, Stanley Kubrick, Eli Wallach among many others.
8 Studied psychology at Mercy College, New York City.
9 Has been a fan of the singing group 'N Sync since she was a teen and has attended 23 of their concerts.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Empire 2015-2017 TV Series Becky
Drunk History 2016 TV Series Ella Fitzgerald
Brad Neely's Harg Nallin' Sclopio Peepio 2016 TV Series Various
Difficult People 2015-2016 TV Series Denise
The Brothers Grimsby 2016 Banu the Cleaner
American Horror Story 2013-2016 TV Series Queenie Regina Ross
Gravy 2015 Winketta
The Walker 2015 TV Series
Life Partners 2014 Jen
White Bird in a Blizzard 2014 Beth
The Big C 2010-2013 TV Series Andrea Jackson
Seven Psychopaths 2012 Sharice
Tower Heist 2011 Odessa
American Dad! 2011 TV Series Party Girl
Glenn Martin DDS 2011 TV Series Keisha
Yelling to the Sky 2011 Latonya Williams
Precious 2009/II Precious

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tale of Four 2016 Short

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Black Velvet 2018 Documentary very special thanks post-production

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Daily Show 2017 TV Series Herself
The Real 2017 TV Series Herself
The Talk 2011-2017 TV Series Herself - Author, This Is Just My Face / Herself - Guest
Rachael Ray 2010-2017 TV Series Herself - Author, This Is Just My Face / Herself - Guest
The Chew 2017 TV Series Herself - Author, This Is Just My Face
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2017 TV Series Herself
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert 2017 TV Series Herself
The Wendy Williams Show 2011-2017 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Author, This Is Just My Face
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2010-2017 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself
Harry 2016 TV Series Herself
Dish Nation 2016 TV Series Herself
The 47th NAACP Image Awards 2016 TV Movie Herself
The Elephant in the Room 2016 Video documentary short Herself
The Making of Grimsby 2016 Video documentary short Herself
Prison Kids: A Crime Against America's Children 2015 TV Movie documentary Herself - Narrator
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2015 TV Series Herself
The Walker 2015 TV Series Herself
American Horror Story: Meet Ms. Nola - Shooting on Location in New Orleans 2014 Video short Herself
American Horror Story: Zombie Halloween 2014 Video short Herself
Top Five 2014 Herself
Chelsea Lately 2010-2014 TV Series Herself - Guest / Herself - Guest Host
The 86th Annual Academy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - Presenter: Best Film Editing
Hello Ross! 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Herself - Guest
Project Runway All Stars 2013 TV Series Herself - Guest Judge
Imagine a Future 2013 Documentary short Herself
The Conversation 2012 TV Series Herself
Watch What Happens: Live 2012 TV Series Herself
Live with Kelly and Ryan 2010-2012 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 84th Annual Academy Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
43rd NAACP Image Awards 2012 TV Special Herself
American Dad! 2012 TV Series Herself
Janela Indiscreta 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Soup 2010-2011 TV Series Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010-2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Conan 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Cinema 3 2010-2011 TV Series Herself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
2010 MTV Movie Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Saturday Night Live 2010 TV Series Herself
Festivals SUNcovered 2010 TV Series Herself
A Precious Ensemble 2010 Video documentary short Herself
Rencontres de cinéma 2010 TV Series Herself
The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Nominee: Best Actress in a Leading Role
25th Film Independent Spirit Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
41st NAACP Image Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Herself
The Orange British Academy Film Awards: Red Carpet 2010 TV Special Herself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
At the Movies 2010 TV Series Herself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Jay Leno Show 2009-2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
The 7PM Project 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief 2010 TV Movie documentary Herself
Charlie Rose 2010 TV Series Herself - Guest
Golden Globes Red Carpet Live 2010 TV Special Herself
The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 TV Special Herself - Nominee
15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2010 TV Special Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Mo'Nique Show 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Tyra Banks Show 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Late Show with David Letterman 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest
Good Morning America 2009 TV Series Herself - Guest

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2015-2017 TV Series Herself
The Insider 2016 TV Series Herself
Saturday Night Live 2012 TV Series Cherry Spit Fighter
Live from Studio Five 2010 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2012 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast Seven Psychopaths (2012) · Colin Farrell
· Sam Rockwell
· Christopher Walken
· Abbie Cornish
· Linda Bright Clay
· Kevin Corrigan
· Woody Harrelson
· Zeljko Ivanek
· Long Nguyen
· Christine Marzano
· Tom Waits
· Brendan Sexton III
· Olga Kurylenko
· Bonny
· Michael Pitt
· Michael Stuhlbarg
· Harry Dean Stanton
2012 Dallas Star Award Dallas International Film Festival
2011 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Actress - Audience Award Precious (2009)
2011 CinEuphoria CinEuphoria Awards Best Duo - International Competition Precious (2009) · Mo'Nique
2010 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2010 Black Reel Black Reel Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Precious (2009)
2010 Chlotrudis Award Chlotrudis Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2010 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Breakout Award Precious (2009)
2010 The More, Please! Breakout Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA)
2010 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture Precious (2009)
2010 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Female Lead Precious (2009)
2010 IFC Award Iowa Film Critics Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2010 Virtuoso Award Santa Barbara International Film Festival Precious (2009)
2009 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Ensemble Cast Precious (2009) · Mo'Nique
· Paula Patton
· Sherri Shepherd
· Mariah Carey
· Lenny Kravitz
· Chyna Layne
· Amina Robinson
· Stephanie Andujar
· Angelic Zambrana
2009 Breakthrough Performance Award Chicago International Film Festival
2009 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 DFCS Award Detroit Film Critic Society, US Breakthrough Artist Precious (2009)
2009 FFCC Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 Pauline Kael Breakout Award Florida Film Critics Circle Awards Precious (2009)
2009 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards New Hollywood Precious (2009)
2009 IFCS Award Internet Film Critic Society Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 Sierra Award Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 NBR Award National Board of Review, USA Breakthrough Performance by an Actress Precious (2009)
2009 PFCS Award Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards Breakout on Camera Precious (2009)
2009 Special Achievement Award Satellite Awards Outstanding New Talent Precious (2009)
2009 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Breakthrough Performance Precious (2009)
2009 WFCC Award Women Film Critics Circle Awards Best Young Actress Precious (2009)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Teen Choice Award Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Chemistry Empire (2015) · Trai Byers
· Kaitlin Doubleday
· Grace Gealey
· Bryshere Y. Gray
· Taraji P. Henson
· Terrence Howard
· Ta'Rhonda Jones
· Serayah
· Jussie Smollett
2014 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special American Horror Story (2011)
2014 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries American Horror Story (2011)
2013 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Big C (2010)
2012 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series The Big C (2010)
2012 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Performance Seven Psychopaths (2012) · Colin Farrell
· Sam Rockwell
· Christopher Walken
· Abbie Cornish
· Linda Bright Clay
· Kevin Corrigan
· Woody Harrelson
· Zeljko Ivanek
· Long Nguyen
· Christine Marzano
· Tom Waits
· Brendan Sexton III
· Olga Kurylenko
· Bonny
· Michael Pitt
· Michael Stuhlbarg
· Harry Dean Stanton
2010 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Precious (2009)
2010 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Precious (2009)
2010 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Leading Actress Precious (2009)
2010 BET Award BET Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2010 Critics Choice Award Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2010 Dorian Award Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association (GALECA) Film Performance of the Year Precious (2009)
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Lead Actress Precious (2009)
2010 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast Precious (2009) · Mariah Carey
· Lenny Kravitz
· Mo'Nique
· Paula Patton
· Sherri Shepherd
2010 ICS Award International Cinephile Society Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2010 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Breakout Star Precious (2009)
2010 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Actress Precious (2009)
2010 OFTA Film Award Online Film & Television Association Best Breakthrough Performance - Female Precious (2009)
2010 OFCS Award Online Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role Precious (2009)
2010 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Precious (2009) · Mariah Carey
· Lenny Kravitz
· Mo'Nique
· Paula Patton
· Sherri Shepherd
2010 VFCC Award Vancouver Film Critics Circle Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 EDA Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 EDA Special Mention Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Bravest Performance Award Precious (2009)
2009 EDA Female Focus Award Alliance of Women Film Journalists Best Breakthrough Performance Precious (2009)
2009 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Precious (2009)
2009 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 CFCA Award Chicago Film Critics Association Awards Most Promising Performer Precious (2009)
2009 Golden Schmoes Golden Schmoes Awards Best Actress of the Year Precious (2009)
2009 HFCS Award Houston Film Critics Society Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 ICP Award Indiewire Critics' Poll Best Lead Performance Precious (2009)
2009 SLFCA Award St. Louis Film Critics Association, US Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 VVFP Award Village Voice Film Poll Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Ensemble Precious (2009) · Mo'Nique
· Lenny Kravitz
· Paula Patton
· Mariah Carey
· Sherri Shepherd
· Stephanie Andujar
· Chyna Layne
· Amina Robinson
· Xosha Roquemore

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 BSFC Award Boston Society of Film Critics Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)
2009 SEFCA Award Southeastern Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2009 DFWFCA Award Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Awards Best Actress Precious (2009)


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#Quote
1 I am the only consistent person in my life and so I better like myself, and I better love myself. And I really better know that I'm as beautiful as anyone else.
2 Well, today I get a lot of people telling me how beautiful I am and it is very strange from going from the only person who ever believed that, to hearing that on a constant basis. And I feel like it's not like a weird cockiness thing, but because I had to train myself to believe it and I really do believe it, but I had to work at it. So, it's hard for me to say 'thank you' in a lot of ways because, I always thought of it as secret that only I knew, 'only I know I'm beautiful, you don't know what you're talking about.' It's very strange and I have to accept it.
3 People are always like 'wow you are so strong,' but I think of it is my strength came from weakness in a lot of ways [...] because I just got so tired, it was like being beaten. That's what made me kind of start to stand up, for myself.
4 When I was younger, anything that went wrong was the end of the world. But as I've gotten older, I've learned to stop myself and say, 'Hey , babe, calm down. Tomorrow there will be sun.'
5 I don't know what it's like to be Precious, but--you know what?--she's not an alien to me. Not because she's a big girl. I've had to deal with difficult things in my life because of how I look. I have been made fun of for my dark skin by my older brother - he has lighter skin. In school the lighter-skinned or pretty girls would make fun of me. I don't know what it's like here or other places, but in the US it's definitely a big deal. Darker-skinned people sit at the back of the church, you know?
6 I learned to love myself, because I sleep with myself every night and I wake up with myself every morning, and if I don't like myself, there's no reason to even live the life. I love the way I look. I'm fine with it. And if my body changes, I'll be fine with that.


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