Musician & Composer
Nelson George is an established author and filmmaker with a passion for telling stories of the black experience in America. George is the author of several ground breaking histories of African American music, including Where Did Our Love Go: the Rise and Fall of the Motown Sound, The Death of Rhythm & Blues and Hip Hop America. He has published two collections of music journalism, Buppies, BBoys, Baps & Bohos: Notes on Post-Soul America and the recent The Nelson George Mixtape. In television, George was a producer on the Emmy Award winning The Chris Rock Show (HBO), a producer on Hip Hop Honors (VH1), and executive producer of the high rated American Gangster crime series (BET). As a filmmaker, George has co-written the screenplays to Strictly Business and CB4. He directed Queen Latifah to a Golden Globe in the HBO film Life Support, which he also co-wrote. He has directed a number of documentaries including Finding the Funk, The Announcement (ESPN), and Brooklyn Boheme (Showtime). George was a producer on the award winning documentary on black music executive Clarence Avant, The Black Godfather (Netflix). His theatrical documentary on ballerina Misty Copeland is called A Ballerina's Tale. He was a writer/producer on the hip hop inspired series The Get Down (Netflix) and he directed The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story (Lifetime). Nelson does most of his work through his production company, Urban Romances. Currently he is editing a documentary called A Great Day in Hip Hop Revisited, parts of which have been screened at various museums and featured in A Choice of Weapons: Inspired by Gordon Parks. He is working as an executive producer on a documentary series about Tupac Shakur being directed by Allen Hughes.