To some extent, the making of this film can be credited for spurring a renewed interest in Nina Simone, thus introducing a new generation to this woman's body of work and activism. In June, Netflix released a phenomenal documentary about the singer & activist's life, What's Happening, Miss Simone?, featuring her daughter, so we know for certain that Nina Simone's estate cleared this one. The rare footage and the integration of interviews gives the effect of Nina narrating her own story, which is illuminating, powerful, and equally sad. We picked the most definitive quote from the documentary to adequately summarize Nina's life. It was spoken by the oldest daughter of Malcolm X:
"Nina Simone was a free spirit in an era that didn't really appreciate a woman's genius."
We've selected a couple of many incredible performances to post here in celebration of Nina Simone. May her spirit soar high and we hope she is pleased with the adoration that we continue to give her.