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This Day in Black History: Remembering Nina Simone

nina84 years to the day, The High Priestess of Soul came into the world to remind what would become a band of loyal followers that it is possible to be young, gifted and black.

Nina, as an artist, was many things, but she wasn’t just an artist; she was an activist at a time when art and Civil Rights activism desperately needed to marry each other, so that the masses could be edified even while being entertained.

She studied classical piano, but forsook it for a genre that was frowned upon and considered distasteful by racist Caucasians; jazz. She was, however, by no means lacking versatility, and created inspiring and melodic musical offerings that reflected blues, gospel, and folk music, while at the same time managing to let her classical training show through.

In celebration of her birthday (coincidentally and suitably during Black History Month) we leave you with one of our personal Nina Simone favorites, “Four Women.”

By: Danielle Dixon

Follow her on Twitter: @tooprettydani

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