This Nina Simone Documentary Looks Ah-maaaaaazing
Nina Simone is one of those artists that I feel a deep connection to. My very first memory is of being put down for a nap in my crib — yes, my crib; I have memories from when I was an infant, apparently — and my mother putting Nina’s cover of “Cotton Eyed Joe” on the record player. It’s probably the song that means the most to me, because it reminds me of that pure maternal love. Anyway, I also love Nina Simone for being a badass, radical, proud, outspoken woman, so I’m super excited to see this new documentary on the singer, “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, which debuts on Netflix and in theaters on June 26th.
It should be a welcome alternative to the much discussed and not-yet-released biopic about the singer, which received a lot of backlash for casting light-skinned Zoe Saldana. “What Happened, Miss Simone?”, on the other hand, had Simone’s family’s cooperation and is largely made up of archival footage, rare recordings and the vocalist’s own hits, along with Simone’s own musings and interviews with her family and associates.
“My mother was one of the greatest entertainers of all time,” Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly says in the trailer above. “When she was performing, she was an anomaly. She was brilliant. She was loved.” [Rolling Stone]