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She Was Brilliant And She Paid For It: A Nina Simone Documentary Is Coming To Netflix

April 29th, 2015 - By Veronica Wells
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We’ve written before about the complexity of the artist and activist we knew as Nina Simone. And while we reported that a documentary about her life was coming to Netflix, now there is a trailer and release date attached to the project.

The film, What Happened, Miss Simone?, directed by Liz Garbus, will include never-before-heard recordings, archival footage, interviews, diary entires, letters and interviews with Nina’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly.

You may remember last year, Lisa said, “My mother could be a monster. I was not a happy child when I was alone with her. My mum shot me down a lot, attacked me in public. It is easy to attack children, they are small and depend on you.” 

In the trailer for the documentary, Lisa applauded her mother’s talent, calling her one of the greatest entertainers to ever live. And in addition to that, she noted that Simone used her talent and her voice to fight for Black people. Lisa said, “She was a revolutionary, she found a purpose for the stage.”

Yet, there was another side to her. “When the show ended, she was alone, full of anger and rage.”

In the trailer, we hear Nina herself say, “I have to live with Nina and that is so difficult.”

Take a look at the trailer below and get ready to explore an extraordinary life.

The documentary will be released on Netflix, on Friday, June 26.

Say It Ain’t So: Nina Simone’s Daughter Accused Of Stealing Millions From Late Singer’s Estate

November 25th, 2013 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Lisa Simone Kelly, born Lisa Celeste Shroud, has always been vocal and done what she can to protect her mother’s image, but sources claim the same can’t be said about protecting Nina Simone’s money.

According to TMZ, the daughter of the late singer is being accused of taking more than $2 million from her mother’s estate and using it for a range of things, including putting some money into an account for a company Ms. Kelly owns. The California Attorney General says money from Simone’s estate was supposed to go to fund music schools in South Africa, Ghana and Liberia, according to Simone’s wishes. However, they say that hasn’t happened because Kelly, who is the trustee of her mother’s estate, giving her access to all of Simone’s money, has used the money for other things. The biggest violation according to the Attorney General includes using $1.5 million to put into her own separate business. According to TMZ, the California Attorney General “is now demanding an accounting of funds — which could result in criminal action.” The attorney general also reportedly wants Kelly to step down from her post as trustee of the legendary soul singer’s estate because of such allegations against her.

Kelly is a singer/songwriter who was very vocal with her disappointment that Zoe Saldana was cast to play her mother in the upcoming Nina Simone biopic. The role was originally supposed to be given to Mary J. Blige (she stepped down due to scheduling issues), and Kelly said she would have preferred to see Viola Davis or Kimberly Elise take on her mother’s image. Hopefully Kelly will respond to such accusations because we’re hoping that they’re not true. We will keep you posted on any responses she gives.