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reaching-back-to-go-forward.jpgClutch decided to dedicate its first post to icons and images of our culture. Looking back and remembering the portrayal and history is very important in our future and growth. We chose Nina Simone because she is a legend and the epitome of empowerment.

Nina Simone

Although Nina was called “High Priestess of Soul” and was respected by fans and critics as a mysterious, almost religious figure, she was often misunderstood as well. When she wrote Four Women in 1966, a bitter lament of four black women whose circumstances and outlook are related to subtle gradations in skin color, the song was banned on Philadelphia and New York radio stations because “it was insulting to black people…”. What do you think? African American women still deal with this issue today.

Her repertoire includes more Civil Rights songs: Why? The King of Love is Dead, capturing the tragedy of the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Brown Baby, Images (based on a Waring Cuney poem), Go Limp, Old Jim Crow, … One song, To be Young, Gifted and Black, inspired by Lorraine Hansberry’s play with the same title, became the black national anthem in the USA.

Source: http://www.ninasimone.com/nina.html

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  • Thanks Everyone! We are so elated about all the positive feedback we have received in just these two days! We promise to continue to provide positive, progressive and fashion-forward content and images.

  • The perfect tribute.

  • TRACEY WHITE

    ALL I CAN SAY IS PERFECT.

  • Saana

    I love Nina Simone!
    This site is wonderful, I be telling my people about this!

  • Tiffy

    I am kind of partial to Hathaway’s “To Be Young”. It doesn’t even sound like the same song. My mother adores her. And I believe she did write the song not Donny.

    I am really really trying to dig the woman though. She’s an icon.