Clutch 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.
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.