Nina at Harlem

Nina Simone, Harlem, 1969
Nina Simone at Harlem, 1969

I couldn’t get her off my mind after seeing Questlove’s documentary, Summer of Soul. Here’s the soul who, at age 12, wouldn’t continue her piano recital until her parents were offered seats in the front row. I cannot imagine exercising such courage of conviction in front of a crowd of expectant people at age 12. I admire how she continued to transform the raw materials of her often painful life into profound, expressive beauty.

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