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Can We Talk? Young, Gifted, and Black.

What Happened, Miss Simone? is a Netflix documentary produced and directed by Liz Garbus that reveals, through rare footage, posthumous recordings, interviews, and her own writings and voice, the real Nina Simone. The multi-faceted, complicated, controversial artist and activist who struggled with her own personal demons, she would be diagnosed later in life with Depression and Bi-Polar Disorder, still found it her moral obligation to fight for the equality of blacks during the Civil Rights Movement. Her very vocal views on racism, which caused her to be blacklisted in the States, was to be one of the reasons for the decline of her career, but still she spoke out! Are the words of Simone's Young, Gifted and Black, which was adopted as the Civil Rights anthem of the times, lost on our black artist of today?



"What Happened, Miss Simone?"
Netflix"What Happened, Miss Simone?"

A deafening silence can be heard within the black musical industry as our communities are assaulted by racial injustice from within and without! Where are the hip-hop and music moguls as young men and women continue to lose their lives. Where is the outrage and outcry of those who claim to represent us within the musical industry? Very few have spoken out. Kanye West, Mr. "...please don't let me be misunderstood" continues to be himself , as he performs Blood on the Leave a sample of Simone's Strange Fruit in Time Square in 2013, and we applaud him for it. P. Diddy Combs and J. Cole came out to show support by attending rallies. What would Simone say if she show the self-indulgence and self-centered lifestyle of today's top artist? Even though, in the late seventies she stated that she felt the Civil Rights Movement is not for our time, many would disagree as civil rights continue to be violated, and not just for blacks.

My wish is that as our artists are watching this documentary, I hope they are not spell bound by her melodious voice, ebony beauty, and classical-infused musical stylings, rantings nor ravings, but feel a sense of moral conviction and encouraged to take their stance against social injustice and take their place as our Young, Gifted and Black.

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