On Nina Simone's elegant belligerence
Let me tell you something, Ms. Holiday. Nina deserved this. Every single word you wrote. I have no words to articulate how this made me feel. In a way, Black Swans rescued me from a very crap day today. And what you wrote healed me deeply and, at the same time, made me acknowledge the murderess inside me and every other Black woman who has to keep that impulse boxed away. So damn powerful!! Thank you!!!
👏“A lot of liars are jealous of the kind of honesty that says: I could have been evil but I chose the indignant glamor of withholding. Now I have my blues. Now I play them for you.”👏
Nina completely entranced me when I saw her perform at the age of 19. “Young, Gifted, & Black” - OMG! Seated within 10 rows, I saw her face as clearly as if we were seated across a dining table. Her carefully enunciated wisdom were as powerful as her songs. Later she walked into the Manhattan bookstore where I worked that summer. Her presence and dignity were fluid and palpable.
It’s only been recently that I understood that she lived in a physically abusive relationship with her husband and manager. As strong and as powerful a woman as she was, it puzzles me that she stayed in it for as long as she did.
I am hoping that as you continue to write about Nina, perhaps you can share your insights on how this abusiveness may have fed her anger and may have later affected her spirit and state of mind. Nina seemed a bit lost in steady decline during her Paris years.
Ms. Simone was a stunning artist. She was passionate, intense and frightening.
Absolutely beautiful, Harmony <3
"today is a killer..." "who are you Lord? you are a killer" - Nina, My Sweet Lord @fort dix '71