What Happened, Miss Simone?

what happened miss simoneWhat a rare treat to watch a documentary so personal and profound. Netflix’s What Happened, Miss Simone follows the life of Nina Simone from childhood where she witnessed her first dose of racism, to her study of classical piano, to her accidental singing career, to her signature style immediately familiar to anyone hearing her for the second time, to her marriage and motherhood, to her powerful embrace of the civil rights movement, to her disillusionment with the United States, to her ex-pat years, to her life-long battle with depression and mental illness to her comeback in later years. From the opening moment of the film, I sat captivated throughout her story. Struggle, hardship, triumph, connection, loss, love, community. All of that and more, What Happened, Miss Simone captures a monumental talent whose personal life was as complicated as her vocal range and genre-defying music. Her daughter’s reflection is particularly profound. A history lesson, a look into a life lived, What Happened, Miss Simone tells us Nina Simone’s complete story. 5 out of 5 for this essential documentary.

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2 Responses to “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

  1. urbanfoodguy Says:

    Love it! Love her!

    Like

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