An in­jus­tice to mem­ory of Nina Si­mone

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list of for­ma­tive events and char­ac­ter at­tributes: Nina in­sist­ing, as a child, that her par­ents be seated up front dur­ing an early pi­ano recital; the as­sas­si­na­tion of Martin Luther King Jr, which rad­i­calised her po­lit­i­cally; drunken out­bursts; and a late di­ag­no­sis of can­cer, af­ter she has set­tled in France to es­cape racism in Amer­ica. At one point, Nina makes a phone call to her friend, co­me­dian Richard Pryor (Mike Epps), but this scene, like so many others, feels ran­dom.

In the end, how­ever, it’s Si­mone who de­serves bet­ter treat­ment. Nina fil­ters the singer’s voice – and her life – through tin­nysound­ing speak­ers and an out-of-fo­cus lens. – Wash­ing­ton Post

Zoe Sal­dana as Nina Si­mone in Nina.

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