Yesterday marked what would be the 80th birthday of legendary singer Nina Simone. Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon, Nina Simone’s music was a soundtrack of civil rights. She was a student at Julliard until she ran out of money. She was later rejected by Curtis Institute of Music because she was black. Despite the odds, Nina Simone recorded her first album in 1958 and her top 40 hit “I Loves You Porgy” from Porgy and Bess.
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