Netflix premiered their documentary for Nina Simone, legendary soul singer.
Netflix have a red carpet screening for What Happened, Miss Nina Simone at the historic Apollo Theater. The premier brought out many stars such as Usher Raymond who discussed the importance of Miss Simone’s artistry.
“When I think of Nina Simone I think of her like Nas she was one who never conformed, she was the realest. From the face of adversity in the beginning of her career as a classic pianist she completely changed the idea about what you felt was appropriate to sit in front of the piano and play classical music. It would take a woman to have the balls to be able to stand up and make a song like ‘Strange Fruit,’”
The film is directed by Liz Garbus, and it shows the life of the powerful singer and activist.
After the screening there was a performance by Lauryn Hill and Jazmine Sullivan.
Jazmine Sullivan performed a rendition of “Baltimore,” a Randy Newman song that Simone performed in the late ’70s.
Lauryn Hill performed a few quick covers and originals with 19-piece live band. Hill sang Simone’s “Ne Me Quitte Pas” and “Ain’t Got No, I Got Life.”