Netflix is releasing its documentary on "the high priestess" Nina Simone, "What Happened, Miss Simone," on June 26. (This is not to be confused with the controversial biopic that has been in production for years.)
An artist unlike any the world had seen before her, Simone chose to utilize her stage to speak out on, among other things, civil rights, racism, and the overall experience of black people in America. The legendary singer felt it her duty, posing the question, "How can an artist not reflect the times?"
The documentary will follow not just her journey through music but the personal weight she carried in creating her work, and how that weight shaped her interactions with everyone around her. Simone’s daughter and collaborators speak about her gift at times feeling like a curse, sharing instances of her quick temper and tumultuous mood swings.
As fragile as she was strong, as vulnerable as she was dynamic… Most people are afraid to be as honest as she lived. … She was a genius, she was brilliant but she paid a huge price.
The Netflix film is directed by documentarian Liz Garbus.