VIDEO: Nina Simone on Shock


In a new episode from Blank on Blank — a series that illustrates the archived interviews of famous figures — we hear a conversation between Italian radio personality Lillian Terry and iconic singer Nina Simone in 1968. In the interview, they touched upon Simone’s passion for clothes and their role in shocking her audience, her daughter, the stories behind her songs, ‘Aint Got No/ I Got Life’, and her tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., ‘Why (The King of Love is Dead)’. Simone continued to speak about black pride as well as the cycle of violence in relation to racial politics, as she said, “… but she may see more bloodshed than I’ve ever dreamed of, I have no way of knowing that evolution. The cycle goes round and round.” How very prescient of her.

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