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Nina Simone

By Kamiyah

I first performed Mississippi Goddam in March 1964 at the Village Gate nightclub in Greenwich Village. The meaning of my song and performance was to protest for four young black girls that had died due to a white supremacist terror attack, Which is known as the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing.

I have also had more popular protest songs that were big hits such as Four Women, I Put a Spell on You, Revolution, and To Be Young, Gifted and Black.

When I was a child, I had loved playing the piano, and I'd experience racial discrimination as a child which what made me grow up to be into Social Activism and Protesting. My mother was a devout Methodist preacher, and my father was entrepreneurial.

When I was the age of 24, The musical industry had accepted me for my multiple musical demos that i recorded in New Hope, Pennsylvania.

I chose my stage name by keeping my singing and pianist hobby from my mother, using the words Nina for "little one" and Simone after the french actress "Simone Signoret"

By Kamiyah

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