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Happy Birthday, Nina Simone!

Ian Showell/Getty Images via NPR.org

Ian Showell/Getty Images via NPR.org

Okay, it’s not Nina Simone’s birthday yet. The American musical genius, civil rights activist, and all-around bad-ass would have been 83 years old this Sunday, February 21, had she not died in France in 2003. So, mark your calendars: this Sunday, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s film department will screen the documentary The Amazing Nina Simone (2015, 108 min.) at 5pm, followed by a Skype Q&A with director Jeff Lieberman.

Nina Simone was a very serious Artist, as is shown by a line from another Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, that also came out last year:

I choose to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That to me is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives when everything is so desperate…
How can you be an artist and not reflect the time?

For those who can’t catch the birthday screening, MFAH films is also showing it tomorrow night, February 19, at 7pm. Here is the trailer for the movie:

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