This excerpt from Peter Rodis’ mini-documentary on Nina Simone sums up the spirit of Martin Luther King Holiday and delves into the elusive, philosophical nature of freedom. Diagnosed with bipolar, schizophrenia and multiple personality disorder, Simone prevailed against all odds to become the most unique and insiring singer in the canon of jazz history. Although she passed away almost eight years ago at the age of 70, she managed to record over 40 albums and upheld a long history of civil rights activism. Her shining legacy is a beacon for people of color and the downtrodden.
Happy Martin Luther King Day from the EM Staff!