To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lessons from Ms. Nina Simone

Nina Simone was born in Tryon, North Carolina on February 21st, 1933 making her a feisty pisces. Nina studied classical music for most of her life and even attended Julliard in New York City. Nina Simone, born Eunice Waymon, had dreams of becoming the first black pianoist; that’s what drove her.  Nina went on to become one of the world’s greatest entertainers. Nina never wanted to sing but she began her singing career in 1954 while looking for a way to supplement her income and since that day she kept singing.

Nina Simone lived in many different countries and truly enjoyed living in Europe because she felt as if she was treated better and referred to America as the United Snakes. Ms. Nina Simone was quoted saying “There’s no excuse for the young people not knowing who the heroes and heroines are or were.” If you are interested in learning more Nina Simone’s life and legacy, please be sure to check out Netflix’s “What Happened, Ms.Simone?” Also, if you can get past Zoe Saldana in black face (VERY cringe-worthy) you can check out Nina on hulu! Happy Black History Month! 

Here are some lessons we as creatives and entrepreneurs can take away from Nina’s long-standing career.

  1. Stay true to your passion and be open to where it may lead you!
  2. Travel…travel…and travel! So much more of the world awaits you!
  3. Always stand up for yourself and your self-worth!
  4. Be a rebel with a cause!
  5. Make your self-care and mental health your number one priority, ALWAYS!
  6. Let your soul be free and move to your own beat!

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