#TBT: Nina Simone

JET will bring you weekly doses of Black entertainment featuring artist interviews from the JPC archives, videos and past JET cover stars! Check back every Thursday for a trip down memory lane!

If you have yet to watch the Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, we’d advise you to add it to your queue.


An internally complicated being, Nina Simone’s art spoke, shook, and woke up the world with its daring messages during the civil rights movement and made you feel with her unique jazz vocal and classical playing style.

Miss Nina contributed a masterpiece body of work that still thrives today. And no, like any artist with such depth and passion, her journey was no easy trek.

In the below interview, Miss Simone shares her raw and candid views as it relates to her period of exile following the release of tunes such as the gritty “Mississippi God Damn.”