Writer-director Cynthia Mort’s long-gestating biopic, Nina, opens in theaters to significant controversy over the casting of Zoe Saldana in the lead role as well as other film-making choices. For representative reviews, see Variety, The Guardian, Time, and Rolling Stone.
The film's opening is also an occasion to re-introduce Nina Simone as a seminal American singer, songwriter, pianist, and arranger, and one of the preeminent musician-activist of the civil rights era. Her legacy has been heard and felt in musicians working in a broad range of styles including jazz, blues, folk, rhythm & blues, gospel, and popular music.
For a substantive though still introductory biography, see her official site maintained by the Estate of Nina Simone. The site also presents the would-be listener (and purchaser) with a complete discography. There are many classic video performances to choose from, but for a sense of how influential she could be even when not singing or playing, do view the video clips below.