By Andrea Flores, age 14
On February 2nd, we watched the film “What Happened, Miss Simone?” which was about Nina Simone and her life as an activist and musician. I liked how the film talked about Simone’s life before, during, and after her musical career. Some of my favorite scenes in the film highlighted Nina Simone’s civil rights activism. I enjoyed these those scenes because it truly show how involved and angry she was at the discrimination experienced by her community. Nina Simone also channelled these emotions into her music career and, as a result, wrote many songs that pointed out the racism felt by black people. Because of this, some of the “censored” music she composed received little radio airplay, negatively affecting her career.
After the film screening, we all chose photos of scenes from the movie and talked about how those scenes affected us. During the film, I fell really deep into it and when the movie ended, I was speechless. The emotions put into the film were so deep that I didn’t know what to say when we had our group discussion.
Overall, “What Happened Miss Simone” was a great film!