An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. As far as I’m concerned, it’s their choice, but I CHOOSE to reflect the times and situations in which I find myself. That, to me, is my duty. And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate, when everyday is a matter of survival, I don’t think you can help but be involved. Young people, black and white, know this. That’s why they’re so involved in politics. We will shape and mold this country or it will not be molded and shaped at all anymore. So I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and NOT reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.
Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon) is #PrettyPeriod
“I wrote a song, ‘Four Women,’ which went into these feelings a little. The women in the song are Black, but their skin tones range from light to dark and their ideas of beauty and their own importance are deeply influenced by that.