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1. Happy Birthday Nina Simone

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Nina Simone was a singer, songwriter, pianist and one of the most vocal artist of our time. As today marks what would have been her 83rd birthday, we honor her. Flip through the gallery to see our favorite quotes from Miss Simone.

2. Nina Simone

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“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me — no fear!”

3. Nina Simone

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“I had spent many years pursuing excellence, because that is what classical music is all about… Now it was dedicated to freedom, and that was far more important.”

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