Nina Simone’s daughter and grandkids have vowed that they will no longer remain silent, claiming that her estate was “taken away” from them and given to “white people,” with Vice President Kamala Harris to blame.
It all started on Friday night when RéAnna Simone Kelly, Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly, applauded Chlöe Bailey’s sexy version of the singer’s famous song “Feeling Good.”
“Everyone’s coming at @ChloeBailey for her performance … But what y’all don’t understand is that grandma was a free-spirited woman herself,” RéAnna tweeted. “She would’ve loved that performance as much as I do! Relax. Chloe killed it.”
The comments about Simone and her legacy,
RéAnna came across a post in which someone questioned why Nina’s estate created a Twitter account for the singer years after her death in 2003. So she decided it was time to express her anger.
When Harris was California’s attorney general in 2013, there was a court struggle over the estate’s handling, according to Simone’s 22-year-old granddaughter. “We as her family don’t run her estate anymore,” RéAnna declared. “It was taken away from us & given to white people. Our family name was DRAGGED in the media. We get NO royalties, nothing. Wanna hold someone accountable? Ask Kamala Harris why she came for my family.”
“Ask her why she separated my family. Ask her why my grandmother’s estate is in SHAMBLES now. Ask her why we as her family no longer own the rights to anything.
“Ask her why she bullied my mother in court and my mom almost killed herself from the depression,” she continued.
Kelly was named the administrator of Simone’s estate and a charitable trust she had established after Simone’s death. Simone’s final wish for the foundation was to help the musical education of black African children.
Her outburst was in response to her family’s loss in a legal battle headed by then AG Harris with the singer’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly. She was the administrator of her late mother’s estate and the charitable trust.
According to court records acquired by The Daily Beast, Kelly was accused of “breaching her fiduciary duty” to both the estate and the trust in 2013, allegedly draining up to $2 million from the estate and trust’s coffers, including a $1.5 million deposit into her firm.
Harris presided over the case and was harsh on Kelly, threatening to fine her over $6 million, plus more than $2.5 million in interest at one point. In addition, Kelly was stripped of her status as estate administrator and consented to surrender her rights to Simone’s works after the parties reached an agreement. She was also forbidden to claim or imply any connection to her mother’s legacy or estate.
“Ask her why my mother had a gag order put on her and can not speak on these things. Ask her why she didn’t even want my mom to be able to say she was Nina Simone’s daughter. Ask her why she wanted us to walk away with NOTHING.”
Simone Kelly deleted her post until she had approval from other family members but ended with a final dig at the VP.
“Oh wait. While we’re asking Kamala questions ask her why after all of this pain and suffering she put us through a Nina Simone song was sang at the inauguration to swear her in as VP?!” She referred to John Legend’s version of her grandmother’s “Feeling Good” that he sang at the inauguration for President Biden and Harris.
Simone Kelly supported her daughter in a video posted Saturday, laughing as she “came out blazing” and “started a fire.
“I support everything she said,” Kelly said. “She’s speaking her truth; she’s speaking the truth of our family.”
“While I may not be able to speak on certain things, those close to me who witnessed the happenings firsthand are choosing to step forward with the Truth,” she added. “For those who believe everything they read in the media, you have been misled.”
It’s unknown who is now in possession of the estate of the legendary singer and civil rights activist.