Today would have been Queen Nina Simone‘s 85th birthday and needless to say, she’d be beyond proud the progress we’ve made as Black people in the world — especially since Black Panther has made box fice history in less than a week.

Ms. Nina was unapologetically and proudly Black regardless the dark things that came against her in life. In honor Black History Month, the success Black Panther, and the Queen’s birthday, take a look at this rare interview Nina Simone explaining “That Blackness”.

Hit the flip for more inspiration on being young, gifted and Black.

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