Vice-president Kamala harris was once AG Kamala Harris – and that’s when she tore up Nina simonethe family of his succession … therefore claims the flesh and blood of the late singer.
The Veep is under fire from Nina’s daughter and granddaughter – Lisa Simone Kelly and ReAnna Simone Kelly, respectively – for what they say is Kamala’s role in deciding how Nina’s estate is now run, and more importantly … who runs it (or not, rather).
the Daily beast described the drama fairly well – noting that it all started with RéAnna praising Chloe baileythe interpretation of Nina’s song “Feeling Good”, which she released to celebrate Juneteenth. However, he did grab some criticism… supposedly for being oversexualized.
RéAnna however defended Chloe by saying … “Everyone comes to @ChloeBailey for their rendition of my grandmother Nina Simone’s song“ Feeling Good. ”She added,“ But what you don’t understand is is that grandmother was a free-spirited woman herself! She would have loved this performance as much as I did! Relax. Chloe killed him. #NinaSimone “
Chloe seemed to enjoy the cry. But, things took a left turn, as someone asked RéAnna in her comments why her family would set up a Twitter account for her grandmother, who died in 2003. It sparked a long series of bashing.
RéAnna wrote this in response … “Nina’s granddaughter here. My family no longer runs her estate. It has been taken from us and given to the white people. Our last name has been TREATED in the media. We are not receiving it. NO royalties, nothing. Want to hold someone to account? Ask Kamala Harris why she came for my family #NinaSimone. “
You can check out the rest of the thread yourself to get to the heart of the matter – but essentially RéAnna blames Kamala for banning her family from accessing Nina’s estate… let alone the rights to her image / likeness, royalties, creation decisions with IP and everything in between.
RéAnna says Kamala and co. gave all these powers to the “Whites”… and she feels that her legacy and her connection to her grandmother have all but disappeared, all because of what Kamala’s office decided when he was overseeing this case estate / charity in 2013.
A bit of history – RéAnna’s mother Lisa was appointed administrator of Nina’s estate upon her death … but some time later she was accused of embezzling funds related to both the estate and to a charity created in Nina’s name. This is how Kamala’s office got involved – and in the end, they reached a settlement … the terms that RéAnna is now shedding light on … not to mention Lisa herself, who praised her daughter for “telling the truth”.
As part of the settlement, Lisa was prohibited from associating with Nina in any capacity – be it family or otherwise … in addition to a de facto gag order forbidding her from talking about Nina. This is why RéAnna speaks on the issue.
It’s unclear who (or what entity) exactly controls Nina’s domain at this time – but RéAnna alleges she was left in “shambles” in the fallout of it all. Kamala, meanwhile, did not respond.