The Blank on Blank animated series highlights lost interviews with famous people, and it doesn’t get much better than this never-before-released talk with singer, songwriter and activist Nina Simone. Recorded in 1968 with Italian radio host Lilian Terry, the interview covers topics as disparate as fashion and the importance of Simone’s daughter having pride in herself as a young Black woman.
The full interview will be included in Terry’s “Voices from the Jazz Dimension” audiobook, but an excerpt gets a moving, music-filled treatment in the video above. In a key moment, Simone talks about the racial climate of the time in language that still rings true today, when each week seems to bring a new story of Black people fighting back against state violence:
It’s a good time for Black people to be alive. It’s a lot of hell and a lot of violence. But I feel more alive now than I ever have in my life. I have a chance to live as I’ve dreamed.
When asked if her child, Lisa, will live through “the revolutionary years,” she replied:
I don’t know, love. Whatever it is, she’s going to have pride in her own Blackness. She’s going to have a chance to be more than just somebody who’s on the outside looking in, like it’s been for most of us and my parents before me. But she may see more bloodshed than I’ve ever even dreamed of. I have no way of knowing. That evolution. The cycle goes ’round and ’round. It’s time for us.
Watch the interview above.