Nina Simone’s granddaughter has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of “taking away” the legendary singer’s estate and handing it over “to white people” — leaving her so poor she is contemplating “stripping to pay my bills.”
“My family doesn’t run her estate anymore. It was taken away from us & given to white people,” RéAnna Simone Kelly tweeted Saturday, together with her mom later saying she supported her “1,000 percent” in “speaking the truth of our family.”
“Our family name was DRAGGED in the media. We get NO royalties, nothing,” Simone’s 22-year-old granddaughter stated of a 2013 authorized battle over the estate’s dealing with when Harris was California’s legal professional common.
“Wanna hold someone accountable? Ask Kamala Harris why she came for my family,” Simone Kelly stated in a prolonged thread.
“Ask her why she separated my family. Ask her why my grandmothers estate is in SHAMBLES now. Ask her why we as her family not personal the rights to something.
“Ask her why she bullied my mother in court and my mom almost killed herself from the depression,” she continued.
Simone Kelly additionally stated her mother, Lisa Simone, was put underneath a “gag order.”
“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,” she tweeted.
It has left the family “separated” from the “My Baby Just Cares for Me” singer’s legacy, she claimed.
“My grandmother created something beautiful with her life while she was here on this earth, even through all her pain,” she stated of her grandmother.
“I am SO PROUD of her legacy!! I am so proud to be her grandchild. But I feel separated from my legacy. As if it isn’t even mine,” she wrote.
“It breaks my heart to know that white people are making money off of grandmas hard work and that we have had all of our rights as her family STRIPPED from us!!”
Simone Kelly — who initially deleted her thread, till getting the approval of different family members — ended with a ultimate dig on 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 wrote of John Legend’s efficiency of her grandmother’s model of “Feeling Good.”
“She knew what she was doing,” she insisted.
Her tweetstorm was over her family dropping a authorized battle headed by then-AG Harris with the singer’s daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, who was the administrator of each her late mom’s estate and charitable belief.
She was accused of “breaching her fiduciary duty” when she allegedly drained as much as $2 million from its coffers, together with a $1.5 million deposit into her private firm, The Daily Beast reported, citing court docket information.
Harris had sought to surcharge her practically $6 million, plus greater than $2.5 million in curiosity, earlier than they agreed for Simone Kelly to relinquish rights to her mom’s work in addition to the title of estate administrator, the outlet stated.
Simone Kelly posted a video Saturday supporting her daughter, smiling at how she “came out blazing” and “started a fire.”
“I support her 1,000 percent. I support everything she is saying,” she stated. “She’s speaking her truth — she’s speaking the truth of our family.”
While I’ll not be capable to converse on sure issues, these near me who witnessed the happenings firsthand are selecting to step ahead with the Truth,” she wrote in her caption.
“THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. My smile is wide for freedom is at hand.”
It is unclear who’s in control of the enduring performer and civil rights activist’s estate now.