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Nina Simone's Only Granddaughter RéAnna Celebrates Her 21st Birthday in Sweet Photos with Mom

Comfort Omovre
Jun 07, 2020
02:20 A.M.

Nina Simone's only granddaughter, Re'Anna Simone, recently turned 21, and her mother, Lisa, honored the celebrant with a sweet post on Instagram.

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Lisa's daughter is growing fast, and her entertainer mother is excited about the development. She shared a series of adorable snaps of herself and the celebrant.

The first shot featured a selfie from both women, looking epic. Lisa rocked a nude-colored hat, while her daughter showed off her bi-colored hair with a blackhead warmer on her head.

Photo of Nina Simone CIRCA 1950. | Photo: Getty Images

Photo of Nina Simone CIRCA 1950. | Photo: Getty Images

Two other throwback images were of the mother and a younger Re'Anna enjoying some quality time. The last photo was a balloon themed shoot. Lisa quipped:

"Happy 21st Birthday to my daughter @reasiimone..."

Instagram followers joined in the birthday wishes and complimented the appearances of both women. The name "Simone" resonates with lovers of Re'Anna's grandma. Over the years, Nina Simone earned many awards through her burst of talents.

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The North Carolina native had a passion for music from a young age. Her performance started from a church, and her uniqueness made her music teacher pick interest in her. The teacher paid for Simone's high school education.

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Nina studied classical piano at Juilliard School of Music, New York, where she taught other students how to play the piano. She later got the title of the first African American concert pianist.

Apart from influencing the world with her songs, she managed to control her home also.

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She concentrated on blues and jazz and began singing in night clubs. Her first album, "I Loves You Porgy," debuted in 1957, and it was a hit track.

As her fame grew, she opted for a name change. Her birth name was Eunice Katheleen Waymon, but eventually, she adopted the names Nina which is of Spanish origin, and Simone, French.

Music wasn't her only focus; she derived joy in using her voice to fight for civil rights. She recorded "Mississippi Goddam," "Four Women," "Young, Gifted and Black," and they all addressed the situation of racial struggle in the country.

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Nina also globe trotted and moved her area of residence across continents until she finally decided to settle in Southern France, where she died in 2003.

This movement affected her daughter Lisa, who claimed that she lived a "nomadic life," moving from one place to another and changing her institutions.

However, Lisa decided to thread on her mother's pathway in terms of career. Though she joined the United States Air Force earlier in her life before turning to music.

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Lisa was skilled enough to diversify into theatre and later worked with Disney production on a couple of animations.

She once admitted that her mother's strict grooming and brutal beatings made her a better person, even though she was unaware at that time. Nina is a force to reckon with, and apart from influencing the world with her songs, she managed to control her home also.

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