The granddaughter of iconic musician Nina Simone says that Vice President Kamala Harris is the reason her family has no rights to her grandmother’s estate, which is now run by “white people.”
“Nina’s granddaughter here,” ReAnna Simone Kelly posted in a lengthy Twitter thread on Saturday. “My family doesn’t run her estate anymore. It was taken away from us [and] given to white people.”
“Our family name was DRAGGED in the media. We get NO royalties, nothing,” she continued. “Wanna hold someone accountable? Ask Kamala Harris why she came for my family.”
Harris was the California Attorney General in charge of a 2013 legal battle with Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly over mismanagement of the late singer’s estate and charitable trust.
“Ask her why she separated my family. Ask her why my grandmother’s estate is in SHAMBLES now,” she went on. “Ask her why we as her family no longer own the rights to anything. Ask her why she bullied my mother in court and my mom almost killed herself from the depression.”
In the 2016 settlement, then AG Harris charged Kelly with nearly six million in surcharges and more than $2.5 million in interest for funneling trust money into her personal company. Kelly also agreed to relinquish her title as estate administrator and the rights to Simone’s music.
Nina’s granddaughter here. My family doesn’t run her estate anymore. It was taken away from us & given to white people. Our family name was DRAGGED in the media. We get NO royalties, nothing. Wanna hold someone accountable?Ask Kamala Harris why she came for my family #NinaSimone https://t.co/mMXOz7iLxn
— RéAnna Simone Kelly (@reasiimone) June 19, 2021
“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.
Singer John Legend covered Simone’s classic “Feeling Good” during Joe Biden’s Presidential Inauguration. “She knew what she was doing,” Simone Kelly concluded.