Nina Simone’s granddaughter has accused Vice President Kamala Harris of “taking away” the legendary singer’s property and handing it over “to white folks” — leaving her so poor she is contemplating “stripping to pay my payments.”
“My household doesn’t run her property anymore. It was taken away from us & given to white folks,” RéAnna Simone Kelly tweeted Saturday, along with her mom later saying she supported her “1,000 %” in “talking the reality of our household.”
“Our household title was DRAGGED within the media. We get NO royalties, nothing,” Simone’s 22-year-old granddaughter stated of a 2013 authorized battle over the property’s dealing with when Harris was California’s lawyer normal.
“Wanna maintain somebody accountable? Ask Kamala Harris why she got here for my household,” Simone Kelly stated in a prolonged thread.
“Ask her why she separated my household. Ask her why my grandmothers property is in SHAMBLES now. Ask her why we as her household not personal the rights to something.
“Ask her why she bullied my mom in courtroom and my mother nearly killed herself from the despair,” she continued.
Simone Kelly additionally stated her mother, Lisa Simone, was put beneath a “gag order.”
“Ask her why she didn’t even need my mother to have the ability to say she was Nina Simone’s daughter. Ask her why she wished us to stroll away with NOTHING,” she tweeted.
It has left the household “separated” from the “My Child Simply Cares for Me” singer’s legacy, she claimed.
“My grandmother created one thing lovely along with her life whereas she was right here on this earth, even by way of all her ache,” she stated of her grandmother.
“I’m SO PROUD of her legacy!! I’m so proud to be her grandchild. However I really feel separated from my legacy. As if it isn’t even mine,” she wrote.
“It breaks my coronary heart to know that white persons are earning money off of grandmas laborious work and that we’ve got had all of our rights as her household STRIPPED from us!!”
Simone Kelly — who initially deleted her thread, till getting the approval of different members of the family — ended with a ultimate dig on the VP.
“Oh wait. Whereas we’re asking Kamala questions ask her why in any case of this ache and struggling she put us by way of a Nina Simone track was sang on 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 household 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 property and charitable belief.
She was accused of “breaching her fiduciary responsibility” when she allegedly drained as much as $2 million from its coffers, together with a $1.5 million deposit into her private firm, The Day by day Beast reported, citing courtroom data.
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 property administrator, the outlet stated.
Simone Kelly posted a video Saturday supporting her daughter, smiling at how she “got here out blazing” and “began a fireplace.”
“I help her 1,000 %. I help every part she is saying,” she stated. “She’s talking her reality — she’s talking the reality of our household.”
Whereas I’ll not have the ability to communicate on sure issues, these near me who witnessed the happenings firsthand are selecting to step ahead with the Fact,” she wrote in her caption.
“THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE. My smile is huge for freedom is at hand.”
It’s unclear who’s in control of the long-lasting performer and civil rights activist’s property now.