‘Love Simone Hate Fascism’: Pep Guardiola wears T-shirt with legendary musician and civil rights activist Nina at the press conference after Man City boss expressed support for the Black Lives Matter movement
- Guardiola’s t-shirt said ‘Love Simone, Hate Fascism’ while addressing the media
- Nina Simone was an American singer-songwriter and black civil rights activist
- Man City boss has shown support for the Black Lives Matter movement
- Guardiola said he was “ashamed” of white behavior in the past
- Simone associated with black nationalism and the ideas of Malcolm X.
Pep Guardiola wore a t-shirt with the face of American singer-songwriter and civil rights activist Nina Simone at his press conference on Tuesday.
The Manchester City manager’s clothing bore the message ‘Love Simone, Hate Fascism’ when he answered questions from journalists on Wednesday prior to their match with Newcastle United.
Guardiola has made no secret of his support for the Black Lives Matter movement in recent weeks, whose equality campaigns have accelerated following the death of black American George Floyd by a white police officer in Minnesota in May in May.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola wore a ‘Love Simone, Hate Fascism’ t-shirt in tribute to American musician and civil rights activist Nina Simone
Simone was an American musician and songwriter who combined jazz and soul styling
“I’m ashamed, ashamed of what the whites did [to] the black people, ”Guardiola said last month.
“Just because you were born with a different skin color, how can people think you are completely different from others.”
Simone was considered one of the most gifted musicians of her time, her style is a mix of jazz, classical, gospel, folk, blues and soul.
But she famously declined to describe her stylings as jazz, saying, ‘jazz is a white term to define black people. My music is black classical music. ‘
She was as influential as a campaigner in the black civil rights movement, supporting the controversial Malcolm X in the 1960s at the height of her fame.
Many of Simone’s most powerful songs protested racism in America
Some of Simone’s protest songs saw her boycotted by parts of the music industry
Her song ‘Mississippi Goddam’, released in 1964 and written in less than an hour, was in response to the murder of NAACP activist Medgar Evers in Mississippi the previous year and the bombings of 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. four people died young black girls.
The first of many protest songs, Simone said it came to her “in a wave of anger, hatred and determination.”
Simone spoke at numerous civil rights meetings and attended protest marches. Biographers said she supported black nationalism and violent uprising, as advocated by Malcolm X, as opposed to Martin Luther King’s nonviolent approach.
“I was on Malcolm’s side, no question about that,” she once said.
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But the increasingly political tone of her songs led some in the music industry to boycott her work.
Simone’s breakthrough single, George Gershwin’s ‘I Loves You Porgy’, came out in 1959 and made her known. It was soon followed by a new hit, “My Baby Just Cares For Me.”
This song was re-released 30 years later, earning Simone a new generation of admirers and becoming one of the most listened to songs of the 20th century.
Simone lived in France in the last years of her life before her death, in 2003, aged 70.