What is an Artist’s Duty?

“An artist’s duty is, as far am I’m concerned, to reflect the times…
Now I think that is true of, of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians.
It’s as far as I’m concerned it’s their choice,
but I choose to reflect the times and the situations in which I find myself.
That to me is my duty.
And at this crucial time in our lives, when everything is so desperate.
When everyday is a matter of survival I don’t think you can help but be involved.
Young people, black and white know this, that’s why they’re so involved in politics.
We will shape and mold this country I will not be molded and shaped at all anymore.
So if I don’t think you have a choice. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times?
That to me is the definition of an artist.”

-Nina Simone

Did you see that glance at the end though… Beauty. 

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