To Be Young, Gifted and Black.

The Wicked Orchard by Sidra Owens
6 min readApr 19, 2023
Photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

I first heard this song as sung by Nina Simone, who penned it; naming it after a play by the same name written by her close friend Lorraine Hansberry.

Aretha Franklin re-recorded it, and if anything in this world is going to resonate with your spirit, it’s listening to the voice of Aretha Franklin in her prime.

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