Nina, the embattled Nina Simone biopic, is due to arrive next week to what can charitably be called tepid anticipation. If anything, though, it's a testament to just how far-reaching the musician and activist's impact is: being cited by a huge swath of artists like Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu and perennially, John Lennon. The middle eight of the Beatles' "Michelle" is a take on Simone's version of "I Put a Spell on You," and when Simone released her "Revolution" in the same year as the Fab Four's single, Lennon told Rolling Stone he admired "somebody who reacted immediately to what I had said." She fought for civil rights with a level of passion and impact that few popular musicians have matched since. "Most people are afraid to be as honest as she lived," Qubilah Shabazz said in the excellent Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? "She was not at odds with the times. Times was at odds with her."