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Now 67, Nina Simone—Dr. Simone to those she doesn’t know—wants to be remembered as “a diva from beginning to end who never compromised in what she felt about racism and how the world should be, and who to the end of her days consistently stayed the same.” Ever since she released the hit “I Loves You, Porgy” in 1959, the North Carolina-born High Priestess of Soul has defended her title with a trademark style that blends jazz, folk, blues, pop, and classical into a deeply passionate, richly textured sound. In addition, Simone has a drama-soaked life story and has enjoyed a longevity she attributes, at least in part, to “good genes.” When civil rights activist Medgar Evers was killed in 1963, Simone penned the inflammatory “Mississippi Goddam”—”Oh, but this whole country is full of lies/You’re all gonna die and die like flies”—and told the world that she meant every word of it. A standoff with her father prevented her from going to his deathbed, but sparked the moving “Alone Again (Naturally).” And Simone’s fight for acceptance as a black woman spawned the tributary character sketch “Four Women.” “I feel what they feel,” Simone once said. “And people who listen to me know that, and it makes them feel like they’re not alone.” She performs music to move, groove, and soothe you at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, at DAR Constitution Hall, 1776 D St. NW. $35.50-$50.50. (202) 432-7328. (Ayesha Morris)