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Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

The controversy around the Nina Simone biopic continues. Her camp shared this powerful video of Nina talking about Blackness, seemingly to emphasize their disapproval of the choice of Zoe Saldana in the leading role (watch video here).
They say: "That BLACKNESS ... in Nina's own words. In delivering Nina Simone's story, we should NOT whitewash away that which compelled her. Dr. Nina Simone, our High Priestess, deserves the integrity of TRUTH, not the disgrace of Hollywood fictionalization."
What's your take on this, guys?

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Comment by BK_Malik on November 17, 2014 at 9:02pm

@Mitchell Francesco Onuorah, you are exactly right about Alfre Woodard or Viola Davis, maybe even Angela Basset. I don't know what they were thinking that we would accept this crap...

Comment by Mitchell Francesco Onuorah on November 17, 2014 at 7:28pm

Given the fact that I have never had any expectation from any Hollywood biopics!.... my question comes quite spontaneously, what happened to the other beautiful and talented dark women actresses that could have played this movie without needing to be painted in a darker skin complexion ? 

I am not producer or director and probably I might be completely wrong and the movie might turn into a real success but I think actresses such as ALFRE WOODARD or even better VIOLA DAVIS would have been perfect for the role... what do you all think about it?

Comment by Epiphanie on November 14, 2012 at 5:56pm

This just breaks my heart. I'm never one to idolize another human but, If I did, it'd be Nina. To know that this is taking place despite the obvious is just hurtful :/ I don't have an issue with Zoe, I actually like her acting but, I can't help but feel she just wants to prove a point rather than accepting that this might not be the most appropriate way to represent such an icon. Your absolutely right @BK_MALIK there isn't a shortage of dark sisters. However, popularity and colorism still trump in the industry 

Comment by BK_Malik on November 3, 2012 at 6:52pm

I can feel what Sister Nina is saying... What is the necessity of the dark makeup? If they didn't think Zoe was dark enough they should have gone with another actress, it's not like there's a shortage of dark sisters in Hollywood!!!

Comment by Mamadoc on November 1, 2012 at 4:11pm

Fortunately, we all don't look alike. Zoe might surprise all the naysayers (myself included) and take it all the way there. :-)

Comment by X-D-D-M*9 on November 1, 2012 at 9:44am

Ha, this has the potential of turning into a minstrel show.  It's not funny to mess with an iconic artist's legacy but these questionable photos from the set are making me laugh. 

I saw a quote today that someone thought Ms. Simone would "slap the black(face) off Zoe" for this portrayal.  I'd have to agree if she didn't stop it all together and punch the kracka producers in grill for even suggesting this outlandish idea. 

If Zoe, a very talented actress, pulls this off even 25% realistically without me being dragged out the theater for laughing too loud in the first 30 minutes, she deserves an Oscar. Sorry but I'd bet own the ushers dragging me to the exits...

Comment by ContessaLouise on November 1, 2012 at 5:27am

Have you ever felt so passionately about something because it hits the very core of your being? Because it still brings you to your knees and you see it affecting your seed and others like them? And that passion overwhelms you that you cannot put it into words for fear that it may offend others that haven't walked a mile in your shoes? Yeah...that's how I feel about this biopic.  

Comment by Mamadoc on October 31, 2012 at 1:10pm

At this point, the movie is in the works & will be released (in some format or another) without their say. At some point, they will need to just move on and work on doing what they can to get the story out that they want told. Their story possibly wouldn't be the same that Nina Simone would tell about herself. From what I think I know about Nina, I'm quite sure that Nina's TRUTH would be a lot different from her family's.


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