Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone – Yay or Nay

Posted on Jan 29 2014 - 6:17pm by BSB



Dominican-American actress Zoe Saldana is set to portray the High Priestess of Soul, Nina Simone, in an upcoming biopic.  There’s been a lot of controversy surrounding the non-Black film director’s decision to cast Saldana as Simone. The backlash stems from many peoples’ views that there’s a bevy of Black actresses who would be better suited for the role, such as, Academy Award nominee Viola Davis, 12 Years a Slave’s Adepero Oduye or even Neo Soul songstress India.Arie – who slightly resembles the jazz great.


Many point out that Zoe does not resemble Nina – even a little bit – and the makeup applied for the role has her looking more like a blackface caricature.  Perhaps Zoe was chosen, because she is considered a mainstream actress and therefore may be more bankable.  What are your thoughts?


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  1. Keli July 27, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    This feels like the same thing as casting Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs. The performance is likely to be extremely shallow!

  2. Sheila Dixon August 14, 2015 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Some people complain too much. Be glad Nina’s story is being told. It’s not like they cast Jennifer Lawrence or something!!

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