Zoe Saldana Stars as Nina Simone in Biopic (Video)

Saldana faces more criticism following the film's poster and trailer release.

Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana’s Nina poster infuriated Black Twitter. After rumors surfaced in 2012, it has been confirmed in a press release the Saldana will portray the iconic Nina Simone in a film about her rise to fame, and the trials and tribulations along the way.

Simone is widely known for her enthralling, passionate songs and her political views that make her one of the greatest entertainers of all time.

Saldana seems to be unbothered by the comments and keeps grounded by her self-worth. “I don’t care who tells me I’m not this or I’m not that. I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me,” Saldana said about the backlash. “I did it all for love. Out of love for Nina, my people and who I am and my pride of being a Black woman and a Latina woman and an American woman. That’s my truth.”

Twitter users were even more outraged by the Nina trailer that was released Wednesday, pointing out that Saldana does not look like Simone. They were more outraged by the appearance of blackface in the Nina Poster. Huffington Post’s Black Voice writer Zeba Blay said, “The Nina Trailer is what happens when white people tell black stories.”

Does Zoe Saldana have what it takes to represent the iconic Nina Simone through her demise and dealings with music, tribulations? Check out the trailer here and decide for yourself.



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