feature: controversial nina simone biopic starring zoe saldana premieres at cannes film festival

May 16, 2014

A new image of Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in a controversial biopic surfaced. The movie premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Some are saying Saldana’s performance amounts to Blackface and is is offensive, especially given the fact that Nina Simone’s skin color and facial features were a source of pride for her and caused much discrimination in her life.
Zoe Saldana stated: “I guess what kept me from being hurt by the negative comments was that I’m doing it for my sisters and my brothers, and 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”.
Are you upset or glad they went through with the project in spite of disapproval from Nina Simone’s estate?