Zoe Saldana on race and criticism: ‘I am Black. I’m raising Black men.”

Nina, the film that stars Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone, had a long, hard journey to making it to the big screen. It initially went from office to office and couldn’t pin a lead actress until Saldana joined on. But when the trailer was released, it was the target of a multitude of negative criticisms concerning Saldana being chosen, the use of darker makeup and a prosthetic nose and more.

Now that the film has been released after a five year process, Saldana, who stars in the upcoming Star Trek Beyond film, opened up about her feelings on the criticisms of her racial identity and whether or not she should have portrayed Simone in a cover story with Allure


Jesse Williams to Star and Produce Harry Belafonte Biopic

Jesse Williams, the Grey’s Anatomy star will produce and star in a Harry Belafonte biopic. During his appearance on the podcast Denzealots, which was created by comedians W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery, Williams talked about how he has a lot of projects coming up including the movie on the Civil Rights activist and notable actor, Harry Belafonte.


The Problems With Zoe Saldana’s Casting As Nina Simone Are More Than Skin Deep

On Tuesday, we learned that the embattled biopic loosely based on Nina Simone’s life, simply called Nina, will be released on April 22. On Wednesday, the trailer was released. And, while all the sentiments against Zoe Saldana’s blackface (or “mud face”) and fake accent are correct, there’s a bigger reason why Saldana never should have taken the role in the first place: Saldana doesn’t believe that Black womanhood is a thing.