The casting of Zoe Saldaña in the biopic Nina about Nina Simone caused a stir after many believed Saldaña was too light to play the legendary singer. There was even a petition to force the director of the film, Cynthia Mort to recast Saldaña. But despite the criticism Saldaña says she will keep her chin up.
“What keeps me focused and what kept me from getting stressed from being hurt by the comments is I’m doing it for my sisters, I’m doing it for my brothers, and I don’t care who tells me I am not this and I am not that. I know who I am, and I know what Nina Simone means to me. I can only rely on that and maintain as much humility as possible, so that when I have to face the world and we have to then give the movie to the world to see, and share it with them, that if it comes back in . . . a negative fashion or positive, I’m gonna keep my chin up. And Nina was like that too. I did it all out of love for my people and my pride of being a black woman and a Latina woman and an American woman, and that’s my truth.”
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