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The unauthorized Nina Simone biopic, Nina dropped and well people were not impressed. Zoe Saldana who plays Nina in the movie took to Twitter shortly after the release of the trailer, “I’ll tell you what freedom is to me- No Fear… I mean really, no fear.” #NinaSimone.”
And it got salty real quick from Nina Simone’s estate…they tweeted, “
@zoesaldana Cool story but please take Nina’s name out your mouth. For the rest of your life.” They later added, “Hopefully people begin to understand this is painful. Gut-wrenching, heartbreaking, nauseating, soul-crushing. It shall pass, but for now…”
The controversy over the film began a few years ago after Zoe was named lead in the movie, but skeptics believed she was too fair skinned to play the role. Nina’s daughter Simone Kelly never approved of the actress chosen to play her mother telling Ebony magazine she would have rather chosen Viola Davis or Kimberly Elise. “Both of the actresses that I’ve mentioned are women of colour, are women with beautiful, luscious lips and wide noses, and who know their craft.I also have no problem introducing someone we’ve never heard of before who can play my mother.”
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