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New Photos Of Zoe Saldana In Full Nina Simone Regalia Surface; Convinced?

New Photos Of Zoe Saldana In Full Nina Simone Regalia Surface; Convinced?

Compared to the first set of photos I posted last week (there've been others since then), these new pics show a Zoe Saldana that's much further into the transformation to Nina Simone than what we've seen previously, so we had to share. 

What might she look like on film, when it's been shot, post-production is complete, etc? We'll just have to wait to find out.

We continue to hope that we will get to talk to director Cynthia Mort eventually, so that all the questions many of you have can be answered. I'm especially curious about who exactly the target audience for this is, because black America seems to have near-universally rejected the projected. Although I can't speak for everyone. But It's a rare thing to find a single positive comment about this anywhere – and not just on S&A, but across the entire black blogosphere.

As was recently announced, Mike Epps joined the cast, playing Richard Pryor. And David Oyelowo will be Nina's Paris-based manager Clifton Henderson. Also revealed by is that Kevin Mambo has been cast in the film as well.

The movie started filming earlier this month in Los Angeles, with Mark BurtonBarnaby ThompsonStuart Parr and Ben Latham Jones producing.

It should be out in 2013.

Here are the rest of the photos:

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OMG!!! Why in this wide earth would we have Zoe in blackface as Nina!? It's not like she's such a fantastic actress only she could play the part! There was absolutely no reason for this choice! The best thing I can do for myself in this case is don't go see it!


meh not too shabby.
But say im gonna make a bruce lee movie, do i go for brad pitt or jet li. Seriously it is what it is, there are black actresses in excess that better suit the job of portraying a civil rights activist (famous for her hit 'young gifted and black' i might add) . its a sensitive issue just like the japanese were mad at the white guy who played goku


The major problem with this casting is that it is reminiscent of the issues African Americans have had in the past with white women being cast as African Americans in earlier movies when there were most that enough capable dark skinned real African American sisters and brothers available to act in these productions, particularly those portraying sister Simone who would be turning over in her grave about now seeing what they are doing to her being the REAL AFRICAN WOMAN THAT SHE ALWAYS WAS. The least that they could have done was cast a naturally dark skinned talented African American actress in this part. It is as if none of the other exceptionally talented dark skinned African American actresses are being given such opportunities once again. Well, Hollywood is just as retarded as ever!!!!


ONE: These pictures are not new, now granted this article is dated back to Oct but they weren't new then either. I saw them when the debacle first hit.

TWO: It's worth repeating; there is no shortage of Black Women with the chops to play Nina. It's a meaty role, I get why Zoe would WANT to play Nina but she should have passed it up so people wouldn't be so sidetracked by all this mania that Lady Simone's story would be lost. I mean, when you have to use more make up than you did to play an alien (Avatar) at what point doesn't someone say, call Viola Davis STAT!

THREE: If after all that enhancement she was gonna end up looking like Regina King rather than Nina Simone, then they should have just cast Regina King (who, at least, has the chops to play Nina)


they need a whole make up and prostestic department JUST to make her look like an ordinary black woman? WOW! bw must be seriously despised if they are willing to spend that much on production over just getting a black actress that didnt need any of that gunk on their faces to play nina.


I have two things to say the first is Regina King should play Nina, and the second is please boycott Cleopatra when its released. Angelina Jolie should be ashamed of herself.


Seriously poor casting decision… There is no shortage of talented dark skinned African-American actresses or singers that could have played this part. BTW I am a Zoe fan but she has no business playing this part.


So happy for Zoe! Every actor deserves material that will allow them to show what they can do and truly hope this is that film for Zoe!!!


Rosylyn Ruff is clearly a excellent choice for Nina Simone. I agree I cannot imagine why the director is so obstinate as to believe she cannot take the opinions of Black people who are familiar, beyond words, with the issues of color. Painting this actress darker is not the point. I seriously doubt a dark skinned actress would play Lena Horne; nor could she painted lighter. I am sure Zoe is familiar with the issues of color because she is from Dominican Republic and the near universal rejection of her by Black people must be hurtful but, she is a big girl and is savy enough to know that her light color gave her the Uhura role (another dark skinned woman) and now Nina.


Black people….you wanna finally make a statement that these people can't buy your consciousness……DON'T SEE THE MOVIE. Cause I guarantee that if Danny Glover was playing Lincoln, you'd see how fast that movie would flop, like your version of The Wiz, white ppl didn't pay to support that shit.


black Hollywood better put there money together and redo this bull—-! this is an injustice to Nina . Cast India Aire or nicki micheaux so we can kick this to the curb. This what happens when you let white people tell our stories. Mort is gay ,was Zoe some fantasy of hers she just couldn't consider other perfect dark skin actresses for this role. ?? GTFOH with this!!


Just No. I'm sorry. I mean I am all for a film of "Our" heroes being made, but you can't tan or spray someone a color for a role.


absurd and insulting.

Tragic Arrangements

HORRID! not interested.. won't pay a THIN PENNY to see it either.


I know and understand the argument for Zoe's casting and personally, I don't think her acting ability is all that great. Viola Davis would be the perfect choice.. but I'm sticking firm to the notion that certain prominent actresses didn't want to touch this particular depiction of Nina. There are obvious inaccuracies in the scripts. They passed and Zoe took it. I'd be embarrassed to be working on this film.

Z Strachan

Proof is in the pudding. Let's see what happens when the movie comes out.

Masha Dowell

I love Nina Simone. I like Zoe. I wish this project well. Someone can always create their own version of it…

Said in Los Angeles

Nina Simmone's story has been around for a long time, if she meant that much to Black People, Black People would have collaborated to produce her story years ago…Other people make these movies because we don't.


We can complain until the cows come home. Just do not go to see this movie. Anyone involved in this mess should be run out of town. Nina Simone deserves better!!

Carlos Alberto Moschini Ibarra

I think her image is quite good. The art of make-up is today incredible. I think what matters is that Zoe Zaldaña do a good perfomance, and I'm very sure she's very able to get it. Let's debate the exact character traits for purists or those who do not dare to admit that they are racist about an actress who is not African American. Carlos A. Moschini, from Barcelona, Spain


So this all because Zoe is Hispanic? Yes she is Hispanic but she's also black Hispanic. Just like there are white Hispanics. If you're mixed with white and black you're considered black. What's the difference?


Okay, so aside from the casting/makeup issues, which I'm sure will be discussed by other commenters, the wardrobe makes me raise an eyebrow.

While there's often great costuming in awful films (just look at some of those nominated for Oscars in costume design), it RARELY works in the opposite direction. Great period films get the costuming right. A lack of attention to detail and historical accuracy is a really bad sign for the overall quality of the film.

Obviously, they might look different on film, but right now they really look more like a modern interpretation of a 'retro' look than great period costumes.


I wonder what would happen if they had Zoe play Marilyn Monroe in a movie….would white people be outraged??? Or if Jennifer Aniston acted as Selena???


Just terrible. I will not spend a single penny on this film. Zoe and Mort and everyone else who produced this just be ashamed of themselves. Personally, I think Aisha Hinds would have been perfect for this role, with Ava Duvernay as the writer and director. But, alas, I can only wish…


I am glad to see that we are concerned about letting our legacy be defined by Hollywood. But it is partly our fault because we (blacks) are so quick to accept anyone as part of the group without realizing that some only want temporary association with blacks when it is convenient for self-promotion.
Most Dominicans or Puerto Ricans find it offensive to be called ‘BLACKY’ when they are in their countries; or territory, in the case of Puerto Rico.
I am personally a fan of Zoe, but for the purpose of this endeavor ‘I think it’s just WRONG!


Regardless of whether Zoe is miscast in this role, and any Hollywood politics associated with it, the movie is being made. I am kind of tired of this argument at this point. I would encourage her daughter or anyone with the resources to get a film made to get on Indie A Gogo or Kickstarter and raise some money and get your own film financed. I would definitely contribute. Coco Chanel had several biopics made and released in the same year, there's no reason Nina can't have more than one.


I like the makeup and I like Zoe's acting, so I look forward to seeing this now.
My cousins are Dominican, grew up in Detroit, MI….embrace the diaspora folks.


I love me some Zoe, but this casting is just plain wrong. The thing is she is shooting… the deal is done. So at this point, we're just venting which I understand (I'm thinking that she will look better in the final product with post likely enriching her skin – one hopes). I do also hope that she understands that we are more questioning the choice of her physicality for the lead role of a woman who spoke regularly of the concept of Blackness and her personal pride, and not her [Zoe's] abilities as an actress. We know that it has been rare for Hollywood/Entertainment to prefer any dark woman to any light (the opposite being true for Black men) in casting unless there is some sort of "pathology", only recently (within the last year) have their been some improvements (basically post Red Tails). I'm just going to copy and paste a statement I saw on facebook yesterday having to do with the historical ramifications of going back in time to remove the presence of dark-skinned women in a society that is near-singularly focused and openly biased towards women of color who don't mirror, or prop up this ideal of white womanhood. " I feel like all of these things are wake up calls. Not only are they trying to erase us from our present, but they are trying erase us from the varied and monumental contributions of our past (Harriet Tubman and now this). Lil Reese, this colorism BS, means that we have to step up and start retelling our own stories – before they cast Grace Bumbry, Leontyne Price, Diana Ross, with Paula Patton and Halle Berry… soon our children will think that nothing of value can come from any woman with a hue darker than a walnut." – facebook post


Zoe Saldana is NOT in "blackface." Blackface was a specific form of theatrical makeup which exaggerated the features of people of color for the sole purpose of performing and promoting stereotypical behavior for entertainment. This is NOT what this is.

I know that's a buzzword that will keep the controversy of her casting going and will help to further illustrate why she seems to be the wrong choice for the role of Nina Simone and it's still not blackface. I find that label disturbing because (as I've already stated) I do not agree with the choice of casting, but an actor wearing costume makeup is a normal part of show business and performance. Depending on who One is playing, it may call for them to do darken/lighten their skin with make up. Forest Whitaker had on darker makeup in "The King of Scotland." And "blackface" was much darker than Zoe's makeup, which I may mention, we see under natural lighting and not studio/set lighting in which it will look totally different.

I too think they should have cast a darker complected actor however this is still not "blackface" as it has been conventionally defined.


I think the actor Kimberly Elise would have been superb as Nina Simone.


Tropic Thunder come to life. Does Hollywood not know that movie was supposed to be an outlandish parody?


When did Zoe or Halle Berry become fair skin or light skin? Zoe is brown, Vanessa Williams, Mariah Carey, Jasmine Guy, Soledad Obrien, Suzanne Malveaux, Lisa Bonet, Chante Moore, are what you a call yellow and or light skin. Zoe and Halle are definitely darker than a brown paper bag and with those noses could never pass for white, "octaroon" ,"creole" and/or "quadroon". Remember Irene Cara a Latina played Myrlie Evers.

Cynthia Udhiri

I'd like to comment on your “Nina Simone” movie starring Zoe Saldana. First of all I applaud you for taking on the project. Nina was an important woman in the African American community and a movie about her is long overdue. I must say that in spite of all the good about the movie, I am bothered by your choice of Zoe Saldana to play the role of Nina. I just viewed the “New Photos of Zoe Saldana in Full Simone Regalia” on your website, and disappointed by what I saw. Zoe’s skin has been darkened, her afro wig is awful, and her facial features have been doctored to look more Nina’s. Her look is not at all convincing. I know transforming an actor’s appearance to look like his/her character is common. What bothers me is your failure to select a more seasoned African American actress who would not require such a makeover because she already has dark skin, kinky hair and broad facial features. A few who come to mind are Viola Davis, Whoopi Goldberg, Debbie Morgan, Phyllis Yvonne Stickney, Alfre Woodard, Angela Bassett and Regina King I think Zoe is a fine young actress in her own right but she is not the best choice for the great Nina Simone. Thank you for the opportunity to share my thoughts.


Zoe Saldana is a hypocrite because she does not MARKET herself as a black actress she markets herself as a LATINA. After Avatar all Zoe talked about is her latin roots and latin this and latin that. Zoe also criticized black actors for complaining about racism. Saldana plays with race she
is black when it is convenient for her career. To darken her skin is so disrespectful and a complete form of blackface.

Grace fouche'

By the way if I see one more fake afro on another African american actor or actress I will scream !! Zoe you got to know this is not for you .

Grace Fouche'

Why in the world does Hollywood continue to rewrite our History ? Our Sheroes should never be changed to look the way YOU (Hollywood) think they should ! From what I have read even family members have rejected Zoe in this part . Zoe is a great actor ..but not so great it's o.k. to degrade Nina's memory . Degrade her with Black Face , fake nose .. Fake Nina . Why do we always play into the hands of White Hollywood ?


I know who I am! I'm a dude, playing a dude, disguised as another dude!


Zoe Saldana should know better! She is not hurting for roles and know she will not be beleiveable as this wonderful soul. What is even worse is the woman that wrote and directed this is not even speaking with Nina's daughter for input. I hope it flops and never makes it to the screen. This is so sad.


Those Burberry gloves (at least I THINK they're Burberry) are fierce…


nice brown outfit!

Brenda Perry

I love Zoe Saldana's abilities. She's a fine actor. That being said, is that the best makeup job they could do? It still looks like a bad spray tab. About as convincing as Mitt Romney's Tex-Mex paint job for the Hispanic vote. They can do, and should have done, better.


wrong wrong wrong not going hope it flops and they loose all their money oops forgot thos people who have no sense will go to see this NOT ME

Forest Brown

I dislike this Hollywood choice, I believe Ms. Viola Davis to be superior Actress, and perfect for the role of The High Priestess of Soul, Miss Nina Simone. Indie Arie, should sing sountrack. Hollywood sells sex, that's why Ms. Saldana it their safe pick, Not too Black, non threatening for their white money paying fans.!!


If you want this to change, Pls sign the Petition!!!!!!! Share it with your friends!!

Geneva Girl

Wrong on so many levels. What's even more sad is that Hollywood loves transformations like this. It smells AWARD SEASON. I will be quite amused to read the comments here if and when she is nominated for a major award.


WELL…WHAT OF THE LEGACY OF "SAY IT LOUD, I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD..! MAYBE LEFT OUT OF THE JAMES BROWN STORY/MOVIE! INCREDIBLE–IF WE ALLOW IT TO BECOME SO! This MONUMENTAL SONG was absolutely genius and would become PIVOTAL, and IS the greater legacy of this SOULFUL man! It is mostly unknown that James was prompted, to take the "CONK," out of his hair by Paul Roberson, photographer…saying, "And when YOU DO, it will say it loud, I am black and proud!" REAL FACTS, as stated in in video interview of Mr. Brown,by Paul himself…who moved him to write this powerful and EVENTUAL signature song of the late 1960's "Black-Pride," and "Black Power" movement–and AS IT WAS written, 2 night later… becoming the prime mover & shaker "PRIDE-SONG" that which DID SO powerfully become the SLUMBERING "Black Power" revolution's self-pride MONTRA & philosophical theme motivation song! "SAY IT LOUD…" as James Brown's entreatment awakening self-hate-filled NEGROS to a BLACK-PRIDE, he unknowingly actually EMpowered up and "Pride-Filled," a nation of post-slavery, "Willie-Lynched" and down-trodden people! THIS SONG, so monumentally–SERVED, to change us diasporatic Afreckans–from NEGRO-2-BLACK! REAL-TALK! THIS IS JAMES BROWN'S AWESOME LEGACY…AND, ITS OURS TOO! That legacy which WE ALL NEED actually DEMAND to be HIGH-LIGHTED FACTUALLY within any movie by director SPIKE LEE–or anyone else! NO other of his record sales and songs "LIVING N AMERICA" included…have been the greater aspect of this man's ENTIRE entertainment LEGACY–and, it cannot be allowed to be written out of "OUR-JAMES BROWN-FACTUAL STORY…" NOR, should such important FACTS, to become an UNTOLD aspect within the JAMES BROWN STORY/MOVIE–OH, HELL NO! So too, the facts MUST BE TOLD…that the FBI CIA & CO-INTELLPRO would have conspired to destroy…AND, DYS-empowered the "BlackPride/POWER" movements–AND with it, James BROWN's business empire…using taxes as an excuse! THIS, after his powerful appeal for NATIONAL calm, succeeded to subdue "Black-RAGE," over the death of MLK…AND, STOP the rioting black masses across this country! NSA saying NO BLACK MAN will be EVER BE allowed to control the minds and masses of NEGROS! AS SUCH, James Brown's voice was heard on tens of thousands of radio stations, and TV! IT WAS HEARD, just as, LOUD, as MLK'S!!! AND, AS SUCH…{SIC} and in the view of the US GOVERNMENT, James Brown–his communications network–and, the "Say it loud, PHILOSOPHIES had such great affect, as to represented a threat to the government "CONTROL OF THE NEGROE," and…TO the national socio-economic security of our oppressors! AND, IT ALL THIS BEFELL THIS WONDERFUL MAN and AROSE, as a direct result of his singing, "SAY IT LOUD, I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD…all across the nation!" Bringing instant consciousness was seen to top the heads of million of negroes–who instantly became "BLACK AND PROUD!" AND, on the command of JAMES BROWN…with his lyrics calling for Negros to become "Black & Proud, which was in all facts–borne of a Black-Pride suggestion, to take the CONK outta his hair…Which would say it loud, I'm black and proud! This was said to J.B. in 1968 by activist Paul Roberson, personal photographer to the "Godfather of SOUL…" THIS, backstage one historic night. Days afterwards the SONG was writing in cooperation with CHARLES BOBBIT, J.B'S closest personal friend and manager–just a few nights later! NOW, it has been suggested that Mr. Bobbit and, his loyal services and contribution, NOT BE WRITTEN INTO THE MOVIE–WTF! SO, IS IT the possible resurrection of the Black-Pride Movement–OR, the truth coming out about just how the government deliberately destroyed "THE JAMES BROWN LEGACY!?" C'MON Y'ALL! DON'T LET The JAMES BROWN story BE SET UP NOT TO TELL THE TRUTH of this great artist–AS WELL! JUST WANNA GIVE Y'ALL A HEADS UP…That, SO MANY persons critical to the truth of this man are already feeling that they–are not included in this story–AND, wish to make U'ALL aware of the critical and momentus roles MANY played roles in James Brown's RISE to MEGA stardom…Butt, OUR-STORY NOT TOLD–HELL NO! J.B. STORY–IS OUR STORY TOO!!! OBAPR – 10/28/12


I just don't understand…. why? If all they've done is paint her a darker shade of brown, then why not just cast a darker skinned actress who's the same caliber of actor and attractiveness as Zaldana? No need to say anything further except – I just don't understand.


Ick. Just so, so, so wrong. This movie is beyond DOA.


I disagree with the casting. Viola Davis would have been a better choice (in which white people are familiar since they gave her an Oscar nod for 'The Help'). I like Zoe. And I would like to point out to the misinformed commenters that being Latino and being black are NOT mutually exclusive. There are black people in Latin America…have you never heard of Celia Cruz? How about Faizon Love (who was born in Cuba, mind you). Ugh, the ignorance is rampant. Can we as black people stop trying to divide our own group up? No, we are not monolithic, but we need to stop isolating non-American blacks as if they aren't "black enough". It is counterproductive.

*steps off soap box*


I keep hearing they should have gotten some dark skinned actress-okay WHO is that dark skinned actress that might have been available? That might have had a name that white folks would know of? Viola? She might not have been available. Alfre Woodard? Whoopi? Madea? Or a no name? Like someone said if this is a film aimed at white folks-you have to get someone they have heard of and thanks to Star Trek-that leaves Zoe.


This movie is clearly being made for a white audience. Zoe Saldana is such a joke I was never a fan of this lady but this bitch is such a complete disgrace. Saldana talks shit about black actors complaining yet this bitch is quick to take a movie role not meant for her. Clearly, Saldana's face was darkened, why couldn't the studio simply hire a darker skinned black actress to play Nina Simone? Why hire a mixed race Latina to take on the role meant for an authentic black woman with darker skin?
It looks like this is a similar black face controversy like the Angelina Jolie 2007 A Mighty Heart which bombed at the box office. Many people were offended that Jolie a white actress took on the role as Marianne Pearl who is a woman of colour. Even though Pearl agreed to Jolie playing her Angelina looked so stupid with the kinky curly wig and her skin darkened.


It's a bit hypocritical to be this disrespectful to Zoe while accusing her (and the project) of disrespecting Nina. So what she doesn't look like her? What actress does? How about giving the production a chance before beginning the crucifixion??? All of this is part of the reason that "black movies don't do well." We are so hypercritical of every single decision made before the production is complete. To talk about boycotting the movie is so ridiculous!


No disrespect to Zoe and her craft, but I'm not sure her playing this role honors Nina Simone and her story. Moreover, I'm saddened that the so-called powers-that-be could not/did not seek an actress more befitting the role.




1. Why are her dental prosthetics protruding out of her mouth?

2. Why does she look like she is stoned in the first picture?


PERFECTTO-Perfetto-Perfectum-Parfait! And for our Afrikaans and English speaking friends, these photos and Zoe are now PERFEKTO-PERFECT!!! It makes no difference what language one speaks, we're moving in the right direction. Listen, I saw the first photo and before I even reading the post or the comments, I said to myself, this can work, so what are the crying folks gonna say now? What… Zoe is too "pretty", too light, too not, what? That reminds me, why on earth, or what on earth could someone use to justify boycotting this, and do so vociferously and with a collective outcry? Seriously… and what would be on the protest signs… "HELL NO WE WON'T GO BECAUSE ZOE IS NOT BLACK ENOUGH!". Yep, silly silly silly. Now I am off to read the rest of the comments to see who's still in the knee-jerk crowd.


Very good question re: who will this film be marketed towards. Fans of Nina won't watch it (esp. after her daughter's response). Seems like most blacks won't watch it except for a good laugh …. and nobody is going to pay just to see how horrible the makeup is. We'll wait for netflix or cable tv. Zoe's white fan base probably won't watch it since they tend to like Zoe looking hot and sexy. So what's the point in even making this – to just finish a project and shove it out? It'll probably hit a few indie theaters and fade away into nothingness. All of the black actors associated with this film should have backed out. I don't care how desperate they are for money and attention.


I agree, it looks like Zoe, playing Jada, imitating Erica Badu playing Nina. It's all laughable. Unfortunately, this isn't comedy.

These photos bring up a nuanced issue with respect to Zoe playing Nina. Not only is there no resemblance in appearance, there is no resemblance in attitude and carriage. Tyler Perry as female Medea is more believable.

You have to ask yourself, what would Nina say about this?


I echo the comments. Looks terrible. White people are FUCKING STUPID!


Zoe should have had the class to turn down this part (such as Haley Barry did when offered the role of Aretha Franklin as she knew she couldn't do justice to the part). Actors such as Dustin Hoffman (Lenny) Al Pacino (Dog Day Afternoon) Robert De Niro (Raging Bull) and Angela Bassette and Laurence Fishburne (What's Love Got To Do With It) gave justice to the RL people they protrayed based on sheer acting talent, with minimal use of prosthetics. Zoe is a mediocre actress at best who has proven (with the box office failure of Columbiana) that she isn't capable of carrying a film on her own. Seeing her in "costume" reminds me of Michael Chiklis' portrayal of John Belishi in Haywire. Critics crucified his performance and I hate to think what the critics will be saying about Zoe's performance as Nina. My only hope is that this film does not get a wide release.


Simple answer to this kind of crap – boycott it and do so vociferously and with a collective outcry. You're dead right WHOKNOWS – they will spin it as "Black films don't sell." But whose fault is that? Get out and support the Black films showcased here on S&A and to hell with what Hollyweird is trying to foist on us.


I feel like I'm in the twilight zone–the episode where the angry patriarch passed out hideous Mardi Gras masks to his children. When the children took the masks off, their real faces were imprinted with the twisted features of the masks.


What's more disturbing, Saldana as Simone or the fact that this project even got greenlit? How on earth DID it get greenlit for production (i.e., managed to get an approved budget, etc.)?




Calling Viola Davis! Ms. Davis?


Now after seeing more these stills from the movie, I'm even less swayed from my original opinion, this just doesn't work for me….the makeup is awful, and if I didn't know this was supposed to be Nina Simone, I wouldn't know who the hell it was…Just not feeling this project at all!!!


I always think it's weird when black people have to use black face. It disturbs me.


Does anybody remember when Cicely Tyson played Coretta Scott King? Why are ya'll surprised? hollywood has NEVER been in the habit of casting/portraying Us accurately. If you want to make a stink….show them with your dollars (or the lack thereof), but know that all they will do is spin it like this "Black films don't sell".

Kat S

I will boycott any and every film the people associated with this project are involved in and their disgusting apologists-I'm looking at you Jill Scott. I hope this fails miserably and I hope that Zoe Saldana is blackballed from any future black films. I'm sure Saldana doesn't care though since she's now the poor man's Halle Berry.


I love Nina Simone and I know some of her history of struggle! At first the only thing I heard was that Zoe would be portraying her in film! I was totally against this because I wasn't sure she had the depth of acting abilities to give Nina justice and that make up would take away from all that Nina stood for as a beautiful black woman who was not excepted as beautiful from white media and even some of her own people! After more thinking, I realized that Zoe is a great actress who will only improve over time, and that she could pull this off.

What I am concerned with now is that this film is not an accurate portrayal of Nina's life! And that any new fans of Nina, will not get her truth! And anyone who would have anything to do with this film is just after money, and didn't really care about the real Nina! For those reasons, I will not support this film!

Mark & Darla

Very good artistry but the whole thing from head to toe looks exhausting to get into and out.


In blackface, full regalia and still doesn't look like Nina. What. A. Disaster.

Adam Scott Thompson

She looks like Robert Downey, Jr. in "Tropic Thunder."

Critical Acclaim

There is NOTHING cool about blackface. No matter who perpetrates the cultural crime. Shame on everybody that has anything to do with this farce.


Come on, they can't be serious, come on, Where's Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney and Abbott and Costello and Vincent Price?


lol!!!!!!!!!! hard at the first two comments. At this point i wanna just see WHAT the director does with this story. Of course of you're are putting darkened make-up on light skin – why not just hire a dark skin actress! But apart from that, it is obvious that this film will get made whether we like it or not! Looking at these pictures – it seems as though Ms. Saldana is going to give this all that she has got. Is that enough? We'll see. One answer is yes it should be enough for those who have the means to make a film, a different kind of Nina Simone film that at the very least shows what Nina Simone really looked like. Apart from her enormous talent, the fact that she dark skinned was/is very much apart of this story.
Interestingly – when the stamp came out of the Cuban singer Celia Cruz – what color was she? Light not dark – though Celia was dark skinned.


Listen, I love Nina Simone. I saw her twice in concert. Her voice, her life, her attitude, the whole package was absolutely amazing. But I've always acknowledged her beauty, like James Baldwin laid beyond physical features. She was striking, that is to say, she did not look like other people, but she was never what I would call physically attractive. Who cares? Who says that every talented individual must be visually appealing? I think that's a problem in modern society. Now while I would never say Madame Simone was beautiful, she was never ugly. Zoe Saldana in Black face is hideous. She makes Nina look drunk, tired, and depressed. I don't think its possible to capture the spirit that resided in the voice of Nina. I saw her once and she had to be helped out to the stage. The crowd gave this huge applause and I sat almost in tears afraid she was going to sound like an aged version of her former self. Instead she bellowed strong "All you need to shut up so I can get going!" over the crowd. I knew then the only that had aged was her body. I will not be going to this movie. And if there's a protest, I'll be joining.


Zoe saldana starring as jada pinkett starring as Nina Simone??

Queen Esther

So what you're telling me is that Ms. Saldana is in blackface, basically – with prosthetics to authenticate an African face. My question: Is there any (black female) precedent for this?


The nicest thing that I can say is that the 'fro looks better in these pics. That's it.

Monique a. Williams

Halloween costumes look better than this get up. *smh*


Horrible…just horrible.



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