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Watch: Zoe Saldana Tries Her Hand (And Voice) at a Legend in ‘Nina’ Trailer

Watch: Zoe Saldana Tries Her Hand (And Voice) at a Legend in 'Nina' Trailer

READ MORE: Zoe Saldana Dishes on Behind-the-Scenes Mismanagement of Nina Simone Film

The long-gestating (and apparently "mismanaged") Nina Simone biopic "Nina," is finally set for release, following a series of setbacks involving casting changes, an unhappy leading lady, copious legal action and a lot of questions about some of the casting choices that went into its creation. Starring Zoe Saldana as the beloved American jazz singer and so-called "High Priestess of Soul," the Cynthia Mort-directed film looks to take the long view on Simone’s career, with a special emphasis on her relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson (played in the film by David Oyelowo).

The first trailer for the feature has arrived now, thanks to Today.com, and it sees Saldana attempting to get into Simone’s talented (but mercurial) skin by way of singing, drinking, smoking, fighting, crusading for equal rights and eventually staging a comeback. 

The film also stars Mike Epps as Richard Pryor, a role he will again play in the upcoming Pryor biopic, "Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said?"

"Nina" hits theaters and VOD on April 22. 

READ MORE: Review: ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Puts Nina Simone’s Legacy in the Spotlight

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Mike

Zoe is black but not the right tone, I think they could have given other actors who physically would be much suitable this role. Someone like Viola Davis or Kimberley Elise would be perfect

halimafrom north philly

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The black female body in historical context of African cultural/sexual oppression . The continued re-image /distortion of black female bodies within the white media. The media in its continued neglect and utilization of SYMBOLIC NEGATION of the deeply melanin African women. Dark [plum]skin, Black women are not or are rarely represented in the media. The substitution of deep-hue [ blue-black/gold black] women are ignored in order to conform to white male standards of beauty . The non representation of dark /deep tone,African women,within the popular [ white domin .] media, this is not an oversight, its has all been in the continued service of white male supremacy. Nina was a South Carolina,Yoruba /IBO Ghee Chee Gullah women, her DARK BEAUTY was Plum Black, Gold Black, deep and rich black, to ignore her deep BLUE-BLACKNESS!! is an insult and denegrades our blackness!!! Where is the LUMINOUS blackness? , Where is her Deep Perfect RICH- DARK sepia/mahogany tone AFRICAN SKIN ? Where is the Glowing TRANSLUCENCY and the layers of reflected light that is inherent in our highly flawless skin type….she wore flat paint?!!, no light or tone ot shades or glow can reflect or pass thru our skin type that’s is horrific . This mask, can not represent the AFRICAN PERFECTION of our BEAUTY OF OUR HIGH PRIESTESS !! ,Our OSHUN,Our YEMAYA-GODDESS!!! Our QUEEN OF BLACKNESS!!
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halimacandy

• halimacandy215 • a few seconds ago
The black female body in historical context of African cultural/sexual oppression . The continued re-image /distortion of black female bodies within the white media. The media in its continued neglect and utilization of SYMBOLIC NEGATION of the deeply melanin African women. Dark [plum]skin, Black women are not or are rarely represented in the media. The substitution of deep-hue [ blue-black/gold black] women are ignored in order to conform to white male standards of beauty . The non representation of dark /deep tone,African women,within the popular [ white domin .] media, this is not an oversight, its has all been in the continued service of white male supremacy. Nina was a South Carolina,Yoruba /IBO Ghee Chee Gullah women, her DARK BEAUTY was Plum Black, Gold Black, deep and rich black, to ignore her deep BLUE-BLACKNESS!! is an insult and denegrades our blackness!!! Where is the LUMINOUS blackness? , Where is her Deep Perfect RICH- DARK sepia/mahogany tone AFRICAN SKIN ? Where is the Glowing TRANSLUCENCY and the layers of reflected light that is inherent in our highly flawless skin type….she wore flat paint?!!, no light or tone ot shades or glow can reflect or pass thru our skin type that’s is horrific . This mask, can not represent the AFRICAN PERFECTION of our BEAUTY OF OUR HIGH PRIESTESS !! ,Our OSHUN,Our YEMAYA-GODDESS!!! Our QUEEN OF BLACKNESS!!
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M

Black face does not work for anyone. Sorry but I wish I could unwatch that.

Michael W

Viola Davis

Michael W

Vila Davis was made for this part. Go figure?

ME

Hope is decent …

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