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Nina Simone Biopic

Hollywood's Café Con Leche Conundrum

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.30.2017 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

Simone was able to conjure glamour in spite of everything the world said about black women who looked like her. And for that she enjoyed a special pla...

Nina: The Devil is in the Details

Nsenga Burton | Posted 04.27.2017 | Black Voices
Nsenga Burton

The film Nina starring celebrated actors Zoe Saldana (Nina Simone) and David Oyelowo (Clifton Henderson) is a film in search of itself.

The Person Who Nina Simone Wanted to Play Her in a Biopic Might Surprise You

Al Schackman | Posted 04.20.2017 | Black Voices
Al Schackman

Nina and I first met in 1957, played a magical set together, and remained the closest of friends and colleagues for 46 years until her passing in 2003. For history and accuracy I feel compelled to comment on the heated debate that is currently being waged over the movie.

'Nina' Director Breaks Down Reasons For Casting Zoe Saldana

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 04.18.2016 | Black Voices

Last month following the release of the trailer for Nina Simone's biopic,"Nina," director Cynthia Mort responded to critics and fans who deemed Zoe Sa...

Director Of 'The Amazing Nina Simone' Doc Slams Forthcoming Biopic

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.22.2016 | Black Voices

As Nina Simone’s controversial biopic, “Nina” nears its big screen release on April 22, the project continues to draw criticism from fans and fi...

Queen Latifah, Paula Patton Defend Zoe Saldana As Nina Simone

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.08.2016 | Black Voices

While India.Arie recently added to the surge of critics referring to Zoe Saldana's portrayal of Nina Simone in the forthcoming biopic "Nina" as "tone-...

Nina Simone Film, Starring Zoe Saldana, Gets A Release Date

Entertainment Weekly | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.01.2016 | Black Voices

How could we cheer up Nina Simone fans about the documentary What Happened, Miss Simone? losing to Amy at the Oscars last Sunday?...

Why One Black Producer Doesn't Want To Boycott The Oscars

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 02.26.2016 | Black Voices

The lack of diversity of the nominees at Sunday's 88th Annual Academy Awards has, in part, forced Hollywood to address the problem of inclusion in fil...

Zoe Saldana On Nina Simone Biopic: 'Nina Deserves Better'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.06.2015 | Black Voices

"Nina," the long-delayed Nina Simone biopic, will finally be released next month. In the December/January 2016 issue of Latina magazine, the film's le...

AFI Docs Fest Wraps Up

Michael Rose | Posted 06.26.2016 | Entertainment
Michael Rose

Last week I was able to view a handful of the 81 films from 25 countries, at the five-day long AFI Docs festival that attracted filmmakers, national policy and opinion leaders, journalists and a large crowd of viewers to the 13th annual running of the event in the Washington DC area.

Zoe Saldana On Nina Simone Criticism: 'I Didn't Think I Was Right For The Part'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 06.16.2015 | Black Voices

The topic of race and casting in Hollywood resurfaced in the weeks since Entertainment Weekly published an essay by actor Michael B. Jordan on May 22....

Nina Simone Biopic Starring Zoe Saldana To Be Released This Year | Posted 05.27.2015 | Black Voices

Moviegoers can expect to see Nina: The Biopic of Nina Simone in theaters before year's end....

Spite Your Face: Zoe As Nina

T. Better Baldwin | Posted 07.27.2014 | Black Voices
T. Better Baldwin

I like Zoe as an actress and as a person that I don't know. I admire her hutzpah as she defends her right to embody Ms. Simone. However, just because you can doesn't mean you should.

More Drama For Nina Simone's Biopic

Posted 05.21.2014 | Black Voices

The highly-anticipated Nina Simone biopic, “Nina,” is set to make its debut during a screening at this year’s annual Cannes Film Festival on Thu...

Zoe Saldana Opens Up About Being A Black Latina

VOXXI | Jonathan Muñoz | Posted 09.23.2013 | Latino Voices

Glam Belleza Latina will feature none other than Zoe Saldana on its fall cover. The magazine sat down with the Dominican-American actress to talk a...

India.Arie: It Was Not My Intention To Be Hard On Zoe Saldana

Posted 06.28.2013 | Black Voices

In recent months, India.Arie has faced a hailstorm of criticism for lightening her skin on the cover of her latest single, “Cocoa Butter,” and has...

My Father's Love of Nina Simone

CC Stinson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Black Voices
CC Stinson

Nina is an interesting and charismatic character, so I can see why my father loved her music. He would be so excited that two films are in production about her life, and I am thrilled as well despite the controversy.

Another Nina Simone Project In The Works

Posted 06.10.2013 | Black Voices

While filmmaker Cynthia Mort is currently wrapping up production on Nina Simone’s highly anticipated biopic, “Nina,” scheduled to hit theaters l...

WATCH: Zoe Saldana Responds To Nina Simone Biopic Criticism

Posted 03.06.2013 | Black Voices

After widespread backlash broke out in response to Zoe Saldana's casting in the forthcoming biopic of iconic jazz singer Nina Simone, the 34-year-old ...

Controversy Surrounding Zoe Saldana Playing Nina Simone Ignites

The Huffington Post | Cavan Sieczkowski | Posted 11.27.2012 | Black Voices

Controversy surrounding the casting of actress Zoe Saldana in a biopic of iconic jazz singer Nina Simone continues to heat up with a petiti...

Jill Scott: I Think Zoe Should Wear A Prosthetic Nose To Play Nina

Posted 10.11.2012 | Black Voices

Zoe is an incredible actress–I think that she’s a fine actress. I think that there should be some work done, like a prosthetic nose would be helpf...

Jill Scott Weighs In On The Nina Simone Biopic Controversy

Hello Beautiful | Posted 10.02.2012 | Black Voices

Jilly from Philly rang our offices yesterday and chatted about Steel Magnolias, her dream role as Phyllis Hyman and the controversy surrounding Zoe Sa...

Is Zoe Saldana Right For The Role As Nina Simone In New Biopic?

The Huffington Post | Lucette Jefferson | Posted 10.23.2012 | Black Voices

Rumor has it, Zoe Saldana is gearing up to play Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. This surprising news has been garnering a lot of debate amongst ...