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    Tue, 05 Mar 2013 13:44:48

    Zoe Saldana Not Bothered By Controversy Over Nina Simone Role - Critics feel she does not deserve to replace Mary J. Blige

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    Zoe Saldana replaced Mary J. Blige as Nina Simone in a biopic of the jazz singer. That had critics wagging their tongues, since Saldana is not African-American, nor is she a singer. She doesn't look like Simone, either. Despite all the trash talk, Saldana is not bothered by the drama and controversy.

    HipHollywood nabbed time with the actress around Oscar time, and she said, "I guess what kept me from being hurt by the negative comments was that I'm doing it for my sistas and my brothas and I don't care who tells me I'm not this or I'm not that, I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me."

    Amen, sister! Don't let the talk get you down. Show them with your skills.

    Saldana continued, "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."

    Amen, again, sister!

    What is your opinion of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone? Yay or nay?

    —Carly Costello
    03.05.13



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