Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone Makes Me Itch.

So awhile ago, we got the tragic news that Zoe Saldana would be playing the legendary Nina Simone in a biopic. And once the photos of Saldana in full hair and makeup surfaced, people flipped! And they had every reason to. The film, Nina, is set to play in theaters in April and today we got a trailer.

I recently watched the awesome Netflix documentary on the legend titled What Happened, Miss Simone?. Not only was it truly insightful on the journey that Simone took musically but also on her life in general. You even had Nina speaking for herself throughout the documentary. It was just so well done and please check it out if you haven't.

But watching this trailer honestly made me itch. It seems like some horrible spoof of Nina that even SNL wouldn't do. Clearly this "biopic" (I don't even feel right calling it that) is based on a certain period of Simone's life and her relationship with her assistant-turned-manager, Clifton Henderson. The acting seems tacky, the hair and makeup on Zoe Saldana is not even just horrific but lowkey disrespectful.

Everything about this is tacky. The period of Nina Simone's life that the film is based on seems interesting, I just wish they went about it in a more proper way, like actually casting a black woman who resembles Nina. And a major thing to note is that Nina Simone's daughter and her estate did not and are not supporting this film. So I'm not even sure if they are using original songs from Simone. The singing sounded off too. This is just all bad. Yuck.

'Always More, Never Less'-Es


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