India Arie Calls Nina Simone Biopic a Parody

There has a been a lot of controversy over actress Zoe Saldana portraying American musician Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. The commotion grew once images of Saldana hit the net, in full make up.

India Arie posted a blog on and stated her opinion on the portrayal.

Yes there should be a movie made, and YES they should have chosen someone who LOOKS like Nina Simone, ESPECIALLY since her RACE played such a PIVOTAL role in WHO, WHAT and WHY, she was.

She continues with her thoughts:

If they were going to pick a person who looks NOTHING like Nina Simone … why not her daughter Simone *shrug* just saying …

Her opinion on Zoe Saldana:

I am VERY opinionated about music, I can dissect VOCALS ALL DAY, I don’t KNOW ACTING LIKE THAT! But I trust that through her obvious admiration of Nina, that Zoe Saldana can pull off the portrayal ENERGETICALLY …

I do agree that it seems very odd to have a woman who doesn’t look anything like Nina Simone to play her in a movie, but it may come together once the movie is finished and I think Zoe Saldana is a great actress.

When one thinks about the legacy that Nina Simone left behind, creating a movie that will be spreading her legacy to many others should be done carefully thought out, not rushed.

What are your thoughts?


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