Nina Simone’s daughter defends Zoe Saldana

Nina Simone’s daughter defends Zoe Saldana

While Zoe Saldana has been taking heat for her portrayal of Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic, the singer’s daughter is defending the actress.

Lisa Simone Kelly told Time magazine, “It’s unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture.

“It’s clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she’s being attacked when she’s not responsible for any of the writing or the lies,” Simone Kelly said.

Saldana, who is Latina, had her skin darkened for her portrayal of Simone in “Nina.” Many have considered the alteration of her features — including the use of a prosthetic nose — to be similar to the “blackface” that mimicked African-Americans. Read more

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