Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

So, Zoe Salanda decided to go ahead and look foolish in a new movie based on Nina Simone’s life. Yesterday, For Harriet posted this new image of Zoe from the film:

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It’s bizarre that Zoe doesn’t seem to get why it’s wrong to dress up in blackface to portray a dark-skinned Black American woman icon:

“I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me,” Saldana said. “I can only rely on that and maintain as much humility as possible, so that when I have to face the world and we have to then give the movie to the world to see, and share it with them, that if it comes back in … a negative fashion or positive, I’m gonna keep my chin up. … And Nina was like that too.”–http://www.ibtimes.com/zoe-saldana-defends-nina-simone-role-says-im-doing-it-my-sisters-video-1107937

Umm, okay. The irony is that Nina Simone had to keep her chin up in the face of the colorism/marginalization of Black women’s voices that Zoe is participating in. She really should have passed on this role. As a friend said, why would all the folks involved in this film waste time having to “transform” someone to resemble Nina(blackface, prosthetic nose, and such) when they could just have hired someone who genuinely looked like her.

Normally, I like Zoe. However, she’s a fail here.

Any who, I definitely plan to see this film. I want to get my laugh on…

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Viola Davis in “How to Get Away With Murder”

I am so glad that Viola Davis gets to possibly show her acting chops in ABC’s new fall show “How to Get Away with Murder.” The TV drama is written/produced by Shonda Rhimes:

ABC is becoming the Shonda Rhimes network. Rhimes, who created two of the network’s biggest hits with “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” has been greenlighted for a third drama, “How To Get Away With Murder…” “How to Get Away With Murder” revolves around elite law school students who get caught up in a real-life murder case. —http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv/abc-greenlights-shonda-grimes-drama-murder-article-1.1786112

Sounds interesting.

I have never cared for “Grey’s Anatomy” and haven’t watched a peep of “Scandal.” Well, I tried to watch it once, and it bored the hell outta me.  Rhimes’s new show seems more up my alley. I hope it doesn’t disappoint. I am already side-eyeing the “tough” black woman stereotype. Hopefully, Davis’s character evolves on the show.