Nina Trailer

Entertainment Weekly debuted the trailer for the Cynthia Mort-directed Nina. Zoe Saldana stars as Nina Simone and the internet is already criticizing Saldana’s heavily made-up appearance as Simone. Many people feel that Saldana’s appearance is disrespectful to Simone’s legacy as a proud dark-skinned Black woman who spoke openly about her challenges in a world that deemed her ugly. When Saldana was initially cast as Simone, onlookers questioned the choice and wondered why another actress like Adepero Oduye, Teyonah Paris or Lauryn Hill were not considered for the role. The movie looks at Simone’s life as a trailblazing artist, her depression and her relationship with Clifton Henderson, played by David Oyelowo, who was her assistant and became her manager. Nina will be in theaters and  available as VOD on April 22nd.