Since the trailer for “Nina,” a biopic, was released earlier this month, women of color have relayed their disappointed saying Zoe Saldana was cast for the lead role of Nina Simone not because of her acting abilities, but because she was a lighter-skinned actress.
This stirred controversy as Simone was considered the singer who fêted dark-skinned women with African features. One of those who had a contradicting view about the upcoming biopic was India Arie who was also previously cast to play Nina Simone in another franchise.
Unlike Arie, Paula Patton said that she is not in agreement with bashing Saldana as Nina Simone. She said, “I think it’s a horrible thing to put that on somebody. Clearly someone thought she was perfect for it. She’s an amazing actress, she’s beautiful and you haven’t even given her a chance and you haven’t seen it yet…”
She went on and said, “Imagine being in her shoes and enduring that. It’s not cool and it’s not right. I think we have to be in a place where we celebrate each other and are kind to one another and say there’s all different versions of the story and versions of an idea.”
Queen Latifah, another influential woman of color, shared Patton’s views, reported Page Six. In an interview during the premiere of “The Perfect Match,” Latifah said, “I think Zoe Saldana’s a great actress so I am looking forward to it. And you know she is of African descent. I don’t see why she shouldn’t get to play the role, you know.”
She added, “But I want to see it – you know, get rid of the hype and let’s go watch the movie.”
Turns out, Latifah has other things in mind other than criticizing fellow women of color. According to ABC News, she recently revealed that she is up and ready to have a little Queen Latifah in the near future.
During an interview with E! Online, Latifah sat down for an interview while promoting her upcoming film “Miracles From Heaven.” She said, “I’m a little bit of a procrastinator. I had some things to deal with. I had to get a lot of partying out of my system early in life for about 40 years. You know what I’m saying. I’m good now.” Did she just reveal that she’s ready to have a baby? Maybe she did, as she went on and said, “I think I’m ready.”
Despite her plans, she did reveal that it may be a long shot for her to get pregnant at her age. She said, “I can’t say what God has for me, but you will see. You]’ll see when I’m lugging the baby on the hip that there is actually a youngin’ around here.”
She also said, “Maybe I’ll adopt a child that’s not necessarily a baby. There are a lot of kids that need love out there. I want to be there for somebody. I got to get all this stuff and give it to somebody.”
Although Saldana is currently bombarded with negativity with regards to her landing the lead role of Nina Simone in the biopic, she has good women of color defending her side. Negativity aside, Queen Latifah does not only want to support a fellow actress, she’s also ready to give marital support – if given the chance.