Most people in the Black community would look at Grace Gealey’s skin tone and immediately categorize

Light Girls, the highly anticipated follow-up to the documentary Dark Girls, which dealt with colorism in

The emotional torment that Oscar-winning actress Lupita N'yongo used to endure because of her dark-brown hue

[caption id="attachment_308700" align="alignnone" width="460"] Angelina Jolie as Cleopatra.[/caption] The firestorm of criticism surrounding Zoe Saldana's selection to portray artist and activist Nina Simone is not letting up anytime soon, especially with these new photos that depict Saldana as the iconic performer. Saldana's transformation includes a prosthetic nose, false teeth and a deep shade of makeup that appears to be uneven. Critics charge that the director of the film has selected the wrong actress and the drastic makeover won't make the situation right. Supporters remind critics that acting involves immersing oneself into different characters, and that includes a physical transformation as well. Here are other actresses who've had to make physical changes for roles.

Angelina Jolie

Angelina's natural ample lips and dark hair evidently has gained her entrance into the minority actors' pool, as she portrayed Cleopatra and Marianne Pearl, the biracial widow of Daniel Pearl, a journalist beheaded by a terrorist group.   [caption id="attachment_308703" align="alignnone" width="460"] Angelina Jolie as Marianne Pearl in A Mighty Heart.[/caption]

We've all heard the mantra "the darker the berry, the sweeter the juice." And it is

We watched in amazement, befuddlement and then horror as all-time icon Michael Jackson transformed incrementally from