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In the early 2010s, Zoe Saldana stood as one of the rising actresses in Hollywood. Following her roles in Colombiana and Avatar, Saldana appeared to be making significant moves in her career. However, she received backlash when she portrayed Nina Simone in the 2016 biopic, Nina. During the filming, Saldana, who is Afro-Latina, wore skin-darkening…

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers who have made sacrifices to help their children achieve their wildest dreams. To those who have cultivated loving relationships and created phenomenal human beings, thank you. This sentiment is seldom shared consistently and is often only expressed annually, even though it should happen daily, hourly, every second, even…

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In Nina Simone’s classic Four Women, she serenades her listeners with the external and internal struggles of being a Black woman in a White world. Simone narrates the lonely journey Black women must travel to maintain their spiritual, mental and physical well-being. For centuries, White society has attempted to nurture self-doubt and self-hatred in Black…

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Zoe Saldana has had a rough few weeks as she’s been repeatedly blasted by fans and family members of late soul legend Nina Simone for her portrayal of the singer in the upcoming film biopic Nina. Although lots of people have had something negative to say about Saldana and the film, Saldana recently got some…

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Everywhere you turn it seems like somebody is talking about the upcoming Nina Simone biopic and unfortunately for the movie’s star, Zoe Saldana, most people don’t have anything positive to say about her portrayal of the soul legend. Now, famous singer India Arie has weighed in on the matter and blasted the film, as well. As…

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The backlash and controversy surrounding the upcoming Zoe Saldana led biopic on the life of beloved music icon Nina Simone has been far and wide. Everyone from bewildered fans to fellow actresses have weighed in on the issue (usually with criticism of Saldana) since promotion of the film began to kick into high gear last…

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Rolling out was on the red carpet for the world premiere of the action-packed film London Has Fallen starring Morgan Freeman Angela Bassett and many more. We caught up with the cast just before they entered the ArcLight theater to view their film. Check out the interviews.

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2016 isn’t going so well for Zoe Saldana’s career. After enjoying a quiet few months at the top of the year, Saldana came under extreme scrutiny this past week as promotion began for her highly controversial portrayal of late soul legend Nina Simone in the upcoming Nina biopic. And after being blasted by Simone’s estate earlier…

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Black Twitter users aren’t the only ones livid about Zoe Saldana’s Nina. As previously reported, the Internet has been up in arms over the last several days after the project released its first official movie poster and trailer, featuring the 37-year-old in blackface. “Zoe Saldana looks nothing like Nina Simone #FAIL not even close. Why…

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Last night the crowd at the Grammys got a taste of what Black Lives Matter protesters have been feeling all year. Kendrick Lamar performed a transcendent rendition of “Alright,” which has become this generation’s protest anthem. From the days of blues and prohibition, Black musicians have been relaying our moods through song and melody. This…

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    Mental illness takes many forms; therefore, the issues those battling mental health face often go unseen. For some Black celebrities with mental health issues, life is often filled with tragedy and triumphs while engaging in a private and public battle. Following is a list of famous Black celebrities who have battled mental illness. Michael Jackson Megastar…

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October was proclaimed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985. While the Susan G. Komen Foundation and several other national organizations have impacted our culture, the need remains for even more women to be encouraged to get mammograms on a regular basis, as early detection is the best prevention. The following celebrities have battled breast cancer,…

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Zoe Saldana’s controversial turn as legendary singer and activist Nina Simone is on its way to theaters. RLJ Entertainment recently announced that it has acquired the North American rights to Nina and plans to release the film in December. “I had the special privilege early in my career of working with Ms. Simone while coordinating…

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Ozara Odé captivates the audience as she portrays Nina Simone. This rising star dreams of taking on the big screen in the near future. What inspired you to get into the entertainment business? I was actually inspired to get into the entertainment business to draw attention to the causes that are most near and dear to…

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Since childhood, writing has always been a therapeutic outlet for Holly Charles. Whether writing music, poetry or prose, the power of language has always intrigued her and served as a way to examine parts of herself and express her innermost thoughts. After a brief career in television production, the graduate of Prairie View A&M University’s English master’s program found her…

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