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Zoe Saldana Apologizes For Portraying Nina Simone In 2016 Biopic

Most of our favorites have a biopic highlighting their lives in ways we didn’t know them. In 2016, Nina Simone’s biopic was released with Zoe Saldana portraying her. There was a backlash then but Saldana did the movie anyway. Now, she’s sorry she did.

Zoe Saldana is showing remorse for portraying Nina Simone in a biopic years ago.

“I should have never played Nina,” Saldana says in a live video that has been shared on social media. “I should have done everything in my power with the leverage that I had 10 years ago, which was a different leverage, but it was leverage nonetheless. I should have done everything in my power to cast a black woman to play an exceptionally perfect black woman.”

Saldana continued with her apology by asking someone else to tell Simone’s story.

“She’s one of our giants and someone else should step up,” Saldana says. “Somebody else should tell her story.”

Saldana continues saying that Simone’s story has yet to be told on a large scale and it is a shame that more people have not heard her story, likely because of the biopic drama.

People are questioning Saldana’s motives for apologizing.

Simone’s family pushed back asking Saldana not to take the role in the past. They called her out for taking Simone’s legacy and taking the portrayal for someone who would have been better suited to tell the story.

Specifically, people are calling Saldana out for the colorism that played into her portrayal.

In the apology, Saldana does not mention the colorism that played a role in the backlash. Simone was a dark-skinned woman whose skin was important in her civil rights activism and identity. Saldana also had to wear a prosthetic on her nose to have the same nose as the singer.

While critics feel the same sentiment about Saldana as Simone, they want more from her apology.

Colorism is a very important conversation in the Black community. Saldana’s portrayal of Simone was a keystone moment in that discussion of colorism in the Black community. Many are still angered at Saldana’s portrayal of Simone because of the use of blackface and prosthetic to off-set Saldana’s European looks.

READ: Leave It To Zoe Saldana To Take Something As Dark As Her Character’s Baggage And Turn It Into A Message Of Strength And Redemption

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Someone Asked For Anya Taylor-Joy And Zendaya To Portray A Lesbian Couple And Twitter Said Yes

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Someone Asked For Anya Taylor-Joy And Zendaya To Portray A Lesbian Couple And Twitter Said Yes

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Anya Taylor-Joy is definitely having a moment after the incredible success of “The Queen’s Gambit.” The Argentinian actress is on everyone’s mind after seeing her as a chess playing genius. Now, people want to see her and Zendaya as a lesbian couple in a period piece.

One tweet has sparked a fantastical conversation.

Author Tiffany Summer tweeted a fantasy project she would love to see: Zendaya and Anya Taylor Joy as lovers in a period piece. The photos that she uses are of the two at the 2018 Met Gala. That year’s theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” created some of the most iconic looks. The two women happened to come in outfits that could be from the same time period.

Some people are already trying to write this story to get it made.

The world seems to be ready for this story to become a thing. Queer representation is so needed right now. While there have been more queer stories told, people clearly want and need more lesbian stories out there. It is also something we have all seen from these two ladies.

Zendaya plays Rue in “Euphoria” and has even won an Emmy for her role in the HBO show. Rue is a queer teen and we have seen her relationship with Jules in the popular show.

Anya Taylor-Joy is fresh off of the success of Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit.” While her character, Beth Harmon, isn’t explicitly queer, there was a moment in the show. Beth spent a night with a French woman that she found attractive while in Paris for a tournament.

Basically, we have already seen these women play queer women and we want more.

There is a lot of interest in Taylor-Joy and Zendaya on their own. The two actresses are big names and their fan bases continue to grow. A mash-up of these two women would likely be a success.

Some people tweeted their discontent for the pairing of two more thin, femme lesbians in another period piece. The complaints include criticism that the tweet highlights non queer women to play queer roles.

Meanwhile, some people pointed out that this pairing could be the perfect way to do a live-action version of “Utena.”

“Revolutionary Girl Utena” is an anime show that aired in 1997. Utena is a tomboyish girl who demonstrates many masculine qualities, including impressive sword-wielding abilities. The entire time she is participating in a series of duels to win the hand of Anthy Himemiya, a.k.a. Rose Bride. Seems like a real fit, tbh.

READ: People Are Just Learning That Anya Taylor-Joy Is Latina And They Are Living For It

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Issa Rae Has Been Appointed To Serve On Television Academy’s Executive Committee

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Throughout her career as an actress and producer, Issa Rae has established herself as a woman with great entrepreneurial mindsets. Focused on telling stories about real women Rae has garnered attention for her YouTube web series “Awkward Black Girl” and contributed to the expansion of content created by people of color. Because of her, the television sphere has become a whole heck of a lot more colorful and no doubt more WOC are receiving more approval and acclaim for their work.

Her HBO television series “Insecure” has been nominated for multiple Golden Globes Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards and in 2015 her memoir, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl became a New York Times best-seller. Now, Rae is bringing her experience and viewpoint to the Television Academy.

Recently, The Television Academy revealed that Rae is now a member of the Executive Committee.

Her appointment to the Television Academy comes at a time when the organization is refocusing its attention on increasing diversity in the entertainment industry. While an increase in representation of actors of color has occurred in recent years, diversity among television executives has remained lackluster. In 20202, UCLA’s Hollywood Diversity Report revealed that “women hold only 32.0% of studio chair and CEO jobs; minorities just 8.0%.”

In a statement about her new role the Academy explained “We are thrilled to be able to leverage the collective expertise of this talented group of Television innovators as we navigate this extraordinary time in the history of our industry… Their leadership provides invaluable insight that will allow the Academy to play an integral role in shaping the evolution of the medium.”

Award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress Gloria Calderón Kellett also joins the ranks of Television Academy executives.

Calderón Kellett is an award-winning writer, producer, director, and actress who served as the executive producer, co-creator, co-showrunner, director and actress on the sitcom “One Day at a Time.” According to the Emmy website, Calderón Kellett “spent her early years as a writer/producer on numerous shows including Devious Maids, Rules of Engagement, and How I Met Your Mother; has directed episodes of Mr. Iglesias, Merry Happy Whatever, United We Fall, and the Mad About You revival; and recently sold her first feature film, We Were There Too.”

News of Rae’s new role as an executive is proving to be just another milestone of accomplishment for the actress. In October, Rae revealed that she was launching a new production company called Hoorae.

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