Nina Simone

Zoe Saldana has been catching hell for some time now for her casting as Nina Simone and now she’s finally bucking back on her haters.

BET founder Bob Johnson has stepped forward to defend Zoe Saldana’s role in the forthcoming biopic, Nina. Johnson company, RLJ Entertainment will release the film, and he’s encourages fans to see the finished product before passing judgement.

The long-delayed and highly controversial Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana will be out this spring, presumably due to the success of the Oscar-nominated Neflix doc What Happened, Miss Simone? Of course, a major difference in the early reception of between projects is that Saldana’s role has been met with scrutiny for years now. 

Nina Simone made her debut at New York’s Village Vanguard over 55 years ago this month, in a run of shows that would cement her as one of the most groundbreaking and influential music talents of our time. On July 20,1959, Billboard praised Simone’s “refreshing singing-style” and a “first-rate” technique,” and her ability to cross […]

Netflix’s upcoming Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?, is supposed to be the one to watch and several artists are recording cover songs of the late jazz legend’s discography. One of those artists just so happens to be Ms. Lauryn Hill as the degree of separation between the two are next to nothing.

Netflix will have all of our loyalty come June, when, along with season three of Orange Is the New Black, it premieres their Nina Simone documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone?

The civil community of Black Twitter are not the only ones who have taken an issue with Zoe Saldana portraying Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. Cynthia Mort, the film Nina’s now-outed director, has filed a lawsuit for a myriad of reasons, including breach of contract, and the underlying reason of the production company faking […]

Hollywood is notorious for “lightening” up its casting jobs in efforts to appeal to a broader audience and it appears that Black Twitter has had enough.

Someone at HTC dropped the ball. Nina Simone‘s estate is suing the phone company for using the late, great Jazz singer and pianist’s “Sinnerman” without proper permission. 

With director Tate Taylor getting the green light for his James Brown biopic, we take a look at some other big-screen life stories that are a must-see.

Actress Zoe Saldana has been tabbed to play Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic about the Jazz pianist and vocalist. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the script is written by Cynthia Mort (The Brave One), who is also set to be the film’s director,  and has been in the works for a few years. Originally, Mary […]