The criticism wasn't a challenge to Saldana's blackness, but to an industry that constantly ignores women who look like Nina Simone.
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"I am saddened by the ugly and inaccurate portrayal contained in the script and trailer of 'Nina'" Lieberman said.
"[T]o deny someone who looks like Nina Simone the opportunity to play her is sad."
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The film is being produced by Mark Burton, Barnaby Thompson, Stuart Parr and Ben Latham Jones. Zoe Saldana will star as the