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Zoe Saldana’s portrayal of Nina Simone in “Nina” is blackface

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Zoe Saldana is a talented actress of color in the bleached foreground of Hollywood’s film industry. Saldana is of Afro-Latina heritage, and while this does give a significant amount of pigment to her skin, it was not enough for Saldana to naturally sidle into the role of Nina Simone. To make Saldana look more like Simone, her skin was darkened and prosthetics were used to make her nose a little wider and flatter. It is undeniably blackface, and it is morally reprehensible—especially for a woman of color.