Nina Simone and self representation

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There’s been a lot of hoo-haa about the upcoming bio-pic and the black face used on Zoe Zeldana, the actor playing her.

I have two things to say on the matter.

One: Zoe needs to fire her management team.  The minute they were aware of the makeup job required to do the gig, her team should have told her to walk.  Even Ms. Simone would have told her that you have to control your own image.  Let the community have their say, ignore the Twitter feed,  and move on. Remember, you can be replaced.

Second:  the hoo-haa about the lack of representation of Black people at the 2016 Oscars meant that no one noted that  the documentary about Ms. Simone that was up for an Academy award.  Jada Pinkett-Smith did not bother to mention that.

As far as I am concerned, morbid as it sounds,  let the dead get the opportunity to speak for themselves.

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