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Oct292012

Why Cynthia Mort And Jimmy Iovine Don't Care About Your "Boycott" of the Nina Simone Biopic

Well yet another bundle of photos of Zoe Saldana from the set of Nina have emerged after last week's first batch. This time Zoe is further along in makeup and costumes. These images were spotted at Awesomely  Luvvie.

“When I go after a part, [people] better watch their backs,” she says. “Not because I’m going to crush everybody, but because I’m going to give the best that I can because I strive for excellence. When you don’t get a part, it is for a reason, and these pieces will fall into place soon. … We have a Black president right now, so why the f— would I sit down and talk about how hard it is for Black women in Hollywood when there’s a Black president in my country?Zoe Saldana Ebony Magazine

Bless her little ignorant heart.  Apparently racism disappeared on Inauguration Day in 2009. So did Hollywood's preference for racial ambiguity/ ambidexterity in Black actresses.  Despite the fact that Zoe Saldana is clueless and has no clue about many of the issues Nina Simone advocated. I'm am growing more annoyed by the reaction to her being cast as Nina Simone than the tragedy that are her hair and makeup. Yes, there is a bias against dark skinned actresses - I question whether this passive reaction to this movie will do anything to change that. 

I have watched the reactions to Zoe being cast as Nina and almost universally on every Black site I've read, the reaction has been identical. One common thread that keeps popping up is the word "boycott."  Long time readers know I can't stand boycotts- and have never organized one. Don't particularly care for marches. Are boycotts effective? Yep, but under limited circumstances and only with proper preparation and boots on the ground and a HIGH. LIKELIHOOD. OF. SUCCESS.  The online calls for boycotts are bunch of random disgruntled individuals who probably weren't going to see a movie in the first place. I especially loath online petitions as acts of online laziness. You're not powerless- an online petition is generally  the white flag of surrender. It says that you are out of ideas, or didn't have any in the first place so you are going to beg the folks you're offended by to care that you are offended. Good Luck!

CLARIFICATION- because some of you are just dumb -intentionally intellectually dishonest and hell-bent on dragging this post off topic -  I am in no way disparaging boycotts and marches during the Civil Rights Movement. Those boycotts and marches were the result of massive planning, calculation, and organization. They weren't spontaneous eruptions of online petulance. Hence why I think most online calls for boycotts are LAZY- you don't even understand, nor have the desire to figure out, how that tactic works. 

 

Cynthia Mort ( and Jimmy Iovine) for her part comes across as an ignorant, entitled, delusional woman. But she is the one who put the film together and got financing.  Here's why she really doesn't care if you're unhappy about her casting decisions:

1. You're not the audience. Stop being a narcissist. The world doesn't revolve around you. I say that in love. There apparently is an audience somewhere that Cynthia Mort is going to find to go see this movie. In fact, you might be shocked if she has no plans for theatrical release in the US at all. Believe it or not, Nina Simone had fans around the world who might not get why dressing Zoe Saldana up in Black face might be offensive.

2. There is almost no such thing as "bad publicity" when trying to raise awareness about what is essentially an arthouse movie. Even the criticism of the movie raises awareness about it. Would we really care if the makeup on Zoe hadn't been so awful and bizzare? I'm debating whether these photos are being released by someone on set who is angry with Zoe Saldana OR if Cynthia Mort is intentionally releasing the photos to raise awareness about the film.

3. She who has the gumption, makes the rules. Lost in all of this is the fact that at any point, any of us, including Nina Simone's estate could have put together our own Nina Simone biopic.  Then we could have cast whomever we wanted to. Cynthia Mort, had the audacity to put together her own package. Which means she gets to do whatever she wants to with her film. When you get your package together, you can do what you want with yours.

4. People who continue to leave their images and destinies in the hands of others will be in  a pepetual state of dissappointment. This is like the passengers of a train whining about the direction of travel. It's a train. You're a passenger, not the engineer. Your options are to go in the direction of the train or get off at the next stop.  All the whining in the world is not going to change the direction of this project.

Now some have said, and mayhaps even I have implied, that Zoe Saldana should not have taken the role of Nina Simone - then there is a random list of Black actresses who the masses proclaim would have been better cast. But you're making several assumptions:

1. We assume that those actresses were not offered the opportunity to audition for the part.

2. We assume they didn't audition. - Maybe they did and were horrible

3. We assume they were willing to work for what Cynthia Mort was willing to pay.

4.We assume they were available when Cynthia needed them to be available.

5. We assume that Zoe doesn't have the acting chops to pull off Nina Simone.

Angela Bassett doesn't look anything like Tina Turner, but she made me a believer. Lawrence Fishburne doesn't look anything like Thurgood Marshall, but he made me a believer.  Did anybody complain when they cast Beyonce as Etta James? Zoe should have the same opportunity to go for it. She may succeed. She may fail spectacularly. But she should have the opportunity to try.

The last issue is whether or not Zoe Saldana is "Black." I will remind you that when the slave ships were bringing our ancestors across the middle passage, they just didn't make stops in the United States.  They dropped a whole lot of folks off in other places in this hemisphere. She's Black folks. That's not to say that the history of the descendant of Blacks who were enslaved in the United States is the same as Blacks who were enslaved in other portions of the hemisphere are the same- they are not.  Zoe's sentiments in the Ebony article probably mirror the opinions of the descendants of slaves who were dropped off in other parts of the hemisphere. Yes, they went through slavery, but they didn't go through JIM CROW and post-reconstruction. Nor were they raised by people who went thorugh JIM CROW and that makes a difference -- in perspective, but not in qualifications to play a role. 

Despite whatever nonsense Zoe Saldana spouts about race in this country, at the end of the day, she would have had to sit at the back of the bus right beside all of the rest of us - I don't care what she thinks. And if ignorance of history were an impediment to Black actors being able to be cast in biopics, then Jaime Foxx should not have gotten within a mile of "Ray."

Black women who look like Nina Simone will start to be cast in movies when Black women produce and cast them.  I still can't believe that you expect Hollywood, to treat Black women with dignity and respect. It is not happening. Let go of the dream and take control of your own destiny. 

Now there is still time for you to put together your own Nina Simone movie or documentary. You could even put together a documentary about people's reaction to Zoe Saldana being cast as Nina Simone- I'd watch it! I think it would be hysterical and entertaining.

And do y'all really think Jimmy Iovine, as in interscope "b*tches ain't nothin' but h*s and tricks," as in Eminem, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent care's about Black women being unhappy? He knows y'all are bluffing!

 

 

Reader Comments (32)

I agree with 99% of what you wrote however I take tremendous exception to this sentence:
"Did anybody complain when they cast Beyonce as Etta James? "

Um, yes. There are many, many people (like me) who complain when Beyonce acts in any role ever, especially Etta James. I am beyond fed up with black musicians taking the place of actual black actors. They are not interchangeable and just because someone can sang and dance does not make them an accomplished thespian. It drives me bananas everytime I see it.

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZoopath

Roslyn Hardy Holcomb To me this is like the brouhaha over Angelina Jolie playing Marianne Pearl. Themovie rights were auctioned off. It wasn't a hit so I doubt it cost a lot of money. Anybody could've bought the rights and cast the movie as they saw fit. Instead they sat back and watched as Brad Pitt bought them and expected him to let them control what he did with his movie. I'm sorry, but that's just too full of the cray. The golden rule applies: He who has the gold, makes the rules. Either write the book, make the movie, buy the rights or shut the hell up expecting to control what somebody else paid their money for. Zoe took the part because these are the types of roles the Academy is known to reward. Again, she's being paid by the producers of the film, not by you. This is very much a vanity/niche project which will not receive wide release.

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoslynholcomb

No need to for me to list all the points I agree with. You hit the nail especially with Boycotts? whatever AND make your own sh-t AND this 'aint' for you (especially this). I hate her quote in Ebony to the bottom of my heart. I refuse to be involved in any more conversations about this movie, I won't see it. Hopefully, it will fail and we can get our sh-t together and do it in a way that our community supports more fully.

AND THIS -- "because some of you are just dumb- I am in no way disparaging boycotts and marches during the Civil Rights Movement." exactly so right. you need to add that to the title of the blog.

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterbeks

I don't feel that petitions are lazy, but they are ineffective when it comes to the arts. These are not film students or people in the industry starting them- that would be lazy. They are probably just fans who are venting. They are probably regular working people who love Nina Simone, and most likely do not have the money or skill to make their own films. The internet gives fans a voice too good or bad.

African American fans have given money to internet campaigns for movies, music and books. Maybe its blacks in Hollywood being lazy and unimaginative

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

I tend to agree with most of what you're saying but I do believe there is value in letting our voices be heard when something ridiculous is going on. Even if it doesn't stop the production, there is power in unified voices. I remember when that Pepsi commercial became an issue and folks said we were stupid to boycott or say anything about it. A few months later Pepsi quietly slid to #3 in the soda market. I personally used to drink tons of Dew but stopped after seeing that dumb commercial.

Bottomline, you are correct that we should spearhead our own productions instead of hoping for Hollywood to get it together. I believe Hollywood will fail soon because it's run by underqualified people who only know how to tell trite and boring stories. Foreign and indie movies will take over at some point.

At the same time I believe there is power in publicly voicing opinions whether online or in a picket line. Thanks for this post

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJaye

Of course there is value in letting your voices be heard, but what the heck (other than publicize the movie nobody would have cared about anyway) do people hope to accomplish?

Do you think they are going to halt production? Is Zoe going to breach her contract and refuse to come to work tomorrow?Um nope.

Zoe has already earned her fee 5 times over. This controversy has been featured in the NY Times twice already. Not to mention multiple major news outlets.

There is power in voicing opinions online, but what about the power of using the same technology to do something else?

October 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

The golden rule applies: He who has the gold, makes the rules. Either write the book, make the movie, buy the rights or shut the hell up expecting to control what somebody else paid their money for.

True, but how do we know someone HASN'T tried to make the movie, or hasn't written the screenplay? If assumptions can be made about which actresses may or may not have tried out for or turned down the role, then it's just as logical to wonder if someone else has tried to get the film made and was unsuccessful. All we know for sure is that Cynthia Mort got her film financed. The end.

And while I get the comparisons between the Marianne Pearl film and this one, I do think one distinction is key: Marianne apparently approved of casting Angelina and the film itself. Which, granted, didn't stop the complaints. But Nina isn't alive to approve or not, and her daughter is on record that the film isn't authorized by her estate.

Like I stated in the previous post, most of the complaints I've read have not a darn thing to do with Nina Simone, really. Folks just upset because Zoe ain't dark enough or black enough or some other ish. Few are concerned with whether or not the film will actually be authentic. So ultimately, it's not even about Nina or her legacy, it's about aesthetics. Which looks eerily similar to the other side of the coin of Hollywood casting a certain aesthetic. I'm not denying colorism in casting, but I've never thought that should be the central issue to be concerned about with the film.

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDaphne

@Daphne you touched on another issue being overlooked. You don't cure a wrong by being MORE WRONG. People are essentially arguing that a Black actress should only take roles if she looks appropriate. Well heck Black men have been playing the President of the United States long before Barack Obama was elected.

Your point about a lack of authenticity is a much stronger argument, but people have caught the vapors.

October 29, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

What's stopping them Daphne? These days all you need is a camera and a Power Mac to make a movie. Check out Youtube. Sure you have to work your azz off, but you have to do that anyway. There are thousands of film festivals to show your movie. If you hustle hard and long enough people WILL see your movie. I have a friendwho decided to go to film school four years ago. Even though she was nearly forty she interned like a college kid. She built a team. She made shorts. Now she's made her first feature. I've watched her hustle those movies so hard that she made me tired. I decided ten years ago I was going to stop bitching about the books out there and was going to write what I wanted to read. I've worked since I was fourteen, but I've never worked harder in my life!

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoslynholcomb

There's a contingent of folk out there who have decided to react to colorism by practicing...colorism. I don't think applying paper bag tests to folk in either direction is going to rectify the situation. Unfortunately we have a lot of walking wounded out there who want to do nothing more than lash out. It's a shame, but hey, there you go.

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoslynholcomb

Daphne you succeeded in hitting my issue right on the head. This assumption that Zoe is not qualified to ACT a part because of the color of her skin is the same bigotry we claim we abhor in "white" Hollywood. How many actors have undergone makeup to appear to closer to the role they are playing? It is their acting that must make us believers...to hope the movie fails because of the color of the actress' skin is so asinine and backward thinking. Instead of being focused on the telling of her STORY...we are focused on the portrayal of Nina's features. And yet we miss the hole we dig deeper. Many people want Mary J. Blige to play the part. Her skin is also lighter and her acting suspect. But for many because Mary sings and is darker than Zoe she is a better fit than someone who practices and had learned her craft. I, for one will watch the movie...to see if they got it right. I want to hear her story, understand it more.
For me this issue is more than taking control over how our stories are told...this is about our own self-hatred that keeps our stories from being told. We complain about everything...EVERYTHING. We have pessimistic views ON EVERYTHING. NAME ONE FILM....that is about "us" that has NOT been meet with criticism by us...even when we are at the helm, we complain. That is what I am tired of hearing. Can we boycott our foolishness? Can someone start an online petition for that?

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTagore

Like I said before, I don't care if Zoe wears dark makeup or a fake nose. In this picture, Zoe looks like she put on some good, old-fashion Fashion Fair Perfect Finish Souffle that was about 5 shades too dark and she couldn't blend it in. Seriously, I've seen white college students in blackface with better makeup .

October 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

@Monica,

I must say I agree. This reminds me of Angelina Jolie who played a biracial woman in some movie a few years back. She did not look biracial. She was not the least bit convincing.

Regardless of what people say, I'm sticking to my guns. They should have found a dark skinned actress to play the role. Viola Davis would have been perfect for this part.

The makeup looks terrible, its quite obvious they added prostetics to make her feature look more west african. This is absolutely ridiculous considering there are plenty of dark skinned, west african featured actresses they could have casted to save time and money. And what are they going to do about NIna Simone's deep voice? Will they have someone lip sync as well? Smh.

October 30, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterG

5. We assume that Zoe doesn't have the acting chops to pull off Nina Simone.

That's not an assumption. Her body of work is out there for the world to see. She doesn't have the cops to pull off acting this role. The end.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJJ

"this is about our own self-hatred that keeps our stories from being told."

I think there is a lot of obfuscating going on here and certain things are going unaddressed.For me this is NOT about self hatred.This is actually about me wanting ALL black women to have EQUAL opportunity to jobs and MONEY.There are people that hate black women and seek to ERASE or debase black women in the media,mainly those who look like Nina,and I notice and so I point it out.I won't tolerate being called a self hater for not getting in line with a twisted mentality that all black women are the same and therefore ONE single black woman can play ANY black woman with no thought care or consideration of appearance or skill.

It is a FACT,not something that people are making up in their heads due to self hate (way to turn that self hate thing around to fit your agenda), that black women,especially the one's that are closest to the actual color BLACK like Nina,don't get half the work in Hollywood as Zoe Saldana.That's what this is about for me and many of the people who righteously complain.

Zoe NOT playing one role based on a woman who looked nothing like her is not going to ruin her career .As someone who IS proud of Zoe for her career moves I don't want that to happen.Now there may be some darker skin actress out there that applied for this part who may actually never be offered a role in any movie again due to her color.

Furthermore, I don't really believe that Nina would have wanted Zoe to play her.I don't think anyone that is a true fan or follower of Nina's life and career would think Nina herself would be okay with this.I don't think she would have wanted Mary to play her either.Also Nina's daughter who is light skinned/near Zoe's color doesn't seem to approve of Zoe being cast either.

There are certain roles that Zoe could have gotten chosen over a darker skin actress for.I wouldn't have said anything.But to have it where a dark skin actress can either not get a job at all or play a maid in 2012, while Zoe plays in a Syfy film,in another movie as an assassin, plus she gets the role as a real life beautiful intelligent talented successful darker skin black woman is unacceptable to me.

All this has me thinking about producing my very own film about the life of that late great Lena Horne.I hope Alek Wek will be available to play the leading lady.Yes,Alek Wek the model.Apparently "In 2002 she made her acting debut in The Four Feathers as Sudanese princess Aquol."

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertruth p.

Sounds good to me Truth P. Your movie. Your hustle. You get to choose whoever you want.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRoslynholcomb

One thing I don't understand is; Why didn't Zoe go tanning? Tanning salons are everywhere and she would get a few shades darker.
This dark make up just looks silly tbh.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterObserver

@Truth P: Cosign Especiallt this sentence:

I won't tolerate being called a self hater for not getting in line with a twisted mentality that all black women are the same and therefore ONE single black woman can play ANY black woman with no thought care or consideration of appearance or skill.

I'm fairer than Zoe but I know that once they've erased genuine images of women like NIna Simone that they'll be susbstituting women in redbone face for people of my complexion.

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterZoopath

And we continue to miss the point that the only reason we are having this conversation is that Black women keep relying on other people to rescue our images. The other people have spoken and have said NO. So now what?

October 31, 2012 | Registered CommenterThe Blogmother

I agree with some; Sis. Zoe is a good actress, but imho, not a great actress to play the Queen, Nina Simone.

So since a light skinned sister of African descent will play the role, can we also assume that Mama Nina's politics will be white-washed or wiped out altogether as well? Will this film be historically true to her movement work, i.e.,, Dr. King, the Black Panther Party, Kwame Toure (fka Stokely Carmichael) and SNCC, her views about the African independence movement? Did these movie makers even read her autobiography "I Put A Spell On You: The Autobiography Of Nina Simone"? And since we all look alike anyway, Sis. Zoe should play Mama Nina? :(

I must agree with Blog mother, UNLESS a boycott and/or on-line petition can really hurt a film in a very real, direct kind of way, I don't see it as being effective. This has many very dangerous implications for us all. :( :(

October 31, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterrevmamaafrika

"nd we continue to miss the point that the only reason we are having this conversation is that Black women keep relying on other people to rescue our images. "

Hence a boycott is not worth doing? IT was also stated that bw should only play roles that look like them. In that case Zoe has a right yo play the role? I think I get it, it doesn't matter


Blogmother comment - NO, it's not worth doing because this movie is supported by private equity, not ad dollars and all of these photos got released right before one of the largest film markets on the planet. Before this furor, which I think was launched intentionally by Ms. mort, this film was likely only going to be released in the UK with maybe a limited release in the States. As a result of all of this attention, the film has been talked about in almost every major trade publication and the NY Times, ABC news an on and on and on. All I'm saying is pick a strategy that actually WORKS and doesn't help your opponent- but it's too late now.

November 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIesha

"m, yes. There are many, many people (like me) who complain when Beyonce acts in any role ever, especially Etta James'

Why didn't you want Beyonce playing Etta? Her complexion not light enough or because Etta was too big a star? I have no problem with Bey playing her. To me that sounded like just another thing to complain about.

November 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIesha

"I especially loath online petitions as acts of online laziness. You're not powerless- an online petition is generally the white flag of surrender. It says that you are out of ideas, or didn't have any in the first place so you are going to beg the folks you're offended by to care that you are offended. Good Luck!"

I am the creator of the petition calling for a change in casting and I could care less about your opinions about online petitions because you do not know my reasons for doing so or whether or not I actually have a plan that I'm implementing. Let me enlighten you. When I created this petition I did not expect any change to come about as far as casting goes. I saw this as a means to raise awareness of the fact that it's time for black people to stop looking for others to tell our stories without marginalizing, mocking, and just making a damn fool of us. I along with several other people are putting together a campaign to get more black actors, writers, directors, etc. to come to the realization that we must create our own film industry independent of Hollywood where we own everything from the studios, to distributors, to theaters. If Tyler Perry can build his own studio where he produces all of his own content, why can't others of us do the same? There's power in unity and there are a lot of other people who feel the same way I do and are ready to be proactive. I, unlike most people who complain on the internet, am making moves in the real world to bring about change.

Blogmother comment BWHAHA! of course you care about my opinion. You went searching for this post. You took the time to fill out the comment form. Good luck with your plans and Cynthia Mort is incredibly happy that you helped to promote a film that originally was only going to be released theatrically in the UK. Brilliant. Kinda sad that you don't care whether or not you are effective.

November 7, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDemeriese Naima

so hold on....
You created a petition calling for change in the casting - But you are now saying that wasn't the real intent of your petition, so basically you are lying to those people whose signatures you are trying to gain, knowing full well that the campaign will fail because that's not your original intent?

Do you understand what a clusterbomb of manipulated nonsense this is?
Do you understand how duplicitous this is?. There are people who will sign up to your boycott campaign believing that they will have the ability to inspire a recast.. instead you are openly admitting a bait and switch tactic

This is bad. it really does not speak well at all.

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterab

Blogmother, your sheeple are committed. Please believe if you were sounding the alarm in the other way, they'd be right behind you....lol.


Blogmother comment - First of all, thanks for your service to the nation. It's nice to know that you have time to post on this blog while performing your military duties. Second, I would certainly hope that my independent readers would agree with me on most occasions because A) I would hope my writing was persuasive and B) our purpose here is clear and we are seeking like-minded individuals. </B>

November 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBurnbaby

@Demerises Naima :

I think what folks on here are trying to get across to you is that you should start the work of ACTUALLY building your own film industry, instead of of drawing up a petition to ask people if they agree with / will support the idea of building film industry. Basically, don't talk about, be about it! like Ava Duverney, et al.

yes, Tyler Perry DID build his own film industry, and he didn't write any petitions asking if people agreed with whether he should make films or not. He just did it. That's the point.

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAJ

I would like to know how a NY & LA release doesn't involve a black audience, those are the two markets black indie films start off in. I am not saying its a movie geared to a black audience, but I am sure there were looking for some ticket sales from the big black populations of NY and LA.I saw a Nina Simone documentary at a packed house in NY and there were plenty of black people in the audience.

I don't think this movie is going to open in the midwest because of the uproar. First they say Zoey got the role because she is the most known black actress out now and can supposedly bring in the dollars, but now it supposed to be some art house film no one was going to see, which is it? Because Zoey certainly didn't get this role because of her acting skillset

November 9, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterblkchik

Thank you for this post. You said everything I have been trying to say, but you did it better than I could. I agree with this post and I don't understand why people cannot see their own bias. I normally stay silent when I see that I am in the minority regarding an issue discussed online, but this is one that I have not stayed silent about. I have posted my thought on all social media platforms. Again, I thank you for writing it better than I ever could.

November 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielleJ

What is sad is that Cynthia Mort used all the black women complaining and we didn't even see it coming. What no one is talking about but should be focusing on is that the central story in this movie is a fake "love story" between Nina Simone and a gay man.
If people focused on the fact that the central theme in her faux biopic is based on a lie she would lose all credibility. She may even have gotten flack from gay rights groups about "the straightening of gay America." Everyone would have been laughing at her and her fake biopic. So instead she dangled Zoe Saldana in front of us and used our own insecurities against us and now everyone is laughing at US. No one is mentioning in all that I read, and there was a lot of stuff out there on this, that her movie is based on lies.
Once again we fell for the okey doke because we choose to focus on image over substance.

November 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMonica

@Roslynholcomb
"What's stopping them Daphne? These days all you need is a camera and a Power Mac to make a movie. Check out Youtube."

Hell check out Nollywood for that matter. Black Americans can't say we can't make movies in todays world.

November 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBWMM

When you're right, you're right. But until we get $150 million, what can we DO?

February 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJune Carryl

I am associated with this boycott and I came to this blog because a friend sent me another post you wrote. The name of the blog rang a bell to me but I couldn't remember why, then I was reminded why when I stumbled upon this post while randomly reading the other things you've written. All I have to say is...does anyone have a release date for this movie? I'll wait, lol. You were just mad because you didn't think of the petition first, that's what this post all really boils down to. I read through some of your other articles and it's so confusing as to why you would discourage black women from speaking out about and boycotting a movie that blatently disrespects Nina Simone's legacy. The petition was made in August of 2012. It's February 2014 and still no release date has been set for this movie and it was finished filming in October of 2012. For six months Zoe Saldana couldn't promote her other movies without being asked questionns about the backlash from the Nina Simone project. I wonder if Cynthia Mort and Jimmy Iovine care about the petition now? If you would've taken the time out to talk to one of us you would've known that we always emphasised the fact that things like the Nina Simone movie either wouldn't be made or wouldn't be taken seriously if it were made if we had our own infrastructure independent of the Hollywood machine. You would've known that we're always promoting projects by independent black film makers. But when jealously rules your actions, it hinders your critical thinking skills.

blogmother comment - I published this comment so you could see how DERANGED people who start email petitions can be. And by the by--- the movie productoin didn't stop.

February 17, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterWhat Would Nina Do?

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