Generally speaking, a lot of Black folks are not pleased about Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone. But who else could have done the role?


    Generally speaking, a lot of Black folks are not pleased about Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone. But who else could have done the role?


    When Mary J. Blige was announced as the lead in Nina Simone’s biopic, people were excited to see how the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul would bring Nina to the screen. Excitement turned to disappointment when she was released.

    But there was outrage when Zoe signed on for the project. 
Some argued that the "Colombiana" star didn’t look anything like Nina and is too light to play the iconic soul singer. Nina’s daughter Simone even contested the casting on Facebook.


    When a photo of Zoe on the set of Nina surfaced, a new round of discussion on the topic began. If Zoe wasn’t in the picture, here are a few ladies that could have taken on the role of Nina—whether for the vocal skills, acting chops or some glorious combination of the two!
     
    —Sonya Eskridge