In an interview with Billboard, India.Aire spoke on Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone in the biopic Nina.
She said about the trailer,
“It made me sad. The way she looked in the movie was ugly. Whether or not Nina Simone was beautiful in your eyes, I thought she was beautiful. But in this movie, she just looked weird. Her skin looked weird, and her nose looked weird. It made me wonder, was that how the filmmakers see her? Did they not think she was beautiful? Were they like, ‘Yeah, we got it! That’s how she looked.'” When asked why are some people calling this a blackface performance and shouldn’t Saldana be considered black, Arie said, “It’s messy to put it that way. I think the best way to say it is that they casted her against type and went too far to make her fit. It’s not my place to say how Zoe Saldana perceives herself, and I can’t say how anybody else perceives her either. I see her as a black person of Hispanic origin, but I don’t even know what that really means, because I don’t know anything about race and Hispanic culture.In my open letter I called it ‘black(er) face.’ [The Nina portrayal] is a caricature. You had to put a whole other face on someone’s face.”
She has some very good points. Whatever if blacks are saying that Dominicans are black then why are they complaining about Zoe Saldana playing Nina Simone?