Nina Simone’s Daughter Defends Zoe Saldana Over Biopic

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Nina Simone’s daughter defends Zoe Saldana – The daughter of late singer Nina Simone, Lisa Simone Kelly, has come to the defense of actress Zoe Saldana following criticism on social media.

Nina Simone's daughter defends Zoe Saldana: Lisa Simone Kelly
Nina Simone’s daughter defends Zoe Saldana: Lisa Simone Kelly

Saldana had faced a lot of backlash on social media for playing Simone in her biopic, with many saying there were plenty naturally black actresses deserving of the role.

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“It’s unfortunate that Zoe Saldana is being attacked so viciously when she is someone who is part of a larger picture,” Lisa said in an interview with TIME magazine. “It’s clear she brought her best to this project, but unfortunately she’s being attacked when she’s not responsible for any of the writing or the lies.”

Lisa however slammed the movie’s plot of Simone’s relationship with manager Clifton Henderson, a romance she says never happened.

“The movie is about a relationship between my mother and Clifton that never took place. They never had an amorous relationship,” Lisa said. “The project has been tainted from the very beginning. Clearly, it is not the truth about my mother’s life and everyone now knows that. This is not how you want your loved ones remembered.”



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