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Apparently, Black folks playing Black folks is a problem in Hollywood too. Actress Zoe Saldana is dealing with that reality following the trailer debut of Nina, an upcoming spring biopic about legendary singer Nina Simone.

Zoe’s casting of Miss Simone was bashed nearly four years ago when it was first announced, and unfortunately for her, nothing has changed following the release of the trailer. That’s mainly because, in what has to be a form of ironic Blackface, Saldana wears a wig, prosthetic nose and dark makeup to achieve Nina’s celebrated features in the film.

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As Hollywood’s lack of diversity remains a hot button issue, many are wondering why producers didn’t hire someone with features similar to Simone’s to play the role instead of dressing up Saldana. The trailer and official poster has Black Twitter baffled, and many have not been kind in the hours following the assets release.

But Zoe is defending her role in Nina, telling HipHollywood her intentions are pure. “I’m doing it for my sisters, I’m doing it for my brothers and I don’t care who tells me that I am not this and I am not that. I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me, so that is my truth and that set me free,” she says in an exclusive interview with HipHollywood.com.

As for the film’s inevitable criticism following its release, she adds, “If it comes back in a negative fashion or a positive, I’m going to keep my chin up because that’s who I am and that’s who I’ll be and Nina was like that too. I did it all out if love, out of love for Nina, out of love for my people and who I am and my pride of being a Black woman, a Latina woman, an American woman, and that’s my truth.”

Nina is in theaters this April. You can check out the trailer below.

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Eniko Hart Slays On First Red Carpet Since Giving Birth; Hear What Kevin Hart Had To Say!

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Kevin Hart may be the star in the family, but it’s his wife Eniko Hart who stole the show during the premiere for his flick “Jumani: Welcome To The Jungle”.

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It was Mrs. Hart’s first red carpet since giving birth to the couple’s first child, Kenzo Kash, just three weeks ago. To say it was a snapback is an understatement. The 30-year-old, who worked out during her entire pregnancy, look sexy and svelt in a elegant black number while her superstar hubby hit the carpet in a black suit with white trim.

Although the couple faced some bumps in the road earlier this year with Kev being extorted over a video showing him cheating on his wife, the couple has bounced back. And on Tuesday night’s jungle-themed red carpet Hart told HipHollywood, “My wife is just an amazing woman … I would not be me right now without that woman in my life.”

You can see Kev, alongside Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson, Jack Black and more, when “Jumani: Welcome To The Jungle” hits theaters on December 20th.

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