Published: Tue, February 28, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Dear Zoe Saldana: The World Knew About Nina Simone Before Your Biopic

Dear Zoe Saldana: The World Knew About Nina Simone Before Your Biopic

Nina Simone in 1965 Wikimedia Commons

When I was a kid, my grandmother would pull out her old records every Sunday morning. She would grab my hands and I would put my feet on top of hers and we'd dance together. My grandmother was a fan of gospel music, but she also played secular music from time to time.

I remember one time, in particular, a voice came through the speakers, and it immediately had me mesmerized. I asked my grandmother who she was, and she simply said, "Nina." Being the kid I was, I immediately smiled because it rhymed with my favorite aunt's name, Tina.

The campus of Rutgers University for the start of my freshman year. There were credit card and poster vendors everywhere. I stopped at one poster seller and looked through her stock. Poster after poster, there were posters of Nina. Every young woman who stopped picked up Nina poster. You could not walk into a dorm room and not run into Nina. It did not matter the ethnicity of the student in that room-rest assured that there would be a poster of Nina.

But let Zoe Saldana tell her in a recent interview, she basically did the world a Favor and got Nina trending. Basically, Saldana seems to think, before the travesty that was her Nina Simone biopic came into existence, people did not know about Nina Simone.

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We all know that it could not be further from the truth < / P>

Domestically. Internationally. Nina Simone is a legend. And legends are known.

Nina Simone's fans did not need a half-assed biopic to educate the world. The world does not need any more miseducation. And that's the only purpose that biopic served.

The world knows better. The world knows Nina Simone. The world also knew that Simone's story deserved better than what you and the makers of that biopic offered. The world would have been better off with the Colombian or Avatar sequel (sarcasm).

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