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Zoe Saldana has finally responded to the backlash against her playing the role of Nina Simone in a biopic detailing intimate details of the jazz singer’s life. Initially, Mary J. Blige was tapped the play the role, then it was announced that Zoe was awarded the role and many people, including #TeamBeautiful voiced their disdain.

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Honestly, I don’t mind Zoe in the role, I just think there’s other actresses closer to Nina’s deep chocolate complexion who could have benefited from this potent role. Despite all the backlash, Zoe remained silent…until now. In an interview with Hip Hollywood, Saldana said, “I know who I am and I know what Nina Simone means to me. That is my truth and that is what set me free.”

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