Post #39: Nina Simone’s Face

Jazz singer Nina Simone is shown in London on Dec. 5, 1968, photo. Simone's deep, raspy, forceful voice made her a unique figure in jazz and later helped define the civil rights movement. (AP Photo)

Jazz singer Nina Simone is shown in London on Dec. 5, 1968, photo. Simone’s deep, raspy, forceful voice made her a unique figure in jazz and later helped define the civil rights movement. (AP Photo)

I’ve read several articles articulating the frustration many POC (People of Color) feel in regards to the selection of Zoe Saldana to play Nina Simone in a biopic of her life, but this article by Ta-Nehisi Coates I thought was very illustrative of why this is problematic.

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Nina Simone’s Face

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And here are my latest 5 posts in the series:
Post #34: Growing Up Black and Jewish in America
Post #35: We All Do It: Ableist Prejudice Against Disabled Persons
Post #36: The Secret Dual Lives of People Living With mental Illness
Post #37: 13 Things People with Chronic Diseases Wish You Understood
Post #38: 9 Portraits That Prove Feminism Really is for Everyone

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Post #20: #OscarSoWhite

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Last night Chris Rock addressed the Oscar controversy regarding the lack of POC representation in the Oscars and by extension in Hollywood itself. You can see the entire monologue below:

 

To put it into context, see this post by Brandon Blackburn-Dwyer below.

Brandon Blackburn-Dwyer: Hollywood Should represent all of Us! The Truth of #OscarSoWhite

*New readers may wonder why I’m sharing these posts and why they’re numbered. Here’s a link to my post I’m Giving Up HATE, PREJUDICE and INDIFFERENCE for Lent.

And here are my latest 5 posts in the series:

Post #15: #BuzzWordsBeDamned
Post #16: Listen and Learn . . . 
Post #17: Comprehensive List of LGBTQ+ Term Definitions
Post #18: Discussion: Body Positivity in YA – Where’s the Love for Curvy Women?
Post #19: Beyonce in Formation

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