When the big news was announced last week that Zoe Saldana would be playing singer Nina Simone in a biopic, black cyberspace (yes, there is a “black Twitter” and a “black Facebook”) let out a collective “Oh, hell to the naw”!
For some it was because they did not believe that Zoe had enough acting talent to pull it off. Nina Simone was an extremely complex woman in real life, and the actress assigned to do this would be embarking upon the role of a lifetime. For others, the statements ranged from “Can Zoe even sing?” to “Wait, I thought she said she was a Latina?” to “Zoe is too skinny to play Nina Simone anyway!”
As the debate continued, it became clear to me that the issues surrounding the casting of Zoe ran much deeper than her acting ability. It was “skin deep.” Once again we were seeing an example of how Hollywood just doesn’t understand black women. To mainstream America, Black is “one color fits all.” But to African-American women, the color of our skin is much more than a random hue. In many ways, it uniquely shapes who we are and how we are treated in the world. For us, body image and self-esteem does not only involve loving your womanly body for the shape of it, but also embracing your complexion, hair texture and other features in a culture that constantly reminds you that thin white women are the standard of beauty. Keep reading »
Earlier this week, Zoe Saldana attended the Persol Magnificent Obsessions: 30 Stories of Craftsmanship In Film event. She wore this military-inflected ensemble and looked totally gorgeous. You don’t much see this deep green — especially in combination with navy, but it really looks spectacular on her. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that she’s wearing head-to-toe Louis Vuitton that helped her pull the look off?
Zoe Saldana is kind of, maybe just a little bit, having a moment. She progressed from a young ballerina yearning for success in 2000′s Center Stage to the prettiest Na’vi in Avatar. Now, she’s taken on a public persona as Bradley Cooper’s latest (rumored) arm candy, not to mention a good samaritan who rushed to the aid of a woman injured in a car crash last week. She also appears to have an uncanny eye for style: she’s evaded many of the fashion pitfalls that many young (and not-so-young) actresses face. Basically, the girl can do no wrong, from the red carpet to the streets of Culver City. Keep reading »
J. Lo and Marc Anthony. Sniff. Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. Chin wobble. Demi and Ashton, no last names necessary. Sob! So many celebrity breakups this year, it’s almost as if it’s impossible for love to last in Tinseltown. But let’s stop being negative. Plenty of fun, new couples were formed in just the last few months — here’s a look at 12 couples to watch in 2012.
“The year after ‘Avatar’ was just emotionally overwhelming. I was traveling all over the world, waking up in different time zones. Your body gets exhausted, and by the end of the year I just collapsed … I was sitting in my hotel room, and I couldn’t stop crying. I couldn’t stay awake. I must have slept for an entire month.It took me the rest of the year, even as I was working and shooting ‘Colombiana,’ to pick myself up.”
—Zoe Saldana tells Latina magazine that the mega success of “Avatar” didn’t bring her happiness, and in fact she suffered from serious depression in the year after its release. But don’t worry, she feels much better now. Her new movie comes out soon and she’s engaged to actor Keith Britton. Just goes to show that getting your dream is more emotionally complex than you ever realized. [NY Daily News] Keep reading »
Say goodbye to Eva Mendes and hello to Zoe Saldana, who is the newest Calvin Klein underwear model and will also be the face of the Calvin Klein Envy. [E! Online] Keep reading »
Are you looking, Britney and Paris? Zoe Saldana shows party girls how to exit a car swarmed by the paparazzi and still preserve the dignity of their beautiful lady-flower. Her big secret? Pants! Keep reading »
“I have too much of [a masculine side]! People have sometimes told my grandmother, ‘Your niece has a bit of lesbianism in her.’ It’s that my sisters and I spent all our time amongst men. We were very popular with them. Our way of thinking is very masculine.”
– Zoe Saldana on her masculine versus feminine sides, in the new issue of Siempre Mujer [Just Jared] Keep reading »