“The worst thing about that kind of prejudice is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough.”
— Nina Simone
Simone for the first time openly addressed the racial inequality that was prevalent in the United States with the song “Mississippi Goddam”, her response to the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama that killed four black children. The song was released as a single, and it was boycotted in certain southern states. ”Old Jim Crow”, on the same album, addressed the Jim Crow Laws.
From then on, a civil rights message was standard in Simone’s recording repertoire, becoming a part of her live performances. Simone performed and spoke at many civil rights meetings, such as at the Selma to Montgomery marches. Simone advocated violent revolution during the civil rights period, rather than Martin Luther King’s non-violent approach, and she hoped that African Americans could, by armed combat, form a separate state.
I am throughly frustrated that Zoe Saldana is playing Nina Simone. I think she is a brilliant actor and i LOVE her but the very act of picking her goes directly against the very struggles that Ms. Simone spoke of in her songs. Nina Simone’s beautiful features, dark skin, wide nose, tight curly hair, to name a few was not good enough.
Now to this day, the darkest, curliest hair is still not good enough!!?? When will be Good enough for the big screen. Nina Simone’s beautiful features are what made her HER.
… This post has just made me realize that I need to take my Arts degree and go into film. Obviously we can not trust Hollywood to tell our story.
Edit: I know we black skin and ALL skin is good enough…. But do they??