A few different commentators have been discussing the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone. Observers have noted the problem of casting a light-skinned woman in the role of a singer like Simone who was known for her dark skin and who struggled precisely because she was not light.
The issue of skin color and barriers associated with it are frequently under-discussed so I am intrigued that this issue as gotten some traction in major outlets. What follows is a roundup of some of the coverage.
• September 14: "Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone?" by Veronica Miller -- The Grio
• September 14: "Bleaching Nina Simone" by Ta-Nehisi Coates -- The Atlantic
• September 14: "Controversy over Zoe Saldana's casting as Nina Simone" -- Fanshare
• September 13: "Saldana Too Light-Skinned To Play Simone" by Christopher Zara -- International Business Times
• September 12: "Stir Builds Over Actress to Portray Nina Simone" by Tanzina Vega -- The New york Times
• September 12: "Zoe Saldana casting choice prompts Change.org petition" by Jaclyn Brandt -- SheKnows
• September 12: "Petition: Replace Zoe Saldana with an Actress who actually looks like Nina Simone" -- Change.org
• August 17: "(Mis)Casting Call: The Erasure of Nina Simone's Image" by Tiffani Jones -- Coffee Rhetoric
• August 18: "Zoe Saldana to Play Singer Nina Simone in Biopic" by Borys Kit -- The Hollywood Reporter