Came across this post this morning on Facebook from Bougie Black Girl about Nina Simone, ‘colorism’ and the controversy surrounding the casting of an upcoming biopic. I had to share it with folks and encourage folks to sign the petition.. which is directed at record mogul Jimmy Iovine and long time writer Cynthia Mort. They are replacing Mary J Blige w/ actress Zoe Saldana to play Nina.. The move has caused a huge firestorm..It’s definitely a case of erasing history.. To better understand, people should read this letter from Nina Simone’s daughter printed below then take a look at the picture below..Once you do this you’ll see the problem. It’s a profound one…..Here’s the letter from Simone’s daughter..
Greetings Nina Simone Lovers, Simone here.
I have read many of the comments am happy you all took the time to share your thoughts and feelings.
This past week I have added a few milestones to my life. The major milestone was the high school graduation of my daughter Alexis. I can still vividly remember her first day of pre-school. Her tiny face anxious to leave me, but eager to join the other children in the brightly decorated classroom. Now in a couple of months she will be off to college. The anxious little face will be replaced by a beautiful excited smile. Another milestone was being able to sit with my husband, best friend and most of all, my two sisters who each flew in to celebrate with us. It had been a number of years since we have all been together. The milestone was seeing our differences and also our similarities. It was a very busy week with sightseeing, dining out, a small unplanned wedding which was the best wedding my sister said she had ever attended, and talking about our past. My daughter also went with her aunt to get tattoos. They are tasteful and a memory they will always share. It was a wonderful week, but now I feel a sence of sadness. Hopefully it will not be so many years until we see each other again. Family is too important to miss out on.
In Griftopia—another must-read for anyone wishing to understand the roots of the Occupy movement—Matt Taibbi takes us through the corruption of our government from the Age of Reagan on, from the rule-bending of the savings-and-loan collapse to the real-estate bubble, commodities speculation, and the near destruction of the world economy. As he notes, this is how the puppet masters of our banks and speculators “have stripped the last meat off the bones of American prosperity”—to the point where we’re having to sell off parking meters and turnpikes to foreign investors to make ends meet.
We’ve noted herein through the writings of Greg Palast how the “New World Order,” in the guise of the IMF and WTO, has bought and sold the Third World, and in Griftopia we see that the process is well under way in this country. Taibbi quotes an acquaintance who worked at the “derivatives desk of…
Monsanto’s Roundup, containing the active ingredient glyphosate, has been tied to more health and environmental problems than you could imagine. Similar to how pesticides have been contributing to the bee decline, Monsanto’s Roundup has been tied to the decrease in the population of monarch butterflies by killing the very plants that the butterflies rely on for habitat and food. What’s been shown to be an even greater threat to the population, though, is Monsanto’s Roundup Ready corn and soybeans. Read more »»»
This is outrages. Sometimes I don’t know whose freedoms and liberty’s all those young men and woman have been fighting for, it certainly doesn’t look like it’s been the American people’s. I guess this is the New Corporate Militarized America. I’m sure we have worse to look forward to. Let’s face it, they have to keep all of their New Privatised Prisons full some how.
Don’t let anyone fool you about the right of a person to take photographs in a public place; that’s a constitutionally guaranteed right that’s protected by the First Amendment. Those who would deny you the right to take picture in a public place, have something to hide.