That is the question that I tweeted after reading both sides of the argument for the casting of Zoe Saldana in the Nina Simone bio pic. Zoe Saldana tweeted this quote – “The meanest,most contemptible kind of praise is that which first speaks well of a man,and then qualifies it with a “but”.”~Henry W. Beecher
I definitely understand her perspective as she is an Afro-Latina and I am sure she can identify with Nina’s story as she is a person of colour in Hollywood. I also believe her to be a formidable actress who is capable of telling the story. Yet I can understand the outrage of many black women who feel that their black is not beautiful in Hollywood and this just illustrates that again. Far too many times female lead characters are uber thin, fair skinned women, especially in this case when the movie is a bio-pic and the actress hired looks nothing like the person she is hired to portray.
As a mother of a dark skinned daughter and as a photographer of women who constantly discusses self image and the media I felt compelled to write this post. I am sure Zoe Saldana feels like how dare people say I am not “black enough” to play this part. At the same time she may not be able to understand that their are millions of black women who long to see their stories, their body shapes and their complexions reflected in Hollywood. What makes this particular casting even more of a hot button is that Nina Simone’s lyrics resonated so well because she questioned these ideas (blackness and beauty) in her music. Here is one of my favourite songs by Nina Simone… When I listen to the lyrics I wonder who would Nina want to play her?
Nyla has been doing pre-ballet for almost a year now, and her recital will be next month. It has been such an amazing process, seeing her bloom in something she loves. I love how excited she gets when she masters a new position and the overall joy she gets from dance. Here are a few snaps of her showing me her moves all dressed up in her recital costume.
I have always loved books. More than food, more than most things… the hard part sometimes, is finding the time. I don’t just love books but get lost in them until the last page is turned. Last night Andre said to me… “the book isn’t going anywhere, you can pace yourself you know! Nope, that just isn’t the way I like to read. I can go for long breaks in between books until the right story comes along and then it starts again…for the next few days I am lost in my book.
Its his fault really… lol. He said lets go check Hunger Games the movie. Once I saw the movie I was very intrigued and horrified by the idea but still left wanting more. So I downloaded the first book on my ereader and then got the last two books from my nephew.
Literature is my Utopia. Here I am not disenfranchised. No barrier of the senses shuts me out from the sweet, gracious discourses of my book friends. They talk to me without embarrassment or awkwardness. -Helen Keller
I have been prepping all the final stuff for our Bridal Event at Botany Floral Studio in a few weeks, and realized my business cards needed updating and decided to go with moo again for our cards. When I saw their new luxe line, I knew that it would fit my brand perfectly. The design of the cards drove me a little crazy as I am not a designer but with lots of help from the hubby we managed to work it out and I love our new cards.
If you haven’t registered yet for the Bridal Event, the time is running out as our spots are filling up fast.