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Zoe Saldana, Lauren Velez, Tatyana Ali, Melissa de Sousa and Gina Torres are the names of some of the most successful dark-toned Latinas making key appearances on the big and small screen. Women such as Judy Reyes, Dania Ramirez and the aforementioned actresses have helped to update the image of what it means to be Latina on television or in film. Nonetheless, difficulties for Afro-Latinas persist. Latina marketability in Hollywood is intertwined with colorism. Fairer Latinas not only earn more Latina roles, but Afro-Latinas are often pushed to solely play African-American parts, forced to stifle a part of their ethnic identity. Failure to devise more roles for Afro-Latinas in Hollywood is problematic because it perpetuates the social invisibility of Afro-Latinos, and isolates them by failing to promote the diversity of Latino skin tones and national backgrounds.
Hollywood homogenizes ethnic groups of color, simplifying race on screen by creating a sense of uniformity. Brown is brown, unless it’s Black. If you happen to both, then you are asked to choose between the two, because to be biracial or bi-national is apparent too complex.
Cuba, Panama and Columbia are only a fraction of Latin American countries that’s included within the African diaspora. Nonetheless, women who generally represent those nations on screen are no darker than Sophia Vergara; and Latina women who also identify as Black are slated to exclusively portray African American roles, and are excluded from roles that are advertised to Latinas. The “choose one” attitude of directors is one that has been reported by many Afro-Latina actresses, though the choice is usually made for them.
The book Negra & Beautiful: The Unique Challenges Faced By Afro-Latinas quoted Panamanian writer, poet, activist, and Founder and Director of Encuentro Diaspora Afro in Boston, Yvette Modestin, saying: “It doesn’t help that despite the high-profile black Latinas making it in Hollywood and other industries, black Latinas are rarely seen as such in movies (many black Latina actresses play African Americans on screen) and in ads, which generally depict Latinos as light-brown hued. The effect on Afro-Latinas, Modestin says, is the creation of a “very schizophrenic world” in which many are not understood or accepted.”
Dominican Judy Reyes, who played the Dominican nurse Carla on Scrubs helped to modernize the perception of Latinos and Afro-Latinos in Hollywood. She remains committed to her dual identity as both Black and Latina. Lauren Velez, one of the few Black Latinas in Hollywood to have a prolonged career, indicated that initially she couldn’t get Latina roles because she was Black, but forced her way into those roles. As a result, however, it has become impossible for her to acquire African American roles, because she has somehow transitioned into being seen as Latina due to certain success.
Latinas being hiring based on skin color is not an act perpetrated by white directors, but Latino directors as well, which Afro-Panamanian actress Melissa de Sousa once attested to. She once stated many Latino directors don’t want to cast Latinas who are darker than Jennifer Lopez or Shakira.
The internalized racism orchestrated by members of the Latin community and the Black community works to cripple an effort to get the American public to see the diversity within Black, Latino and Black Latino cultures; particularly at a time when successful directors of color are becoming more apparent in Hollywood –and have an opportunity and access to realistically display ethnic experiences.
From Hello Beautiful
Zoe Saldana plays a struggling mother with two young daughters and a bipolar husband in the Infinitely Polar Bear, an independent film making its rounds at the Sundance Film Festival this year. The 35-year old actress is notoriously private about her personal life, but during a recent interview at the annual festival in Utah, she revealed that the movie is incredibly close to her heart for a reason few fans may know.
“I couldn’t go up on stage today right when the film ended,” she shared. “My sister and my assistant and some family members were with me and we went afterwards to dinner and everybody’s lower lip was just trembling because we were so moved. Especially for my sisters and me, because we lost our father when we were very young. It hits home. You feel that you were wronged.”
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Zoe Saldana is working really hard these days. In addition to her already busy schedule, the newly married actress has just been cast to star in a “Rosemary’s Baby” remake for NBC, E! Online reports.
Zoe will be playing the title character, Rosemary, which was played by Mia Farrow in the original 1968 film. According to reports, the project will be produced as a miniseries. Filming is scheduled to begin in Paris later this month.
“Zoe has proven that she is one of our most gifted actresses,” said NBC’s Quinn Taylor in a statement. “We think she has the perfect combination of spirit and gravitas to take on the title role from Ira Levin’s infamous novel.”
“With Zoe leading the cast under the direction of Agnieszka Holland, this reimagined event mini-series is off to a great start,” she added.
The screenplay for the miniseries will be written by Scott Abott and ”American Horror Story: Coven” writer James Wong. So far no names have been mentioned regarding who will be cast to play Rosemary’s husband in the series, but we’ll keep you posted as further details emerge.
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The 2014 Golden Globes have come and gone. Awards were handed out (quite a few we didn’t agree with), jokes were shared that had us cackling, speeches were made that were absolutely ridiculous and heartwarming, and the few people of color there were dressed to impress (or they tried their best to impress that is). Here are the looks, the moments, and the people that had us talking from the show.
There was a lot of great celebrity news to come out of 2013. But, unfortunately, not everything was sunshine and roses. A number of notable couples called it a quits this year. From two Kardashian relationships coming to an end to some longtime lovers parting ways, we take a look at some of the saddest celebrity breakups of the past 12 months.
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Zoe Saldana graced a gamut of covers this year and she has already locked in the cover for the February 2014 issue of Lucky Magazine!
In the same vein as Jennifer Lawrence, Zoe speaks her mind and serves as an advocate for promoting the image of “real women” in Hollywood. Although she suffers from foot-in-mouth syndrome from time to time, the 35-year-old actress divulges to Lucky why she doesn’t “give two sh*ts” about your opinion on her style or her body.
On fashion: “Fashion is art – it’s absolute art,” she says. “It’s telling a story. So if I wear something, it will be because it reminds me of Grace Jones or a flower petal or what. I create these worlds in my head. I live in this constant imaginative state.”
Check out what she had to say about her breast obsession and making “best dressed” lists this year on StyleBlazer.com.
“I Can’t Stop To Think About Who Thinks Me To Be Black Enough Or Not Black Enough”: Zoe Saldana On Playing Nina Simone And Being Latina
Zoe Saldana is covering the latest issue of Ocean Drive magazine, and in the latest issue, the beauty was asked about her work in the upcoming film Nina, which we all know has stirred up a lot of controversy. Despite all the people who were upset about Saldana being cast as the late Nina Simone because of their physical differences, the movie is in post-production and Saldana feels good about it. The actress says that she no longer pays attention to the naysayers who have something to say about the way she looks or the way she carries herself, and she hasn’t cared for a long time–since she was a kid to be specific.
When asked about filming Nina, Saldana had this to say:
“It’s one of the scariest projects I’ve ever been involved with because it was about an iconic figure, and there were so many political [issues] around it from the beginning, but I really wanted it to be a love song to Nina Simone and I wanted it to just come from a place of absolute love.”
And she shut down any criticism about her work in the movie. While most people felt that from her complexion to her size and her facial features, she wasn’t a good fit to play Simone, Saldana took it as a someone saying she is or isn’t black enough in physical appearance or in the way she acts–but she doesn’t have time for that:
“I can’t stop to think about who thinks me to be black enough or not black enough. I know who I am. I like who I am. And I’m not going to explain who I am. I’ve always been like that—I was raised to be that way.”
Zaldana, of Puerto Rican and Dominican background, says she’s used to people criticizing and bullying her for how she is and what she looks like, and faced this most when she was a child living in the Dominican Republic. She had to move there with her mother and sisters after her father passed away. But she says that after she realized most people only attack others because they’re fearful, she became “absolutely fearless:”
“It was culture shock at first. Kids are going to poke at whatever is foreign to them, and here we come: these three girls speaking English. We’re also very intelligent and kind of sassy, and we were going to a very prestigious private school and we were one of the least fortunate families. Kids tend to be a little cruel to what they don’t know. But even though throughout those years we kind of suffered because we got bullied, as soon as we left we just became these forces. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, and it was not going to kill us, trust me!
I’ve been called everything, I’ve been told everything. And yet the moment you realize they were coming from a place of complete fear because they knew that you were the one who was going to get away, you’re free.”
She calls it fearless, others have called it “arrogance.” But whatever Saldana is, she’s winning in Hollywood. Check out her full interview over at Ocean Drive’s website. What do you make of her statements, and do you plan to see Nina?
Zoe Saldana stays busy. Not only is the 35-year-old beauty starring in the highly anticipated Nina Simone biopic, but she was also recently cast to play France Davis in Kill The Trumpet Player, a Don Cheadle-directed biopic about the life of Miles Davis. Though it seems like Zoe is always busy filming for a new flick, the newly married actress revealed during an interview with Modern Luxury’s Manhattan magazine that she actually turns down a lot of the roles that she’s offered. Find out why by checking out her interview highlights below.
On being a woman in a man’s world:
“It’s very hard being a woman in a man’s world, and I recognised it was a man’s world even when I was a kid. It’s an inequality and injustice that drove me crazy, and which I always spoke out against – and I’ve always been outspoken. I love learning new skills, especially those you’re told girls aren’t good at – like parallel parking. Hey, I’m going to learn to ride a Ducati!”
On turning down certain roles:
“I’m known for being selective in parts I either pick or pursue, and what matters most is that they be good female roles where the character isn’t cardboard or objectified, and where there’s real substance. No generic girlfriend or wife, and no sexy bombshell. Enough of that already!”
On the benefits of ballet:
“Before ballet, I had trouble concentrating, and I wouldn’t even try to concentrate on things I wasn’t interested in. The barre, the piano, the breathing – they calmed and centred me, and allowed me to learn lessons physically, which is how I learn best.”
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Well folks, Zoe Saldana has been cast in another biopic—hopefully there won’t be any protests this time. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Out of the Furnace actress recently snagged a role in Kill the Trumpet Player, a biopic about the life of famed Jazz musician Mile Davis.
The newly married beauty will be playing Miles’ former wife, Frances Davis, alongside Don Cheadle, who will be playing Miles. Reports suggest that the film will revolve around “a few dangerous days” in Miles’ life. Don will also be co-directing the film.
“Don is one of our generation’s greatest actors, and this is the role he was born to play. His take on the conventional biopic of one of music’s most celebrated icons is cinematic ‘jazz’ and too unique to resist,”said BiFrost’s David Wagner, who is financing the project.
“It fits naturally with BiFrost’s commitment to support talent and their passion projects, so we are thrilled to work with Don on his feature directorial debut,” he continued.
Don says that he hopes Kill the Trumpet Player will shatter traditional biopic standards.
“Let’s kill that term, OK? I hope with this film we can kill the biopic. This film won’t try to give a broad overview of Davis’ life and give short shrift to this man’s story. For us as creative people, the time of his life that was most interesting was the five years when he wasn’t playing, when he was silent. What was going on in his mind? And how did he come out of it and return to music?”
It sounds like Kill the Trumpet Player is going to be a pretty interesting project.
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Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.