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I am calling for a boycott of the upcoming film “Nina”, which is supposedly a biopic of one of the most iconic and important figures in African-American history. To see Zoe Saldana portraying Simone, in blackface resembling a minstrel and a caricature, is a racist affront to Simone’s legacy. Shame on Saldana and everyone else involved.

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A thirteen-year survivor of the NYC Film/TV Production world, I have personal insight into the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. It is much deeper than the talent pool. The changes need to occur in the development offices, film and TV production offices, networks, agencies and the film sets. Hollywood needs to either change or be forced to change. Because otherwise, we will be hashtagging #OscarsSoWhite for many decades to come.

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Initially thrilled that Patricia Arquette used her Oscar win to rally for women’s rights, I was appalled by her later statements that invalidated all the good will! Ms. Arquette, here is a reality check.

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