Bob Johnson, BET Founder, Defends Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

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Yesterday, Zoe Saldana had her entire existence snatched when Nina Simone’s estate told her to never again mention the iconic star.

Zoe, an Afro-Latina, has received backlash after appearing in the Nina Simone biopic wearing dark makeup and a prosthetic nose. But there’s one person who’s standing behind the actress, and that’s BET founder, Robert “Bob” Johnson.

Bob released this statement coming to Zoe’s defense:

“Zoe Saldana delivers an exceptional and mesmerizing tribute to Nina Simone. She gave her heart and soul to the role and displayed her extraordinary talent. The most important thing is that creativity or quality of performance should never be judged on the basis of color, or ethnicity, or physical likeness. Quality entertainment should be measured by the sheer force of creativity and the commitment that an actor or actress brings to the performance. We are proud to distribute the film headlined by Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo on April 22, 2016,” ~ Bob Johnson

The biopic will be released through Bob’s company, RLJ Entertainment.

Do you agree with him?


  1. zoe saldana welcome to the minstrel show afro latina or whatever she is doesn't even like black men shes cashing in and going home to her white Italian husband and suck his balls while they both laugh at how dumb blacks is.

    • This movie is the most obscene piece of cinema since Birth Of A Nation. I urge all black people and fans of Nina Simone to not spend your money on this hollywood garbage!

  2. Check this. Zoë said she wasn't black on a few occasions but now all of sudden she wannabe black because she is playing the late Nina Simone? *sigh*

    • Storm from X-Men (Halle Berry, Alexandra Shipp), Shana from the cartoon Jem and the Holograms (Aurora Perrineau, Lt. Uhurah (Zoe Saldana) and Nina Simone (Zoe Saldana) are dark sinned black women. Hollywood intentionally cast light skinned black women to play those roles. Why? Because Hollywood hates black people, especially dark skinned black women! What’s worse is that Hollywood would rather put blackface on a black actress, who does not consider herself black so they can make a movie about a legendary dark skinned black woman (Sorry for the run on sentence). We must unite and boycott this movie. While we’re at it, we should boycott Zoe Saldana as well. The racist, white supremacist’s worldwide war against melanin is real!

  3. Queen Latifah should have been hired for the role plus she sings jazz very well …

    • Nope! Adepero Oduye, who is the same complexion and shares a striking resemblance to Nina Simone should have been casted. Google her name and see what I'm talking about.

  4. Yeah, I agree with him that "She gave her heart and soul to the role" and possibly more….

    • I'm sure Zoe gave a award winning performance on the casting couch. With the exception of Halle Berry, no black actress has excelled in hollywood as much as Zoe! She must give bettter super head than Karine Steffans!

  5. BOULE BOB IS A SAMBO! He will do anything that rich white people tell him to do. Watch and see which black celebrities stick up for Zoe and promote this racist movie! Brothers and sistas, all boules and prince hall masons have sworn to defend and preserve white supremacy! If they disobey their white massas, they will suffer dire consequences. If you think I'm lying, ask Bill Cosby!

  6. Maaan Bob Johnson been a cooon when he sold BET to a White Owner, from that point on he's gone down hill from there.. Dude was riding Hillary Clinton dick against Obama more than racist White people during his first campaign. Don't think we have not forgotten that Bob.. man please, and he wants to advice black people to accept this trashy movie.. I'm sorry but I'm not spending my hard on money on a trashy movie that does not represent the spirit of a great icon and due her justice.. Black facing her is a mockery not justice.

  7. Comment:

    Bob Johnson needs to sit his ass down. Nina Simone was a proud blackwoman, this scars her legacy. Zoe Saldana and David Oyelowo are both sellouts, so, what are they trying to prove? This is the hypocrisy of the benedict arnolds within our race on display for all to see. Black men and women are not good enuf to lay with, but, it's okay to profit from us at the same time…Crazy Ish!

  8. Bob Johnson is a short sambo azz coon. Rich black man who made his money destroying the image of black folks. He is the reason we need to get rid of the "black political" structure in this country.

  9. If Zoe had some damn sense, she wouldn't of accepted the role. She's negro bedwench, she chases dirty pink d*ck(oink oink). These white men she drools over, are ashamed of being seen with her because it could ruin their image.

  10. Every pic I see of her has that annoying look on her face like she's over acting the role.

  11. You people are hilarious. When there are no black films, you bitch.

    When there are black films with the wrong sin tone, you bitch.

    What you want are movies with dark skinned actors? Good luck. That will never sell in Asia, and if it doesn't sell in Asia, it doesn't get made these days.

    • Fact: China is the second largest market in the world!
      Fact: China is currently stealing as much resources as possible from Africa!
      Fact: Chinese men are building tall buildings, establishing major businesses and impregnating thousands of African women!

      For more information, read the book, "China's Second Continent" by Howard French

      • What in the f*ck does any of that have to do with the fact that movie producers make all their money of American films being sold into the Asian film market?

        I am in the business, and if the Asian market liked films featuring blacks, there would be 100 of them every year. They don't.

      • The chinese are not stealing anything, their contracts are MUTUALLY beneficial…they don't enslave nor murder africans.

        • China is taking over by contrAbycontrolinthe business and trade, hence they are currently taking over the african political establishment.
          slavery is not necssary to colonizeAfrica.
          Corruption is far more efficient these days…

  12. Question, how many of you heard of Nina Simone before Lauryn Hill mentioned her? Don't worry I'll wait!

    • That's about the saddest comment ever. Who in the heck HASN'T listened to or heard of Nina Simone? My mother played her music when I was a kid.

      You need to get out more.

  13. SInce it is though Bob's company, no wonder he gives her praise. Negro hispanics traditionally do not want to be called black, but when confronted with reality in Hollywood, they will do it to work, all while trying their best to play hispanics or anyone else but blacks.

  14. Viola Davis , Lauryn Hill, India Arie all very talented and have a greater resemblance to Nina Simone would have been better as Nina…

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