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Zoe Saldana on her role in 'Nina' biopic: 'There is no one way to be black'

Zoe Saldana on her role in 'Nina' biopic: 'There is no one way to be black'

This summer, in “Star Trek: Beyond,” Zoe Saldana will reprise her role as the USS Enterprise’s chief communications officer, Uhura, a part that was pioneering for black women in its origins. Played on the original, 1960s “Star Trek” CBS show by actress Nichelle Nichols, the Uhura role was unique in its time for casting an African American woman on television in a position of respect, rather than subservience.

But it was Saldana’s recent performance as another groundbreaking black woman, jazz legend Nina Simone, in the controversial, long-gestating biopic “Nina,” that has placed the actress at the center of an intense discussion...

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