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And now, in a touching new livestream posted to her Instagram page, the actress admits that she “never should have played” Simone.
“I should have done everything in my power with the influence I had 10 years ago… I should have tried everything in my power to choose a black woman to play an exceptionally black woman perfect, ”she said.
“I thought at the time that I had permission because I was a black woman – and I am. But it’s Nina, and Nina had a life and a journey that should be honored in every detail because she was such a detailed person… She deserved better, and I’m so sorry.
The film has already been attacked by Nina Simone’s daughter Lisa Simone Kelly, who said the project was “not how you want your loved ones to remember”.