On today's Cinema in Noir, we discuss actress Zoe Saldana's response to her overwhelming number of haters (many of whom live on the Internet, and many of color) about her controversial casting of legendary singer Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic. And it was quite graceful, despite being of much opposition. Check out the video here. Thoughts?
We also share final thoughts on last week's Oscar's ceremony, and our take on this year's slate of TV pilots scheduled. Is the small screen presenting enough lead opportunities of actors of color? You could probably already guess at the answer, but you might be surprised to see shows from stars like John Leguizamo (Ice Age and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar), Ming-Na ("ER" and The Joy Luck Club) and David Harewood ("Homeland"). See the full list from The Hollywood Reporter here.
Lastly, we chat with the writer and filmmaker of the hip-hop web series, ChillTownTV.com, who talks about animation, female characters, and breaking the stereotype of today's hip-hop culture by showing another facet of the society that is less seen.
Catch a recap of the full podcast below: