Nina Simone's family to Zoe Saldana: 'Take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life'

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The Zoe Saldana-starring Nina Simone biopic Nina finally released its first trailer on Wednesday (March 2) and Simone's family is predictably not happy about it.

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On Twitter, Simone's family replied to a tweet from Saldana that quoted Simone, saying, "Cool story but please take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life."

Earlier, Simone's Facebook page shared a fan's suggestion to appropriate Nina's April 22 release date as a day for fans to host their own Nina Simone listening and viewing parties.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Zoe Saldana attends the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mindy Small/FilmMagic)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 19: Actress Zoe Saldana (R) and artist Marco Perego attends the 16th Latin GRAMMY Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 19, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for LARAS)
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"We can use this date as another opportunity to celebrate Nina's life and music. Let's create a positive from a negative by coming together and acknowledging the authentic Nina Simone," the post read. "Nothing can diminish Nina or her legacy. No one can rob Nina of her gift -- or rob us of the gift she shared with us."

In light of today's announcement, I encourage fans and eligible venues to host their own NINA SIMONE listening/viewing...

Posted by Nina Simone on Tuesday, March 1, 2016


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