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Controversy surrounding the casting of actress Zoe Saldana in a biopic of iconic jazz singer Nina Simone continues to heat up with a Change.org petition requesting the replacement of the "Avatar" actress with "an actress who actually looks like Nina Simone" gaining steam.

Last month, the first photo of Saldana on the set of the biopic "Nina" leaked. Saldana could be seen "wearing an Afro wig and what appears to be a prosthetic nose and skin-darkening makeup" to look more like Simone, according to ABC News.

Debate ensued over whether Saldana, an Afro-Latina actress of Dominican and Puerto Rican descent, should ever have been cast as Simone, an African-American artist and civil rights activist who fought against racism throughout her career.

Lanita Jacobs, an anthropology professor at the University of Southern California who often lectures on the portrayal of African-Americans in film and on television, says Salanda's casting and »

- The Huffington Post

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