Nina Simone

Ferguson released a statement saying she would "graciously accept" the Inauguration proposal if she was permitted to sing one of the most impactful psalms about racism in America.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Illinois has lost more people than any other state during the course of the year.

Fox Searchlight released the first trailer of The Birth of a Nation. The award-winning biopic of Nat Turner is scheduled for release in October.

During Thursday's edition of NewsOne Now, Roland Martin and his panel of guests discussed the backlash over Saldana's portrayal of Simone and the subsequent discussion of colorism within the African-American community.

At this point, we're not really sure what the film's selling point is... but maybe inquiring minds will go out to see how controversy plays out on screen.

After Saldana tried to salvage the controversy by quoting the late artist on Twitter, the estate asked her to "take Nina's name out your mouth. For the rest of your life." The estate continued to grieve over the film on Twitter, calling it "painful."

Nina Simone's legacy will be introduced to new audiences when the film, Nina, starring Zoe Saldana, is released in theaters next month. The biopic tells the story of Simone's relationship with her nurse-turned-manager Clifton Henderson and will highlight the later years of Simone's tumultuous life.

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