Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

Seeing an actor like Zoe Saldana do such a great job representing herself and your community is a feeling like no other. Being multiracial there are very few depictions or accurate representations that one can relate to.


That said, there are many actors out there that would play an awesome Nina Simone without having to commit blackface in the process.  Opportunity is not being given to black actors of darker complexion.  That is what Nina Simone stood for in part, equality and acceptance of all. Less discrimination against people of darker complexions. To then see that a afrolatina actor is being painted black as opposed to hiring someone more qualified to play the role like Mary J Blidge, who dropped the project, or Jennifer Hudson.


I am not the only one outraged by this… Lets take to twitter :

The official witter for the estate of Nina Simone tweeted this after a quote tweeted by Zaldana.

it later continued to post better candidates for the role that is already in post production.


Here is the official Trailer for the BioPic of Nina Simone.



Leveraging the Giphy.com Contest for Class!

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Class, Our friends over at Giphy.com will launch a great new opportunity on 9/22! Yes, Monday! Tomorrow! Our class day! You know Giphy right? Its the Internet’s greatest search engine for GIFs!

Giphy is partnering with the messaging app Line (500 million users), ADHD, Frederator, Tumblr, and lots of others for an awesome contest focusing on art and communication in digital sticker form. This can certainly be used as an opportunity for our CT101 class. How will you use this as a potential opportunity? Daily Create? Digital Story Telling? Blog Post? We want to know!

Prizes include $10k for the grand prize winner and all top ten finalists will receive a Cintiq!
Submitting is simple – you can just email your submissions to stickers@giphy.com !! Any of your existing or new art can be entered into the competition (and you can submit as many pieces as you want).  It can be animated or static (GIF file if animated, PNG if static), and it just has to have a transparent background, and has to correspond to one of the emotion categories listed here ->TheShopContestCategories (when you submit, just make note of know which emotion(s) each submission corresponds to).  You’ll continue to own all the art you submit – by submitting you just get the chance to win cool prizes and get tons of exposure!
The Guidelines – Submission Guidelines
Any Questions? Bring them to Class on Monday 9/22 or get a thread going here below.