The Florence Ballard movie casts its first main character. Elexis Jenkins was hand picked to play Diana Ross in the upcoming Ball Out Films production In The Name of Love the Florence Ballard story. All main cast members have to be approved by the Ballard Family. The movie will hold open auditions on August 6th in Detroit.
Many African Americans have expressed outrage over the casting of Zoe Saldana of Puerto Rican and Dominican heritage to play the dearly departed African American singer/activist Nina Simone. In support, Hispanic comedian Aida Rodriguez has also expressed her outage over the casting.