Controversy Surrounds Netflix’s ‘African Queens: Queen Cleopatra’ Over Black Actress Casting

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The upcoming Jada Pinkett Smith-produced docu-series, “African Queens: Queen Cleopatra,” has sparked controversy for casting black British actress Adele James as the titular Macedonian-Greek ruler, with some accusing Netflix of “blackwashing.” The trailer, which features historians claiming that Cleopatra was black and had curly hair, has drawn backlash, particularly from Egypt. Pinkett Smith has defended the casting, stating that she wanted to tell the story of a black queen.

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