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Zoe Saldana Covers 'Essence' Magazine April 2010

Zoe Saldana Covers 'Essence' Magazine April 2010

Zoe Saldana is all smiles on the April 2010 cover of Essence magazine.

Here’s what the 31-year-old actress had to share with the mag:

On sex: “Love it, love it, love it-can’t live without it! I love sex. I love skin. I don’t believe the body is something to hide. I think in American society we’re messing up our kids by taking away the education on and awareness of our sexuality and replacing it with violence, guns and video games-and we’re breeding little criminals.”

On love: “I’m more of a punch-drunk-love kind of girl. I mean punch as in that pow, that jolt, that kick in the gut. I like things that are severe, passionate and extreme.”

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  • hmm,

    If Zoe is Puerto Rican why does she deny it. According to she said nothing about being Puerto Rican.

  • happy girl

    Yeah, this is not an Anthropology class. According to AMERICAN and Western historians, Brazilians and Brazil are part of Latin America. According to International relations, government relations, etc – Brazil is part of Latin America. I did not make up that rule. It’s a fact. Call the UN now and ask them or call your local Senator. Seriously, how can Americans not know Brazil is considered a Latin American country? What is wrong with education in this country? That said, who cares? I have been to Brazil and love the culture – especially in Slavador do Bahia – where most blacks are. The food is excellent there. But I did visit with a rich Brazilian friend of mine and I found that the elite of Brazil don’t like to associate with some of the other Latin American countries. The same attitude is found in Argentina. So I get where this animosity comes from but the fact is, on paper, Brazil is considered part of the Latin American community. Reasearch it! Anyway, Zoe is on her way up, who cares what she is? I don’t.

  • Status quo

    Thank you for saying that! Geez people…

  • mark

    Brazil maybe considered part of the Latin American matrix but it is still not a Hispanic country or Hispanic for that matter. Even Umbanda, Brazil’s most important popular religion draws heavily on African and American religious traditions. You Hispanics constantly claim same culture but that is ridiculous when the culture of Brazil is nothing like the other cultures of South America. The origin of her peoples are not either. And black people in Brazil live all over the country not one basic area of the country. The Bahian state is is mostly of Ghana, Togo and Benin people even today, not Hispanic. The only thing Brazil has in common with the rest of South America is geography. Nothing Hispanic about it. I have been there many times too.

  • Model Love

    Alexandra Ambrosio is Italian and Polish and Gisele ( a very German name) is German. That is their ethnic groups but their nationality is Brazilian. They were just born in a South American country that’s all.

  • Alexa

    The people of South America do not see themselves as one monolithic thing. They are separate countries with separate cultures and traditions that are unique unto themselves. Lumping every country into the same category in that area of the world is a giant mistake especially when it comes to Brazil. I have visited that country many times and there is nothing Hispanic about it. The Catholic faith of Brazil is different from the faith in other countries as well. Calling all countries one thing is an American concept.

  • Celia


    She IS Black. She’s Cuban, but she most certainly isn’t white or latino. Anyone with two eyes can see that she’s black. And what does her hair have to do with anything????

  • Josie

    OMG SHUT UUUUUP!!! as soon as a woman of color gets famous everyone wants to dissect her and claim her as their own, stop just STOP! enough already! when is this madness going to end!? she is a woman first, her color/ehtnicity/nationality/ whatever-second.
    why can’t you just see her as an actress and let it be! my god, you people are so annoying.

  • Celia

    CORRECTION: Her father is of Dominican descent and her mother is Puerto Rican. But whatever, I still don’t see what her hair has to do with anything??

    There are different varieties/shades of Puerto Rican and Dominican just like there are different shades of many races.

  • Celia


    I agree. I should have just said that. Who cares what race she is? She’s an amazing actress and I’m proud that a woman of color is finally landing such big roles. She’s awesome!

  • Maria

    She is beautiful.

  • Ricky

    It is the height of disrespect to call all countries from the same vicinity the same thing. There are many English speaking countries in the caribbean but they are not the same and people shouldn’t categorize them that way. People should be respected for who they are and the cultures they have created for their own countries. England, Ireland and Scotland are in the same vicinity and speak the same language but they are different countries and will not hesitate to tell you that. Irish people do not like to be called British neither do the Scots.

  • Ruby Tuesday

    I’m just glad that Zoe doesn’t bleach her skin lighter or thin out her nose. She has made it on her own looks without cosmetic surgery which makes her a role model for many. MJ -R.I.P and Sammy Sosa could learn a lot from her. She is a beautiful chocolate woman so stop arguing about it. Not many women with her complexion make it big in Hollyweird. We should all support her regardless of her color and nationality.

  • Rhondra

    People were not confused about her race that is obvious they were just curious about her culture I think. Is she American or Dominican? No big whoop.

  • edskee

    Simply gorgeous!

  • jb

    @Ruby Tuesday:

    Yeah not like the fake beyonce, skin+nose+breast+hair.

  • ManistH0n

    Brasilians are LATINOS 100 %. What are you smoking #45 ?

    They are latinos which comes from the Latine culture and encompasses originially the latine people of Europe : Portuguese, Spaniards, Italians and French.
    All those people are Latines and they all speak a version of the ancient latin language. They can understand each other more easily.
    Latine America has a black and mixed population. Most of their countries have a sizeable black population but Argentina. Their Black population came from Nigeria but also from Central Africa (mainly Congo and Angola) like many from the Carabean islands and Cuba.
    Senegalese and Nigerians and most western Africans were among the first slaves and were shipped majorly in the nothern hemisphere of the Americas while the central africans were among the last ones and were shipped in latine america and the islands for the most part.
    Brasilians are Latinos in the American sense of the word and as well as the European sense as they are an extension of their latin/portuguese culture.
    They however are NOT hispanic, Hispanics word comes from SDpanish, they are Latinos who share the spanish culture. Brasilians are LUSOPHONES, they share the portuguese language and culture to some extent
    Geez read a book !

  • happy girl

    OMG! Are people serious? France, England and Spain, for example, are distinctly different but they are EUROPEAN. Zimbabwe, Zaire and Morocco, are different but they are AFRICAN countries. China and Japan are different but they are ASIAN countries. Brazil, Columbia and Puerto Rico are different but they are LATIN AMERICAN countries. When Brazil got the next Summer Olympics, they became the first LATIN AMERICAN country to do so. When there is a LATIN AMERICAN summit, Brazil is included in it. Hello???!!! Listen, I am not Latin American so I don’t know about this animosity between Latin American countries. All I know is Brazil is part of Latin America. Argentina, has the largest number of Europeans in Latin America – many are pure White, but it is still globally considered a LATIN AMERICAN country. ANd Brazil has many similarities with other Latin American countries. For example: CONDOMBLE is a version of Santeria (what they call it in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic). They are a Catholic country. There are many parts of the cuisine that are similar. Yes, of course they are very different but there are similarities. As there are similarities between Spain and Portugual – the 2 countries that colonized a lot of Latin America. Hello!? Brazil is part of LATIN AMERICA. Call the UN and ask them. What are people learning in schools in America these days?? Anyway, Zoe, congratulations on your career.

  • ManistH0n

    Not to sound disrespecful but you are right they have an african european culture. Actually they have an AFRICAN LATINE culture – which is Europeans from France, Italy, Portugal and Spain culture.
    You people are weird, you act like LATINOS were discovered and created in the Americas.
    Latinos is the spanish word for LATINES and latines are Europeans of the latine culture. They are four : the french, the spaniards, the italians and the portuguese. Those are the original latines. they are still LATINES till this day.
    They are the LATINOS of Europe, the original ones. Hence the expression : latine lover/french lover, ect.
    They are part of a group of Europeans sharing the same original culture/language. At some point they were one country with the ROMAN SAINT EMPIRE. They are latines, romans speaking a version of that romantic language, rimanrtic coming from roman, people speking a version of that romantic language which have the same roots.
    In the same way that there are different groups in Europe : Latines, Slavic, Anglo saxons, Scandinavians, ect…

  • ManistH0n

    Rhondra @ 03/10/2010 at 10:00 pm 0

    People were not confused about her race that is obvious they were just curious about her culture I think. Is she American or Dominican? No big whoop.

    She is Dominican-American. Why should it be exclusive ? Obama is African American and if you go to the details he is a Kenyan-American
    People are just stupid. You are defined with many criterians, your nationality, your roots, your various cultures.
    I thought that Americans from all people knew that when they are among the few countries who like to define people with an ethnicity word linked to their american citizenship. They talked about African-Americans, Asian-Americans. Europeans don’t do that even if they are Black Swedes, Black Dutch, Swoss, Spanish, ect….

  • Hey y’all

    She’s pretty
    I love her small frame,

    AND yes i agree with the previous comment
    she sufferes a bit from the Megan Fox syndrome

  • Rios

    Brazilians are not Hispanic they are a mixed breed of African and European they have nothing in common with their Spanish speaking neighbors. Portuguese are Europeans and so are Italians and french but they are not Hispanic. What are the common elements that define a people: RACE, CULTURE AND LANGUAGE AS WELL AS TRADITIONS.
    The Culture, Race and Traditions of Brazil are not that of Spanish speaking people. Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are not Latins! Latins are Europeans and the Puerto Ricans and Dominicans are not white nor Latin in race. There culture isn’t European because they have a slave history not a European one.

  • Cladia

    Condomble is an African originated religion not Puerto Rican idiot! Latin language originated during the Roman empire but it it as antiquated term that the Italians dismiss to this day. The only people who use it are Hispanic to try to claim a link to Italy. The major reason why Brazil stand with its back to the rest of South America is because they know they are different. They are not Spanish not do they have a Spanish history. Brazil does not come from a Latin Culture. It comes from an African culture and a culture of various European people: German, Italian, Polish, Portugal.
    Brazil’s culture and cuisine are extremely distinct. Amerindian, Arab, African, German, Portuguese.

  • Viera

    OMG! You people are crazy! The last time I checked with my grandmother, the Portuguese are a European people and Portugal is in Europe. Hispanic is the ancient Roman identification for Spain idiots! Spain did not colonize Brazil the Portuguese did. Portugal is not Spain.

  • BenA

    Yeah not like fake JLO skin+nose+breast+dyed hair.

  • Nadia

    The Middle East, Asian Minor and parts of African as well as Israel were also once a part of the HOLY ROMAN EMPIRE but that was thousands of years ago and they too practiced the Roman culture but not today. The French are different from the Spanish and the Spanish are different from the Portuguese and none of them are like the ancient Roman Empire of modern times. Romania was once a part of the ancient Roman Empire as well but their was a divergence many years ago that does not apply in today’s world.

  • Justine

    The African people in Latin America do not have the same cultures as Puerto Rican and the Dominican Republic why can’t people understand that. The culture of Brazil is not Latin in nature it is composed of many elements and Portuguese is only one of them. If you go to Brazil it is so apparent. You cannot compare Brazil with Peru and Chile because those countries do not have the same histories. Canada and America are North American countries but they are different and just calling them North American

  • Brian

    Looks good! Not sure if I agree with her view of sexuality and education-

  • Ribeiro

    I agree with many of the comments however what most differentiates people from one another are the big three: Race, Culture, Language. Not all countries in the region of Latin America are the same in those three important elements. What makes Brazil a part of Latin America is its geography not its culture and people . Over 50% of the population of Brazil are not Hispanic in race or origin. They are only Latin by definition of its place in the world.

  • Jen

    @blah: I am Dominican and I am not black. Dominicans are very mixed ethnically since we are a Caribbean country so we come in all shades of color.

  • JLK

    Wow! We just got a crash course in cultural, ethnic and geographic classification. It’s interesting how the different groups identify themselves.

    To make a comment on our original topic, I think Zoe is beautiful and plan to make a trip to the bookstore to take a peek at her article in Essence. I googled her comment on rape and found it related to the movie “Crossroads” that she was promoting. I found her answer to the question straightforward and insightful.

  • NOt A Burnt Indian

    I am a Black Dominican like Zoe and I love her. Many Dominicans think they are mulatto but that is not accurate since a mulatto has to have one white parent and one black parent.



  • Juan

    That’s the problem with former slave societies. They leave a lot of messed up, color-toned people behind.

  • David Ortiz Look-A-Like

    Not all Dominicans are mixed, especially since the Spanish slaveholders exterminated the Taino Indians in the early 1500′s right after they, the Spanish slaver masters arrived there.

  • happy girl

    Dear Rio or whatever you r name is this post: NO ONE said Brazil was Hispanic!!!!!!!!!!!! Why are you backpeddling ow? Read the posts above I wrote. We are stating a fact: Brazil is a Latin American country!!!!! I NEVER said Condomble was Puerto Rican. Condomble is a Yoruban tradition and I mentioned the Yorubans in my post. BUT the Yoruban tradition (religious tradition) influenced Santeria in the Spanish speaking Caribbean (Cuba and Puerto Rico), Vodun in Haiti, and Condoomble in Brazil. The idea of using White Catholic Saints to represent African spirits is a tradition that BRAZIL, Puerto Rico, HAITI, Dominican Republic have in common!!!!!! The cuisine, music, dance, religion of all these countries have something in common: a coomon influence from Africa and Europe. Slaves brought to Brazil did not just stay in Brazil. They migrated. Their traditions were spread out throughout different cultures in Latin America and the Caribbean as were the traditions of the Europeans. I have been to Portugual AND Spain: the two countries have MANY similarities – so why would their colonies not share similarities?????? Just like we and the Canadians have many things in common given our British common ancestry. You clearly have issues about having Brazil associated with other Latin American countries. I don’t know where your issue comes from but that is for you to figure out. Like I said, my rich girlfriend in Brazil is very nice but she has a lot of issues with other Latins – she likes to associate with her European ancestry and does not like indiginous people from Peru, for example. So I don’t know what that is about but to say that Brazil has no similarities to other Latin American countries is ludicrous and COMPLETELY inaccurate. Read a history book and get over your issues about other Latin Americans. Besides, if you were to come to the states, you could be confused for Columbian, Argentinian or you name it. Get over your issues. Brazil is Latin American. But I know Brazil has some of the most ridiculous racial hang-ups. There are like 10 subnames of racial identity. People who are more European looking are often richer there and often the ones on TV and in fashion magazines. I noticed this through the Brazilians I met there. So I know Brazil has a lot of issues but you cannot get away from the fact that you are a Latin American country with many similarities to SPAIN, Africa, Indigenous cultures AND other Latin America countries. Ethnicity is fluid. Throughout history, customs get exchanged from one geographic area to another. Yet in your little head, Brazil managed to stay an island and did not exchange or get influences from its neighbors in Latin America? Are you serious??? Get over yourself. Read a book. You have issues.

  • jaye

    lol@ people finding HER honesty ‘refreshing’, but not Megan Fox. I guess you have to say what people want to hear and what they believe otherwise it’s not ‘refreshing’. She’s getting press because of the couple of movies she was in, but other than that I don’t find her interesting at all. She’s an ok actress, I don’t think the roles she’s played thus far highlight an great acting ability, but she has time to get better.

  • jadel


  • Rios

    Brazil is only Latin by geography and that is the truth. It does not have a Latin/ Hispanic culture or history. The country is a combination of various European influences and various African countries. Other Latin American countries are not and that distinguishes Brazil from her neighbors. Just because you are located in South America does not make you Latin. Race and Culture as previously stated says it all. The similarities are with European Portugal as well as other Western European countries. Brazil is Brazil and distinctly different from its neighbors they will never accept to be lumped into one mass like its neighbors. There is no backpeddling on Brazil! Not Ever! When you go there you will clearly see and feel that you are not in a Spanish influenced country with the other ones in the vicinity. The slaves in the caribbean were brought there by the Europeans not the Brazilians.

  • Adrian

    America and Canada have similar features so what? So does Ireland and Scotland but they are still distinguishable from its neighbors. Stop trying to make Brazil like Peru or some other country there because it isn’t. Even the Portuguese influence in Brazil has waned in favor of other Europeans who aren’t remotely Spanish. Spain may be your savior but it certainly isn’t Brazil’s. If you want to know about Brazil here people and culture you can read the facts on the internet. Try going to reparable sites for the right information.

  • Science DNA

    #86, No Ethnicity is not fluid nor is race. They are embedded in your DNA where they remain forever regardless of your phenotype.appearance. People can look one way and be an entirely different thing and Brazil is the perfect example of that. Now Nationality is fluid and people can change their nationality at the drop of a hat. Customs are exchanged over time and emerged or discarded by different countries all the time through the years. Culture is also something engrained within a peoples psyche which explains the deep cultural connection and customs of Africa within the Brazilian society.

  • happy girl

    Rios DNA or whoever you are this second: Ethnicity is not race, dingbat. The slaves brought to Brazil, for example, were sometimes introduced there and sometimes sold to other parts of the slaveowning countries as were many slaves in America, the Caribbean, etc. Slavery was not just a process of buying slaves in Africa and then selling them to ONE place in the Americas and that is where they stayed. As new colonies sprung up or new needs arose, slave children were taken from their parents, owners, etc and re-sold to new areas. They were considered property so wherever they were needed is where they were sold – some were sold several times in their lives. That is why certain African traditions began to intermingle with other throughout the slaveowning Americas. Seriously, you make no sense. Brazil’s ethnic make-up has the same ingredients as any other colony regardless of where each of those ethnicities came from: part indigenous, part african, part european, and even some asian, etc. You clearly have not been to Portugual and Spain like I have. Yes, very distinctly different countries but they have MANY similarities. How could they not? They are in the same geographic area! Human beings have passed on traditions and customs to their neighbors and even to non-neighbors as long as the world existed! The Mayans have certain representations of African Gods. Why? Because even before the Middle Passage, there were Africans who visited that area and they left their imprint. The Spaniards have Moor influence. The Native Americans have Asian influence. It happens. People leave their imprint whereever they pass. But in your mind, somehow Brazil is the ONLY country in the world that failed to do this. They managed, in your little head, to remain singular without any influence from their neighbors. This is beyond lack of logic and historical fact, it borders on ethnic paranoia. Wake up call: Brazil influences many countries and many countries influenced Brazil. This is what happens when human beings share a planet. We are all distinguishable as we are all connected. I don’t see why I have to explain this 1st Grade concept to you because you will never accept it for you want to believe Brazil is somewhat exempt from the ethnic blending model of EVERY SINGLE geographic spot on Planet Earth. I suppose the only funny thing in all of this is you are trying to hold on to some historical fairy tale that did not happen and that is superbly hilarious. And be curageous enough to keep one name as your username and stop trying to pretend like there are 10 people on this thread who are as vacant and misinformed as you. Give people more credit than that.

  • Rolo

    Brazil is proud of her African and European influences they are not Hispanic nor are they Latino they are Brazilian. Not every colony had the same ethnic mix as Brazil. The races of Brazil are mixed African and European but not Hispanic and not Spanish. Not trying to force Brazil into your little Americanized mold because it doesn’t fit. Brazil does not have the same ethnicity as other Spanish speaking countries. Brazil has race as well as culture and language to hold them together whereas you Spanish speakers have only language in common. Brazil’s shared experience is with European Portugal as well as other European countries that are not spanish.

  • Vulvo

    Cultura Afro Brasileira!

  • Vulvo

    Cultura Afro Brasileira!!

  • Joe

    You couldn’t be any more wrong about this! Haha. She, like I am, is from the Dominican Republic. This makes her Latina. Dominican Republic had native Tainos in their land, than the Spanish came, killed off a lot of the natives, then they brought slaves over from African to work the sugar fields. So OVER 400 years ago there was a mixture of indigenous people, the Spanish, and the Africans. Because this was so long ago and impossible to trace we simply call ourselved DOMINICAN.

    Black is almost always commonly used to refer to an African American in which case, she is not black. You can say she has African Ancestry but if you do that you also have to include the Spanish and Indigenous too. So Black=NO. African/Spanish/Indigenous mixture over a 400 yr period = YES.

  • Joe

    Regarding if she’s black or not. So many of you are wrong about this! Haha. She, like I am, is from the Dominican Republic. This makes her Latina. Dominican Republic had native Tainos in their land, than the Spanish came, killed off a lot of the natives, then they brought slaves over from African to work the sugar fields. So OVER 400 years ago there was a mixture of indigenous people, the Spanish, and the Africans. Because this was so long ago and impossible to trace we simply call ourselved DOMINICAN.

    Black is almost always commonly used to refer to an African American in which case, she is not black. You can say she has African Ancestry but if you do that you also have to include the Spanish and Indigenous too. So Black=NO. African/Spanish/Indigenous mixture over a 400 yr period = YES.

  • MollyMakeout

    god*amn her race is clearly black
    her ethnicity is something else
    who gives a fu*k shes awesome!

  • Rio Favelas

    Pardon Pardo??? Oh now you are Joe and Rolo! lol! What happened to Pardo???? An official term right??? lol. You must be saying ignorant things just to prod people and get attention. Listen, Brazil has some serious social problems you need to be pre-occupied with instead of denying that you are in fact Latin American. Because, guess what, YOU ARE.

    I am not Latin American so I have no stake in your little ethnic war but I can tell you it’s silly. Worry about the favelas and such problems first. Check out below, proof where all your ignorance stems from. It’s very sad. Oh and Brazil is a Latin American country. Anyone who went to an accredited college in the United States, as I did, would know that. Actually, an elementary school kid would know that. It’s so funny how pathetic you are trying to deny who you are. lol. I love it!

    And I love how in their censuses, they fill out “pardo” instead of black. Or European. lol. Pathetic

  • Tearra

    happy girl is smart :-)

    I love this country. I love the fact that we have the right to debate this issue so strongly.