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Aaliyah’s family asks critics to stop bashing Zendaya

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Fans of Aaliyah got some shocking news this week when it was revealed that Lifetime is planning to produce a TV biopic about the late great singer Aaliyah. And although fans seem to be thrilled about the long overdue biopic, many of them aren’t happy about the fact that Lifetime has cast 17-year-old Disney singer and actress Zendaya as Aaliyah. Now, the Haughton family is speaking out and defending Coleman from her detractors.

As previously reported by rolling out scribe Ruthie Hawkins, the Haughton family isn’t at all happy about the plans for the biopic and plan to fight Lifetime to kill the movie. However, the Haughtons hold no ill will toward Coleman and they recently chastised angry fans, via Aaliyah’s Twitter account, for bashing the young actress online.


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Throughout the years since Aaliyah’s death in 2001, the Haughton family has been highly protective of Aaliyah’s image and although there have previously been several discussions about creating a biopic, the family has always decided not to go through with it.

This is certainly going to be a heated battle between Aaliyah’s family and Lifetime and we’re interested to hear what Coleman has to say about the drama, though she’s probably legally bound from saying too much. In any case, we hope Aaliyah eventually gets the biopic she deserves and that her family and friends are included in the making of the film. – nicholas robinson



  1. Sassafras on June 18, 2014 at 11:55 am

    My only concern about the actress is that she looks of mixed race. Aaliyah was a light skinned black girl with shoulder length hair that was often accented with longer and straighter hair for her job in show business. With all the long hair she wore, she to me was still a light skinned black girl like my mom. Not a light skinned mixed girl.

  2. sugarbutterbean on June 22, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    i think casey would have been a better choice , or the other girl not this hispanic looking chick

  3. Lyric on June 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

    OK, this is getting a bit too much. The fam wants a screen movie produced, then GO GET IT PRODUCED! Lifetime is in the biz of making made-for-TV movies so getting upset at them is bogus. If you don’t like it get on Kickstarter raise money for the film which I know can be done with so many fans she had and them get it done. Stop crying injustice! ugh!

  4. AFanOfBothAaliyah&Zendaya on June 24, 2014 at 8:19 am

    Zendaya is a mulatto. Just like Aaliyah. She has a Caucasian mom & a Black dad. Just like Aaliyah. (DUH) She is a triple threat, actor, singer, dancer. Just like Aaliyah. She is a natural talent, an ambitious performer & a sweet girl. Just like Aaliyah…

    • Deborah Grimes on June 24, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Aaliyah was not a mulatto. She was born of African-American descent. Her mother was not Caucasian. I understand your desire to promote similarities, but ethnicity is not one of them. (