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Zendaya Coleman drops out of ‘Aaliyah’ biopic following family protest

 

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It’s a wrap! Disney star Zendaya Coleman officially drops out of Lifetime TV’s upcoming “Aaliyah” biopic after the Haughton family put their foot down in protest against the proposed made-for-TV movie.

TMZ reports that Coleman is no longer involved with the project and sources close to the production say many factors including the negative reaction from Aaliyah’s family played a major role in Coleman exit.

Last week, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, released a statement on behalf of Aaliyah’s family, pleading with fans to bombard Lifetime with calls and email to cease production of the film as they believed the late R&B singer deserved a big screen debut.

“Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was —  and is still — an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash.

Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah.

Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not OK! Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and — in this case — our beloved Aaliyah.

We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons. We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine.”

So far, there has been no word as to whether or not Lifetime will fill the role or throw in the towel altogether. Until then, the network has decided to cease production – ruthie hawkins/@ruubabie



6 Comments

  1. sugarbutterbean on June 30, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    when did aliyah become a ICON YALL GOTTA BE KIDDING ME . there is no way she was big as beyonce even .. let alone whitney houston whom is getting a biopic so why should aliyah get a movie , theres nothing to tell about her accept she was famous for a few music videos and an affair with a pedofile / ? duhh so who wants to hear bout that , ? i can go to the id channel and hear tons of those storys ,, listen people i dont care whos madd her family is trying to get money .. they are broke and aint getting no money from this biop they even cause zadaya to quit NOT FAIR . FOR ALIYAHS FANS WHOM JUST want to hear something bout the plane crash and what really happen ..im no aliyah fan but i completely get the producers makeing it small , hell some people didnt even know who she was when she crash , im one of them . and i got kids who liked her somewhat , she was no elvis okkkk

    • Alaina on July 1, 2014 at 3:32 pm

      Aaliyah was a growing star its no telling were you would have went but you can count on the fact she was getting built up with the movies & high budgets videos the girl was a growing star. & like you I wasn’t the hugest Aaliyah fan I was 6 or 7 when she died. But I feel the movie should have had family involved and had keisha chante play Aaliyah no you can’t please all but I think if people did they research and saw the resemblance between keisha chante & Aaliyah it would have been understood & the family I repeat would have never let this happen. For years that’s the case.

  2. Velvet Jones on June 30, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Rolling OUt, ya’ll doing too much. It aint like this is Ruby Dee or Diana Ross…WTF???

  3. Stello on July 1, 2014 at 1:27 pm

    Luminaries??? She was talented yes, an Icon NO!!

  4. MISSYCAT((UALREADYKNOW)) on July 1, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    WELL TRUTHFULLY ALYIAH WAS A((ICON))BECAUSE FOR ONE SHE STILL BEING TALKED ABOUT TO THIS DAY.AND SHE WAS TRUE TALENT FOR REAL BUT BEYONCE IS TALENTED BUT BEYONCE STEALS FROM. OTHER PEOPLE AND SHES. SWAGER JACKER AND SHE IS PHONEY AND I DON’T LIKE HER MUSIC ANYWAY((BABYGIRL)) HAD THOSE GREAT BEATS IN ALL OF HER MUSIC AND WHICH TIMBERLAND WAS BEAT MAKER FOR MOST ALL OF ALYIAH MUSIC AND HIS STILL BRINGING THOSE GREAT BEATS AND I STILL LISTEN TO ALYIAH MUSIC

  5. butterbeansuga on July 16, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    ZADAYA IS ONE PRETTY GIRLS aliyah was not this pretty no dam way rip aliyah , i mean not harm to you … your beautiful on the inside occordeing to friends of yours i dont know you .so i dont know how good you weree