Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Aaliyah's Family Release Statement On Unauthorized Lifetime Biopic Slamming The Planned Movie While Lead Actress Zendaya Coleman Says She's Black Enough To Play The Singer


Fans of the late R&B singer, Aaliyah, who died in a plane crash in 2001, continue to protest the Lifetime network's choice of casting Disney actress, Zendaya Coleman, in the lead role, as she is mixed race and the vocalist is not. However, Coleman stated she is suitable to play the part, "A lot of people say I’m not black enough. Half black is just enough. It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character. For those that don’t know, Angela Bassett and Tina Turner, they look nothing alike but she was that character so I think that’s what it’s all about." 

The Judiciary Report is of the belief Coleman is not right for the part and it's nothing to do with her skintone. She is a pleasant comedic actress, but she simply doesn't resemble Aaliyah and isn't a dramatic actress to make one forget that while she's onscreen. The facial features and bone structure are quite different between the two women.  

Zendaya Coleman (left) and Aaliyah (right)

Aaliyah's uncle, Jomo Hankerson, also released a statement on the film on behalf of the family, strongly disapproving of the unauthorized film, "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." 


Zendaya Coleman (left) and Aaliyah (right)

"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 okay! 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." 

Last week the Judiciary Report stated the same regarding the current Lifetime movies on Aaliyah and Whitney Houston, writing the biopics will "dishonor their legacies" (Family And Fans Of The Late Singer Aaliyah Vocally Oppose Lifetime's Unauthorized Biopic Of Her Life Starring Zendaya Coleman).