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Aaliyah's Cousin: Aaliyah Deserves More Than A Lifetime Movie

(AllHipHop News) Aaliyah’s family has voiced their displeasure over Lifetime’s refusal to contact them when creating their new movie Aaliyah: Princess of R&B. Aaliyah’s cousin Jomo Hankerson, becomes the latest member of Aaliyah’s family to speak out against the Lifetime movie.

Jomo Hankerson was not only Aaliyah’s cousin but is currently the president of her label Blackground Records. Hankerson, speaking with New York Daily News, admits she has no problem with Zendaya Coleman playing Aaliyah. However, one of Hankerson’s main gripes is with what she feels Aaliyah’s legacy deserves:

I don’t have a problem with her. It’s never been about the actress. The problem that we have is that Aaliyah was an icon and she deserves an iconic tribute, not a Lifetime movie.

Hankerson went on to state the family wants “a major studio release along the lines of ‘What’s Love Got to Do with It,’ the Tina Turner movie.” The Lifetime movie is based on Chris Farley’s biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. 

  • The Notorious GUNS

    Baby girl was dope, would probably have been huge if she lived, but I don’t see her as “iconic”. Fact is TLC did their thing & were even bigger than I remembered (definitely bigger than Aaliyah) but even they only got a VH1 movie. Truth hurts, but respectfully an Aaliyah movie in theatres wouldn’t bring people to the movies like that. (Notorious anyone??)

    • W.E.B. Du Bois


    • mike1994

      how the notorious movie did at box office?

      • YungKizz

        very good i seen it when it came out an they it pull in about 23mill first week

  • The Legendary Troll

    whats wrong with a lifetime movie?

  • KC The American Pimp

    The Jackson 5 Movie was made for tv !

  • RichFromBX

    is she really comparing Tina Turner to Aaliyah?

    • wickedjones


    • The_Good_Life

      That’s the same thing I said homie. Tina Turner got hits in 4 different decades and hold world records in touring. Her life deserves a movie cause her life is a movie. What Aaliyah got??? Rock the boat… C’mon son.

  • JD

    I love Aaliyah but masses of people would not show up to a movie theater to see a film about her. The people who run Hollywood are not dumb. If they thought a feature film about Aaliyah would make money in the theaters they’d do it in a second.


    if Micheal Jackson!!! and the Jackson 5 can go straight to T.V…..she can too!

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  • chippc

    I know the family loves Aaliyah, and she was dope, but when was she looked at as an icon? If a TV movie is good enough for TLC, then its good enough for her. Hell, The Jackson’s had a TV movie on for the hundredth time just the other day. Sometimes you have to take the emotion out of it and get in where you fit in.

    • Simba711

      Elvis had a tv mini series, too! I betting half of the folks at Lifetime didn’t even know who Aaliyah was before they got involved with this movie. Real talk.

    • Sean Taylor

      My thoughts exactly.

      She was FAR from an icon.

  • GMF357

    Both movies shouldn’t be made. Ive seen enough with the Behind the Music and E True Hollywood story. She made dope music but it wasn’t like she had much of a life outside of it so the only thing that’s entertaining is her relationship with R,Kelly, Dame Dash, and the shady ass pilot. She was a victim of others. Let her Rest in Peace

  • Chris

    Aaliyah’s family members are a little delusional right now.

  • Killuminati

    the pic on this article does not do her any justice…

  • bigdoe6

    A shame how they’re messing up her legacy. Crying shame.

  • Sean Taylor


    Just because someone dies doesn’t make them an icon.

    • Montezuma1

      It worked for Tupac.

      • brotha_man

        Pac is/was an icon, sir

      • calchick

        No, just a thug!

      • Sweet Pea

        Tupac was a major icon well before he died my man.

      • Montezuma1

        Before he died? How old are you? lol. Before he died he was another rapper. In all honesty the more legal trouble he had the more attention he got and it all climaxed with his death. Prior to the cop shooting and Deathrow Pac was simply another rapper. He was Chris Brown before Chris Brown.

      • Sweet Pea

        But he died AFTER the shooting and joining Death Row, so thanks for agreeing with me. Can I just ask who within hip hop you consider an icon then??

      • Montezuma1

        The cop shooting gave him opportunity to exploit his Black Panther roots. Then he caught the rape charge. He was more known for his court cases than his music. Pac played Bishop and never heard the director yell cut. He was a gimmick artist and the many transformations he went through support that. From dancer to political activist to thug to gang banger to dead. Wtf is iconic about that?!

      • Sweet Pea

        You are obviously not a fan. That is fair enough and your perogative. To say Pac isn’t iconic tho, and we talking iconic within popular culture let alone hip hop too, is plain wrong – regardless of your personal opinion of him.

      • Montezuma1

        Very mature assessment and response. Salute to you for that.

      • mike car

        Are you kidding me just another rapper? The question is how old are you?I’m in my late 30’s. He was iconic before he died, a political living legend, who signed with Death Row the hottest label back then and was more than hip hop. He was the first rapper to release a double disc album of original material in hip hop history and go platinum. Numbers talked back then and still do now. You need to check the facts numbers don’t lie. Sounds like your still holding a grudge on that eastcoast westcoast beef from the 90’s.

      • Montezuma1

        If he was such a factor why didn’t he have the money to bail himself out and appeal his own case? It was only 1m. His label didn’t even think he was worth it. That’s why Suge had him sign his life away on a napkin in the visiting room. His #’s took off posthumously. His first 2 albums were trash. Take away beef and legal drama and what do you have musically? Another rapper. He captivated impressionable minds like your own but everyone else saw him for what he was. Another rapper willing to die for attention and he got his wish.

  • cromthelaughinggod7

    She was an R&B singer with some hits she was no icon.

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  • Montezuma1

    I can’t wait for the Tupac and NWA films to flop so we can stop with all this nonsense. Aaliyah had some hits. Who knows how far she would’ve gone but we don’t celebrate speculation.

    • Dope

      Ja Rule also had hits.. so yeah..

      • Montezuma1

        Exactly. This is embarrassing. What’s going to be even more embarrassing is the ratings. Then they’ll blame it on the producers and writers who really don’t have much to work with to begin with.

  • ForzaJuve5

    she was a pretty, talented singer who died young. she’s not anyone who changed the game or pioneered shit…wheres the bob marley and tupac movie already?!

  • Godless Heathen

    chris farley dead

  • brotha_man

    dont know if i would check for an aaliyah movie.

  • The_Good_Life

    Did she say like Tina Turner??? Nah!!! This chick gassed all the way up.

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  • WeakSauce

    Com’n son! She had a couple good hits, nice voice! She had a good future in the business. Not knocking on her but Far from an ICON.

    • MLB44

      I agree. Tina Turner was in the music industry for like 40 years or more and had tens of millions of fans around the globe before they made a movie about her. I love Aaliyah and believe had she still been alive today she would have reached mega superstardom cuz she was that talented, but sadly she only had a few good years with us so there’s no comparison to Tina Turner’s success and longevity.

      • WeakSauce

        I’m just saying the talent level and the longevity of careers are way off and are far from same. That being said, her fam should be grateful they even doing a movie on her.

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  • darnitaevans

    I saw the movie it was ok felt kind of rushed to me but I think it should be on big screen ala Selena with family members and friends involved or some of the artist playing themselves if asked and to one of the other comments about her not being a icon thats not true because I remember where I was at and what I was doing when I heard of her passing and why oh why do we all have to go negative when speaking about someone Erick V. your opinion is she wasnt,an icon my is she was, along with her cousin, an millions of others who might think that Tina is not an icon I dont but I will not drag her into this because I bet most of Aaliyah fans dont know Tina Turner except for movie an many of them might not have seen that. an again I hope this comes to big screen in future. LEC