Zendaya Coleman Explains Why She Was Not "Morally Okay" Playing Aaliyah In Biopic (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Trying to be someone else is hard enough when it’s not one of the most revered artists in R&B of the past 20 years. In a recent interview, the actress originally set to play Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

Last Friday (July 18th), Alexandra Shipp was announced as the new star of the Aaliyah biopic after Zendaya Coleman dropped out last month. According to Coleman’s three part Instagram message, she did not feel “morally okay moving forward with the production” for a number of reasons, one being disagreements with Aaliyah’s family over music rights and more:

The reason I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t talented enough or I wasn’t black enough. The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there. There were complications with the music rights and I felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation and I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own.

Days after Coleman was announced as the lead actress in the Lifetime movie, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson informed TMZ that Aaliyah’s family was displeased with Lifetime’s refusal to involve members of the family. Hankerson claimed that the family would block any usage of Aaliyah’s music in the film.

Check out Coleman’s explanation for leaving Aaliyah: Princes of R&B below:

  • $36424596

    That bitch bad.

    • W.E.B. Du Bois

      call her that around her people you typical hiding white coward

      • NJNATL

        lol i had to go in on that devil (marshallvic) few days ago tryn tell us blacks to take responsibility for our actions as savage as his people hav been and still are

  • The Legendary Troll

    Nobody cares about all that ish you talkin. get naked ho

  • Clondyke Classic

    They bullied that young bitch that’s why she bacc’d out

  • Immortal

    If you’re not going to consult the family on a biopic dealing with someone that has passed that’s pretty foul and greedy. As far as her claim that music rights and all the rest I’m not sure about, but at the end, was she throwing some shade at the “new woman” playing the role? And not black enough? Is there a “blackness scale” or are we just stuck playing ignorant comedians, jocks, second rate porn stars, and thugs?

    • 5% Hov

      Why woud they consult the family….

      U think they want them showing Rkelly hitting Aalyiah at 15?

      • Immortal

        Just for that reason. Would you want a misrepresentation of that put in there just for shock value or would you want the truth?

  • Jared

    All this drama and I’m still not going to watch this shit

  • Insite The-Formula

    all these comments from the critics is such a disrespect to Aaliyah.. VH1 on some F*** shit for not letting her family get in the movie

  • Rico Allworld

    Aaliyah wasn’t no Whitney Houston or something. She had like 3 albums and I havee’nt heard a radio staion (old school too) play her old hits. She gonna get the MC Hammer, TLC, treatment. VH1 style

    • 5% Hov


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  • dee

    I dont think believe nobody really cares to see this

  • Sarah

    Zendaya would’ve been perfect in the Aaliyah role. This new girl is retarded looking her face is stupid!
    And zendaya is black enough to play Aaliyah. If zendaya played Aaliyah, all her Disney channel fans would’ve watched the movie and it would’ve got a ton of views.

    • 5% Hov

      Nah. Bitch is almost white FOH

    • scarlit

      Yes bict Yes she wuld have been da best Aaliyah to play the role don’t like the new gurl either that’s wat happen to fifty shades of gray cant watch wit that casttnenew

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  • 5% Hov

    Bitch aint black enough.

    Just noticed.

    • Killuminati

      Whoa lol….she’s too white

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