Aaliyah’s Camp Addresses The Zendaya Casting

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“We cannot confirm our involvement at this time…”

Aaliyah’s family has spoken out for the first time since word broke of Zendaya’s casting to play the ‘One In A Million’ one. The set of tweets – posted to the late singer’s fan page last night – don’t say too much… other than an urging for fans to be “respectful of the artist playing the role.” Last night also marked Zendaya boss’in up over the the public outcry over her casting, seeming to show-out as anything but humble after tweeting this…

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To be sure, the Lifetime movie is based on a book: Christopher Farley’s biography “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman”… Zendaya’s appearance obviously shares little to no resemblance to the late Aaliyah, but what’s interesting are the similarities between the names… both three-syllables, both end sounding “yah”.

• The name ‘Aaliyah’ is reported to have Arabic and Hebrew roots, translating to “ascender” and “high exalted one.”

• The name ‘Zendaya’ is reported rom Shona [language of Zimbabwe] and Hawaiian roots, translating to “to give thanks” and “moonlight dancer.”

Here’s what Aaliyah’s camp put out there:

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    • I don’t watch disrespectfulness towards me and I suggest you don’t either. Skip this movie and go and get a real African-American woman just like Aaliyah

      • @Anonymous

        Zendaya’s black father is the source of the problem.. The Ugly Truth! He hates blackwomen, so, it’s okay for his half-white daughter to s**t on real blackwomen. Our anger should be aimed at him!!!

  1. This is why I hate Hollywood and the demoniacs in it so much. They have no respect. Those demons will do anything for a dollar. This dog faced beast should back out of the role out of respect for Aaliyah’s family since she’s such a fan.

    • LMAO…I cant with this kind of dumb…it has been 13 years since Aaliyah died so chances are than any actress that plays her will be off in their age or at least compared to aaliyah’s age

  2. ummmm its lifetime, what do u expect?…calm down, its not a box office feature film, just lifetime, aint that big of a deal, ask Fantasia..

  3. First off that’s the white in her correcting somebody. Little ignorant bitch done pissed me off. Its UH bitch!!! NOT AH. A when its double as Aa the correct sound will be UH.

    • I know…yet she trying 2 check sumbody else when she didn’t spell Aaliyah (right) herself….smh…

    • Um…no her name is pronounced like she said. Even Aaliyah herself has stated this. *fun Fact* In are you that somebody the baby noise you hear in the background is pronuncing her name. Read sometimes…thanks

  4. shes a Disney girl can’t wait to hear how she ends up on drugs and turns bisexual like other Disney girls

  5. Black people need to get off their @ZZes and create your own stuff and the you can stop them from putting people in your movies that are not you and don’t look like you. Nina Simone, Twelve years of a slave. These are African-American people but everyone is playing us in this movies how ridiculous and offensive and you run with your dollars and asked them to spit in your face.

    Everything is so harmless to you and nothing offends you.

    • PREACH! It’s too bad black people that are in the positions to change things like this don’t f-ck w/the black community once they get their dollars; that’s definitely part of the problem. However, for all we know it could be black people making these decisions. A mindf-cked black person in power is really no different from yet another white person in power, sometimes even worse.

  6. The casting director got this all wrong. Zendaya looks nothing like baby girl.I wonder who’s going to play Tupac? Drake maybe.

  7. She is not experienced enough as an actress to bring this character to life! Its gonna come across very forced and fake…

    • SHE’S BIRACIAL BUT SHE’S CLOSE ENOUGH.

      ANYWAY NOT A AALYAH FAN BUT I HOPE HER TRUE FANS APPRECIATE THIS WHO KNOWS ZENDAYA MIGHT DO A GOOD JOB LETS WAIT TIL THE BIOPIC IS SHOWN THEN WE CAN BLAST HER FOR HER ACTING SKILLS.

      • I agree Chris! She might just surprise us all. And for those of you who say she looks white, please. She totally looks black. Lightskin, yes-but she looks black.

        Rashida Jones and Jennifer Beals looks white. This girl looks black.

  8. What’s messed up is the fact that you keep calling this girl white, which she is not bi-racial yes. As a black woman I am offended becasue many of you would call me white just becasue I have a fair complexion with light hair and even lighter eyes, while my parents are both BLACK. You all seem to foget that we as BLACKS make a rainbow of colors.

    • Thank you these blacks are racist in thier own communities and have the nerve to complain about white people all day

      • @Anna thought you was intelligent but your clearly not!!!

        black people can’t be racist but be judgmental is clearly states that!!

          • @say chese i know you how you like love white men. you think white men are perfect!!!!

            look it up

            black people can’t be racist but be judgmental. because black people were getting racially attacked by white people

            does this make sense or are you took coony to realize it

    • Obama is the same thing..bi-racial but knee grows are quick to call him the first black president and will come to his defense …so we can have a bi-racial president but not a bi-racial Aaliyah….. I just cant with silly black people….. AND the family is acting as if Aaliyah (who got married at 15 and was singing about being with grown men and doing devil movies ) was some kind of Mega star whose story was SACRED ..she was more popular in death than she was in life

      • Obama HAS BLACK FEATURES HE MIGHT BE BIRACIAL BUT IN THE EYES OF WHITE AMERICA HES A N LIKE MOST OF PEOPLE OF COLOR WHO DOES’NT HAVE PALE SKIN AND BLUE EYES.

        • Crazy Chris I completely agree. If folks didn’t know any better, they would assume that Obama was a black man not biracial. When I think biracial men I think of Shemar, Boris and all those pretty boy actors. Obama doesn’t look anything like that.His dad had enough African DNA to subvert whatever Caucasian DNA his mother contributed.

      • IT GETS THAT WAY YOU WANNA LONG CAREER IN HOLLYWOOD DO LOTS OF DRUGS SEX A LOT OF PEOPLE, AND DIE YOUNG.

        ASK JIMI HENDRIX, ELVIS, 2PAC, BIGGIE, KURT COBAIN, FRANKIE LYMON, JIM MORRISON, BRIAN JONES, JANIS JOPLIN, BILLIE HOLIDAY, LEFT EYE, ODB, PIMP C, EAZY E, STEVIE RAY VAUGHNN, JAMES DEAN, THE KENNEDYS, MARILYN MONBROE, BOB MARLEY, AND ANYONE WHO DIED YOUNG.

        DEATH ALSO BROUGHT BACK JOHN LENNON, MICHAEL JACKSON, AND WHITNEY.

    • @Sunni

      SHE is a white womans child,her MTDNA is not of A black woman,she is white,she looks Mexican,she doesnt even look like Aaliyah. AALIYAH should be played by a Black woman,and a woman who looks close to looking like her.Secondly,please stop with this rainbow shit,yes we are a rainbow of colors because of our admixture,not because we are bi-racial,which we are not.In Hollywood,we are not represented as such,and here they go with their shit casting a non Black woman to play Aaliyah.Secondly,Obama is BLACK his father is Black so therefore he is.

      • Why is Obama Black with a black father, but this chick isn’t? That doesn’t make any sense at all.

        Yall are just talking foolishness over this. She’s not all that much lighter than Aaliyah anyway. This isn’t like the Nina Simone debacle where there is zero similarity.

  9. That little girl has bothered me ever since she first arrived on the scene. She is not even cute and she wears too much makeup.

  10. right off the back this zen character is getting up under folks skin.for one aliyah was one of a kind many try and can never match or come close.

    • I mean Aaliyah was good but she was not “one of a kind”. I’m still trying to understand why they are basing a movie on her life. Especially since most of it surrounded her being married to R Kelly, screwing Dame and Jay and messing around with Missy. They are probably going to gloss over all that stuff so what’s left? A couple of songs, a sweet personality and some dance moves.

      • WAIT TIL THE MOVIE COMES OUT THEN BLAST IT.

        THEY MIGHT SHOW THE FAKE MARRIAGE TO KELLY AND HER MESSING WITH JAY AND DAME.

        SHE DID’NT HAVE MUCH OF A DISCOGRAPHY AND LEGACY LIKE WHITNEY BUT AT LEAST SHE MADE A FILM IN HER LIFETIME.

        SOMETHING BIGGIE DID’NT LIVE TO DO.

      • AALIYAH HAD SEX APPEAl and could dance she wasn’t the best singer I mean THEY WERE LOTS OF BETTER SINGERS.

        SO SHE PLAYED A VAMPIRE WHO HAS’NT HAD A SATANIC ROLE IN A HOLLYWOOD FILM.

        ANGELINA UNHOLY FOR EXAMPLE JUST PLAYED A WITCH FOR YES THE PLACE WHERE YOU CELEBRATE THE MAGIC GOOD OLD DISNEY.

  11. She acting like a Diva by demanding that Ignorant people say the artist name right…OH OK ..SMH at this kind of stupid

  12. zendaya can’t sing but she can dance

    they need to cast a light black person to play aaliyah white people do’t know shyt about black people’s different skin tone

    a white women thought my friend was mixed race but is he black with freckles he had ginger hair when he was a newborn

    • AALIYAH WAS’NT THAT MUCH OF A SINGFER HERSELF YES SHE HAS SEX APPEAl and could dance but aaliyah wasn’t nowhere on Whitney’s level as a singer.

  13. WHHEN ZENDAYA PLAYS AALIYAH HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR HER TO BECOME A DRUG ADDICT AND GO BISEXUAL LIKE ALL THOSE OTHER DISNEY CHICKS WOULD ASK ANNETTE FUNICELLO BUT SHES DEAD WHEN WE KNOW ANNETTE WAS WALTS VERY OWN PERSONAL WHORE.

  14. Aaliyah’s family feel guilty because they feel like they sold their daughter for the price of fame and fortune but she’s dead now and it eats them up. They don’t get along with Barry for several reasons, btw.

  15. Forget about the fact that this chick looks nothing like Aaliyah. This chick is a horrible actress. She could never act her way out of a paper bag!

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