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This is just ridiculous.

Zendaya and her father Kazembe Ajamu Coleman were recently asked by a Splash News reporter about how she feels about the backlash concerning her playing the coveted role of Aaliyah in the upcoming Lifetime biopic. Here’s what Zendaya had to say about the critics questioning if she’s “black enough” to play Aaliyah.


“Well a lot of people say that I’m not “black enough”, this is my father,” her father then joined her in the video, which has since been taken down,  “I think half black is enough. It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character. For those who don’t know Angela Bassett and Tina Turner, they look nothing alike, but she was that character, so that’s I think, all it’s about.”

Whether or not Zendaya is worthy of the role is a small fish in a large pond of issues, that include Aaliyah’s family seeming prepared to completely stand in the way of the biopic coming to fruition, in coordination with Aaliyah’s former manager Barry Hankerson, both of whom claim they were not contacted in the appropriate and necessary capacity for something of this caliber to be brought to national television.

-Michele Amira @nicejewishswag

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Michele Amira Pinczuk is a vegan dancer with a love of Carole’s Daughter hair products, hoop earrings, hip-hop, and New York pizza! She is an hip hop journalist who loves writing about the newest in natural curly hair products, hipster fashion and hip-hop mixtapes. She writes a blog for Fran Dresher’s We The Future Cancer Schmancer blog, The New York Times and JVibe Magazine. When she’s not writing about what’s hot in hip hop, she’s talking about it on her hip-hop radio show, The Mecca, at University of Maryland where she is a Creative Writing major.

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  • jerome says:

    Zendaya does not look like Aaliyah.Zendaya looks mexican and chinese! I am an Aaliyah fan since she came out. This is not right!! This movie will suck just like Lifetimes other Biopics/and movies.

    • LaDonna Watts says:

      I totally agree! Angela Bassett and Tina Turner were both black. And neither one of then was half white. There is a Big difference between Red and Mix people. Most Red people are Quadroon or octoroon white and the rest of their DNA is 75%-85% Black. That’s is why all Red people are considered Black. 50% half white mixed people are considered niether Black or white. They are just called a half Breed or mixed.