Aaliyah’s Family Vows to Stop Lifetime Biopic

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Aaliyah’s family is not happy about the Lifetime biopic, and is doing whatever it takes to stop production of the film.

Earlier in the week, it was announced that Zendaya Coleman would play the late singer in the tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B based off Christopher Farley’s best-selling biography Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.

Now Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager, Barry Hankerson, tells TMZ that the singer’s family is upset that no one from the network contacted them about the movie.

The family will take action to prevent Lifetime from using any of Aaliyah’s music and has hired a lawyer to block the release of the film.

According to Hankerson, Aaliyah’s family is open to the idea of a big, theatrical film, but feels that a TV movie is too small for the superstar.

Her family is not the only one boycotting the film. Fans have started an online petition to recast the Disney Channel star in the role of Aaliyah.



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46 Comments

  1. king

    Greedy….and people wouldn’t be happy with casting even if it was Jesus playing Aaliyah.

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    T Reply:

    @king, exactly! but i still understand the family i dont get how they can do all that without even contacting the family

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    wasss Reply:

    @king, people always feel like TV movies are “too small” but lets face it, if this movie came out in theaters it would fail. Not because aaliyah wasnt a phenomenal entertainer but because viewer interest is too low. how will a movie about an R&B musician of the 90s do well when there is only one R&B hit on the billboard every 5 years. Yea they R coming out with a James Brown movie but he is a founder of R&B. Even TLC took a TV movie deal and let me remind you that they were MUCH bigger than Aaliyah (Yep, I said it.) Take the movie deal and fans will be more likely to tune in

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  2. Rob

    Yes better block that. Not here for that mess that this child Zendaya is playing Aaliyah

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  3. Malika

    And so the Haughtons should take legal action!

    Diane has been through enough the past years. Her brother Barry Hankerson is a disgusting man.

    Aaliyah’s father died trying to stop Barry from what making money off his dead niece.

    #SupportTheHaughtons

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    Tiko Reply:

    @Malika, I agree with you completely. If the family doesn’t support the film, then it shouldn’t be happening at all.

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  4. TruthBeTold

    I loved Aaliyah still listen to all of her albums , but I feel like the family should be happy that they wanted to make a lifetime movie about her. I personally think she didnt have time to accomplish all she could have because of her death. If aaliyah deserve a movie in theaters then Whitney do as well hell even TLC did then. Another thing is why not release Unreleased music for the fans.I somewhat feel her family is hiding something almost it seem. oh Zendaya is def the wrong choice.

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    Firefly Reply:

    @TruthBeTold, The real “Aaliyah” look alike go on Instagram and find @lolitaprice she is the truth and best pick out of all to play the great late singer part in this movie!!!!! Hollywood needs to hear about her ASAP!!!

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    Danielle Reply:

    @Firefly, She does! Preach!

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    Old Farto Reply:

    @Firefly, Lolita Price looks like a man in drag with her man jaw and wide nose.I am sick of her dressing up as Aaliyah on youtube. Why would want to see her play aaliyah if I have seen her do it on Youtube.

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    Danielle Reply:

    @TruthBeTold, Amen! Preach!

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  5. 2bad2bme

    ok now I understand…The family wants a big screen film and that’s credible. These music stations are always trying to use the R&B culture, but never give them any awards or credit for anything.

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  6. Andy

    “a TV movie is too small for the superstar.” oh Lord what a bunch of over-elevated asses.

    Not even Beyoncé have a “big theatrical film”. This girl, no offense, is barely known in actuality; the film would be a box-office bomb.

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    Monkey Man Reply:

    @Andy, YOU ARE VERY IGNORANT! Aaliyah breathed life to our culture that inspired so many people like Beyonce and Rihanna. She was unique in her own style, a creative leader and a true artist.

    You must be young so you will not know the impact this woman had on African American culture and black people all over the world in the late 90′s.

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    ssss Reply:

    @Monkey Man, ummmmm not really. No disrespect but lets call a spade a spade. aalyiah’s biggest competition was a Brandy or Mya or Toni Braxton. 2 of which had more hits than her. Aaliyah didnt even compare to Janet Jackson (the Beyonce of the 80s/90s). If aaliyah was alive she would be a host on some show like “so you think you can dance” but just because she died ppl like to hype her like she stayed at the top of the charts and ran the business….

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    incognegro1983 Reply:

    @ssss,I would suspect, based on your reasoning, that you are probably 21 years of age or younger (no shade). Your frame of reference, as it relates to R&B, is probably pop music as the comparisons that you made were grossly unrelated. Aaliyah, Brandy, and Monica ushered in a period of young female R&B singers, prodigies if you will, at a time when R&B was dominated for a more mature singer. Mya would not be a part of this group, as Aaliyah pre-dates her by at least 5 years; moreover, Toni Braxton would fit the prototype of the classic R&B, which is slightly the antithesis of what Aaliyah represented.

    I would venture to say if Aaliyah was still alive, a lot of singers that people have come to cherish would not be nearly as popular as they are now. The same way, if Tupac of Biggie were still alive, a certain rapper (who is coincidentally married to the singer that I am referencing) would have simply become a feature artist. Before you start making comments, pertaining to an artist’s value, I would ask that you examine the context during which the career was at its height. Prior to her death, Aaliyah was one of the most successful R&B artists, who also had cross-over appeal. She stared in her own film (Queen of the Damned) and was slated to have a role in the Matrix series, one of the biggest movies in film history. I feel that her career would have catapulted had she lived; however, I cannot confirm that, nor you confirm that she would become the host of dance show.

    The fact of the matter, is that this women’s legacy belongs to her family, as they suffered the most from her loss. Just because someone takes financial interest in making a movie about her, does not make it legitimate. Imagine that someone tried to make a movie about a deceased relative of your’s without your consent or knowledge — that’s disrespectful at best. I support her family’s decision to pursue this matter, as the goal is not share Aaliyah’s life with old fans and those who do not know much about her (which I would consider you an example of). The goal is to make money.

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    Danielle Reply:

    @incognegro1983, Truth dat. Tell em.

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    Wow Reply:

    @ssss, fammmmmmm Toni Braxton does not even belong in the same sentence as Aaliyah l, Brandy, or may. Are you crazy?! Let’s not. They’re all very talented but Toni is legendary.

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    Muffy Reply:

    @ssss, They love to pretend Aaliyah was bigger than Brandy doing the ’90s. Rewriting music history is something folks love to do since Aaliyah passed away. I was an Aaliyah fan, but I don’t try to change facts like other folks do. Aaliyah’s third album was going down on the charts. Her death brought it to the top. Aaliyah was not going to be bigger than Beyoncé. She wasn’t bigger than Brandy and Monica. Alicia Key’s debut album and debut single “Fallin’” was heating up the charts while Aaliyah was still alive.

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    CantHearLooseRap93 Reply:

    @Muffy, I’m gonna take this opportunity to gather you all. Let me provide you all (the Aaliyah was not bigger than Brandy or Monica or Mya and certainly would have never been bigger than Queen Beyonce group) with a each one teach one moment. Notwithstanding that Brandy and Monica were good artist for their time; Aaliyah may not have had acclaimed hits (like by the Billboards)than Brandy and Monica who really got a taste of the limelight thanks to ‘The Boy Is Mine, thanks to their collaborative efforts. Aaliyah came out in ’94 her first and second album went Platinum she had many hits, she was a Model, a Superb dancer, an Emerging actress, a household name, unique, humble and with the help of Missy and Tim’brought a new sound to the face of music that cannot be reproduced ! Lets face it she was a far superior artist that Brand and Monica (who only will forever be know alone for ‘The Boy Is Mine’. Lets not forget Aaliyah did most of this before anyone knew who Destinys Child (ie. Beyonce) were. Brandy and Monica did well to have a hit in the midst of Mariah, Toni, Whitney, Janet ect.But Aaliyah never fell off she just continued and has made a bigger name for herself than both of them in the music industry and for the people. Aaliyah has inspired an entire generation of Artist and people. What has Brandy and Monica done? If persons actually checked her credentials they’d realize that she was a huge deal, that that why she STILL to this day has DIE HARD FANS. Artist who were flops don’t have that kind of impact. She was growing and she was doing it WELL!And for all of you talking about “Brandy blah blah BillBoards blah blah , Album blah Aaliyah doesn’t” Beyonce has more Grammys than Whitney , bout we all know who’s better. Lets not forget Beyonce released ‘Dangerously In Love’immediately after Aaliyah died think about that for a moment.

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    Muffy Reply:

    @CantHearLooseRap93,

    NSN outsold Aaliyah’s entire career! So did Destiny’s Child the group Beyonce was the star of. She was still alive when DC, Brandy, Alicia Keys and many more outsold her. Don’t try to re write history. Many had no idea who she was. Death made Aaliyah more well known. I remember 1994-2001. I remember the facts. Men lie. Women lie. Numbers don’t. The delusion is real.

    Some people are very delusional. The

    Jeremy Reply:

    @Monkey Man, Very well stated bro

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  7. Troy

    Yes! From the moment they announced it as a TV bipoic I wasn’t amused. Announcing Zendaya as the lead was the cherry on top.

    Aaliyah was a grammy award winning triple threat who deserved more than a half hearted Lifetime TV movie with some 12 year old playing her character.

    Count me interested when this movie idea has a decent budget and someone with the look and swag to pull off Baby Girl.

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  8. KING

    YES! Block that sh!t. Get Keshia Chante to do the movie and make it go to movie theatres not some damn tv network.

    Zendaya is disrespectful to even go through with this. SMH!

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    Yasir Reply:

    @KING, Disrespectful? LMFAO.

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  9. Truth

    How the hell did the movie get Green lit without the families permission thats what i want to know. Just like the Aaliyah Postumous album. Its not right if the family has no say or gives them the go ahead. So messed up. And casting that girl Zendaya is a huge insult doesn’t even look close to her there not even the same skin complexion gtfoh.

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    Monkey Man Reply:

    @Truth, I agree! No disrespect to the Zendaya herself but she looks nothing like Aaliyah.

    I feel like its so FORCED. This is a bit disrespectful to black people.

    Its like hey look ‘you people all look and act the same’.

    Foolishness!

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  10. Keeping It Real

    This movie needs to have a big budget and produced and directed by some big time director not a damn lifetime movie with some struggle budget lets be serious. So disrespectful. Aaliyah is a legend

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    #YouWillDEAL Reply:

    @Keeping It Real, I second that motion…! Aaliyah is a Legend! If anything the family NEEDS to be apart of this process ! People don’t understand the public lost a young iconic artist… Yet the Haughton’s lost a daughter, sister, niece this is their Family member not JUST an entertainer to us…! They have a much more valid connection to her then us as fans do ! I personally don’t want an Aaliyah movie even though I’m a huge fan of her artistry ! But if there is going to be one let it be conducted in the correct light with the people that knew her the closest and the best !

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    Muffy Reply:

    @Keeping It Real, Yeah, and that big budget movie would flop hard.

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  11. Julez

    You don’t have to look exactly like someone to play a role. Hair makeup and wardrobe will help with that. Zendeya is a good choice, she can sing and act and dance.

    The Aaliyah family has been talking about a movie for YEARS. Where is it?

    I lifetime movie is a good choice. It’s gets a broader audience without the failure of a box office.

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    Mighty Moe Reply:

    @Julez, hush uno mout pickney.

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    Wow Reply:

    @Julez, stfu! She’s a terrible choice!

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  12. Angelo

    Sabi would be better i think plus she looks more like baby girl
    Look at her vid where they do that at

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    Ice Reply:

    @Angelo, First time I saw that video I was in shock at how much she looked like Aaliyah.

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  13. Leon

    Lol, I’m sorry, but Aaliyah just isn’t important enough to have a blockbuster movie. She isn’t an icon. Could she have been if she had lived? Maybe, but I seriously doubt it. What her family needs to understand is that a TV movie is about as good as they are going to get.

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    Tito Jackson Reply:

    @Leon, Oh, but Selena was?

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    Frankie Reply:

    @Tito Jackson, Selena was a Mexican icon. Black people had several superstars to reach across the target audience aisles. Name one Mexican female singer of Selena’s impact to do the same. Smh….apples and oranges.

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    Danielle Reply:

    @Frankie, Stfu u fool. Aaliyah was one of the first and innovators of the music industry. She still influnces people based on music and fashion today.

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    Deejay Reply:

    @Danielle, She does??? 0_o How so??
    I mean don’t get me wrong, Aaliyah made some cute songs when she was here and she was no doubt a beautiful girl. BUT…..you guys tend to gas her legacy up just a bit too much.
    Her voice= mediocre (that’s me being nice)
    Her dancing= mediocre
    Her style= mediocre; nothing out of the ordinary or trend setting. ( she didn’t start the baggy pants thing, TLC did)
    Her acting= ……….actually her acting wasn’t bad at all. Except for “Queen of the damned”.

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  14. Ashley

    Reading these comments, some of you people have it all wrong. Aaliyah’s family (mother & brother) don’t want an Aaliyah movie at all… It’s her uncle (who was her manager) who is going forward with production because he owns her rights because she was still in contract with him when she passed away.

    It’s not about a movie, it’s not about money,it’s about respect. Aaliyah’s family still haven’t coped with her death and her father just passed away a few years ago.

    Her uncle is money hungry…

    FYI: Aaliyah was BIG in the 90′s, she was a trendsetter, actress, dancer and singer, so stop disrespecting and discrediting her talent.

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    Danielle Reply:

    @Ashley, Amen, I agree with the last part. These rihtarded navy stans and bey hive fools up in here. Aaliyah influenced their careers and fashion sense too.

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  15. Lana

    Ok….this Lolita Price chic is cute and all, but comparing herself to Aailyah???? Naw!!! For one, that nose is too big!! Hell, AALIYAH was a very beautiful unique individual. For her to even begin to compare herself to Aailyah is some real bs!! And those that cosign with it need help too!!

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    Old Farto Reply:

    @Lana, You are right .I’m sick of people acting liked Lolita is a twin to Aaliyah.Lolita is not close to being as pretty as Aaliyah was.She has f*cked up grill(teeth) and a mannish jaw . Also that big nose of hers you mentioned in your post. Keshia is not good enough either. She is too short and she just wouldn’t sell the movie. They need to get an unknown.

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  16. Mao_the_cat

    I agree. They should stop this mess… and Keshia Chante should play Aaliyah and this should be a movie theater movie

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    Peach Cobbler Reply:

    @Mao_the_cat, Keshia Chante should not play Aaliyah. She is not the best choice. None of these chicks look like her. They should have a USA talent casting search .

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