Just days after it was announced that Zendaya Coleman will star as fallen R&B star Aaliyah in an upcoming TV biopic, the singer’s family has come forward with plans to block the film.

According to TMZ, Aaliyah’s uncle and former manager Barry Hankerson says the family is upset it was never consulted on the Lifetime project, and like Whitney Houston’s family, they also feel the singer’s life is far too important to be on the small screen.

Hankerson also told TMZ the Haughton clan is so against the film they “will block any attempt on Lifetime’s part to use any of Aaliyah’s music.”

If Aaliyah’s family makes good on its threat to bar her music from being used it’s hard to see how the project can move forward given its importance to her story. Lifetime has yet to comment on this latest development.


  1. Emily

    I was less concerned with the casting, than what the family thought. If Zendaya starred and the family was behind it, I would be all for it, but I wouldn’t have been against just because of the Zendaya casting.

    With the family having NOTHING to do with the movie, the making of this movie is disgraceful. This “making up the lives of black artists” thing has got to stop.

  2. ALM247

    What an utterly gorgeous picture of Aaliyah. She was just radiant.

  3. Secret87

    BEST NEWS EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Now she can focus on playing a remake of snow white or some other role.
    I hope she takes a hint to step down or lifetime can pay millions to Aaliyah’s family.
    Her face was well fed aka to fat/round, she was too white and I thought she was latino. If they can’t do a movie right then leave it alone. And I felt Aaliyah deserves to be in movies..not small screen.

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