Okay Its DJ Jay Erica, Yes I am late with my opinion on the Aaliyah movie which premiered 3 nights ago on Lifetime; But here’s my take on this poorly produced biopic on the Iconic Late R&B Superstar. November 15 8pm ET the world was exposed to a biopic about the Iconic late R&B Singer Aaliyah on Lifetime “Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B”. Over the past year, months, weeks,& days there has been extreme controversy over the making of this biopic which was co produced by talk show host Wendy Williams . This film that was not approved nor supported by Aaliyah’s Family, Friends, & Fans caused quite a negative buzz on social media with memes on IG trending on every social site about the film created as seen in slideshow.
During this messy production the original teenage actress/singer “Zendaya” slated to play the role of Aaliyah in the film quit abruptly while in mid production. However, this did not stop Lifetime & Wendy Williams Productions from creating this film. The production was obviously set for failure due to a low budget & the fact Lifetime did not receive the music rights to play any of Aaliyah’s music throughout the biopic. This film was a lackluster portrayal of what unknown outsiders thought happened throughout Aaliyah short life. I personally was not impressed with the quality of the film . The casting was completely disgraceful it looks to me Lifetime did not create this film with a pure heart however to make profit off an Iconic singer that had a large fan base that would boost ratings & break records for Lifetime & Wendy Williams financial gains. Speaking as an actual fan of Aaliyah I believe this film was an insult to the legacy & true talent of Aaliyah. They did not focus on her talent but more so Aaliyah rumored scandalized marriage to R. Kelly at 15 years old. The only good thing that came from this movie was the amount of fans that tuned & went to social media to openly express their distaste for the film. Including the reaction from music producer Timbaland; Aaliyah life long friend & producer using memes & short videos on IG to express his distaste for the film. I could continue on about the film however I’ll leave you guys with an update according to sources Aaliyah family is in the middle of creating a true feature film about Aaliyah’s life & tragic death due for release late 2015 approved by her family produced by Aaliyah uncle Barry Hankerson. This is great news we look forward to see this movie recreated the right way. Rest In Peace Aaliyah!
It has been so much drama surrounding the (possibly) upcoming Aaliyah biopic that we don’t even know where to start. As soon news broke that Disney star Zendaya Coleman would be playing the late Aaliyah, Zendaya’s had to defend herself against harsh criticism. Even several days after the fact, bi-racial Zendaya is still defending herself against critics & fans of the late Aaliyah who claim she isn’t ‘black enough’ for the role of Aaliyah.
TMZ’s cameramen caught up with Zen at the airport. She said: A lot of people say I’m not black enough. Half black is just enough. ?It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character. For those that don’t know, Angela Bassett and Tina Turner, they look nothing alike but she was that character so I think that’s what it’s all about.” Her father Kazeme Ajamu also chimed in: And one thing, they’re shooting this in the summer spending lots of time in the sun. She’ll get dark enough. Zendaya’s a talented young lady and we think that it’s only fair to give her a chance to prove herself. After all, if you were a young actress and were given the once-in-a-lifetime chance to play Aaliyah, someone you looked up to, wouldn’t you take the job?
But there’s more drama within Aaliyah’s family due to Lifetime network beginning to make the Aaliyah movie project without contacting the Haughton family never receiving approval from Aaliyah’s estate or family. The Haughton family has threatened to not allow the producers of this upcoming movie to use any of Aaliyah music in the film biopic. Along with stating they do want an Aaliyah movie created but to premiere in movie theaters worldwide and not the Lifetime movie network stating Aaliyah was/is too big of an Icon for a tv biopic. We’ll see how this all plays out and keep you posted!
Lifetime is loading up on R&B biopics. Recently after getting the gears in motion for a telepic based on the life of the late Whitney Houston, the cable network has announced plans for a new biopic on the short-lived career of ’90s phenom Aaliyah. Today Monday, June 16, it has been announced that Disney actress and “Replay” singer Zendaya, 17, has been cast as Aaliyah in a new made-for-TV movie about the late R&B superstar, who died at age 22 in a plane crash in 2001. The biopic entitled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B, based on the bestselling book Aaliyah: More Than a Woman will be a complete story of the “One in a Million” singer’s life and death, from her debut on Star Search to her rise to her fame and, finally, her tragic passing. Sources state the Dancing With the Stars alum Zendaya will appear in the title role, and is set to record four of Aaliyah’s hit songs for the film. Enjoy a mini slide show of pictures of Aaliyah & Zendaya side by side below!