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Meet the New Girl Playing Aaliyah in Biopic, Wendy Williams is Producing

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With Zendaya Coleman out, a new girl has been chosen to play Aaliyah for Lifetime Networks‘ forthcoming biopic.

Her replacement is 23-year-old rising actress Alexandra Shipp. Zendaya who is bi-racial, was criticised for not being black enough but Alexandra is also bi-racial.

And Talk show host Wendy Williams has also been announced as an executive producer of the small screen film. Production is set to begin in a few weeks.

Meanwhile, Zendaya took to her official Instagram account to address her decision not to play the late R&B musician.


9 Comments

  1. Abike

    July 20, 2014 at 11:07 pm

    according to Blind Gossip, Zendaya was fired cos of the controversy surrounding her light skin… But this new chic is also light skinned and bi-racial so i don’t gerrit

  2. Mama mia

    July 21, 2014 at 1:10 am

    Love Wendy!!! (Most of the time) 🙂

  3. juel king

    July 21, 2014 at 10:03 am

    None my bizness

    • kayla

      December 1, 2014 at 2:40 am

      learn how to spell

  4. www.ANEMISTYLE.com

    July 21, 2014 at 10:24 am

    Alexandra looks like a good choice… shame Zendanya had to pull out, she would have been great.

  5. sum1special

    July 21, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    Hope Americans will allow this new girl be and not frustrate her out of playing the role.

  6. nene

    July 21, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    zendaya is biracial but she doesn’t look like aaliyah.

  7. tunmi

    July 21, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Aaliyah was black, she had two black parents. Not one black, one white. Zendaya is biracial, this girl sef is biracial: one black, one non-black. Representation is very important and with America’s history of having lighter-skinned people play darker-skinned people, it is insulting.

    For example: Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone
    atlantablackstar.com/2012/09/17/zoe-saldana-as-nina-simone-prompts-boycott/

    Jacqueline Fleming as Harriet Tubman
    yourblackworld.net/2012/07/black-news/yvette-carnell-why-did-a-biracial-actress-portray-harriet-tubman-in-abraham-lincoln-vampire-hunter/

  8. Jasper

    July 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This alexandria chick is not cuttin it. she don’t resemble aaliyah not one bit.

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