Aaliyah’s Cousin Talks Zendaya and Big Screen Production


Aaliyah has had more controversy now than the span of her life and career.

The battle of her family (mainly the spokesperson Aaliyah’s cousin) and Lifetime continues.

Ever since the movie channel confirmed they would be bringing the late singer’s life to the small screen, she’s been a trendy topic. From petition request to actor controversy, we’re sure the r&b Princess is rolling around in her final resting place out of agony over the strife.

Yesterday Aaliyah’s cousin and president of Blackground Records label, Jomo Hankerson, stopped by V-103’s Ryan Cameron show to talk about Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B.

He addressed the issue with Zendaya—the disney star slated for the role as the singer. He revealed it isn’t her they have a problem with its her rerecording the songs.  “I can’t imagine somebody singing “One In A Million” as if she’s Aaliyah. That’s unfathomable to me,” he said.

Outside of that tif, he sympathizes with the backlash she’s receiving for not being “black enough” noting that his cousin went through the same thing.

However the family’s issue still remains with the network.

“This Lifetime thing came out of the blue. We (including Aaliyah’s mother and brother) saw it when the press release was released when everybody else did.

He reiterated the family’s first complaint that she deserves a larger debut and hinted that its more possible now than ever.

“We feel like [television’s] really not the right platform. Aaliyah was a legend. She was a hugely influential artist on our culture… I think that she deserves the treatment of a ‘Walk The Line’ (about Johnny Cash) or a ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’ (about Tina Turner). A big, major movie. I think going forward, we will have that conversation because I know there’s going to be things that they don’t cover because they just don’t have the knowledge to cover it.”

Aaliyah to the big screens maybe? We’ll have to wait and see, but what do you think? Is she too big for network movie?

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