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Zendaya On Leaving Aaliyah Biopic: 'It Wasn't A Good Choice For Me'

In a plot line twist, singer/actress Zendaya has stepped down from the lead role in the Aaliyah biopic. While the public had much to say about Lifetime's casting decisions, the Disney starlet revealed her reasoning for pulling out of the project at the 2014 BET Awards. "I feel like there were certain things that were missing and things that weren't 100 percent taken care of," said Zendaya. "I feel like if I'm going to portray one of my idols and someone that I feel so important and strongly about, it has to be done right. It has to be done 120 percent, so I felt like it wasn't there, so it just wasn't a good choice for me."

The network announced that production has since been put on hold.

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Artist Behind Meghan Markle Portrait Shares Reaction To Beyonce And Jay Z Homage

Beyonce and Jay-Z's big win at the 2019 BRIT awards was shared with a special portrait of Meghan Markle and it's creator Tim O'Brien.

Speaking to Haper's Bazaar Thursday (Feb. 21), O'Brien explained how he didn't even know his portrait of the Royal Duchess of Sussex would be featured in The Carter's acceptance video and the portrait's origins. O'Brien created the oil painting for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority magazine The Key, for their soro, Meghan Markle. The issue dropped in Summer 2018.

"This was a collaboration and we worked together closely on the image and all the tiny details specific to the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority," he explained. "I think she’s lovely and I wanted her to look regal, like a classic portrait, even trying to achieve an aged feel to the color of the piece."

Beyonce and Jay- Z were rightfully in awe of the painting. So much so, they featured it in their acceptance video when they took home the award for Best International Group at the 2019 BRIT awards for their joint album, Everything Is Love.

Well played @Beyonce & @S_C_ 😂

Watch The #BRITs 2019 live here: https://t.co/qj4KiENtGs pic.twitter.com/rGnmq0RUlr

— BRIT Awards (@BRITs) February 20, 2019

"Thank you so much to the BRIT awards for this incredible honor, you guys have been so supportive. Everything is Love. Thank you," Beyonce said graciously before the "4:44" rapper added his two cents saying, "You're welcome."

O'Brien, added he "did not know" that the Carters were going to use his painting, "but if they can now put my piece in the Louvre, I’ll call it even," he told the publication. O'Brien has used his talents to cover magazines like TIME, The Smithsonian and Texas Monthly. He also has made a portrait of Beyonce, herself.


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Beyonce And Travis Scott Are Reportedly Working On Music Together

Who would have imagined Beyonce and Travis Scott would be embarking on new music together? According to Tone Stith, talks of a collaboration between the two artists were buzzing for L.A. songwriters.

Speaking to VIBE for our Views From The Studio series, the 20-year-old shared how his single "Good Company" with Swae Lee and Quavo was created with Beyonce and Travis Scott in mind.

"I made the track originally for Travis Scott and Beyonce because somebody told me they were looking for a song but he [Swae] heard the track and was like, "Let me do something with this."

"Good Company" was also conceived by way of a pick-up basketball game. "They just came over to the house one day. Swae Lee came over first and we were playing basketball," the singer continued. "I don't know if everybody loves basketball, it was a good ice breaker."

Nobody was aware that the "Sicko Mode" rapper was in talks of collaborating with Queen Yonce herself, but we are obviously all here for it. The Houston natives are fans of each other as Bey attended Scott's Astroworld tour last year with Jay Z.

Stream Tone Stith's "Good Company" single below.

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A Billie Holiday Documentary Is Currently In The Works

A documentary about beloved jazz great Billie Holiday--appropriately titled Billie--is in the works and will reportedly feature new interviews from the icon's contemporaries.

According to The Hollywood Reporter James Erskine will helm the film and has received support from the successor to Billie Holiday's estate, Concord. The film will follow Holiday's life through the eyes of 1970's journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl.

More than 200 hours of interviews with Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Count Basie will be featured, as well as some of Holiday's classmates, her step-parents, her cellmate, her drug dealer, her pimp and even the FBI agent who arrested her will be in the documentary.

Kuehl died in 1979 without completing her book about the "Strange Fruit" singer. Her interviews will be seen for the first time in the forthcoming documentary.

Holiday, real name, Eleanora Fagan, died in 1959. Her life was brought to the big screen in 1972 in the now beloved film Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams.

"We are thrilled to be working with the creative team of James Erskine and New Black Films, who have taken great care to produce a documentary that honors the life and work of Billie Holiday in an exciting, genre-defying way," she said in a statement.

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