Alexandra Shipp and Aaliyah

Vixen Casting Couch: Celebs We'd Enlist For Aaliyah's Biopic

Looks like the already-infamous Aaliyah biopic will soon be making its way to a Lifetime living room near you, despite emotional protests from fans and family. After Zendaya dropped out of the movie, the network quickly replaced her with Nickelodeon newbie, Alexandra Shipp.

Besides the scandal spawned by casting the movie's star, the TV network has yet to announce who will play the roles of the other significant people in her life. As you know, Aaliyah was loved by many and had genuine industry friends who still mourn her loss. Maybe the network's trying to avoid further drama and speculation, or perhaps they simply haven't concluded auditions yet. Either way, we got cozy on the casting couch and decided to help expedite the process, Vixen style. Flip the page to see which stars we feel would be a good fit in the biopic.

Amber Riley and Missy Elliott

Amber Riley as Missy Elliott

Amber Riley is a phenomenal actress and she has been since she her musical beginnings on Glee. She already possesses the writing abilities and if you've seen her versatility on the Fox show, you know she can spit bars, if need be. Plus, she has the youthful ability to transform into a '90s Missy Elliott.

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Rob Riley and R Kelly

Rob Riley as R. Kelly

He's shown us his acting chops in Hit The Floor and made us instant fans. We think it's time we see how he holds down a major movie role as the legendary R. Kelly. He resembles the star in more ways than one.

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Damon Wayans Jr and Dame Dash

Damon Wayans Jr. as Dame Dash

If the comedian is trying to broaden his acting range, this would be the perfect play for him.  He'd have to gain a few pounds, but we'd believe his character, if he sold it to us the right way.

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Brandon T. Jackson and Dame Dash

Brandon T Jackson as Dame Dash

If they want an understudy, he's our man. Either actor can pull off Aaliyah's boyfriend.

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Jay Z and Nate Parker

Nate Parker as Jay Z

Nate Parker has the facial features to portray a young Jay Z and the acting resume to promise a good portrayal.

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Timbaland and Columbus Short

Columbus Short as Timbaland

If the scandalous actor loses the facial hair, he could portray the young producer. Plus, it's no secret, the former Scandal star could use a cute a comeback.

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Ashley Walters and R Kelly

Ashley Walters as DMX

A newcomer to the game, this will be the perfect platform for him to flex his acting skills. He's played in a few films, but this role will really introduce him to the world.

Robert and Rashad

Robert Ri'chard As Rasheed Haughton

The green-eyed actor can easily transform into Aaliyah's brother. While not as huge a role as the others, he was very vital in her life and there through it all.

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"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

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"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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