After weeks of speculations it was reported that Lifetime will be producing a biopic based on Christopher Farley’s book, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman. However, Aaliyah’s family isn’t on board for the release. Tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B the network cast Zendaya Coleman as the late singer and is beginning production without the consent of her family.
However, enough is enough, her family is speaking out against the network. Her cousin and president of her label Blackground Records, Jomo Hankerson, released a statement through the family’s PR team denying any involvement with the project:
“Aaliyah was more than a singer, she was -and is still – an American music icon whose legacy continues to live on and influence today’s music culture, just as Ray Charles, Notorious B.I.G., Selena and Johnny Cash. Considering the magnitude of her fans’ affection alone, she deserves to have a tribute much more grand than a television network debut that won’t even consider the perspectives of those who were closest to Aaliyah. Disregarding the families and dishonoring the legacies of celebrated figures who have passed on, big networks want to exploit their stories for a buck. We’re here to make it clear that it’s not okay! Lifetime Television is trying to dictate the status of our heroes, our heroines and – in this case – our beloved Aaliyah. We implore everyone to call Lifetime Television, send emails and bombard social media so they know we demand respect for our cultural icons. We will not sit idly by while they misrepresent and reap profits from our luminaries. There is more at stake than the public could imagine.”
It’s unanimous that she deserves a big screen production and the family’s not keeping quiet until that option is presented to them, with their complete input of course. Vixens, how do you feel? Will you be writing the movie network or you don’t see the issue?
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