Wendy Williams Show

Talk show Diva Wendy Williams executive produced the widely panned Aaliyah biopic TV movie that aired over the weekend. The backlash on Black Twitter ranged from casual disinterest to naked outrage. You would think Black Twitter users were related to Aaliyah the way they reacted.

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Chattrisse Dolabaille and Missy Elliott

Canadian actress Chattrisse Dolabaille has been selected to play rapper producer Missy Elliott in the Lifetime biopic on the late singer Aaliyah‘s life.

The Internet melted down when a similarly hued actress, Zendaya Coleman, was chosen to play Aaliyah. Coleman, who is mixed, backed out of the project when the pressure became too much to bare.

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Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston

America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta landed the role of Whitney Houston in Lifetime Network’s new biopic on the singer’s life and death. The biopic is in the production stages, and Yaya recreated Whitney’s 1987 album cover in a photo shoot. “I just looked at the picture and did the pose,” she told Entertainment Weekly.

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Zendaya Coleman at the 2014 BET Awards

Singer/dancer Zendaya Coleman‘s decision not to play Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime Network biopic left many scratching their heads. The 17-year-old former Disney child star told reporters at the 2014 BET Awards that she abandoned the plum role because something was missing in the production.

“I felt like something with the production [wasn’t] all the way there, the project wasn’t all the way there,” she told reporters according to People. “If I’m going to do something for someone I care about so much, I have to do it the right way.”

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Zendaya seen all smiling while she was leaving the SiriusXM Radio in New York City

You win. Former Disney child star Zendaya Coleman has abandoned the coveted role as singer/actress Aaliyah in an upcoming Lifetime biopic.

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