“House Of Anubis” star Alexandra Shipp has just signed on for Lifetime’s “Aaliyah: Princess of R&B,” which Zendaya Coleman was originally set to star in. Here’s how Zendaya reacted to the news:
Let me just explain something. The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or the people telling me I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation. And I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own, and I wrote a letter, but I was unable to do so therefore I felt not morally OK with moving forward with the project. With all that being said, congratulations to the new woman playing Aaliyah. I only hope that she does not have to deal with half the hate I had to deal with. And remember that we are all human beings trying to do what we love to do. Let’s practice motivation and love, not discrimination and hate.
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Today is the big day for “Zapped” in the UK! The Disney Channel Original Movie starring Zendaya Coleman and Spencer Boldman premieres on Disney Channel UK tonight!
Be sure to tune in at 5:55pm to catch the start of the movie! Fans who have seen the movie already have been begging for a sequel since they love the “Shake It Up” star sharing the screen with the “Lab Rats” actor.
After YOU catch an airing of “Zapped” be sure to let us know if YOU agree!
The storyline follows 16 year-old Zoey Stevens, a skilled dancer and straight-A student who is having a hard time adjusting to a new high school, a new and klutzy dance squad, a new step-dad, three new rowdy step-brothers and an unruly dog. But things change when a dog training app on her smart phone begins to somehow control all the boys around her.