Nickleodon actress Alexandra Shipp will play singer Aaliyah in upcoming Lifetime biopic Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.
She replaces Disney actress Zendaya who pulled out of the production in late June and has little time to prepare for the role as filming is due to start at the end of July.
Talk show host and executive producer of the movie Wendy Williams confirmed Friday that Alexandra, 23, will take on the task of playing the popular star, who tragically died in a plane crash in 2001.
The biopic will follow R&B star Aaliyah’s career from age 10 to her death at 22 in August 2001
Disney star Zendaya didn’t give a reason for why she dropped out of the production. However, the 17-year-old was given a hard time from fans who claimed she was too light-skinned to play the late star.
Her father/bodyguard Kazembe Ajamu later says race had nothing to do with her decision, which placed the production ‘on hold’ for a short time.
Since news of Alexandra’s casting broke out on Friday, Zendaya finally opened up to her fans via Instagram with a video explaining her decision.
She said: ‘The main reasons were the production value wasnt there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasnt 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 really morally okay with moving forward with the project.’
It has been said that Aaliyahs family members are not happy with the planned biopic, and allegedly suggested the production values should be bigger and the actors more high-profile.
While all of this is going, Alexandra tweeted back on July 10 that she had some exciting news, exclaiming: ‘It’s like God keeps making life better, I swear thank you universe!!!#amazingnewstocome.’
The actress has previously played roles on Nickelodeon show House of Anubis and the movie Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.
The Aaliyah biopic will be released this autumn and will follow the multi platinum-selling R&B star’s career from 10-year-old Star Search contestant to her death in a plane crash in the Bahamas at just 22-years-old.
Eminem‘s?highly-anticipated?battle rap event,?“Total Slaughter,”?happened at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. This events competition featured heavyweight battles, including a showdown between?Loaded Lux?and?Murda Mook. The headline main event was ?Joe Budden?versus?Hollow Da Don.
The battle between Joe and Hollow still has the Internet is?debating who won. Budden’s delivery during the match was questioned by some fans, while others called out some of Hollow’s lines. Watch the video to see what went down
Despite what some doubters were saying in the comments on Instagram, the footage clearly shows Star walk up to Ebro and threaten to slap his colleague Peter Rosenberg, and Ebro as well. Ebro showed no fear and countered Stars threats by stating that he was all bark with no bite. He even stuck out his chin taunting Star to slap him at one point.
Love & Hip Hop star Joseline Hernandez was in the studio at some point in time lately and she looks to be high out of her mind.In the video posted on worldstarhiphop you clearly see Joseline is not herself.She is rambling incomplete sentences saying random things like “I’m a slut” and other vulgar phrases screaming in the microphone.Looks to me like someone slipped her a pill and threw her in the booth to get a good laugh.The actual video is pretty disturbing.
The past has came back to haunt Mathew Knowles as he has been hit with a second paternity suit.
In 2010, DNA tests proved Mathew Knowles was the father to Nixon, Alexsandra Wright’s son. Which inherently was the?final nail for Mathew’s marriage to Tina Knowles.
30-year-old Houston area resident Taqoya Branscomb just filed a paternity suit against Mathew Knowles demanding a DNA, child support and attorney’s fees for her daughter born in Harris County, Texas in 2010.
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Well the on going saga between Chris Brown and his on again off again girlfriend Karrueche Tran is off again.Word on the street is Chris Brown is getting back to his old ways.Looks like Brown is not quite ready to be back into a full blown relationship fresh off his prison stint.According to sources Chris Brown has been treating his ex girlfriend Karrueche like a 2 dollar hoe with no respect.Friends say Chris is always flirting with other women even when he’s out with Karrueche and recently asked her to participate in threesome’s.Karrueche was truly offended by this and it drove her to completely break it off with the troubled R&B singer.
Let’s see how long this break up will last as this has been the normal routine between these two over the last couple of years.
Ever since?security footage?of Solange, slapping the Jigga out of Jay Z in a tightly-packed elevator as the trio exited a MET Gala after-party back in May, conspiracy theorists have gone all?kinds of crazy scenario, coming up with various explanations for?why?Solange did what she did, and why Queen B just stood there looking crazy, barely batting an eyelash.
Then a?fake Solange tweet?went viral claiming Jay struck Blue Ivys mom. Gossip?reports?claimed that Jay Z was getting too close to Rachel Roy, the fashion designer ex-wife of his estranged Roc-A-Fella/Rocawear co-founder Damon Dash.?Another rumor was put out that Jay Zs wanted to attend a Rihanna afterparty solo, and lets not forget the most recent rumor of the Jigga man himself sans had a years-long affair with the R&B singer Mya. Rumors, rumors, rumors.
My my my, how the Monkeyfoolishness spreads.
Beyonc? did some damage control by diffusing the situation by posting?a series of Instagrams?featuring her and her younger sis in happier times. And just like that, all seemed happy with the musical couple. At least for now.
But that was short lived, ?last ?Saturday night while performing on their dual On the Run tour at The Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Ohio, Beyonc? decided to drop a little surprise on the laps of her fans. In the middle of her song Resentment, the pop diva tweaked the lyrics a lil bit.
She said in her new lyrics:
Been ridin with you for 12 years, why did I deserve to be treated this way by you, she sang. I know youre probably thinkin, Whats up with B Ive been cryin I cant stop cryin Cant stop cryin You couldve told me you werent happy. I know you didnt want to hurt me, she sang. I got a look in her eyes and seen shes had half of me. She aint even half of me. That bitch will?never?be.
Now in the original song, the lyrics go
Been ridin with you for six yearsbut Jay Z and Beyonc? have been together for 12and instead of, I gotta look at her in her eyes and see shes had half of me, She aint even half of me. That bitch will?never?be.?
Now, this could be another example of Beyonc? mind fucking all the recent gossip and rumors made by other sources. Either way, the Internet lost it and don’t know how to react.
When it comes to the falling out between Jay Z and Damon Dash, and rumors of Jay Z going after Dash wife, there is a bit of precedent. The two were best buds and, along with Kareem Burke, founded the label Roc-A-Fella Records together in 1995. But in 2004, their relationship?was?no more. According to their friend, producer/filmmaker Choke No Joke, it was over a mutual flame.
The filmmaker said “Both Jay and Dame was involved with a certain R&B singer, who Im not gonna say her name out of respect cause she aint around to defend herself, but I believe that was a part of the initial friction.”
Many believed the woman in question was Aaliyah, whom Dash dated from the summer of 2000 up until her tragic death on Aug. 25, 2001, but those were just rumors.
As far as the Rachel Roy/MET Gala situation goes, Dash?said, If [Jay Z] was trying to holla at my wife though, thats kind of fucked up. But I dont think he was doing that. But that would be bad. That would be dark. That means he really has some resentment, but I would hope that wouldnt be the case.
Personally I highly doubt Jay Z is cheating on Beyonce. I mean why would he. But that just my opinion.? Let us know what you think.
Well after a week of media and internet fans instigating a match up between Nicky Minaj & Iggy Aaealia both ladies have responded.Nick clarified her statment on twitter when she posted.
The media puts words in my mouth all the time and this is no different. I will always take a stance on women writing b/c I believe in us! I believe were smart enough to write down our own thoughts and perspective, just like the men do. Ive been saying this for 5 YEARS. I fell in love with Lauryn Hill b/c I knew she was the author behind those amazingly profound and articulated songs on the MisEducation. I wondered how Lauryn tapped into my brain and wrote an album on love, betrayal, passion, pain, triumph, brokenness. Did she read minds Its the same reason I have a different level of respect for Missy. I know shes a writer and a producer. Women MUST aspire for more. Ive congratulated Iggy on the success of Fancy, publicly. She should be very proud of that. All the women nominated should b proud. That will never change my desire to motivate women to write. Our voices have to be heard. I hope I inspire up & coming females to do that.
Iggy released her own statement via Instagram
Who needs a publicist anymore…best of luck to both ladies
Ciara looked fabulous on the cover of Bride Magazine wearing all white.I thought it was reserved for a virgin bride but who follows customs anymore.The truth is she looked great at I’m sure she is very happy these days with her new family.
Russell Neal has been charged with murdering his 24 year wife.Police say she was stabbed to death after the two got into a heated argument.Police also say that Catherine Martinez died from blunt force trauma and stab wounds.The 40 year old singer went to the police station and turned himself in asking for a lawyer.The couple had two kids who were not at home when the murders occurred.
First I must say Im not surprised but I am excited about the addition to the Young Money family… So Lil Wayne recently announced that his beautiful daughter Reginae Carter is signed to his label. Duhhh, great move, and if she has real skill and talent, her dad will direct her career in the right path….
Reginae used to be member of the OMG Girlz, a hiphop group of girls out of ATL managed by T.I’s wife Tameka “Tiny” Cottle and Kiesha Miles. Lil Wayne supported her through that journey and I’m 100% sure he will do the same and more now that she’s signed to his label.
Back in early 2013 Mack Maine leaked the rumor that Reginae would most likely sign with Young Money, but there was no confirmation from either parties.
Mack Maine stated:
“Waynes daughter, Reginae, is actually signed to Young Money now, Just expect greatness. Shes Toya’s daughter and Waynes daughter, so thats a great combination. Shes a star, put it like that. A megastar.
So we should have been prepared for this news. We are def excited to hear and can’t wait to hear the collaboration.
A few weeks ago on a Lil Wayne’s weekly video series called Weezy Wednesdays, he bragged about his daughter and he stated,
” Yes she’s officially stamped as a Young Money artist”, Reginae Carter is now a Young Money artist”.
Anything Lil Wayne touch or work on instantly becomes great, we can’t wait . Hopefully Lil Wayne will shape Reginae to run female hiphop for her generation.
It was shortly after 1am when an altercation between Disco Jr and 35 year old Gavin Brown left the popular Dj fighting for his life.The 28 year father of 2 father died later at the hospital.Police have Gavin Brown in custody who is currently charged with aggravated murder with a deadly weapon, with murder chargers pending.
According to various sources and video footage it looks like The Game and Chicago rapper Lil Durk came face to face after trading verbal jabs.The beef between Game and Durk started? when Game threw a few shots at Durk On Tygas song Chiraq To LA..When the two finally met this weekend here’s what went down,shortly after this Game took to his twitter to announce the beef had been squashed.