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RE-CAST the role of Aaliyah in Lifetime Film

350 Signatures Goal: 10,000

Those from my generation who loved singer-actress Aaliyah and respected her struggle as an artist and as an African-American woman in the music industry (and all that symbolizes) will sign this petition requesting that the LIFETIME movie about her life be re-cast to more accurately honor and affirm her true identity and experiences--as well as her swagger.

There are countless African-American women who look very much like Aaliyah that can dance, act and sing. In no way am I saying that Zendaya Coleman isn't a beautiful, talented girl. I think she is. But she would be more appropriate for the role of Cassie or Jessica Alba. There is nothing about Zendaya that reminds me of the Social Image or the Sociological folkways and Valuation that Aaliyah embodied and represented. The fact that filmmakers will have to put Zendaya in "Black face" to complete principal photography is just abominable and unforgivable. It's a slap in the face to every African-American woman and it dishonors Aaliyah.

Anyone who supports "Black face" is supporting a Racist trajectory.

We've already seen Nina Simone disrespected in this way. To play her, Zoe Saldana had to don "Black face" and facial prostetics. No one even thought about simply casting India.Arie, Viola Davis, Adepero Udaye, Issa Rae or a Black actress who resembles Nina Simone. In fact, this has been a routine for decades. The exploitation of African-American women and African women's images being used to further the careers of women who look nothing like us so that outsiders can make big money from the pain and very real experiences (and the triumphs) of Black women. We need to make a statement against that process. We need to recognize that just because someone has "Some" Black blood....they aren't necessarily the right casting choice to play another Black person. For example, Brandy has some White blood but no one at LIFETIME would support her playing the role of Katy Perry or Christina Aguillera. This form of disrespect is only shouldered on Black women. And in particular Black women who look Black.

When Angelina Jolie was cast as 'biracial' black woman Marianne Pearl it was the same exact thing. So this shows that black women of all hues and colors are routinely Whitened to serve the Colorist policies of Hollywood and to make actual Black women invisible in their own story. We should be against that. The role of Aaliyah should be re-cast with a better dancer-actress, someone who actually resembles Aaliyah.

KOLA BOOF
Egyptian-Sudanese novelist, poet, television writer, talk show host

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  • johnna
    johnna United States, Richmond
    Sep 26, 2014
    Sep 26, 2014
    I think Solange would make a more suitable actress
  • Jabeiro Brown
    Jabeiro Brown United States, Pompano Beach
    Jun 18, 2014
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    Jun 18, 2014
    This is so mean when Aaliyah influence Zendaya's whole career! And actually she is black she's mixed !
  • mango lindo
    mango lindo United States, Panorama City
    Jun 18, 2014
    Jun 18, 2014
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8FdSpQBhqY how about this girl playing aaliyah?
  • MsTaz Jenkins
    MsTaz Jenkins United States, Chicago
    Jun 17, 2014
    3
    Jun 17, 2014
    I think you all should use your time wisely and not waste it on something as trivial as this. Several actors did not look like the person they portrayed, Lil Momma - Left Eye, Denzel - Malcolm X, Jamie Foxx - Ray Charles, Diana Ross - Billie Holiday, Lynn Whitfield - Josephine Baker and Angela Basses - Tina Turner. They all nailed their roles.

    Kola talks about using black face but suggest on her Facebook page that Megan Gabrielle should be cast in the role and she is just as light if not lighter than Zendaya. Kola has issues with mixed race people it appears because she made several comment about Zendaya not being black enough for the role. Do not let this woman's hatred lead you into nonsense. She is a phone activist and hypocrite.
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