Since news broke that Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman was cast as the lead in the upcoming Lifetime biopic of R&B singer Aaliyah’s life, the response has been divided.
While many celebrated the pick, citing Coleman’s ability to sing, dance, and act, others thought choosing a biracial actress to play the singer was tantamount to whitewashing.
Now, Coleman is speaking out. Splash News caught up with the actress to get her thoughts on the matter.
“A lot of people say I’m not black enough. Half black is just enough,” she said before bringing her father, who is African-American, into the frame. “It doesn’t matter what color you are, it’s about how you portray the character. For those that don’t know, Angela Bassett and Tina Turner, they look nothing alike but she was that character so I think that’s what it’s all about.”
Zendaya’s father, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, had a little something to say as well.
“They’re shooting this in the summer,” he said jokingly. “She’ll get dark enough.”
Uh…glad we got that all cleared up.