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Wendy Williams announces she will be executive producing the Aaliyah bio for Lifetime, starring newcomer Alexandra Shipp as Aaliyah.

Meanwhile, actress Zendaya posted a few Instagram videos explaining the real reason why she dropped out of the star role,

"Let me just explain something. The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or people telling me that I couldn't do it, I wasn't talented enough, or I wasn't black enough. It had absolutely nothing to do with that. The main reasons were that 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."

"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 OK with moving forward with the project."