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Zendaya

She'll Black It Up To Play Aaliyah

... Says Her Dad

6/20/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



All the haters saying Zendaya isn't black enough to play Aaliyah can chill out -- her dad says she'll be baking in the sun to prepare for the role.

Zendaya and her father were at LAX talking about her role in the upcoming Lifetime movie -- and even addressed the criticism that she's too light skinned to portray the late singer.  

The 17-year-old Disney star actually has a pretty smart take on the controversy. Her pops however took a much different approach, saying ..."They're shooting this in the summer. She'll get dark enough."

Pretty clear he's making a joke, but ... funny? Check out the clip.

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BLUE UGLY đź’©    

I hope the family of aliyah sue this talentless skanky nobody

75 days ago
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Drewinmrblhd    

Who is she?

75 days ago
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Jamey Hunter    

Ridiculous. A huge deal being made to try and attract attention to a movie no one will watch.

75 days ago
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Kristinajp    

Wow..I am so tired of all this politically correct that people need.to black it up to appease certain people.

75 days ago
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ah duh    

Idc what she's mixed with..she's not pretty enough to play aaliyah

75 days ago
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Carl    

How is this project such a big deal? Aaliyah was a star but she wasn't the biggest thing out there by a long shot. Rhianna and Katy Perry are bigger now then she was back then. I guess dying in a plane crash magically turns you into a legend.

75 days ago
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BReal    

No ma'am. She is DONE. She aint doing squat. Its done. Little prick

75 days ago
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D-INCARNATION    

That's her smart face...â™ â™ â™ 

75 days ago
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min21    

This girl is going to do great! People, Aaliyah wasn't Selena... Just an up and coming that unfortunately died too young. I'm sure Zendaya will be incredible!

75 days ago
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01void    

She will what? How stupid to make a comment like that.

75 days ago
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BlahBlehBoo    

I can see her playing the lead role in a Queen Latifa biopic...not Aaliyah.

75 days ago
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Cookie Lady    

Come on folks. We're talking a Lifetime movie here. Lifetime, remember them? The channel that case Lindsay Lohan as Elizabeth Taylor? Enough said.

75 days ago
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vroomvroom    

Kesha Shante is closest face wise to Aaliyah...Ciara body and talent wise(Aaliyah loved to dance), even Rihanna can pull it off but not Zandaya

75 days ago
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Sunnypalmtrees    

I knew this chick before disney. And let's just say disney turned her into this preppy chick.

75 days ago
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lili    

I do like zendaya but I feel like this role won't be good for her, has nothing to do with color

75 days ago
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