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Admist the controversial casting of Zendaya as ‘Aaliyah’ and Lifetime’s decision to continue to move forward with the biopic, despite her families disapproval, Jacque Reid goes Inside Her Story with a member of the family.

Jomo Hankerson is the President of Blackground Records and is the Detroit native’s first cousin. He tells the TJMS why he and his family aren’t on board with the new film.

“They are basing the story on the book but the interviews in the book were more in conjunction with the album that came out at the time. It didn’t include her life. Our real problem is you can have conversations with us…we’re still around,” Hankerson says.

Click the link above to hear the entire interview and find out if the family thinks Aaliyah would be bigger than Beyonce.


‘She Would’ve Been Bigger Than Beyonce’ – Jomo Hankerson, Aaliyah’s First Cousin  was originally published on