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Welcome to Zendaya Online, your best and most updated source on the web for Zendaya. You know Zendaya from Disney's hit show Shake It Up! and her TV movie, Frenemies and Zapped. Zendaya released her first self-titled album, out in stores now. She is currently working on a new Disney pilot, K.C. Undercover. Here we aim to bring you all the latest news, photos, and videos and more on the rising star. Feel free to check out the site and if you have any questions email us. Thank you. - Shelby & Sara




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Nov, 23 Posted by Sara


Although a photographer has been documenting her every smile and twirl for the past few hours in a Manhattan studio, 18-year-old Zendaya isn’t too tired to sneak in a few selfies. Or, rather, she has enlisted her father, a former gym teacher-turned-manager to help. Hopefully, these behind-the-scenes shots will appease the actress-singer-dancer’s 4 million social media followers, a ravenous fan base with whom Zendaya always finds time to communicate — no matter how hectic her schedule is.
Lately, her days are pretty jam-packed. The Northern California native has been making a name for herself ever since 2010, when she landed a role on the Disney Channel series Shake It Up opposite Bella Thorne. Less than five years later, Zendaya (who was born Zendaya Coleman) has already released an advice book for tweens called Between U And Me, as well as a self-titled debut album that mined pop and R&B influences with great success. (Zendaya recently went platinum, a feat in a post-Spotify world.) She was the youngest person to appear on Dancing with the Stars (she was a runner-up), and is currently working on a new Disney sitcom. Yet as fast-paced as her own life is, on a recent visit to New York City, Zendaya admits that she doesn’t think she could survive in the City that Never Sleeps. “I could see myself being here for a month, tops,” laughs Zendaya. “I would spend way too much money. My sleeping pattern would be all messed up. There’s just so much available! Anytime I was hungry, I could go out and eat. At home, things close. You have to go to sleep.”

Home now means Los Angeles, where she lives with her family and Midnight, her giant schnauzer, but for Zendaya it all began in Oakland, a city that is changing like the star herself. “It’s a very inspiring place,” she declares. “It has a bad reputation, but honestly, a lot of creative people come out of there.” As a child, Zendaya immersed herself in Oakland’s artistic communities: She spent three years performing with the youth dance troupe Future Shock Oakland, honing skills that would later be of use in her music career, and she was a regular fixture at the nearby California Shakespeare Theater, where her mother worked as a house manager and trained conservatory students.

While most girls her age are flipping through teen magazines for prom inspiration and tips on college applications, Zendaya is sitting in the front row at fashion weeks and appearing on the covers of those very same teen magazines. As she fast approaches the cusp of adulthood, it’s inevitable that her relationship with Disney and its preteen viewers will change. Unlike the most recent batch of Disney-branded starlets, Zendaya plans on sticking with the company that gave her a start. “Selena, Miley, Demi — they’re all different and they all went different ways. Everyone has their own version of their career that they want to create and things they want to do and accomplish. For me, I obviously want to continue to stay in the Disney world and grow at the same time.” So far, growing within Disney means taking on more responsibility: For the upcoming K.C. Undercover, a show about a high school student who is recruited as a spy by her parents, Zendaya will star as well as co-produce. “Now I’m able to really have a vision,” she says, leaning forward with noticeable excitement. “I can say what I want and be assertive. I can have a really, really strong voice and presence on my own show and be listened to. That’s the coolest part. I have more control; I have more freedom to make [K.C. Undercover] something that I’m proud of.”

Zendaya isn’t the first Disney star to fight for a seat at the table — Raven-Symoné, a woman whom the young actress looks up to, also produced her own Disney Channel series, That’s So Raven. “I look to her comedically,” Zendaya says of her friend and mentor. “I think she is so funny and that, to this day, she had the best Disney show that was on air. When I met her, she was a genuinely kind person, and that’s what you want to see: someone who has grown up as a young star but still has a heart of gold and is very sweet. That’s the most important thing.” When asked about the controversy surrounding Raven-Symoné’s recent interview with Oprah in which the actress claimed to be “American, not African-American,” Zendaya, herself half-black, seems unperturbed. “She’s grown; she can say whatever she wants. Everyone has an opinion. Opinions are like buttholes,” she says. “Everyone has one and everyone thinks everyone else’s stinks. Let people live.”

Surely she wishes people would’ve let her live when she was recently given the chance to pay homage to one of her heroes. The Internet exploded with criticism after Zendaya was cast as the lead in Lifetime’s Aaliyah biopic, a role she later backed out of due to concerns about the quality of the film’s production. One of the loudest critiques was that Zendaya wasn’t “black enough” to portray the late R&B singer. Rather than hurtful, she found the assessments just strange and ignorant. “It doesn’t make sense,” she says. “Here’s how I put it: The first African-American President of the United States is half-black. So is he not the first black president? Is he just the first half-black president? Do we take that credit away from him? No. Whoever is supposed to play [Aaliyah] — whether they are half-Asian or whatever — it’s not about that. It’s about doing it with respect and integrity.”

Yet the young star doesn’t let any ill will get her down: “It’s just irrelevant. I have so much to be thankful for — why am I going to let some random person in Idaho kill my vibe?” Zendaya has much more to do: a series to lead and produce, a second album for which she is trying to woo Drake (“He has to know I’m obsessed with him,” she laughs), charitable endeavors, and soon possibly a project with fashion. “2015 is about showing my work, showing the things I can do, and continuing to have fun in the process, ” she says. “As much as I do, I actually love it. As long as I’m happy while I’m doing it, I’m going to keep doing it for a long time.”



Sep, 22 Posted by Sara

Zendaya and Bridgit Mendler will be appearing together for one night only at the Palace Theatre in Albany New York on October 30.


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Multi-talented actress and Hollywood Records Platinum-Selling Artist, Zendaya, recently released her self-titled 2013 debut full-length album where she delivers soulful pop with an urban edge. Her first single included in the album, “Replay” was certified platinum for selling 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. and now has over 44 million views on VEVO.

Zendaya starred as Raquel “Rocky” Blue, one half of the comedic duo of young dancers trying to dance her way to stardom, in the hit Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!” She also starred in “Shake It Up: Made In Japan,” the record breaking 90-minute song and dance-filled special which featured Zendaya’s single and video “Fashion is my Kryptonite.” Zendaya was also the break out star and runner-up on Season 16 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. She is currently set to star and co-produce in a topline Disney channel spy pilot and also recently starred in the Disney Channel Original Movie, “Zapped” which premiered this summer.

Tickets on sale HERE through TicketMaster



Sep, 5 Posted by Sara

Zendaya was just announced as UNICEF’s newest Trick-Or-Treat Ambassador!

“I loved Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF when I was younger because it was such an empowering experience to be able to make a difference. Kids need more than candy; they need basics like medicine, nutrition and clean drinking water, and millions of them wouldn’t have these things without UNICEF,” Zendaya shared in a statement.

She added, “I’m really excited to celebrate Halloween this year by inspiring a new generation of kids to be Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF superheroes that help save other kids’ lives.”

This year, kids and parents can now set up individual fundraising pages on Crowdrise for their friends and family members to donate as well as turn their Halloween party into a Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF fundraiser by setting up a donation page and including a link to it in their party invitation. Sweet! To get started, visit www.trickortreatforunicef.org.

 



Sep, 5 Posted by Sara

Between her busy days filming her new Disney Channel show, “K.C. Undercover,” working on new music, and doing philanthropic work, Zendaya, like many teens her age, spends her down time “chillin’,” hanging out with family, and binge-watching her favorite show, “Scandal.” However, although she’s young—Zendaya just turned 18 this Monday—the actress/dancer/musician still accomplishes things that people twice her age can only dream of.

We talked to the Bay Area-born, Los Angeles-based wunderkind about charity, fashion, stardom, and everything in between. Read the Q&A below and check out some exclusive photos from her birthday celebration in Puerto Rico.

WhoSay: What was your inspiration behind doing the FeedONE project for your birthday?

Zendaya: Well, I really wanted to do something important for my birthday. For me at least, it wasn’t really a priority that I get anything for my birthday. I have everything that I need and everything that I want. So I definitely wanted to do something that I felt was a little more important. I also always think that it’s important to use your status or star power in the best way possible. I think that there’s a reason why you influence so many people, and for me, I think that it’s to make important causes be known and try to use whatever I can to help that.

I was already in contact with [humanitarian organization] Convoy of Hope, and I was brainstorming with my mom, and we came up with the idea to work with Convoy of Hope and FeedOne, which is a charity that they work with as well, to do this whole project and do something that was actually really special. I’m really excited about it.

WhoSay: Growing up, who were some of your biggest musical influences?

Zendaya: For me, always Michael Jackson. He’s always been my favorite of all time. I love me some Beyoncé. I enjoy people who really love what they do. I think Michael Jackson definitely had a lot of messages in his songs. I love Bob Marley’s music. Things that actually say something. I enjoy Rascal Flatts. Things with some substance.

WhoSay: Do you have an early memory that made you realize that you love the entertainment world?

Zendaya: I grew up in a theater. I lived that life. I was all around it ever since I was little. That definitely influenced me, being so young and around that environment. My dad was a drummer, so I would literally lay right next to his drums and just pass out and be sleeping right next to [them].

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Aug, 27 Posted by Sara

Singer and actress Zendaya will celebrate her 18th birthday on September 1, 2014 and she will do so in a selfless way.

Zendaya’s big day is timed up with a campaign to help feed at least 150 hungry children in Haiti, Tanzania and the Philippines through feedONE, an initiative of Convoy of Hope. From August 25 through September 9, fans of the pop star can help her reach her goal by visiting feedone.com/Zendaya and making a donation.

Every $10 raised will feed a child for one month. Fans may also text ZHOPE to 50555 to feed one child.

“Too many kids will go back to school hungry this year, but we can do something about that,” said Zendaya. “My generation has the opportunity to change the world. With Convoy of Hope, I’ve raised my voice and am using it to give people hope.”

Nice work, Zendaya, being all sorts of generous on YOUR birthday! This cause is critical, so help Zendaya celebrate her birthday by doing some good for those in need.

Will you support Zendaya and donate?

 



Aug, 12 Posted by Sara

Zendaya says she’s “not like other Disney stars,” but has a lot of respect for Miley CyrusSelena Gomez and Demi Lovato.

In an exclusive interview with Gossip Cop, the “Shake It Up” star opens up about the misconceptions people have about Disney Channel personalities.

“A lot of people expect things from Disney Channel stars, being that they’re from a younger fan base,” admits Zendaya, who believes that some stars are held to a different standard simply because of the time period they’re growing up in.

She explains, “[The issue] is adults being like, ‘Oh, I don’t like that!’ when they were doing that stuff [and] it just wasn’t televised or it just wasn’t displayed for the whole world. They just got to do it in their own personal life.”

Still, Zendaya says she’s “not like the other Disney stars,” and shouldn’t be compared to them.

“Things that they’re doing are not what I’m gonna do because I’m not them. We’re completely different people,” shares the 17-year-old. “You can’t really [say] ‘Oh because they did it, now [this one will].’ That doesn’t make any sense. ”

Zendaya stresses, “I don’t want to ever bring anyone else down for any decisions they made when they grew up, because everyone’s growing process is different, everyone learns differently.”

“We’re all human beings. We’re all growing up. We’re all different. We’re all going to have different lives,” says the Zapped star.

She’s also quick to commend her famous predecessors, noting, “I think I learned a lot of positive things. I learned how you deal with problems, and how to handle yourself.”

“I admire some of them because they have had so much success at a young age, and they continue to handle themselves and persevere through any kind of problem that they have, which I think is most important,” she continues.

As Gossip Cop reported, Zendaya recently left Lifetime’s Aalyiah biopic, and she tells us she isn’t sure if there’s another famous figure she’d want to portray.

“I think the beauty about being an actress is that you can transform into anyone. You can be someone that may not look like you or may not be exactly who you are,” she says. “Whether it be a character or a real-life person, I just want to act.”

She also wants to dance.

Season 16′s “Dancing with the Stars” runner-up has remained incredibly close with partner Val Chmerkovskiy, and joined him to perform in the recent one-day-only show,Sway: A Dance Trilogy.

“I wanted to start back dancing again and get back into the groove, since I haven’t been doing it for like a year. It’s been really fun,” Zendaya says of joining the production.

Of course, spending time with Chmerkovskiy is a bonus.

“He literally takes care of me like a little sister,” she says, pooh-poohing any suggestions of romantic chemistry when they hit the stage, or concerns about their age gap.

She notes, “For us, we make our [dances] more about fun and hip-hop and all that stuff. We’re not doing anything slow — rumbas, passionate tangos or anything.”

And she has fond memories of her “Dancing” experience, even though she and Chmerkovskiy came in second.

“At the end of the day, it wasn’t about getting a trophy,” says Zendaya. “It was about learning something and really doing well and succeeding that way — doing things I never thought I could do, really.”

But don’t expect to see the pair team up again on “Dancing with the Stars.”

While Chmerkovskiy told Gossip Cop he’d only want to partner with Zendaya if there’s another All-Star edition, in which past competitors come back for a second chance at winning the Mirror Ball, she is emphatically against it.

“I would never put myself through that again,” she reveals. “I don’t know how [the pros] do it twice a year. They are absolutely insane.”

Zendaya recalls, “It’s a very stressful process, and I don’t think people really understand that. Especially for me during that time, I [was] going to school and living life at 16. It was not easy.”

“I learned a lot but it was definitely a one-time thing,” she tells us.

Zendaya, who also released her debut solo album last year, will next turn her attention to her new Disney show, “K.C. Undercover,” slated to premiere in 2015.

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Jul, 12 Posted by Sara

FOX confirmed Friday that Jason DeRulo, who is enjoying his most successful year since first emerging as a pop star in 2009, will perform at the 2014 Teen Choice Awards.

DeRulo will perform a medley of singles “Talk Dirty” and “Wiggle” at the ceremony, which broadcasts live from the UCLA Pauley Pavilion on August 10. Both songs reached the Top 5 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart this year.

In addition to revealing DeRulo as a musical performer, FOX also identified the first wave of stars scheduled to make appearances at the 2014 iteration of Teen Choice.

Jake T. Austin, Big Show, Jamie Blackley, Kellan Lutz, Chloë Grace Moretz, Cody Simpson, Hailee Steinfeld, Gregg Sulkin, Bella Thorne and Zendaya represent that first wave.

FOX will announce additional names in the coming weeks.



Jul, 10 Posted by Sara

Congrats to all the cast and crew!

The Friday, June 27 (8:00 p.m.) premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie “Zapped,” starring Disney Channel and Disney XD favorites Zendaya and Spencer Boldman, delivered 5.7 million Total Viewers, ranking as the #1 cable TV telecast of 2014 to-date among Kids 2-11 (2.9 million/7.3 rating), Kids 6-11 (2.3 million/9.6 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (2.1 million/8.7 rating).  The movie also delivered nearly 1.3 million Adults 18-49.

The highly-anticipated premiere of the comedy series “Girl Meets World” (9:45 p.m.) delivered 5.2 million Total Viewers and ranked as the #1 series launch of 2014 among major youth demographics:  Kids 2-11 (2.3 million/5.7 rating), Kids 6-11 (1.8 million/7.7 rating) and Tweens 9-14 (1.7 million/6.9 rating).

The movie and series also set viewing records after being made available on the popular WATCH Disney Channel app and iTunes on Monday, June 23.  “Girl Meets World” is pacing to be the most viewed series ever in the WATCH Disney Channel app. On iTunes, it is the most downloaded Disney Channel series preview to-date.

“Zapped” is primed to join the Tween viewing record books as well.  Disney Channel has presented five of the top six movies in cable TV history and the #1 TV movie telecast among Tweens for 12 consecutive years (2002-13).

Multi-talented recording artist/actress Zendaya (“Dancing with the Stars,” “Shake It Up“) stars in Disney Channel’s upcoming comedy “KC Undercover.”  Spencer Boldman stars in Disney XD’s “Lab Rats.”  “Zapped” was directed by Peter DeLuise and executive-produced by Jane Goldenring, Carol Baum, Michael Prupas and Harvey Khan. The producer is Lisa Towers. Based on the popular book Boys Are Dogs by Leslie Margolis, the screenplay was written by Rachelle Skoretz, Matt Eddy and Billy Eddy.  Aakomon “AJ” Jones is the choreographer.

Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable and satellite in nearly 99 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

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May, 25 Posted by Sara

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (MS) – Disney star and recording artist, Zendaya, will perform at Magic Springs Water and Theme Park on Saturday, May 31. The show begins at 8 p.m. at the Timberwood Amphitheater.

Her debut album, “Zendaya” and the lead single “Replay” reached the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 18 in New Zealand. “Replay” has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Zendaya starred in the Disney series, “Shake it Up” and the movie “Frenemies.” She has charted hits including “Watch Me,” a duet with her co-star Bella Thorne that charted on Billboard’s Hot 100.

For full details on tickets, pricing, and show time, please go to the My Town website:http://on.kthv.com/1oaQKXD

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