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Who is Zendaya’s Father? – Kazembe Ajamu Coleman’s Bio

Zendaya and Kazembe Ajamu Coleman

Who is Kazembe Ajamu Coleman?

Kazembe Ajamu Coleman was born in the United States of America, ; however, the actual date and place of his birth is unknown. He is best recognized for being the father of famous American actress and singer Zendaya. Kazembe also serves as his daughter’s full-time bodyguard and manager.

How rich is he, as of now? Kazembe Ajamu Coleman Net Worth

As of early 2020, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman’s net worth is over $300,000, earned through his career as a gym teacher, bodyguard and manager, so partly through his daughter’s popularity, since Zendaya has a total net worth reputedly over $5 million. She also own a $1.4-million-valued house located in Los Angeles, California.

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Early Life, Nationality, Ethnicity

Since he was born in the United States, Kazembe holds American nationality. His parents came from Arkansas, and apparently were only 14 years old when they married. He belongs to African-American ethnic group. He was born Samuel David Coleman, but changed his name to Kazembe Ajamu Coleman after taking a DNA test which confirmed his African roots. His ancestry can be traced back to Nigeria, Macedonia, and Iceland. Kazembe is the descendant of sharecroppers.

Personal Life and Children

Kazembe has five children from his first marriage, named AnnaBella, Austin, Julien, Karianna, and Kaylee. Following his divorce, he started a relationship with Claire Marie Stoermer, and she gave birth to their only child, daughter Zendaya in 1996.

Kazembe and Claire eventually tied the knot when Zendaya was 12 years old, but in August 2016 Claire filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences. Anyway, they remain close friends. Kazembe is also a grandfather, since all of his children from his previous marriage have their own children.

Professional Career

Kazembe Ajamu Coleman is a former gym teacher. Following the success of Zendaya, he began working as her manager, and as her full-time bodyguard, so he always travels alongside her and keeps an eye on her deals and engagements.

Who is His Daughter? Zendaya Short Wiki/Bio

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman was born on 1 September 1996 under the sign of Virgo, in Oakland, California USA.

Zendaya

Her first name is African and has the meaning of ‘to give thanks’ in Shona, a native language of Zimbabwe, while her second name is French. She is of mixed ethnicity, since her father is of African-American decent, while her mother is of Scottish and German ancestry.

Educational Background and Early Career

Since her mother worked as a house director and manager at the California Shakespeare Theater in Orinda, California, Zendaya became interested in the performing arts at a very young age and became active in the theater. She attended the theater’s student conservatory program, and then went to Oakland School for the Arts.While there, Zendaya performed in the role of Little Ti Moune in the Berkeley Playhouse’s production of “Once On This Island”, and played Joe in the Palo Alto’s Theater Works production of “Carolie, Or Change”.

Zendaya was also a member of the dance group ‘Future Shock Oaklan’, with which she was trained in hip-hop and hula dancing. She also attended the CalShakes Conservatory Program, and then went to the American Conservatory Theater. Her subsequent stage appearances include “As You Like It”, “Twelfth Night”, and “Richard III”.

Professional Career Beginnings

Zendaya actually started her professional career as a fashion model, working for such brands as Old Navy, Macy’s, and Mervyns. She also featured in the ad for iCarly toys, and appeared as a back-up dancer in the commerical for Sears, alongside Selena Gomez. In 2009, she auditioned for and won the role of Rocky Blue in the Disney Channel’s sitcom “Shake It Up”, which lasted from 2010 to 2013, then reprised the role guest-starring in an episode of the Disney Channel sitcom “Good Luck Charlie”, after which she did a voice over in the Disney Channel 30-minute special “Pixie Hollow Games”, both in 2011.

During the same year, she was the host of “Make Your Mark: Ultimate Dance Off 2011”.

Rise to Fame

In 2012, Zendaya made her film debut in the role of Halley Brandon in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Frenemies”. In the following year, she competed in the 16th season of the show “Dancing With The Stars”, and finished as the runner-up with her partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Thereafter, she published her book entitled “Between U And Me: How To Rock Your Tween Years With Style And Confidence” (2013). It was followed by her portrayal of Zoey Stevens in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Zapped” (2014). After guest-starring as Rasheida in an episode of the ABC sitcom “Black-ish” in 2015, she was chosen to play the title role in the Disney Channel comedy series “K.C. Undercover”, created by Corinne Marshall and which aired between 2015 and 2018.

The role of K.C. Cooper earned her the 2017 Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award for Favorite Female TV Star.

Recent and Upcoming Projects

Zendaya reached enormous popularity in 2017, after landing the role of Michelle in the box office success “Spired-Man: Homecoming”, which she would later reprise in its sequel entitled Spider-Man: Far from Home” (2019). She also starred as Anne Wheeler in the musical biographical drama film “The Greatest Showman”, along with Hugh Jackman, Zac Efron, and Rebecca Ferguson. She then did voice-overs in “Duck Duck Goose” and “Smallfoot”, both in 2018. Most recently, Zendaya featured as Fola in the Netflix mystery drama series “The OA”, and landed the role of Rue Bennett in the HBO teen drama series “Euphoria”, both in 2019 – the latter role earned her the 2020 Satellite Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama.

She will feature as Chani in the upcoming epic sci-fi film “Dune”, which is currently under post-production. She will also make an appearance in the crime thriller “Finest Kind”.

Music Career

Zendaya is also known as a singer. In 2011 she put out her debut single “Swag It Out”, after which she collaborated with Bella Thorne on the single “Watch Me”, which reached No. 86 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and received a gold certification by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). The girl also collaborated on the extended play entitled “Made In Japan”, which was released through Walt Disney in 2012. It spawned the single “Fashion Is My Kryptonite”, which peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Kid Digital Songs chart. During the same year, Zendaya signed a recording contract to Hollywood Records.

In 2013, she and Bella Throne recorded the single “Contagious Love”, and she then announced her debut studio album with the hit single “Replay” in July 2013, which peaked at No. 40 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Her self-titled debut album was made public in September of the same year, and reached No. 51 on the US Billboard 200 chart. In 2016, Zendaya recorded the single “Something New” featuring Chris Brown, through Hollywood Records and Republic Records, which peaked at No. 93 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2018, she released the single “Rewrite The Stars” with Zac Efron for “The Greatest Showman”, which reached No. 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and received a platinum certification by the RIAA. The single earned them the 2018 Teen Choice Award in the Choice Collaboration category. Most recently, in 2019 Zendaya put out the single “All For Us”, with English musician Labrinth.

Appearance and Vital Statistics

The young actress has long dark brown hair and hazel eyes. She stands at a height of 5ft 10ins (1.78m), while she weighs around 130lbs (60kgs), and her vital statistics are 34-25-34. Her bra size is 32B.

Personal Life, Hobbies, Charity Work

  • Zendaya has been dating actor Jacob Elordi since January 2020.
  • Her current residence is in Los Angeles, California.
  • In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, singing, and designing clothes.
  • She is a vegetarian.
  • Zendaya frequently collaborates with various charitable organizations. She serves as an ambassador for Convoy of Hope and supports Convoy’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative and feedOne.

About the author

Olivia Clarke

Joined Biography.Today in February 2020. Formerly Assistant Editor of Radar Magazine. Studied Journalism at City University.

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