Why Zendaya’s Dad Kazembe Ajamu Coleman Grew Up in Arkansas

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Joined by her father Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, Zendaya looked stunning in a colorful ensemble while walking the red carpet at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Zendaya's Carla Amorim and Pasquale Bruni jewelryZendaya’s Carla Amorim and Pasquale Bruni jewelry (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

She was accompanied by her protective father and full-time bodyguard, Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, who was born Samuel David Coleman. He married Claire Stoermer in 2008 and has five more children from a previous relationship.

Kazembe’s parents came from Arkansas. According to The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, his mom was just 14 when she married. His grandparents were tenant farmers, also known as sharecroppers.

Zendaya's African-American father Kazembe Ajamu Coleman grew up in ArkansasZendaya’s African-American father Kazembe Ajamu Coleman grew up in Arkansas (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

Zendaya grew up in California and visited Arkansas for the first time in 2014 when she performed at Magic Springs Theme and Water Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas.

“My mother’s proud of where she’s from, and her history, and her past, and same with my dad,” Zendaya said in a video celebrating Immigrant Heritage Month. “I have roots in Africa. Like, I am from Africa as well as from Germany, and I am very proud of that.”

“For me, I get a mixture of all the worlds…” she added. “I have my African first name, I have a middle name that is [my mom’s] middle name, which is French, but we did it African spelling, so it’s literally me in a name. And then you have Stoermer, and then you have Coleman. I literally have, like, a timeline in history in my name.”

Zendaya's multicolored mini dressZendaya’s multicolored mini dress (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

The 18-year-old K.C. Undercover actress sported a multicolored mini dress from the Fausto Puglisi Fall 2015 collection featuring a graphic black-and-white skirt and a green/pink bodice.

She accessorized with Carla Amorim and Pasquale Bruni jewelry and a pair of hot pink pointy-toe heels from Jimmy Choo.

Zendaya, posing with her father Kazembe Ajamu ColemanZendaya, posing with her father Kazembe Ajamu Coleman, at the 2015 iHeartRadio Music Awards hosted at The Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on March 29, 2015 (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

While this dress would look tacky and tasteless on most celebrities, Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman somehow made it work.

Zendaya flaunted her legs in pointy-toe heels from Jimmy ChooZendaya flaunted her legs in pointy-toe heels from Jimmy Choo (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

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Zendaya's toe cleavage in pink pumpsZendaya’s toe cleavage in pink pumps (Credit: WENN / FayesVision)

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