By Christopher John Farley
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was once that track enterprise rarity: a youngster idol who remodeled herself right into a seriously acclaimed hip-hop soul artist, a singer who effectively made the transition to actress, and a stunning girl who by no means enable the trimmings of star visit her head. Following her outstanding debut at age 14 with the album Age Ain't Nothin' yet a Number, Aaliyah raised the bar together with her highly influential and bestselling follow-up, One in a Million. She then took her skills to Hollywood, starring within the motion mystery Romeo needs to Die and the hugely expected horror movie The Queen of the Damned. yet quickly after the discharge of her 3rd album in the summertime of 2001, Aaliyah's existence was once minimize brief in a sad aircraft crash.
Here is the inspirational tale of the big name The Washington Post dubbed "Hip-Hop's girl Di" -- a girl who, by the point of her dying at age twenty-two, touched legions of enthusiasts world wide along with her haunting voice and...
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It was a nice middle class neighborhood on the west side of Detroit. There were a lot of upwardly mobile type people that hadn’t necessarily made it yet but they were doing well. ” Jomo said that Aaliyah’s household was always full of music. Every time he went over to visit there was either a record on the player, or people were just making their own joyful noises. “Aunt Diane is an incredible singer and so she always sang around the house,” said Jomo. “I remember that once Rashad and Aaliyah got to Detroit, that Aaliyah and Aunt Diane would always be around the house singing.
When Kelly hooked up with Aaliyah, she was age 15 and Kelly was 27. Like Gaye, Kelly, according to some reports, married his young charge. Or did he? In 1994, Vibe magazine published an article claiming that Aaliyah and Kelly had married and even published what Vibe claimed was the marriage certificate. “Our research editor found the marriage certificate by going through the public records office of Illinois where it is filed,” Danyel Smith, who wrote the Vibe story, said later. “We wouldn’t have printed it if we thought we could get sued.
Then again, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake of ’NSync also appeared on Star Search—but they lost. And so did Aaliyah. , Ella Fitzgerald, and Sarah Vaughan. ) For the contest, Aaliyah wore a white dress her grandmother had made for her. When the decision was announced, and Aaliyah found out that she was getting the heave-ho, she did what probably any 10-year-old would do: she cried. Probably some 22-year-olds would have cried too. But, despite her loss, she made an impression on the show’s host.