It was 15 years ago today that we lost an icon, an extraordinary young gifted artist, Aaliyah Haughton, known to fans simply as Aaliyah.
In the spirit of Prince, David Bowie, and Janelle Monae, Aaliyah possessed a larger than life persona that ironically was fueled by her mystique. Dark clothing, trademark hair over one eye, the enigmatic chaunteuse had an almost ethereal presence which also could be found in her music.
To say Baby Girl’s impact music was monunmental would be a major understatement. Her work with Missy Elliott and Timbaland made those producers/artists/powerhouses household names. As producers and musicians Missy and Tim have also altered the music landscape.
When she wasn’t dominating the charts with hits like “Try Again,” “More Than A Woman,” and “Back and Forth,” Aaliyah was making moves on the acting front and putting Hollywood on notice. She made her big screen debut opposite Jet Li in the 2000 martial arts action thriller and box office hit, Romeo Must Die.
A year later Aaliyah starred as the villainous Akasha in Queen of the Damned which also dominated at the box office.
For many of us, Aaliyah was an iconic nerd of color who paved the way for diversity for women and PoCs in both music, film, and sci-fi.
While we lost this angel way too soon, her legacy and her art lives on.
Rock on Aaliyah.
4 thoughts on “One In A Million: Remembering Aaliyah”
One of the greatest and best vampire queens ever put to film (next to Grace Jones Vamp).
Aaliyah was Akasha, and the only reason to watch Queen of the Damned (despite the foin-ness of Robert Townsend.)
Replaying all my memories of watching her videos, listening to her songs (including the single on “Anastasia” soundtrack). Thank you for the tribute.
Aaliyah would have become a Global MEGA STAR, had she lived!
OUR LOSS. (Sad)
I still think Cara Delvigne who played Enchantress in Suicide Squad had a costume and moves that channeled Aaliyah’s performance in “Queen of the Damned,” as Akasha. Check it out.
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