Aaliyah Dana Haughton, aka “Baby Girl” was an angel sent to us from heaven. She embodied beauty, style, grace along with talent that is unmatched. She may be gone but she will never be forgotten. Aaliyah’s time spent with us was amazing.
The girl was a star and from one look at her you knew it. Aaliyah blessed us with number 1 hit singles, creative music videos with hot dance numbers that had just about every girl in America practicing the choreography.
R-Kelly introduced her to the world but it was when she became a part of The Legion Of Doom (Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Ginuwine, Magoo etc.) that her talent began to shine the brightest. Timbaland, Missy and Aaliyah were a match made in heaven. Their production fit Aaliyah perfectly.
Unfortunately, on August 25, 2001 we lost Aaliyah too soon, just as some of us were getting to know her better. I have put together 5 facts some of you maybe did not know about Baby Girl.
Check the list out below.
1. She moved to Detroit from Brooklyn at the age of 5: Aaliyah was born a Brooklyn girl so maybe that is where she got her mean swagger from. Aside from being connected to Dame Dash, co-founder of Roc-A-fella records, I hear she spent a lot of time in New York City just hanging out. I would constantly hear stories about Aaliyah sightings or find out she was at an event.
2. Age 9 she auditioned for the TV show “Family Matters”: Aaliyah’s first movie was Romeo Must Die and she went on to do “Queen of the Damned” but from the sound of things the acting bug had bitten her pretty early. Aaliyah had a face made for TV, as Martin would say this face belongs on the “tizzzube!” I would have loved to see Aaliyah play Laura’s best friend or maybe she should have been Judy Winslow. Maybe they wouldn’t have sent Judy to her room to never return.
3. In Swahili, the language of East Africa, the name Aaliyah means “highest, most exalted one.”: I must say Aaliyah lived up to her name. She was beyond beautiful and when you saw her on TV she always seemed to have a smile on her face. Her energy always appeared to be positive. Aaliyah always appeared to have nothing but style and grace, even in a pair of baggy jeans and a bandanna wrapped around her head.
4. Aaliyah’s favorite author was Stephen King: “I don’t know how he thinks of the things he thinks of. His books really scare me…and I like that!”, she said in an interview. Even though his books scared the crap out of her she still loved to read them. She was also a big horror film fan. Her favorite movie was Silence Of The Lambs.
5. Aaliyah was managed by her parents: Raliyah Entertainment consisted of her mom and dad (Raliyah-Rashad and Aaliyah) who managed Aaliyah’s career. Aaliyah had come into the music game at a young age and the critics would say she was doing things a young girl shouldn’t but her parents knew exactly what their daughter was getting into. I guess you could say they knew exactly what they were doing since Aaliyah’s career was going in a great direction before she passed.