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" I’ve had a wonderful amount of success and done a lot at 22, but there’s a lot more I want to do. "
" What's good in having money and being famous if you can't share it with others less fortunate than yourself? "
" I would like to make a bigger impact on the world by giving back, and using my celebrity to raise money for people who need it most. "
" I don't mess around when it comes to my work – it's important. That's when I will definitely put someone in their place. "
“ If God gave you the talent, you should go for it. But don’t think it’s going to be easy. It’s hard! ”
" Being in this business, I accept that there are positives and negatives but having a strong family base and a belief in God enables me to weather the storms. ”
“ It’s hard to say what I want my legacy to be when I’m long gone. ”
“ That’s why I work every day. Ev-er-y day. I want to knock people out. ”
“ There is always a bit of pressure to do a good album – to do good work, period. ”
“ I’m a total performer. ”
“ People are gonna look up to me because I’m young, black, and female. ”
" I want longevity. I don't want to get out there and run myself ragged and spread myself thin. "
" I think it's important to take a break, you know, from the public eye for a while, and give people a chance to miss you. "
" I see myself as sexy. If you are comfortable with it, it can be very classy and appealing. "
" I began to work the stage and get the audience into it. I also learned how to have fun out there. It is something I will never forget."
" There are certain things I want to keep to me. I don’t discuss my private life. "
" When a fan comes up to you and says I love your music, there’s nothing better than that."
" You have to love what you do to want to do it everyday. "
" I’m the interpreter. I’m the one who takes your words and brings them to life. I was trained to sing and dance and laugh, and that’s what I want to do. "
" I don’t think about my previous success. I’m happy that the work I’ve done has been very successful. "
" It’s in how you carry yourself. I’ve always been a very mature person, and I’ve always known what I wanted. And I go after it no matter what. "
" I want people to remember me as a full on entertainer and a good person. "
" All I can do is leave it in God’s hands and hope that my fans feel where I’m coming from. "
" I stay true to myself and my style, and I am always pushing myself to be aware of that and be original."
" I’m a survivor and I can handle anything. I’m very confident about that. "
" I don't want to abandon one work for the other, and I don't think I need to sacrifice anything to put my all into either one of them."

Aaliyah: 22 Years (January 16th 1979 - August 25th 2001)

By Sandy

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It's been 22 years since our beloved angel passed away on August 25th 2001. No amount of words can convey how much this woman was truly adored and treasured all over. I always knew the day would come where the anniversary marker would match the very same age that Aaliyah transcended into the heavenly realms. Something which a lot of Selena fans will be all too familar with. It's a strange feeling as we grow older, seeing the years pass us by, not wondering where the time flies by. Today has been a pretty tough one overall, knowing that today would of also been my Father's 72nd birthday, it's one day I cannot stomach and hurts me to the core in ways that no one would truly every know or would care to even understand. The shear strenghth, resiliance, determination and passion takes a lot for someone to be able to endure when that pain hits you deep to the core. 💔

On a lighter note, I thank God everyday for blessing me and giving me the strength to keep holding on and staying strong throughout. For the /.\ familia, my fam, my friends you know I couldn't let this day pass by without sharing a rare photo, so this one is for you. Here's to celebrating the 22 years of life Aaliyah gave to us through her art, music, dance, fashion and everything that she embodied.

We love and miss you Baby Girl. 🙏🏽🕊❤️