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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: In Loving Memory... (January 16th 1979 - August 25th 2001)

By Sandy

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Today is a day I've been dreading the most... This year cuts deep in my heart more than all the other years.

August 25th 2001 is a day I'll never forget as an 11 year old frantically crying and questioning why? My heroine was no longer? How can this be? How do I process this? An empty void that still feels missing to this very day...

But God had other plans that day and decided he needed one of his angels back. It was a rainy day over here in the UK and every drop that poured from the sky, as I looked up to the Heavenly clouds, represented each tear pouring out wide like an ocean of my sorrowness and grief.

Not only do I grieve Aaliyah, I also grieve the loss of my Father who God also decided to take away this year on February.Today would of been his 71st birthday...Even alive it was always bitter sweet...but now...this sour bitter taste has become a part of my wound...💔 A double edged pain like no other...but I know that I have 2 angels watching over me now. All those little angel signs throughout the months are a constant reminder of why I do what I do.... knowing that you're still there, in your own unique way.

I love you both eternally and miss you beyond what words can express. I cherish every moment, memory and will continue to honour your legacies so that people will never forget. Through the good, bad and ugly...thank you both for giving me the inner strength to persevere during my most vulnerable moments. 🙏🏽🕊🕊❤

Dada thank you for being my biggest supporter and hero of all, and for always encouraging me with my fanpage and website. I won't let you down or Aaliyah down. 🙏🏽

May we also never forget the lives and names of those on board with Aaliyah too. We pay our respects to their friends and family who lost their dear loved ones....

Anthony Dodds
Eric Foreman
Scott Gallin
Christopher Maldonado
Keeth Wallace
Gina Smith
Douglas Kratz
Luis Morales III

🙏🏽🕊❤

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