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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: Rare Photo + Candid Memories (DSA, 1994)

By Sandy


Repost via @heirher: "1994 Amber, Conseulo, RIP Aaliyah, Mercedes, RIP Tawaina, Lakena Detroit, MI. Detroit Highschool of the Performing arts has some very rare history when you see the talent that reigned from Michigan. The 90s was the most impactful era when we discuss music, fashion and natural beauty. This could never be duplicated. The essence of the original woman. Looking back through the archives you could really see and appreciate how impactful these women were.

Who would’ve known that they would be some of the pioneers to hip hop & R&B then and still today? Aaliyah released multiple studio albums that would demolish the top charts and was awarded with endless awards for her. This rare image in particular was shortly before her Age Ain't Nothing but a Number debut studio album. It was released on May 24th, 1994 by Blackground Records and Jive Records. Mz Lady Mercedes worked alongside some of the south’s best acts reigning supreme from the 90s such as Master P, 504 Boyz, Mia X, Silkk the Shocker, Magic, Mac, Mystikal. Her diversity on the microphone was sought after, during one studio performance which changed her life and career.

Times when the women were natural, organic women reigned supreme throughout the 90s. These women today are still top tier Queens who aged like wine, divine women. No one is above the goddesses who wrote the blueprint in gold script. Second to none, competition is non existent. Peace Queen. 💋 WRITTEN BY: @HEIRHIM CREATIVE DIRECTOR: @CEOHEIR PHOTOS BY: @mzladymercedes LOCATION: Detroit, MI #HEIRHER"

Wow...caption on a 💯 right here! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 Here's an image of a young Aaliyah that is rarely ever posted or not familiar to some fans. Seeing this level of talent and natural beauty was something else during the 90's. So grateful that I was able to grow up and live through this era. So many good memories, good vibrations and simpler times... *sigh* Huge thanks to @kath3000 for the tag! ❤️