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“ 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."

AANBAN

Repost via @kutimack "#tbt to when we had to take pics in black & white because the big time trade magazines weren’t printing in color yet (sheesh lol)!...

Repost via @mzsummerdion: "#ThrowBackThursday begins...aaliyah and I met in #1995 in #Denver, CO at the #BlackExpo (we need to bring this back by the way). Had a #backstage pass and I was 14 years old...

Thank you for sharing this! Each time I read this I'm like yup! You better tell em' Baby Girl!

Repost via @m.o.r.g.1993 "#aaliyah #backandforth" | Thank you so much for sharing! 😊❤

Aaliyah on the Hit List with @tarzandan who kindly shared this rare footage on Instagram.

Repost via @brelyevans: "Aaliyah....Age ain't nothing but a number...If your girl only knew..Rock the Boat..We miss you and your artistry.....

Another gem shared by @tarzandan (Tarzan Dan Freeman) on Twitter.

Aaliyah performing at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City on November 4th, 1995. Photo Courtesy of photographer 📸: David Corio 😊❤

Repost via Albert T Grey Jr on Facebook who shared this lovely rare photo of Aaliyah and @nikkanacoldest on the Age Aint Nothing But A Number tour. ❤

Repost via Jack Satter on Facebook of Mama Diane, Aaliyah and @marconavarra back in 1993! What a throwback! Thank you so much for sharing! ❤

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