Aug 24, 2011

 
 
August 25, 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of the dimming of a bright and shining star.  At the age of 22, Aaliyah Dana Haughton was tragically taken from this world when she and eight others parished in a plane crash in the Bahamas. 
 
Aaliyah was definitely a shining star who was well on her way to achieving superstardom.  I, like so many, was definitely a fan.  I can still remember having a skirt tailored made like the one she had in the 'Are You That Somebody' video (you know the one with the splits on both sides) because I couldn't find anything like it in my hometown of Albany, Ga.  I can remember my freshman dorm at Tennessee State University (yes, I did my freshman year at TSU before transferring to FAMU) doing the entire choreography for that same video for the Dorm Step Show during homecoming.  To put it mildly, I was and still am an Aaliyah fan.
 
Aaliyah was one of those celebrities that even though you didn't know her personally you still cried like a baby at the news of her death.  I can still remember receiving the news on my two-way pager (do you remember those).  I think I went into shock because I was in such disbelief.  How could such a beautiful young lady who was no more than a year older than me be taken from this world?  She was just beginning to come into her own and now she was gone.  Her death made me question my own mortality because as a young person we always like to think we're invincible, but Aaliyah's death was proof that we're not.  Her death served as proof that life was fleeting and not to be taken for granted.
 
So here on The Savvy Sista website we salute the life and legacy of one Miss Aaliyah Dana Haughton.  She maybe gone from the physical world, but her essence and life shall never be forgotten.  I just can't believe it's been 10 years already.  R.I.P. Baby Girl!
 
Please feel free to share your memories about Aaliyah.

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