#ConversationStarter: First Glimpse At Alexandra Shipp As #Aaliyah.

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The first movie about Aaliyah Dana Haughton will be hitting the airwaves this November.

The folks at HipHollywood.com have the first sneak peak. Check out the teaser below.

This movie is based on the book by Christopher John Farley, “Aaliyah: More Than a Woman.” It stars Alexandra Shipp of House of Anubis and details the rise to stardom and heartbreaking end of the singer, dancer and actress.

From HipHollywood:

The Lifetime Original Film also stars Rachael Crawford and Sterling Jarvis as Aaliyah’s parents, Diane and Mike Haughton, Anthony Grant as Damon Dash, Izaak Smith as Timbaland, Elise Neal as Gladys Knight and Chattrisse Dolabaille as Missy Elliot.

Although buzz around the biopic is at an all time high, it has had a few rough patches. The family has voiced their disapproval of the project and the film’s initial star, Zendaya, backed out because of those concerns.

First impressions? Knowing that the family isn’t as involved will you watch?

#ConversationStarter: Aaliyah Dana Haughton Revisited.

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Eleven years after her death, ‘Baby Girl’ has returned to the music scene and may have a new album in the works.

Actor turned rapper and Aaliyah fan , Aubrey ‘Drake’ Graham has hinted at something special coming for months and now he has released her new song ‘Enough Said,’ and is featured on a verse of the track.

Take a listen. Explicit. (Listen to a version with the rap edited out here ►AaliyahAlways)

Mixed reaction is coming from fans.

Some love it, while others say the cussing is over the top and Aaliyah would never laden her music with so much cursing, if any.

Like the tweet above, some think Missy Elliott and Timbaland should work on the album seeing that they knew the ‘Are You That Somebody’ songstress best and Drake did not know her at all.

Aaliyah & Timbaland

Producer Timbaland recently told New York’s Power 105.1:

“I don’t know what’s going on. The proper way to do that would be for me, him and Missy to be all on the record. For it to be on his record, that would not be right.”

Read more at Billboard.com

In a recent turn of events, Aaliyah’s official twitter account tweeted that Timbaland will work on two tracks for the album. There is still no word on Elliott.

However, while her Twitter account confirms the album, her brother denied it on her official facebook page and followed up with a question to fans about releasing an Aaliyah album.

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Only time will tell if an album really happens or not.

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Josh’s Note: One qualm with the song—the cursing. Aaliyah’s music was not filled with cursing.

I do not necessarily have problem with Drake appearing on the album or helping produce it. However, if a album is produced. It is also only right to have both her family and those closest to her involved in the project because they are forever hers and she is forever theirs.

Her music was something anyone at any age could listen to whether they were 5 or 80. It was something anyone could relate to be it the beat or the lyrics.

As I told my radio colleague when I first heard the song, out of respect for her and her artistry it would have been smart and best to stay in lane with who she was, who she is.

Aaliyah is a classic R&B artist with a modern feel whose music is timeless.

Rest in Peace Baby Girl. 1979-2001
May You Live Forever Through Music.
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So what do her fans have to say chime in.

What do you think about ‘Enough Said?’

Is the cursing too much?

Would you like a new Aaliyah album of unreleased music?

#TalentedThursday: Aaliyah, Gone But Not Forgotten.

Everything is worth it — the hard work, the times when you’re tired, the times when you are a bit sad. In the end, it’s all worth it because it really makes me happy. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.” — Aaliyah

Click to go to Aaliyah.com

Normally, these posts are about up and coming talent. Also I post them on a Tuesday. Hence the name (and hashtag) #TalentedTuesday but this is a special #TalentedThursday.

Today marks the tenth anniversary that the world lost an incredible talent—Aaliyah Dana Haughton.

This #TalentedThursday is for a songstress who’s life was cut way too short.

The artist died in plane crash, after shooting the video for her song Rock the Boat, on August 25th, 2001 at the age of 22.

This unscripted observation is to remember the singer through what she left us, her music.

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In a reflection piece, posted on CNN.com, Missy Elliott remembers her friend.

Today is the 10 year anniversary of Aaliyah’s passing and I’m sitting here reminiscing and playing music, thinking of the times we spent together, working, laughing, singing, dancing, cutting up. But really, it’s not all that different from any other day because I do think about her every day.

Not on purpose, but she is my friend and that’s just how I do. I’ve told the same stories for 9 years – how we met, how me and Tim were scared but Aaliyah was so welcoming and had this smile and way about her that put us at ease, that she liked to take chances and we were able to just be who we were and make good records together.

She loved playing jokes and that’s another part of her personality that made it fun to be around her. As a talent, I think she’s missed because she was unique and a true triple threat. She could sing, dance, and her acting was starting to take off.

I’m glad for the memories I have and the time we got to spend together, but I miss my friend.

Rest In Peace and Power Baby Girl.

From CNN.com

Josh’s Note: Rest In Peace to one of the most talented women to grace the world of R&B.

Through your music you live on. Thank you.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton, truly one in a million.

January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001.