“I don’t think about my success. I’m happy that the work I’ve done in the past has been very successful. All I can do is leave it in God’s hands and hope my fans feel where I’m coming from. I took the time to give my all.” – Aaliyah
Aaliyah Dana Haughton (January 16, ’79 – August 25, ’01) was a young singer way ahead of her time. She had an undeniable satiny soulful voice, futuristic, mid-tempo tracks by the greatest producers of that time combined with that smooth sistagirl swag that tetter-tottered perfectly on the borderline of tomboy & (dare I say it?) sexy even as a teenager (gasp!). She kept a clean image with perfect morals and this is definitely an element that has been virtually eliminated from R&B singers young & old of modern times. I remember my best friend Candace and I used to go over to Miss Anne’s house in Palmetto Court to get our hair done (or our “hair did” as we say in the south lol) and we’d listen to her songs and sneak and sip on Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill pretending to be all sophisticated & grown. Okay… TMI… but either way Aaliyah’s music had that affect on us all.
Jive/Blackground Records in 1995, Atlantic with Missy Elliot in 1996, two hit records before even graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 1997. Her first major role on the big screen in Romeo Must Die in 2000 and she was also executive producer of the soundtrack for the movie, then the Queen of the Damned and was scheduled for major roles in The Matrix & Honey (which Jessica Alba landed her role) but all these achievements came to an abrupt halt when God called her home on August 25, 2001. Yet and still with 8.1 million albums in the United States and an estimated 24 to 32 million albums worldwide to date, the Social Security Administration ranking the name Aaliyah one of the 100 most popular names for newborn girls, #18 on BET’s “Top 25 Dancers of All Time”, #70 on Billboard magazine’s Top Artists of the Decade & her eponymous album being ranked #181 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums of the Decade her legacy lives on. The Entertainment Industry Foundation even created the Aaliyah Memorial Fund to donate money raised to charities she supported (see details below). Yes sir “One in a Million” is definitely the best moniker for this young sista. RIP Aaliyah.
Please send letters and cards to:
Aaliyah Memorial 101 West 23rd Street Suite 2342 New York, NY 10011
Aaliyah Memorial Fund: In accordance with the Haughton Family wishes, the fund listed below has been set up in Aaliyah’s name.
Aaliyah Memorial Fund C/O Entertainment Industry Foundation
11132 Ventura Blvd. Suite 401
Studio city, CA 91604
Attention: Merrily Newton
As Aaliyah was committed to breast cancer charities, the fund will benefit the following organizations:
- Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program
- Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Harlem, The National Breast Cancer Coalition in Washington DC and the Revlon/UCLA Breast Cancer Center.
- The National Alzheimer’s Association in Chicago
- The Alzheimer’s Association of Los Angeles
- All of the beneficiaries are part of the upcoming charitable event, “Breathe”, at which Aaliyah was slated to appear on October 27th.
Donation checks can be sent directly. Donors wishing to use credit cards should please contact Merrily via phone, fax or email.
All Donations are 100% tax deductible.
The Tax ID number is 95-1644609.
Cards will be sent to the family notifying them of donations made.