IN THE CUT DIMS THE LIGHTS IN HONOR OF AALIYAH: 20 YEARS WITHOUT OUR BABY GIRL
Our piece will be short and bittersweet, as the last few days, since Friday, August 20th, we have fallen down the rabbit hole into a bit of a depression as we inch closer to August 25th. Today marks the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah's sudden and tragic passing in the Bahamas.
Quite frankly, the final fight between Blackground Records and the Aaliyah Estate for the streaming wars against the release of her music and the ongoing R. Kelly trial that has Aaliyah as Jane Doe #1 has weighed heavily on me.
I was 12-years-old when she died, and I still recall how I cried myself to sleep, hugging my transparent purple boombox on my twin-sized bed. I was listening to the radio shows discuss her life and death. The very next day was the first day of seventh grade, and all I could think about as a child in Miami, Florida, was that she died not so far away from where I lived. She was actually in Miami and forced to travel to the Bahamas to meet her death.
As an adult, all I can say on our IN THE CUT social media is that every single adult failed her in her life. Ultimately, she paid the price of their nefarious mismanagement and gross negligence with her life when she was the innocent person mistreated.
Her death was cruel. All that pain she suffered at the hands of every single adult in her life, and she still freaking lost! Like, how evil is that? She still lost because the same people who mismanaged her during her teens now mismanaged her in her adult life. Barry didn't want to spend money on another plane for THE STAR. Why wasn't she on the plane with the director and choreographer? Why was the main star in the plane with all the luggage and crew (not that they deserved to die too!)? She suffered so much, and instead of getting her Tina Turner or Cher moment, she dies in one of the most devastating ways to die! And then they mute her music for 20 years?! It's evil and inconceivable, and why the release of her music is far more devastating. They played with her fans' emotions as if we weren't the only people who were genuinely concerned for her wellbeing and legacy.
Aaliyah deserved a lot more than the family and predators she was surrounded by. All they have ever done is exploit her and prostitute her out as an underage Helen of Troy and sweet but street Lolita.
Aaliyah, you are one in a million, a needle in the haystack, who existed this existence to finally thrive without the vultures that surrounded you, including your Mommie Dearest mother who was teaching you the importance of your "sex appeal" by 8, and telling you that you're a sexy little hot girl by 10.
You ARE more than that, Aaliyah. You are the most expensive, highest, and most exalted garnet in the world.
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*Does the weird ahm ahm thing to clear my throat*
So Umm there's a guy who also happens to be my *whispers* best friend
And he happens to have a smol youtube channel (he has 2.7k subs though)
And it would mean a lot to him and more lot to me if you'd go check out his channel
He's a persistent person and has been on YouTube for 4 years now but recently the views on his videos Haven't been satisfactory and as All of us here run a blog we can understand how hard it is to keep going when no-one is appreciating
*Realises this went from a fun post to an embarassing oversharing session real quick*
So yeah I'll shut up now and here's the link to his recent video if you wanna check it out(please do*puppy face*)
I'll tag some people
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