Accompanied by tributes from fans and colleagues, traces the life of the successful singer who first gained notice as a talented teenager and later made the transition to acting in films before her untimely death in a plane crash.
Release on 2009-10-20 | by Victoria Christopher Murray
Author: Victoria Christopher Murray
Pubpsher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Juvenile Fiction
The Divine Divas are going big-time -- to the finals of the Glory 2 God Teen Talent Search. They're just one big win away from a recording contract, and then...well, watch out, gospel music! When Diamond first thought up the Divine Divas, Aaliyah wasn't sure this was her thing. She loves singing, and everyone says her voice is pretty fine, but since Aaliyah is planning on Harvard and a degree in nuclear physics, winning a recording contract could actually put a crimp in her dreams. Diamond has been her BFF all her life, though, and when Diamond wants something bad, saying no just isn't a choice. Now, with the Divas just winning and winning, even Aaliyah is fired up. Then they hear the big news. Each top group will have a professional mentor, and the Divine Divas are getting superstar singer Zena. Leading to a secret Aaliyah never thought would get out. Her mother isn't dead: she just chose a singing career over her marriage and her baby girl. So if being a Diva means accepting the mother she can't remember, the mother who didn't care enough to stay, then Aaliyah isn't sure she can bear to stay a Diva even one day longer....
Release on 2002-01-26 | by Christopher John Farley
More Than a Woman
Author: Christopher John Farley
Pubpsher: Simon and Schuster
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Don’t miss the inspirational biography behind the exciting new Lifetime movie Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, starring Alexandra Shipp as the extraordinary singer Aaliyah. Aaliyah Dana Haughton was that music business rarity: a teen idol who transformed herself into a critically acclaimed hip-hop soul artist, a singer who successfully made the transition to actress, and a beautiful woman who never let the trappings of celebrity go to her head. Following her impressive debut at age fourteen with the album Age Ain’t Nothin’ but a Number, Aaliyah raised the bar with her hugely influential and bestselling follow-up, One in a Million. She then took her talents to Hollywood, starring in the action thriller Romeo Must Die and the highly anticipated horror film The Queen of the Damned. But soon after the release of her third album in the summer of 2001, Aaliyah’s life was cut short in a tragic plane crash. Here is the inspirational story of the star The Washington Post dubbed “Hip-Hop’s Lady Di”—a woman who, by the time of her death at age twenty-two, touched legions of fans around the world with her haunting voice and gentle spirit.
She was a dancer, a model, an actress, and, of course a singer--she did everything. In her short life, she sold millions of records and inspired thousands of lives. This book looks at the short life of Aaliyah--from her early childhood and her rise to stardom on the television show Star Search to her movie appearances and final album.
There is a story behind everybody. This story is sure to connect with the story in all of us. This is the beginning of a new history that joins forces with a girl fighting for justice as she tells her story.
Fishing with Aaliyah was great. Seeing her excitement even excited me! That entire day was a day of joy. From the time we waved goodbye to Mom and Aarron, to the time we came home with a pail full of fish, we have a fun filled day Ill never forget. Ill view this as one of our special days; like a daughter and Daddy day. Unfortunately, days like this are not often shared with many daughters and their Dads. I can recall the many times my Dad took me fishing and the fun we had. I did the same with my three sons; whether at the local lake or at the New Jersey shore. Fishing proved to be a fantastic day out with Joshua, Kevin, and Terence, regardless how many fish we caught! One of my greatest fishing excursions was when my wife Isabelle, several of our friends, and I went to the beach and fished off shore. We caught so many fish we ate fish for days! The main event was watching Isabelle reel them in. she walked out into the water, cast out with all her might, and by the time she backed up to the dry sand, she was reeling another one in! This was her first time fishing and she caught more fish than each of us so-called experts. Fishing with Aaliyah was very similar. This was her first time too and she caught more fish that I did. I guess she has her mothers knack. I was thrilled to share this day with my daughter. Actually, having Aaliyah with me, made fishing that much more enjoyable. Although she caught more fish than I did, that beautiful sunny day, will be day, neither Aaliyah or I will ever forget. RK Simms
Watching Aaliyah grow and accomplish various challenges peculiar to a child of her age, was both exciting and motivating. It was thrilling observing how she dealt with things like shyness or riding a bike without training wheels. I remember the fun she had when she went fishing for the very first time. Small things thrilled her; things like, going to the beauty salon with Mom or just spending a weekend at Grandma’s house. I’m certain you will fall in love with Aaliyah as she touches your heart with her real life experiences. You will see how she dealt with problems and difficulties; while at the same time truly enjoying life. I look forward to writing more stories about Aaliyah and I hope you are looking forward to reading them. Until then, RK Simms Upcoming Books: Aaliyah and Dad Goes Fishing Aaliyah and Mom Goes to the Beauty Salon Aaliyah’s Weekend at Grandma’s House Aaliyah Writes a Book Aaliyah & Alexandria Goes to Sesame Place Aaliyah’s Bus Trip to Canada