LifeTime Movie: Aaliyah

So my husband and I just got done watching the Lifetime movie of Aaliyah’s life…

Hmmmm ….. Well, well, well. Lifetime, Wendy Williams. I don’t know which is worse. Lifetime for picking up this film, or Wendy for actually producing it. I swore I wouldn’t watch it, but, well, I did.  Now this is clearly just my opinion but who in the world decided it was okay for Wendy to produce a film detailing the life of one our first R&B princesses’? Like come on now. They must have thought appropriate 90’s wardrobe would make up for the fact that the story line was horrible. Alexandra Shipp is a beautiful girl but the least they could have done was find an actress who actually resembles the singer. If they were going to use covers of her music and have the girl lip sync they could of least gotten someone who looked a little bit more like her.

Now if the family wanted absolutely nothing to do with the making of this film (hence the reason why Aaliyah’s real songs could not be used) how accurate are these portrayals of her brother, mother, father, etc.? We know she had a thing with R. Kelly (or so the tabloids say) and the relationship with Dame was real, but I’m not really buying much else of this movie.

Do you remember where you were when BET stopped everything and broadcasted the news that a plane crash had ended this young stars life? I do. I was 11 years old in VA for the summer and was standing the middle of my sister in law’s living room screen door wide open watching them replay her Rock the Boat video and detail what was then known about the plane crash. No one was screaming at us (the kids) to close the screen door so flies don’t come in, because everyone was in shock. That’s what I remember over a decade ago and I still remember it so clearly.

That’s why to me this little movie (and I say little in the most disrespectful way possible) was such a joke. I would like to like to think that Wendy could have done better, but I would hope that if you are going to document someone’s life you would have already done your best. I’ll leave it at that. #mytwocents

-Elephant Hugs

Aayliah Movie REVIEW

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Ok, ok… So maybe the Aaliyah movie didn’t live up to everyone’s expectations. But I mean I think we all knew that from jump especially when the whole “Zendaya Coleman” fiasco went down. I’m just saying y’all crushed that little girl:(…

I have to say that I rather enjoyed the movie. It was a couple of hours well spent. Do I think Alexandra Shipp or anyone else on the cast deserves an Oscar for there portrayals? Hell No. However, I do admire Alexandra’s courage for even taking the part and doing her best considering the “hate” and “mis placed passion you “fans” all share on social media.

Instead of seeing a predominantly black cast on weekend prime time and applauding that; We poke holes in pretty much everything we see. Instead of being present in this story which was “loosely” based on Aayliah’s life. Instead of finding deeper meanings and fostering a greater love for what she (Aayliah Dana Haughton) truly stood for, we got lost in the fact that the actress didn’t favor her or sound like her more.

What about the fact that this young artist, lived a life that was pretty much full by the age of 22. But the tragic part of it all was she had not even begun to scratch the surface of her talent. She “allegedly” was married at 15 years old… What does that say about her and her maturity level, her thoughts and who she was as a women? What does it say about R. Kelly and his mental state? To say the least, that part and portrayal of pedophilia was beyond a little creepy… However, I mean we see this everyday in the hood… “Older men, younger girls”… But because of who she was and her platform they were both villainized. This topic alone is an interesting one for another post at a later date.

But at the end of the day maybe it was poetic, maybe she was in a rush to live life and accomplish her greatest dreams because somewhere, subconsciously she knew her time on this earth wasn’t going to be long. Like I said I think fans can be too hard on these actors… Nevertheless, I do believe that they do not have to look just like these people its about the feeling, truth and being present in the moment on screen.

Having watched the movie made me want to revisit her legacy and relive the summers of my childhood when her videos came out. Watching her doing what she loved makes my heart smile at the warmth she brought us all.

I’m sure what Miss Debra Martin Chase and Wendy Williams were trying to do was reintroduce the Princess of R&B to generations who might not have known her. While also giving the ones that did, an artistic interpreted glance at what was going on behind the scenes. I will never forget my Aaliyah poster in my bedroom and the candle I lit in remembrance of her, she was beauty. #ripbabygirl