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