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We Need A Resolution: 6 Tips For Aaliyah’s Tribute On BET

When I first heard mention of a tribute honoring the late Aaliyah, I thought to myself that this was about time. Exactly 10 years after her tragic death, BET plans to honor Aaliyah with a special tribute.

Upon BET's tweet, my timeline was filled with constant retweets of the network informing everyone to stay tuned for a special tribute next month. Even though no official date has yet to be released, the show is slated to include special appearances from her close friends and family.

For those who do not know, this year sadly marks a decade since Aaliyah Haughton’s death. The rising R&B singer-turned-actor was killed in a random plane crash in August 2001 after finishing the music video for her single “Rock the Boat.”

At the time of her death, Aaliyah had just released her third studio album Aaliyah. Not to mention, buzz was generating around her latest appearance in the movie Queen Of The Damned. She was also rumored to be in talks of being casted in an updated version of the 1976 girl-group film Sparkle. Seems like "Baby Girl" was coming into herself and reaching crossover appeal, which makes her death even more heartbreaking for true L-I-Y-A-H fans.

Now what would be even more heartbreaking for fans, like myself, would be if BET hurriedly throws something together and calls it a "tribute." We've seen this happen for the death of the beloved King of Pop, Michael Jackson. Not only did the tribute feel rushed in 2009, the network had to do another attempt during the next awards show. Guilty maybe?

Proper planning will help the network pull off a tasteful tribute for the fallen princess. Again, proper planning.  Here are some tips for BET to help pull off a well-deserving tribute:

  1. I Care For You- Gather a few artists who were inspired by her where we can actually see her influences in their talents. This may be a challenge because many artists never pay homage to Aaliyah as being their inspiration; however, we can see many of their moves and stage presence inspired by her. Just select carefully.
  2. At Your Best- Produce a retrospect of her talents and transition through the entertainment industry. From being R. Kelly’s ingénue to stepping in to her own light, her talents and aspirations quickly unfolded in front of our eyes.  Where was her career involving? After her death we can only question where she would be today.
  3. Back, Back, Forth And Forth… Call up Fatima, her choreographer, to rally a few dancers to actually put on a special dance tribute. At the time of her rise, she was the only Black female performer who strived to incorporate funky dance moves. Take this time to highlight some of her memorable performances.
  4. More Than A Woman- Trace the lineage of her becoming into a woman through her style, lyrics and boogie. When she first hit the scene, she rocked her baggy jeans and sports bras with no problem. Throughout the years we saw her come into her own sexuality by become more feminine.
  5. One In A Million- Employ some of her friends, such as Missy Elliot, Timberland & Magoo, Ginuwine and Jet Li, who actually worked with the singer behind the scenes to offer his or her experiences with Aaliyah and how they remember her.
  6. Again, do not rush.

What other suggestions would you offer to the network to produce a successful tribute?


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Kelly Rowland Says Her Highly-Anticipated Project Is "Definitely Coming"

Six years ago, Kelly Rowland released her fourth studio album titled Talk a Good Game. The project boasted hit singles like "Kisses Down Low" and the transparent "Dirty Laundry." Now, the Houston native is preparing to release a project that'll surely satisfy fans' patient earbuds.

In an interview with Billboard, Rowland shared her hopes for putting out a new body of work and the pressure that she's encountered since she's been in the studio. "This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it's supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it," she said. "And it's the first time I've said it out loud. I've been extremely hard on myself. But it's definitely coming, and I'm more so excited about this project than anything else."

The news follows the recent release of Rowland's "Kelly" track, which was met with critical acclaim in November 2018. In addition to preparing the release of new music, the "Motivation" singer discussed fans' wish for a Destiny's Child reunion. The rumors have been fueled by social media photographs of Rowland with either Beyonce or Michelle or all three, especially during Beyonce's past Coachella performance. But Rowland assures readers that it's not what they think.

"It's so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I see sisterhood, and that's what we are and that's what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I'm like, no. Just family." As Rowland previously mentioned Solange, she hopes to one day work with her again.

"I'm a huge fan," she said. "I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it's so complex but simple. It's genius. It's the genius in her genius mind that she has in there." One of the last times the pair collaborated was on Rowland's "Simply Deep" track off her debut solo album of the same name. Solange also penned a few songs off the same project. Fast forward to 2016, and Rowland's vocals were featured on Solange's iconic A Seat at the Table.

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Teyana Taylor To Pay Homage To Ballroom Culture In "WTP" Video

Teyana Taylor aims to keep her hot streak of innovative videos coming thanks to this recent announcement. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 9), the "Gonna Love Me" singer will show adoration to ballroom culture in the visual for "WTP."

Directed by Gregory "Beef" Jones, The Aunties Inc., and Taylor herself, the Harlemite takes viewers on her journey to the expression-filled space where she hopes to rack up 10s across the board from a group of judges. The premise of the video also seems to follow a mockumentary format airing on a fictional network named FEMTV. Alongside Taylor, other men and women get ready to display their talents and confidence on the ballroom floor.

"WTP" is featured on the mother-of-one's sophomore album, K.T.S.E., which was released in June 2018. While the rollout's controversy didn't entirely muddle the excitement behind the project's debut, Taylor said she was sold on the idea that her album would be treated as the biggest out of G.O.O.D. Music's string of releases last year.

"I didn't know ahead of time that there wouldn't be any singles or visuals. But I knew that it was going to be the five-album thing," she said during a HOT 97 interview. "[Kanye] wanted [my album] to be last, he wanted mine to be the biggest. That's the way they sauced it up. I was sold."

The video will debut on Jan. 19. Check out the teaser below.

 

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👀 1.19.19 👀 #WTP Directed by @teyanataylor & @ogbeefjones @theauntiesinc 🙏🏾🙌🏾🙏🏾 The wait is ALMOST over. 😏 @museumofsex

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Trina Braxton’s Ex-Husband, Gabe Solis, Dies After Battle With Cancer

Gabe Solis, the ex-husband of Trina Braxton, lost his battle with cancer, Thursday (Dec. 20),  TMZ reports. He was 43.

Solis passed away at his home in Texas, surrounded by friends and family, according to the outlet. No official details have been released about his passing.

Solis had reportedly been keeping his cancer battle private. His death came as a shock to his loved ones. On Friday (Dec. 21), Braxton seemingly mourned the loss of her ex-husband with a cryptic Instagram meme reading, “I need a hug..E bottle of wine.”

The former couple tied the knot in 2003, and appeared together on previous seasons of WEtv’s Braxton Family Values. Despite finalizing their divorce in 2015, Braxton and Solis confronted lingering issues from their marriage during an episode of Iyanla: Fix My Life, earlier in the year.

Braxton has since moved on to a new relationship, but remained friends with Solis.

 

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