We just would pop into Mc Donald's or Wendy's or something, and people just wouldn't believe [it]," he said.
Aaliyah's cousin, Jomo Hankerson, said Aaliyah had been a star well before the world knew her name.
Never mind that she couldn't quite master the subtle brilliance behind that soft falsetto large enough to fill a room; overall, Shipp barely has a chance to skim the surface of who this young artist was. The actor playing Young Aaliyah is the only one who even remotely studied her character.
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Just introduce a new character and simply ask her a couple questions. Barry and Jomo Hankerson, her uncle and cousin who respectively who handle Aaliyah's catalogue, were unwilling to cough up the rights to any of music or images for use in this low-budget Lifetime production. But this torrid take on Aaliyah's life only confirms that she deserves much, much better than this.
While speaking with Hip Hop Motivation, Roc-A-Fella Records co-founder Dame Dash offered some insight into his past relationship with Aaliyah. That was my dude.” Towards the end of the interview, Dame compared his relationship with Aaliyah to that of Cam’ron and his current girlfriend, Ju Ju.
According to Dame, he was drawn to Aaliyah because they shared the same point of view and the same perspective. But we had other experiences.” He later revealed that Jay Z, who knew Aaliyah before he did, tried to also get with the singer.
Heavily protested by her family and closest friends and collaborators, did teach us some things, though most of those lessons should've been learned by the film's team long before they even began to put together this train-wreck of a biopic. " "Try Again," and "One in a Million" were what made her canon-worthy. Actors should maybe look a little bit like the person they're portraying.
A film about a famous pop star needs more than just the covers she did of other people's famous songs to survive. The introduction to Aaliyah's hearty repertoire of favorite songs to cover live and on record happens in the first scene, where we're introduced to the actual baby version of Baby Girl (her nickname) as a 10-year-old on performing "My Funny Valentine." It's a taste of what's in store — all the film offers is an Aaliyah Covers 101 course, thanks to an embargo on Aaliyah's original music placed by her family.
He says the two were both “very authentic black,” but grew up in non-urban environments. Dame went on to explain that she was usually willing to give someone a shot, but was also quick to place them in the “friend zone.” “So, I was going at her,” he said. And he knew her before I did…It was just a situation where Aaliyah was the type of girl that would give you a shot.
“She was a girl that had a point of view,” Dame Dash said. And that was like me, kinda…Overall I went to private school.
"She was the only girl that got to hang out with my homeboys on the level of a homeboy," he said.
"It was like being able to be with your homeboy and your girl at the same time. We just generally had a lot of fun together." Dash said that although they were not formally engaged, he and Aaliyah had planned on getting married. As soon as she had time, we were getting married like after 'The Matrix,' " he said.
A biopic rule of thumb: If the performances are going to be as weak and uncomfortable to watch as the ones in this film, someone should at least find actors who vaguely resemble the real-life characters they're portraying.