Aaliyah died on this day 08/25/01 in a plane crash while traveling back to the U.S. after shooting her iconic “Rock the Boat,” video in the Bahamas. Aaliyah’s presence and time in the industry was precious, she paved the way for starlets like Beyonce, Ciara, and Tinashe. Her work with Timbaland and Missy Elliot was innovative and groundbreaking. There was a certain mystery about Aaliyah that kept her fans intrigued and in tuned to whatever she was doing.
Sixteen years later, Aaliyah’s life has been made into a movie, books have been the subject of her life and her music has been sampled and revered in past and current generations. She will continue to be a standard that upcoming starlets are held too.
We are still missing you!! Continue to rest in power!!
Rest in Power to Dick Gregory! His family confirmed the sad news on his instagram page last night.
Dick Gregory was a comedian and civil rights activist who broke barriers in the 1960s and became one of the first African-Americans to perform at white clubs. He often used segregation and racial injustice as material in his comedic acts. He definitely broke down barriers and was a active voice for the people. Condolences to his family and friends.
It is with enormous sadness that the Gregory family confirms that their father, comedic legend and civil rights activist Mr. Dick Gregory departed this earth tonight in Washington, DC. The family appreciates the outpouring of support and love and respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time. More details will be released over the next few days – Christian Gregory
Here are my favorite items of the week.
From Balenciaga to Gucci to Givenchy and MCM, high fashion has always been one of my favorite past times. When choosing to decide what you gonna drop a bag on, you should be mindful. First, unless you got money to pay no need to try and play. Second, don’t buy something just because of whose name is on it, but buy it because it can be a staple within your wardrobe and can wear for years to come. Thirdly, find pieces that are authentic and true to your individual style vs. trying to keep up with the joneses.
VIA: BILLBOARD The launch of SZA’s CTRL Tour has been pushed back “due to unforeseen circumstances,” a rep for the singer confirms. The first three dates — Richmond, Va., Washington, DC, and New Haven, Conn. — have been postponed.
Fillmore Silver Spring, the venue she was scheduled to play Thursday night (Aug’ 17), announced the cancellation of the concert on Twitter earlier today.
Ticketholders for the Richmond date can attend a show on the new date of Aug. 21. Rescheduled dates for the other two stops are in the works but not yet announced.
SZA’s trek will now begin on Sunday (Aug. 20) at Fete Music Hall in Providence, R.I.
In February 2009 R&B singer Chris Brown was arrested for brutally assaulting his then girlfriend, pop star Rihanna.
Now, for the first time, Chris admits Rihanna was also abusive throughout their relationship. In a clip from ‘Chris Brown: Welcome to My Life’ Chris explains,
“This is the first time I get to say anything, and I still love Rihanna but I’m just going to be honest. We would fight each other. She would hit me. I would hit her. It never was ok…Like, I don’t like you slapping me…If I go on stage and I got a scratch on my face and I got to explain it like, “Oh I fell.”
Chris also explains in graphic detail what happened that night inside the car,
“With a closed fist, like I punched her, and it busted her lip, and when I saw it I was in shock, I was ‘f***, why did I hit her like that’?
“So from there she’s… spitting blood in my face, it raised me even more. It’s a real fight in the car, and we driving in the street.”
“I’m like ‘yo, we tripping, what the f***, what are we doing?’ She tried to grab for my phone, and I’m not giving her my phone, to throw it out the window.”
Dave East releases his EP “Paranoia,” after several successful mixtape releases. His EP features Jeezy, Wiz Khalifa, and French Montana. His debut single, “Perfect,” features Chris Brown and has been blazing up the airwaves.