2001-09-01 / Editorial/Opinion

Gone Too Soon

Gone Too Soon

Once again, the nation has been rocked by the death of another young and promising talent. An angel of the music industry, "Aaliyah", was killed when a small plane crashed shortly after taking off from an island in the Bahamas. In an era where the music industry has come under constant attack for their lyrics and overall content, Aaliyah was a symbol of everything that was right within the R&B and hip-hop genres. She was a songbird who was concerned about her image with young fans, and she took the time to become involved with a number of charities. Aaliyah realized that she had a purpose in life and a responsibility to her fans, which was to accentuate the positive. She avoided the road leading to "gangsta paradise", and went on to become a force in music, film and television. We weep for her as we did for Princess Diana, Gilda Radner, Bruce Lee, Florence Griffith-Joyner and Bob Marley, to name a few. We still weep because they had an impact on our lives in some way, and they helped change the world. Goodbye Aaliyah, and thank you. You’ve made a nation realize what it truly means to be young, gifted and Black.

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