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By Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Nekesa Mumbi Moody,AP MUSIC WRITER | August 27, 2001
NEW YORK - From the moment the 15-year-old Aaliyah burst onto the scene in 1994 - an R&B singer whose sultry voice, striking good looks and sexy attitude belied her young age - it seemed as if everything she touched became a success. Her debut album sold more than 1 million copies, she was nominated for a Grammy twice and even her foray into the movies yielded a surprise hit. "I was trained since I was a little girl to be able to do it all," the 22-year-old artist said in a recent interview with the Associated Press.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2013
The mother of a 10-year-old girl killed by celebratory gunfire in Cecil County on New Year's Eve is asking for stricter penalties for shooting guns into the air. Crystal Blackburn, the mother of Aaliyah Boyer, who was killed when Cecil County Sheriff's officials said a bullet fell from the sky and struck her on the top of her head, is calling on the public to sign a petition at aaliyahboyer.com. The "We the People" petition through the White House needs 100,000 signatures before it's forwarded to the president's administration for review.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 29, 2001
NASSAU, Bahamas - R&B singer Aaliyah and her video crew were in such a rush to return to Florida Saturday that they demanded a charter plane pilot take off without checking the weight of their equipment - even though the pilot was afraid the plane was dangerously overloaded, according to witness reports. In addition, Pro Freight Cargo Services, a South Florida freight company, said it, too, was pressured by Aaliyah's representatives to haul equipment to the Bahamas without a careful weight check, citing production schedules.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The death of Aaliyah Boyer, a 10-year-old struck down in Cecil County, and the shooting of Laurie Eberhardt, a grandmother hit by gunfire in Florida, share the same perplexing challenge for prosecutors and investigators. Both were watching fireworks on New Year's Eve when they were hit by apparent celebratory gunfire. And both face long odds of having their shooters brought to justice because of the anonymity of the crime and weak laws against firing guns indiscriminately into the air. If authorities ever find the person who fired the shot that hit Aaliyah, the county's top prosecutor said, a misdemeanor charge might be the most he or she could face.
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August 2, 2001
Aaliyah Aaliyah (Virgin) Already Aaliyah, the R&B singer/movie star, has racked up some considerable hits, including two since her 1996 album One in a Million - the huge ballad "Are You That Somebody" from the first Dr. Dolittle and last summer's anthem "Try Again" from Romeo Must Die, in which she also made her motion-picture debut. Recorded in between film projects - Aaliyah is set to star in Queen of the Damned as well as both sequels to The Matrix - the new album bristles with fresh beats and snapping tracks.
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By J.D. Considine | September 5, 1996
AaliyahOne In a Million (Blackground/Atlantic 92715)Some singers are blessed with voices so beautiful that, as the saying goes, they'd sound good just reading the newspaper. Most, though, need strong material to make the most of their gifts, as Aaliyah inadvertently proves on her sophomore release, "One in a Million." Although there's a lot to be said for the silken tone and supple phrasing she pulls from her girlish alto, the songs assembled here rarely give her a chance to show off those strengths.
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By J. D. Considine and J. D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic | June 24, 1994
DANCE NAKEDJohn Mellencamp (Mercury 314 522 428)Although John Mellencamp made a big deal a few albums ago about not wanting to be a "Pop Singer," the truth is that most of his albums in recent years have been too slick for their own good. Not "Dance Naked," though. Blessed with a sound that's lean and feisty, the album boasts the same sort of raw charm that animated Mellencamp's early work. Granted, that stripped-down approach also tends to make the singer's failings more apparent, from the obvious musical debts (Lou Reed, Keith Richards)
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By J.D. Considine and J.D. Considine,SUN MUSIC CRITIC | July 26, 2000
It will be a battle between the good, the bad and the funky at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. Among those acts slugging it out for Video of the Year honors are rap bad boy Eminem and boy-band good guys 'N Sync, both of whom netted six nominations each. (It could be an unusually heated contest, as Eminem mocks 'N Sync and other teen bands in his "The Real Slim Shady" video. 'N Sync makes no mention of the Eminem in "Bye Bye Bye"). Funk rockers the Red Hot Chili Peppers are also up for Video of the Year for "Californication," while "All the Small Things" by pop-punks Blink-182 and "Untitled (How Does It Feel)"
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | January 5, 2006
Ciara? Who? During the summer of 2004, the slick, crunked-out "Goodies" was the No. 1 song in the country, its heavy, pulsing beat booming from car speakers or shaking club walls. I dug the record and cranked it up if I happened to be in the car when the tune came on. It was hard to miss since the cut was on the air, like, every 10 minutes. Because the Lil' Jon-produced track was so hot, I paid little attention to the thin-voiced chick delivering the lines in a somewhat robotic croon. But soon Miss Thing became almost inescapable.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
The 5-foot-7 senior guard played a key role in two wins last week for the No. 6 Gators, including a 60-54 upset over Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference rival St. Frances. Nicknamed "Stixz," Wilson had 24 points, eight steals and three assists in the victory. She also had 10 points, five steals and five assists, as well as providing a critical calming influence for the Gators in a physical 47-43 victory over MATHS. Wilson, who has signed to play at Howard, missed much of last season when she was sidelined with a concussion early and then returned for a few games before suffering a broken nose.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 8, 2013
The 5-foot-7 senior guard played a key role in two wins last week for the No. 6 Gators, including a 60-54 upset over Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference rival St. Frances. Nicknamed "Stixz," Wilson had 24 points, eight steals and three assists in the victory. She also had 10 points, five steals and five assists, as well as providing a critical calming influence for the Gators in a physical 47-43 victory over MATHS. Wilson, who has signed to play at Howard, missed much of last season when she was sidelined with a concussion early and then returned for a few games before suffering a broken nose.
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By RASHOD D. OLLISON | January 5, 2006
Ciara? Who? During the summer of 2004, the slick, crunked-out "Goodies" was the No. 1 song in the country, its heavy, pulsing beat booming from car speakers or shaking club walls. I dug the record and cranked it up if I happened to be in the car when the tune came on. It was hard to miss since the cut was on the air, like, every 10 minutes. Because the Lil' Jon-produced track was so hot, I paid little attention to the thin-voiced chick delivering the lines in a somewhat robotic croon. But soon Miss Thing became almost inescapable.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,SUN MOVIE CRITIC | February 22, 2002
Can garlic and crosses protect us from awful, pretentious vampire movies like Queen of the Damned? This kind of fiasco turns movie critics into so many Night Stalkers. You want to tell the public to beware of movies that begin with classy shots of ancient statuary and a voice moaning on and on about the intolerability of eternity. The notion behind the movie is that a rock 'n' roll culture filled with tattoos, body piercing, androgynous promiscuity and doomy proclamations would re-energize an 18th-century super-vampire like Lestat (Stuart Townsend)
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,Sun Staff | September 2, 2001
Like many other fans of R&B singer Aaliyah, I awoke last Sunday to a shock: the news of a plane crash that had killed her the night before. I felt disbelief, horror and sadness. I'd been a fan since her first hit, 1994's sultry Back and Forth, and had liked her more as she churned out hits like Try Again, won Grammy nominations and starred in last year's Romeo Must Die. But as the day dragged on and I listened to Aaliyah sporadically playing on the radio, my sorrow gradually subsided.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | August 29, 2001
NASSAU, Bahamas - R&B singer Aaliyah and her video crew were in such a rush to return to Florida Saturday that they demanded a charter plane pilot take off without checking the weight of their equipment - even though the pilot was afraid the plane was dangerously overloaded, according to witness reports. In addition, Pro Freight Cargo Services, a South Florida freight company, said it, too, was pressured by Aaliyah's representatives to haul equipment to the Bahamas without a careful weight check, citing production schedules.
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By Nekesa Mumbi Moody and Nekesa Mumbi Moody,AP MUSIC WRITER | August 27, 2001
NEW YORK - From the moment the 15-year-old Aaliyah burst onto the scene in 1994 - an R&B singer whose sultry voice, striking good looks and sexy attitude belied her young age - it seemed as if everything she touched became a success. Her debut album sold more than 1 million copies, she was nominated for a Grammy twice and even her foray into the movies yielded a surprise hit. "I was trained since I was a little girl to be able to do it all," the 22-year-old artist said in a recent interview with the Associated Press.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2013
The death of Aaliyah Boyer, a 10-year-old struck down in Cecil County, and the shooting of Laurie Eberhardt, a grandmother hit by gunfire in Florida, share the same perplexing challenge for prosecutors and investigators. Both were watching fireworks on New Year's Eve when they were hit by apparent celebratory gunfire. And both face long odds of having their shooters brought to justice because of the anonymity of the crime and weak laws against firing guns indiscriminately into the air. If authorities ever find the person who fired the shot that hit Aaliyah, the county's top prosecutor said, a misdemeanor charge might be the most he or she could face.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 5, 2013
The family of Aaliyah Boyer plans to hold a candlelight vigil Saturday night, in honor of the 10-year-old girl who was killed by apparent celebratory gunfire as Cecil County rang in 2013 early Tuesday. Boyer was pronounced dead on Thursday at a Delaware hospital after two days on life support. She had been in the front yard at her grandfather's Elkton home just after the stroke of midnight Jan. 1 when she collapsed, struck by a falling bullet. Experts say people are injured far too often by celebratory gunfire .  Aaliyah's aunt, Ashleigh Rice, said the vigil will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at 65 AJS Court in Elkton.
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August 2, 2001
Aaliyah Aaliyah (Virgin) Already Aaliyah, the R&B singer/movie star, has racked up some considerable hits, including two since her 1996 album One in a Million - the huge ballad "Are You That Somebody" from the first Dr. Dolittle and last summer's anthem "Try Again" from Romeo Must Die, in which she also made her motion-picture debut. Recorded in between film projects - Aaliyah is set to star in Queen of the Damned as well as both sequels to The Matrix - the new album bristles with fresh beats and snapping tracks.
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