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Aaliyah is a Swahili word meaning "highest" or "most exalted one," and the American-born singer-actress certainly achieved a lot and touched many people - this writer included - despite her short time on this Earth.

Aaliyah (pron: Ah-Lee-Yah) Dana Haughton was born on January the 16th, 1979, in Brooklyn, NYC, New York.

When she was five years old, Aaliyah and her family moved to Detroit in the state of Michigan.

She first began cultivating her amazing voice by singing in church as a young girl, and she also recollects that she was always in school plays - singing was her way of expressing herself in an artistic fashion.

After her parents had listened to their daughter singing so prodigiously in community groups, they sent Aaliyah to have professional vocal lessons.

By the age of nine, she was regularly performing and was always able to find work, such was her level of talent.

She went on to audition for many roles in the entertainment industry as a child and appeared on the famous US talent show, Star Search.

By age eleven, the gifted Aaliyah was on stage in Las Vegas five nights a week, performing with Gladys Knight.

Aaliyah's uncle, Barry Hankerson, was Gladys Knight's ex-husband and in the early 90s he managed an emerging artist called R. Kelly.

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Aaliyah was introduced to Robert Kelly and immediately the two hit it off and despite many rumours suggesting the older R. Kelly was romantically engaged with 15-year old Aaliyah, they spent much time in the recording studio.

Her first album "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" was released on May 24, 1994, and went platinum and produced two gold singles. Suffice it to say, Aaliyah was one happy artiste.

During her time working with R. Kelly on her first album in Chicago, Aaliyah remained a 'straight A' student at the well-respected Detroit High School of the Performing Arts, despite grossing millions of dollars in record sales.

She ditched Robert Kelly before her second album was released, entitled "One In A Million" which was produced by Timbaland.

Following this second album launch in 1996, she dipped her toe into the lucrative waters of Hollywood, recording music for features such as Anastasia and Dr. Dolittle.

Aaliyah made her feature film debut as a supporting actress with a hefty role in Romeo Must Die, which also starred martial arts guru Jet Li and was directed by Andrzej Bartkowiak.

Her single taken from the film's soundtrack, "Try Again", shot straight to the top of the US singles chart in June 2000, cementing her position in Western pop culture.

A year later in 2001, Aaliyah said goodbye to her teenage persona and released her third, self-titled album "Aaliyah".

Critics and fans alike hailed it as a coming of age for the promising R&B diva, but tragedy struck in August of 2001 after Aaliyah and her entourage were heading home from the Bahamas after filming a new video clip.

Their light plane crashed, killing all onboard.

Her third and final album posthumously reached No.1 in America and her passing brings much sadness; Aaliyah will be remembered as an emerging force in the R&B scene whose life ended before she hit her artistic peak.

Tupac Shakur was born in Brookly, NY in 1971. Early in his life, he moved to Baltimore , MD, where he attended The Baltimore School for the Performing Arts. At this school, Tupac left a lasting impression on his teachers and was showing tremendous potential.

Unfortunately, Tupac was unable to continue his training. He moved to Oakland, California with the rest of his family. That's when Tupac began to, as he called it, "Hang with the wrong crowd.

" Tupac's public life began when he joined the rap group, digital underground, firs as a tour dancer, then as a rapper. Not long before thegroup achieved award winning success, Tupac released his first solo album "2pacalypes Now", which was also a success.

While he maitained a thug image, Tupac was a man of contridictions, recording sentimental raps in support of black woman, including Brenda's Got A Baby,and Keep Ya Head Up. "Because I was raised by a woman half my life, then thrown out onto the streets, its like I've got the womans side, thewn I've got the real rough, manly values that were forced onto me."-Tupac Shakur

His stunning talent also got him a role in the motion picture,the violent drama "Juice".

Tupac eventually released asecond album "Strictly for my Niggaz," which was an even bigger success.

The highlight of Tupac's acting career came when he appeared in "Poetic Justice" besides Janet Jackson. The role made Tupac a household name and showed the world that music may not be Tupac's only talent. However he faced a possibility of doing time in prison when he was charged with assaulting the director of Menace II Society, after being dropped from the cast of the movie.

What followed was a tour of courthouses and jailcells for Tupac such as 10 days in prison for assauting a rapper with a baseball bat, and charges for shooting 2 off-duty Atlanta police officers which charges were eventually dropped.

In the midst of a role in the movie "Above the Rim" and a Platnum album "Me against the world," Tupac's rising career was snagged. He was brought up on sexual assault charges by a woman he met at a nightclub. Just 1 day before Tupac would be found guilty, Tupac was shot five times while in a recording studio in New York.

The attack was classed as robbery, however later Tupac accused East-coast rappers including Sean "Puffy" Combs and The Noutorious B-I-G of setting him up. While in prison on sexual abuse charges, Tupac's new album Me Against the world spent 4 weeks at number one on the charts.

Tupac spend 8 months in prison, before Death Row Records producer Suge Knight paid he's 1 million dollar bail and also signed Tupac to Death Row.

After his release, Tupac answered his critics by releasing his Death Row debute,

"All eyez on me, which has currently sold more than 6 million copies, and fetured other Death Row memebers Snoop Doggy Dogg, and Dr Dre.

While becoming Death Row's most valuable rapper, Tupac also completed work on two more films,"Gridlock" and Bullet.

Then On September 7, 1996, Tupac and Suge Knight left the Mike Tyson - Bruce Seldon fight in Las Vegas in Suges car. A white Cadillac with four people inside pulled

alongside at an intersection and one person opened fire. Tupac was hit 4 times while Suge escaped with minor injuries. Tupac was brought to the University Medical Center.

On Friday, September 13, 1996, Tupac died after 6 days in critical condition. Tupac Shakur was pronounced dead at 4.03 pm, his body was later cremated. He was only 25.

There are many thoeries to Tupac's death, however there is a suspicion that it could have have been the rivalry between the Westcoast and Eastcoast rappers.

By: Chris Stinson

 

 

 

 

DISCOGRAPHY

 

 

1991

 

 -- Shakur achieves individual recognition with the album "2Pacalypse Now," which spawned the successful singles "Trapped" and "Brenda's Got A Baby."

 

1995

 

 -- Release of "Me Against The World," a multi-million-selling album.

 

1996

 

 -- Shakur's fourth solo album, "All Eyez on Me," debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's album chart, goes on to sell about 5 million copies. The song "How Do You Want It -- California Love" was a top 20 single on Billboard magazine's charts.

-- After Shakur's death "Makaveli" was released

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Vincent Van Velzen for

 

 

his contribution to keep the

 

 

Memory of Tupac alive.

 

 

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Aishwarya was an architecture student before she entered modelling as her part time job. She was best known for her Pepsi commercial with 'Mahima Chaudhary' . With her green gray eyes, she was already approached by big names in India's film industry to star in films. She rejected the film offers since she aimed to be an architect. However, fate had other things in store for her after she was crowned Miss World 1994. Soon after her winning, again she received offers to star in movies. In Southern Indian, she was best known for her role as Madhumita/Veishnavi in Jeans (1998) and Kandukondain Kandukondain (2000). She bagged Filmfare Award for best actress for her performance in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999) as Ajay Devgan's wife who is in love with another man. She also won rave reviews for her performance as a rape victim in Hamara Dil Aapke Paas Hai (2000).