The Princess of R&B' misses the mark | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta

November 15, 2014 5:23 PM

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The Princess of R&B' misses the mark | Atlanta News & Opinion Blog | Fresh Loaf | Creative Loafing Atlanta

When it comes to Atlanta, Aaliyah, the chart-topping R&B songstress had ties beyond her legion of fans here. Before she died tragically in a plane crash at the age 22, Aaliyah called native Gladys Knight. Singer and songwriter Johnta Austin wrote Aaliyah her sultry “Come Over” and has writing credits on “I Don’t Wanna” as well as “Miss You,” which served as the grieving anthem for her many fans and friends. Producers Jazze Pha, Teddy Bishop, and Bryan-Michael Cox, among others, also contributed to some of these hits. So when the controversial Lifetime film, Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, about her life premieres, there’s little doubt that viewership in Atlanta will be high.

Spearheaded by executive producer Debra Martin Chase, who owned a production company with the late Whitney Houston, the biopic stars Alexandra Shipp. The Phoenix native filmed her first lead television film starring role for Drumline: A New Beat in Atlanta but she was only getting her feet wet. Ship...

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