Requiem for Aaliyah: Remembering the Artist 15 Years Later


Aliyah embodied the Spirit of Detroit. She represented for the city. Still beloved by millions around the world, she will always hold a special place in the hearts of musically minded Detroiters. When the news of her untimely passing shook the world, Detroit poet, performer and author Khary Kimani Turner wrote a eulogy for the Metro Times that today remains a lyrical, heartfelt testament to her memory. 

Now, 15 years after that fateful plane crash, Turner revisits the words he wrote and the emotions he felt with WDET’s Culture Shift.  

Khary Kimani Turner



Image credit: Aaliyah

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Travis Wright

Host, CultureShift

Bringing a voice balanced by humble humor and clever cultural insight to WDET’s afternoon airwaves.   Follow @talkinWright

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