In her too-short life, Aaliyah left a bold mark on the entertainment world--not just as one of R&B's most prodigious young talents, but as a role model who represented strong, socially conscious young leaders in pop culture. A decade after her passing, Aaliyah's legacy lives on.
When she died in a plane crash 10 years ago today, the singer, then just 22, left behind friends and family determined to honor her memory. NYC Parks and Rec planted a weeping willow tree in Central Park dedicated to Aaliyah, while family members set up the Aaliyah Memorial Fund to support the causes she cared about. The foundation keeps growing over time, with fan donations big or small helping a wide range of beneficiaries:
+ Alzheimer's Association of Los Angeles
+ Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation
+ National Alzheimer's Association
+ Step Up Women's Network
+ Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
+ Detroit School of the Arts
+ Harlem Breast Cancer Center
+ Revlon Breast Cancer Walk NYC
Today, pop in Baby Girl's "One In a Million," and take some time out to learn a little bit about the orgs her foundation supports. You can learn more about each by clicking on the organization's name above. Sign up for an Alzheimer's Association or Cancer Walk, look into volunteering at an arts awareness program in your community or send a buck or two over to the Aaliyah Memorial Fund if you can swing it.