Originally Posted by peacock
I know someone had to consent to her marriage because she was a minor. Or did he fake her birth certificate? And just because you are related to someone with money that doesn't mean they are obligated to share the wealth. Or your just automatically wealthy by assosciation. I know she is no longer with us but I wonder who would write the tell all book. Their relationship was so scandolous I would pay to know more.
In an issue of vibe magazine they published a copy of the marraige certificate were someone lied about the age and thats how they were married.
Blackground Records (also known as Blackground Enterprises, Blackground Entertainment, Black Ocean Records overseas, and Barry & Sons Inc.) began operations as 'The Midwest Group,' a management firm owned by Barry Hankerson. Hankerson had used that company to launch the career of R&B singer R. Kelly in 1992, after he had made a move to buy out his rival, fledgling artist manager and record executive David Hyatt, who had discovered Kelly. Both saw the lucrative potential of Kelly and wanted to manage him. Hyatt, the owner of independent label Tavdash Records, refused to give him up, and was subsequently arrested and convicted of federal drugs and conspiracy charges in July 1993. He is currently serving a life sentence in prison; in one recent interview, he claimed that he had been framed.
After Kelly's initial success in being signed to Jive Records, through David Hyatt's help, Hankerson took advantage of an opportunity to fullfil the lifelong dream of his sister Diane Haughton. Once an aspiring singer, she urged him to help push her twelve-year-old daughter Aaliyah to stardom, and was willing to do whatever it took. Taking the matter into his own hands, Hankerson formed his own label out of the management firm, proposing to "develop, promote and capitalize" on the musical talents of Aaliyah. Through his relationship with Kelly, Hankerson was able to secure a distribution deal with Jive.
Hankerson encouraged Kelly to befriend his niece Aaliyah in exchange for the work he had done for him. He arranged for them to be together, believing that as the chemistry between them grew, it would inspire Kelly to write songs that were surefire hits. She briefly appeared on his albums Born Into the '90s and 12 Play. Kelly was then assigned to write and produce Aaliyah's entire debut album. This album, 1994's Age Ain't Nothing But a Number scored two gold singles. The first single was "Back and Forth", and the second single was a remix of "At Your Best (You Are Love)", a cover version of the 1976 Isley Brothers single. R. Kelly was on the album cover, and in all of her videos.
The pair became inseparable, which some people found disturbing. Studio sessions were scrutinized by critics who were suspicious of the fourteen-year-old Aaliyah singing such mature content, fearing she was being exploited. A worried insider from Vibe magazine received a tip that Aaliyah's relationship with the twenty-seven-year-old Kelly was "sick". Others observed the apparent lack of concern coming from her parents, doubting if they were looking out for the child's best interests.
In its December 1994 issue, Vibe editors reported that Aaliyah and Kelly had been secretly married at the Sheraton Hotel in Rosemont, Illinois on August 31, 1994. A copy of the marriage certificate was published, and the illegal marriage was annulled. Despite all this, Hankerson and Blackground continued to manage Kelly until 1998.
The Aaliyah issue began a long pattern of behavior in Kelly, which would become the main argument of the Cook County, Illinois prosecution's case against him when he was indicted on child pornography charges in 2002. Regardless of what happened, Aaliyah had been compelled to waive all possible criminal and civil claims against Kelly at the time, as Kelly's protection was in the best interest of her mother, Barry Hankerson, and Blackground. Aaliyah's career would continue to progress without him.