Lil’ Kim photographed by Colin Bell, 1998.
Lil’ Kim photographed by Colin Bell, 1998.
Madonna and Vanilla Ice photographed by Steven Meisel for her SEX book (1992)
Vanilla Ice began dating Madonna in 1991 when he was 24, she was 33. He broke up with her in 1992 after she published her coffee-table book Sex, which featured intimate photographs of the pair and erotic images of Madonna with other men and women.
“Going out with Madonna was exciting,” he told The News of the World (via Digital Spy) in 2011. “She was older than me and a great lover. She’s still the oldest person I’ve ever been with, so it was an experience.”
“But I broke up with her after she printed that book because I was hurt to be an unwitting part of this slutty package. We were in a relationship, yet it looked like she was screwing all these other people.”
“I thought she was taking pictures and running round naked because she was like that. Then when the book came out I was so embarrassed and ashamed. It was a porno. She threw me in
threw me in like I was a product off a shelf, and I didn’t appreciate it.That was it and I ended it. She said she didn’t have sex with these men, but it looked like she was.”
Jada Pinkett’s personal letter and pictures to Tupac while he was in prison in 1995. The letter is 4 pages, this is just the first page.
I finished talking to you about an hour ago or so! I decided to call mommie because I was so emotional! Not in a bad way, but relieved to hear the life in your voice. I’ve been aching to hear that strong voice!
I’m not sending the letter about Keisha because it was truly irrelevant now that we’ve talked! I still don’t feel she’s what you need right now, but for real, I’ve got to trust you! If you feel her something must be real! I only hope this situation isn’t making you feel you have to accept anything less than what you deserve only cause it’s been there. You and I will never feel any of our partners are worthy of either of us, so it’s not for me to judge.. really! I want someone to love you to the fullest! They have to love the man you truly are! She should praise you adore you, worship you inside out whether you right or wrong, pretty or ugly! You are the sun and the moon and should be treated accordingly! If it’s true, your heart should love her beyond our existence! That’s how you should be loved and that’s how you should love back! It’s unconditional! You walk now with two eyes open, when she’s by your side, with love you should be able to close one! I’ve always felt safe with you even through all this madness! I’ve never had a problem with closing that one eye when I was by your side! I had to see through yours to get a sense of your
Mariah Carey and husband Tommy Mottola at Giorgio Armani’s Madison Avenue store opening party in New York City on September 11, 1996.
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love photographed by Dora Handel, 1992.
Happy 20th anniversary to the iMac! 🎉
Michael Jackson with his children Michael Jr (known as Prince) and Paris-Michael in 1999.
(Photos by Hamid Moslehi)
R. Kelly and Aaliyah in 1994 before an appearance on BET. Gregg Diggs, on right, programmed the music for BET and booked them that day.
She was 12 when they met. Her uncle, Barry Hankerson, was Kelly’s manager at the time. By 1993, Aaliyah was flying from her home in Detroit to work with Kelly in Chicago. Jive released her debut album in May 1994. “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number,” produced and written by Kelly, that would go on to sell millions.
That summer, the pair appeared on BET’s “Video Soul.” Leslie Segar, the show’s co-host, remembers Jive representatives telling BET it should not ask about their personal relationship or Aaliyah’s age.
But Kelly, then 27, and Aaliyah, 15, came before the cameras wearing conspicuously matching plaid shirts. Segar found it impossible to not to go there.
“Okay, let’s clear something else,” she said on air. “Everybody seems to think y’all either boyfriend or girlfriend, or cousins or friends. Let’s just get the record straight.”
“No, no, we’re not related at all,” Aaliyah replied. “We’re just very close. This is my best friend.”
Later, Segar broached the second topic.
“For the record, you are how old?”
“That’s a secret,” Aaliyah said, playfully putting a finger to her lips. “Shhhhh.”
Kelly decided they should get married. At 15, Aaliyah would need her parents’ permission. But Kelly didn’t tell them of his plans. In late August, he flew her to Chicago, where Demetrius Smith, his tour manager, says he took her to get a fake ID stating that she was 18. Kelly and Aaliyah were married Aug. 31, 1994, at the Sheraton Gateway Suites in Rosemont, Ill., according to paperwork filed with the Cook County Clerk on Sept. 6, 1994.
The marriage collapsed within days, after Aaliyah returned home and told her parents. The Haughtons eventually got the marriage expunged.
Mariah Carey at the 1998
Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards