Video Review: Aaliyah “The One I Gave My Heart To”

Aaliyah sits on the floor of her home. She opens the door of her empty house. Taking off her jacket, she places it on the staircase. In her old room, she sits down and looks at the floor-length mirror, which lies face-up.

She walks around the house. Back on the floor, she closes her eyes. She sits on a couch with a painting above her. She sees it within the the mirror. She slides against the wall.

As it pours rain at night, Aaliyah takes off her white jacket and stands in the street, wearing a white crop top and pants.

Rating: 3/5

Aaliyah pulls up into the driveway of her home. She puts her hands in her pockets as she unlocks the door. In two days, it’ll be someone else’s home. During the past two weeks, she had been unpacking her stuff and realized her floor-length mirror was missing. She sits in her bedroom and thinks of the last time she was with her boyfriend. They had kissed and she break the news to him that her family was moving. He asked her if she was planning to stay with a friend to finish out the school year. She shook her head no and said she’ll be starting a new school. While holding his hand, she says she’ll still be able to go to prom with him, though. He says he doesn’t want to be in a long-distance relationship.

She was taken aback and couldn’t say anything. He says he loves her but he doesn’t want to just call her and it’ll take him an hour to drive to back and forth. She says she understands and gulps back tears. He asks her what’s wrong. She says she’s isn’t feeling well. He gives her a kiss on the cheek and says he hopes she feels better.

Back at school, her friends cried on her last day and said they would miss her. The school gave she and her friends permission to take her out to lunch. She waved to her boyfriend and gestured for him to come over. However, he continued to talk with his friends. Their year-long relationship meant nothing to him and it was just over. She laughs at a joke her friend made. Her friends promise they’ll stay in contact with her and visit as much as they can.

She wraps the mirror in bubblewrap and carries it to her car. In the driveway, she sees her now ex-boyfriend playing basketball and watching her. She closes the hood and walks back into the home for her purse.

Director: Darren Grant Year: 1997

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Pam Avoledo spends her time binge-watching classic teen dramas and stands firm in her pro-Leyton stance. She also received her journalism degree in 2006 from Oakland University. Her poetry has been published in the White Wall Review and 45 Magazine.