Rashad Haughton

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Rashad Haughton
Rashad Hasan Haughton

(1977-08-06) August 6, 1977 (age 41)
New York, U.S.
EducationHofstra University
OccupationWriter, film director, actor, screenwriter
Years active1996–present
FamilyAaliyah (sister)
Barry Hankerson (uncle)

Rashad Hasan Haughton (born August 6, 1977) is an American writer, film director, actor and screenwriter. Haughton is the older brother of the late American singer and actress Aaliyah and nephew of Blackground Records founder Barry Hankerson.

Early life[edit]

Rashad was born on August 6, 1977 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City to Diane and Michael Haughton. He is African American, and had Native American (Oneida) heritage from a grandmother.[1][2] He and his sister Aaliyah were two years apart. When he was seven years of age, they moved to Detroit.[3][4] he attended a Catholic school, Gesu Elementary, where in first grade, he received a part in the stage play Annie. He graduated Chicago High School (Southgate, Ml) in 1995 and Hofstra University in 2000.

One in a Million (1996)[edit]

When it came time for Aaliyah to film the video for her single "4 Page Letter" from her 1996 album One in a Million, Rashad would complete the video preparation within two hours[5] while studying at Hofstra University. On the B-side of the "4 Page Letter" single, Rashad recorded a song with his sister entitled "Death of a Playa".

Queen of the Damned (2002)[edit]

In February 2002, Queen of the Damned, a film which Aaliyah starred as Queen Akasha, was released. Before its release, Rashad was called into re-dub several of his sister's lines during the post-production ADR process. Upon its release, the film debuted at number one and was dedicated to Aaliyah. Rashad was also in talks of producing and releasing several of Aaliyah's unreleased recordings from the Queen of the Damned onto Aaliyah's second posthumous album.

Proud and First Single (2004)[edit]

Proud is the true story of the only African-American crew to take a Navy warship into combat in World War II, in which Rashad played the role of Naval saxophonist Hank Fields. Rashad also saw the release of his first single, though it was not released in the US: "Fork In The Road" (with 1200 Techniques), which made it No. 55 on Australian Charts. The single showcases Rashad's vocal ability.

Chrysalis (2006)[edit]

Chrysalis is a short film (11 mins) written and directed by Rashad.


Year Single Chart Album
2004 "Fork in the Road"
(1200 Techniques featuring Rashad Haughton)
55 Consistency Theory

Aaliyah's Legacy[edit]

Rashad appeared at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards to pay tribute to his sister along with Aaliyah's role model Janet Jackson and her producers/songwriters/collaborators and close friends Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, and Timbaland. The awards were presented just 12 days after her death.

Father's death[edit]

Rashad's father Michael Haughton died in November 2012. He is buried next to Aaliyah. His mother, Diane plans to do the same.[6]


  1. ^ Sutherland 2005, p. 1
  2. ^ "Vibe Magazine's Emil Wilbekin: Remembering Aaliyah". CNN. August 27, 2001. Archived from the original on June 16, 2009. Retrieved May 6, 2009.
  3. ^ Kenyatta 2002, p. 3
  4. ^ Bogdanov, Vladimir; Woodstra, Chris; Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2002). All Music Guide to Rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 1. ISBN 0-87930-653-X.
  5. ^ [1] (2004, August 18). Aaliyah. Retrieved April 2007
  6. ^ Aaliyah's Father Dies

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