Whitney’s Lasting Impression Thursday 16 February, 2012

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I now have two new favorite stories about Whitney Houston. My roommate’s friend, a professional dancer, was at an event with Whitney when she said (in sultry Whitney tone I imagine): “Baby, go get me a ginger ale.” He said: “You want Seagram’s or Shweppe’s?” She said: “Surprise me sugar.” Recently, Steve Harvey shard that […]

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I now have two new favorite stories about Whitney Houston. My roommate’s friend, a professional dancer, was at an event with Whitney when she said (in sultry Whitney tone I imagine): “Baby, go get me a ginger ale.” He said: “You want Seagram’s or Shweppe’s?” She said: “Surprise me sugar.” Recently, Steve Harvey shard that a few years ago, Whitney had someone bring him to her dressing room to personally thank him for not joking about her when it was funny to talk about her addictions.


I’m tired of hearing folks in the media discuss Whitney’s issues in a pitying tone, acting as if they find the righteousness in themselves to discuss her death in, at least, a gentle manner. Just to name a few of her successes, Whitney has sold multiple diamond albums, her rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” is the only to have gone platinum and the “World Music Awards” recognized her as one of the “Best-selling Female Artists of the Era”. So, I am not fooled by media features that minimize Whitney’s global success and reach to make it seem as if her death is the “teachable moment.”

My good friend Abadeu says first impressions are never as important as lasting impressions. Regardless of whatever new findings come out and everything we already know about her life, in her passing, we can at least recognize that her struggles did not define her. Talking up her issues and not the fullness of her life says more about us as a culture than Whitney.

This is not one of her more popular songs, but it’s meant a lot to me. I’m happy she’s left us with so much to choose from.

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