ICON: WHITNEY HOUSTON 1963-2012 RIP

There are few words. Whitney Elizabeth Houston was pronounced dead on February 11, 2012 at 3:55PM in Los Angeles, CA.

For about 8 minutes, I was in complete denial. While every social media outlet repeated the news of her death, punctuating the harsh fact with links from news outlets, it didn’t seem real to me until the radio began playing her hits in succession. Whitney Houston. The icon whom every little Black girl in the 80s grew up trying to immulate vocally. She was everything a pop star should be (in MY mind), and artists both established and aspiring vocalists knew Whitney is the barometer for excellence.

Throughout the 80’s her thin frame and beautiful features graced the covers of magazines, flawless album covers and sell-out shows. Hit after hit, award after award, Whitney’s timeless voice blazed the way for artists following her, desiring similar crossover success and adoration. She starred in blockbuster films in the 90’s, continued to sell millions, yet her tumultuous personal life began to gain as much attention as her professional success. In spite of a highly-publicized struggle with addiction and appearing on arguably the archetype celeb-train wreck reality television show, “Being Bobby Brown”, she maintained relevancy and a vocal  celebrate  and connection with fans around the globe. Whitney was the first of her kind- hand-picked and polished to enter the pop world as a powerhouse vocalist by Clive Davis himself. Irreplaceable and unforgettable. A music queen and American treasure, she will be missed by her family, friends, and fans across the world.    

As the reality of her passing settles into pop culture’s psyche,   Remember to tell people in your life how you feel while you can. Give them their roses while they can still smell them. I love you Whitney, and will always remember your voice.

My Whitney Houston Favorites:

Album: “I’m Your Baby Tonight” (1994)

Singles: “I’m Every Woman,” “Run To You,” “I Will Always Love You,” “Saving All My Love For You,” “When You Believe” and “Queen Of The Night.”

Live Moment: TIE. 1) Singing the National Anthem at the  Super Bowl 2) Whitney Houston’s LIVE interview with Diane Sawyer (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, & Part 5)

Hairstyle: Curly bob 🙂

What are some of your favorite Whitney moments?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace,

Dawnavette

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About Dawnavette

A Modern Renaissance Woman passionate about writing, women's issues, race relations, pop culture and music.

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