Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)
was an American recording artist, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. Her awards include two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards in her lifetime. Houston was also one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 170 million albums, singles and videos worldwide.
On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known.News of her death, the day before the 2012 Grammy Awards, dominated American and international media, especially cable news, for several days.
Lots of sad posts about Whitney Houston's passing earlier today. Many snide remarks about her drug addiction. Many videos of her singing will be posted. Many folks will post 140 character sentiments and hope others will see them as a profound statements or genius poetry. Truth be told, 99% of those people are just there for their own attention and don't know anything about the human who was Whitney.
I was not a huge fan. I knew her name and her music. Movies as well. Mostly what I knew about her was her addiction. It was the hottest news to be shared about the woman and was more widely know than her tops songs. I never saw people imitate her singing, unless it was displayed in parody with emphasis on her drug use. Other wise she was fodder for comedians and their writers. Sad tribute to a once highly esteemed star.
Before I considered commenting on her news, or even writing this post, I did some searching on Whitney and what she did with all her millions. Yes she lived well. Yes she was an addict. But surprising to me, and fairly obscured from the public, was her philanthropy. Whitney was a quietly charitable person. She donated her time and talent to fundraisers. She support many causes and had her own foundation the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children. It supports children suffering with cancer and AIDS. Her tried and true fans might know all of this. I as a general consumer was unaware because efforts like this aren't news worthy and go unseen.
Whitney will be missed by the masses for a few days. Her contributions, whether monetary or talent, will be missed deeply by these charities, organizations, and their beneficiaries for a long time to come. Hopefully this part of her life sees the light of day for at least a few moments. Hard to say if that will happen with the flash in the pan that is our modern day media.
I wan't an adoring fan. I am mostly cynical of the excesses of those in the entertainment industry. I only knew her for her music and her downfall with addiction. I am glad I stopped to look deeper. I now have a deep respect for her humanity.
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Tashiona Green - This was very insightful and as a fan I knew the negatives and positives but as you stated many do not and that is the sad part. R.I.P. Whitney Houston
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I blame the #Grammys for #WhitneyHouston's unexpected death. If only they would have nominated her CD "Born this Way" for album of the year then one of the industry's best baritones would still be alive. RIP WH!
A quick story about my seeing #whitneyhouston just a few years ago. I think she had checked herself into Rehab in Laguna, (in Orange County, California) recently. I was having dinner w/my husband & my parents in Seal Beach, CA... & in walks Whitney with (I think) her brother and his wife. I think they lived nearby. They were a couple of tables away from us. She had no makeup on, looked a little tired and seemed sad...but unmistakably Whitney. I remember thinking, she's so tall and so pretty. Her hair was curly and had a head band around it. She was wearing a long sweater layered over another sweater & boots. I remember because....well...how can you forget. She's a superstar and I was a big fan. I grew up listening to that beautiful voice, listening to her songs through my own loves & heartbreaks. I wanted to go up to her and tell her, but I wanted to respect her privacy. I saw her again out side as we were leaving...she was sitting on a bench talking on the phone. I looked back and silently wished her well and a better life ahead. Now thinking back, I kind of wished I had said something to her.
Rest in peace now Whitney. We will miss you.
I think in the last 10 years, we lost a lot of amazing celebrities. People with real talent. So sad... R.I.P. Whitney Houston. She will always be an inspiration. She was always one woman that never needs to show off her skin just to get recognition. She was just pure talent. #Whitneyhouston