The Legacy of Whitney Houston

“A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children and, if necessary, bone by bone” — Alice Walker

Whitney Houston was already in recording studios providing backup vocals for artists including Chaka Khan and Aretha Franklin by the age of 15 years old. By the time she debuted her first album at age 22, Houston had earned her respect in recording studios and regarded as a musical genius by her producer peers. In her life, she would hold the titles of distinguished vocalist, music and movie producer, actress, mother, daughter, wife, woman of faith, and lover. Houston also served as a mentor to countless younger artists including Brandy, Raven Symone, Alicia Keys, and Anne Hathaway.

Despite inspiring an entire generation of music, people try to eclipse Whitney’s legacy with her struggle with substance abuse. Whitney, like many Black women, received very little empathy from the public for her mental health struggles while she was alive and was made to defend herself on several occasions.

To our Leo Sun-Pisces Rising sister from Newark, thank you for being you. Thank you for your light. Thank you for being so unreasonably beautiful and channeling the energy of glamour and esteem to us all. We love you.

Rest In Peace to our Queen Whitney “Nippy” Houston / August 9, 1963 — February 11, 2012


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