Whitney Houston: Life Before & After Her Death
Whitney Houston, we will always love you
“I can tell you that I am not self-destructive. I’m not a person who wants to die. I’m a person who has life, who wants to live. And I always have. And I wouldn’t mistake it for anything else other than that.” ~Whitney Houston to Diane Sawyer on “Primetime”, 2001
The queen of Contemporary R&B music has definitely set some pretty high standards for the future upcoming artists to come. Debuting number one hit songs by the age of 22, with songs such as: I Will Always Love You, Saving All My Love, All I The Man I Need, I Have Nothing, I Wanna Dance With Somebody, etc… We definitely can not forget the essence that was captured by this beauty in movie roles such as: The Bodyguard, Waiting to Exhale, The Preacher’s Wife, Cinderella, Sparkle, etc… Her gift was able to bless her with multiple awards such as Billboard Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, Grammy Awards, etc…Whitney Houston just had a God-given talent.
Whitney Houston appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show with an interview in 2009. The year of 2009 was a very devastating and memorable time, because of Michael Jackson’s death. As Whitney appeared on Oprah’s show, she had a few words that are pretty sad to even hear or read about. On Oprah Winfrey Whitney said, “I have so many good memories of spending time with him. I’ve known his family for so many years. For at least 20. I thought: ‘This can’t be true. This can’t be true.’ I knew he was on painkillers at one time. I didn’t know how far and how deep it was. I just remember doing the anniversary special, the 30th anniversary, and I remember looking at Michael … and then looking at myself going: ‘No, I don’t want this to be like this. This can’t happen. Not both of us.’’ 2009
By the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, Houston was definitely going through what looked like trying moments in her personal life and her career. She was not looking like the Whitney that the world was accustomed to at the time. Her body began to look really frail and hopeless. For many years speculations erupted about the legendary singer and her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, of doing hard drugs. However, it was denied constantly by both, with Houston’s infamous line “crack is whack.” Being Bobby Brown did its debut on June 30, 2005, and it was definitely not helping the speculations. Although many had their doubts, we still loved to Whitney and hoped the best for her.
Years later after the shows cancellation and divorce from Bobby Brown, Houston went absent for a little while. Although she went absent, she came back looking much healthier than before. The world could not wait to see what would be next to come from Houston. Many questioned if she was still even capable of given the same performance just like she did back in the earlier times of her career. However, who would have thought that 2009’s I Look To You album would be Whitney’s last.
“The songs themselves will speak to you and you’ll understand where I am and some of the changes I’ve gone through for the better,” Houston told Entertainment Tonight, 2009
Whitney Houston’s last performance on February 9, 2012 on stage with Kelly Price circulated around the web immediately. The audience was once more blessed with what would be her last appearance and performance on stage.
On February 11, 2012 at the age of 48, Whitney Houston was pronounced dead. Houston was found in her bathtub at Beverly Hilton Hotel, where Clive Davis held is pre-Grammy party at. The attempt was made to resuscitate. However it was just too late for the well-known and beloved songstress and actress. With the knowledge of Whitney’s passing, Davis spoke a few words regarding to his discovered artist.
“I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was so full of life.” Indeed Houston was. The soulful sounds of the great late Whitney Houston will never go up into flames. Houston was and still is a legend.” Clive Davis spoke at pre-Grammy’s party, February 2012
The world will forever remember Whitney Houston, especially with the help of her biopic. Whitney, a biopic directed by Waiting to Exhale co-star Angela Bassett, was aired on Lifetime January 17, 2015. However, the family of Whitney Houston was very disappointed, because they did not approve for this action to take place. Whitney Houston’s sister-n-law Pat Houston had a lot to say about this particular action.
On the bright side of things, Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald was approved by Whitney Houston’s estate to direct his own documentary of the legend. However, I am still very anxious to see how this is going to turn out. Will this documentary turn out better than Lifetime’s depiction of Whitney Houston? Macdonald announced that this documentary will have never before seen footage of Clive Davis’s protege. Macdonald said, “The story that is never told about Whitney is just how brilliant she was as an artist; by many measures, she had the greatest voice of the last 50 years.” Also, it was made very clear that Macdonald will not be sugar-coating any facts about Whitney.
Remembering a great life that she once lived, I leave my reader’s with the loving words of the late great Whitney Houston.
“God gave me a voice to sing with, and when you have that, what other gimmick is there?” ~Whitney Houston