|Whitney Elizabeth Houston |
(August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012)
"... Ever since I was a little girl, I wanted a Disney princess I could call my own. Sure, I loved Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid as much as anybody else, but I longed for a princess that looked like me, with braids and rich cocoa skin just like my own. At the beginning of 1997, I was a fifth grader still looking for a fairy tale to come true. By the fall of 1997, I had seen this dream become reality before my 11-year-old eyes. And it was all thanks to Whitney Houston.
When Houston produced the 1997 remake of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella, it was everything I could have ever wished for. Here I had Brandy as a princess, Whoopi Goldberg as a queen, and Houston as the fairy godmother. Though The New York Times suggested the 'racial utopia' of the film's fairy tale world '[emphasized] its distance from reality,' in the eyes of a child, it made anything possible. And when Houston sang loud and clear, 'There is music in you,' I felt like I could be anything I wanted to be.
It's now nearly 15 years later, and the voice of the woman who assured me love would be a song I would sing my whole life through has been silenced. I will never forget the beauty she brought into the world, nor will I ever let the music she helped imprint on my heart stop playing..."