12 February 2012

Black History Sound Bites: Nibble 12

Whitney Houston

Whitney Elizabeth Houston
(August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012)
It only seems natural that today, not even a full day after hearing the tragic news of Whitney Houston's passing, should be dedicated to this timeless songstress who helped to defined the musical ear of so many generations. But rather than trying to put into words what I still can't even wrap my head around, I'm going for the lesser (and hopefully not viewed as too self-promotional) route of quoting my tribute to The Voice currently appearing on Yahoo! News ... Not because there isn't more to say, but because it's hard enough to put into words already without trying to rephrase what was already impossible to put downL
"... 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..."


  1. Lovely post although, we all knew who the real Princess was and is.

    1. Why thank you! *smile* ... and thank you! *blush*
      Daughter :)


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