CRACK IS WACK & The Demons That Were…

It was “cheap” she proclaimed. Whitney Houston’s struggle with illegal substances was well documented by the media. Her addiction to drugs and desperate plea left me feeling unsettled at the best of times. Whenever she would make a public appearance, which had become short and far between in the passed ten years; be it at an award ceremony or performing on stage in front of an audience, we would cling on to our seats, holding our breath, hoping and praying that the uncomfortable moment would pass smoothly and as swiftly as it had begun.

Perhaps my most recent memorable cringe-worthy performance  from her was at the 2009 Xfactor UK for her comeback album following an invite from Cowell. It was very apparent that there were still a few problems in her life.

Whitney Houston emerged onto our screens in the 80’s and marked the scene instantly because of of her quirckiness, her smile, girl-next-door appeal and HER VOICE. It is truly sad to have lost such a legend.

She was the first black female artist to compete and succeed in gaining air play against hard core rockers on MTV, opening the door for her peers and seducing an audience who very reluctantly anointed black artists with  super-stardom.

In 2009, the Guinness World Records cited her as the most-awarded female act of all time. Houston’s achievements encompassed two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards to name but a few. She was also an actress, producer and a model but her proudest, most fulfilling role was being a mother to Bobbi Christina.

Should we blame Bobbi Brown for her demise?

He has always been an easy target; unconventional, wild, a ‘bad boy’, rebellious – just everything that she wasn’t – and that was the appeal she often declared throughout their 15 years of marriage.

Bobby Brown offered escapism from the fame after  The Bodyguard movie catapulted her career into the stratosphere. He was her ticket out of the limelight; her wild card and reason to revolt and rebel.

I watched her tell-all  interview with Oprah last year, trying to understand Houston and hoping to find a solution the reason for her self -destruction. It was enlightening listening to her talking so openly about her marriage. As people we easily forget and are quick to make judgements of others without getting all the facts. Whitney Houston was a struggling, recovering addict and putting this fact into context helps answer a few questions.

Although  Brown arguably introduced her to drugs, blaming him entirely for her demise would be a little unfair. In my opinion, at some point in our lives as human beings, we all must assume responsibility for choices and circumstances that we find ourselves in. One must find it in themselves to dispose of bad habits or company because ultimately being pulled down is much easier than pulling someone up.

Deliver me from Evil…

If any consolation can come from this, is that Whitney Houston was a proud Christian and in the midst of all evils she had a fear of God and a love for God that brought her a certain peace that nothing else could fill. You could hear it in the depths of her soul, she sang like a angel and her ability to uplift, worship and praise through her lyrics was perhaps unequivocal  and will remain unmatched.

In her conversation with Oprah, she spoke of her connection with God and the importance of her faith in helping her through her darkest moments; her daughter Bobbi Christina and her mother Emily “Cissy” Houston were also pillars of strengths in her troubled life.

Worldwide outpouring of grief; Why we weep…

Whitney Houston was an enigma! I for one, loved her diva outbursts; rightfully so – she earned it and sacrificed her sanity in the process. She was bold, pure, a pillar of strength in captivity; a woman of worth. Unfortunately, like many other musicians, she became the victim of the horrible decline of fame, not helped by her periodic inclination to drugs and an intoxicating relationship that she grappled  because of her marital morality.

Whitney Houston’s tragedy is one filled with the pressures of a compressed universe with unfathomable success which we will not see again in years to come; she joins Michael Jackson; a  parallel tragedy in that both leave a footprint in the music industry that cannot be replicated……A  HUGE SHADDOW.

 FACTS ON THE NEWS…

  • On February 11, 2012, Houston  found dead at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California, of causes not immediately known.
  • Paramedics found the singer unresponsive and performed CPR for about 20 minutes before declaring her dead at 3:55 p.m. local time.
  • Houston was due to appear at the Grammy Awards – later tonight and had also been at rehearsals for the show, coaching singers Brandy and Monica.
  • No illegal drugs have been found in the hotel room where Whitney Houston died — at least not yet — but prescription drugs were present, and it’s possible the singer drowned in the bathtub … TMZ has learned.
  • Police said there were no “obvious signs” of any criminal intent.

[SOURCES: http://www.tmz.comhttp://globalgrind.com , http://www.telegraph.co.uk ]

An extact from the interview of Whitney Houston on The Oprah Winfrey Show. It has 6 parts to it, watch the rest on Youtube.

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What are your perceptions and feelings about her death?

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One comment

  1. so sad…this article made the tragedy easier to comprehend. The focus is to celebrate the life of a strong, talented, beautiful, courageous
    (soo many words can be used to describe her) women who will truly be missed…God bless her and her family…I am still shocked and deeply moved because she was still young, but i feel her death will never be in vain because her music touched and strength touched and will continue to touch soo many people all around the world.

    Fantastic tribute 🙂

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