I was watching a cable news show this morning and the host started out by asking “Does the death of Whitney Houston deserve the coverage that it is getting?” How sad of him to ask a question in that manner.
Would that same question be asked by this host if it was a white singer who died yesterday? Surely not.
Whitney Houston had more than her 15 minutes of fame – she earned well over 15 years of solid superstar – Diva – status. She was a crossover star with incredible talent and incredible credentials.
Not only did Whitney have an absolutely beautiful voice, she was very easy on the eyes – better said, she was truly a beautiful looking woman – soft facial features – and a glow that stopped people in their tracks.
It truly is a shame that her magnificent career was marred by issues surrounding her marriage to Bobby Brown and her rumored drug use. I do not know exactly what dragged Whitney down – alcohol, prescription drugs, or illicit drugs, but what ever took her career down, American lost a great, talented entertainer.
Some are writing that she was a “has been” and her death should not be getting this much attention – and to that I say “get your head out.”
I personally liked most of what Whitney sang, but I enjoyed hearing her much more when you could look at her singing her hits in a video or on stage because of her beautiful eyes, her cheekbones, her smile, and her overall beauty.
There were many female singers during her rein that sang well but collectively they could not hold a candle to Whitney’s stage presence and her persona. I am not talking about black female singers or white female singers because Whitney was unique – she not only crossed over in her music style, but her beauty crossed the color barrier – her beauty was valued by peoples of all colors and races.
Someone said to me today that the media gives too much attention when black entertainers die versus their white counterparts.
I am certain, in some cases, that is true – but on the other hand, when the death of a black entertainer garners much attention, there are whites who try to elevate the death of a white entertainer to “offset” the attention the death of the black entertainer is getting.
The sad thing about her death is that her incredible career was shortened by some personal choices she made.
She was a diva and a super star to many for almost two full decades. My guess is that if she did not marry Bobby Brown, her diva status would have continued for another decade or two with the release of more hits that her fans would have enjoyed.
If there is one good thing about the timing of her death, it is that she will receive a warm sendoff at the Grammy’s tonight.
She was one of the great one’s who was known by her first name – so, R.I.P. Whitney