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"How do you keep the music playing?"

By Zaraya Wade
On February 24, 2012

 

The funeral of one of music's most valuable players, Whitney Houston, was this past weekend. The devastating death of Whitney Houston put her back on the map in an unfortunate way. Her shine to fame surrounded around her setting world-wide records in the music industry. She was a key figure in opening the door so that black women could be inspired and encouraged. She starred in The Bodyguard, in which she played a major theatrical role and lent her voice for most of the soundtrack. Houston also starred in   Waiting to Exhale, Cinderella and The Preacher's Wife. Winning an array of musical awards and selling millions of copies of her albums in just a week, Houston was an icon to be worshipped. Yet, the mutterings under everyone's breath seem to surround her controversial relationship with drugs.

When someone dies, all of their accomplishments should be celebrated. Yet people get caught up in others' mistakes. What has Whitney Houston done for our world? Well, look up all of the charity organizations she donated to. Listen to the music that has transcended barriers. Look at her community, which she frequented when she could. The interviews she conducted, showed fans and everyday people that fame is not all that it seems to be. She is proof that the rise to fame usually comes with harsh consequences. With paparazzi, there is no privacy for celebrities. When they make mistakes, we, as fans, have a hard time forgiving them. Houston had some hardships, but what have we done for her? How did we react when she opened up about her drug problem? We, as so-called fans, circulated it through media sources. We made her the butt of every drug and domestic violence joke. We encouraged this behavior and did not provide enough support when she actually got up and left her abusive husband. And now that she is gone, the least we can do is acknowledge that we lost a music icon and a black woman who transcended boundaries and broke records. The "Whitney Houston" of my time is Beyoncé. But I think it is safe to say that Whitney Houston inspired many of today's black female artists to take a chance in the music industry.

From the 1980's on, Whitney Houston has shined and glittered, even through her drug problem. Whitney Houston was and will always be a star. These past few years have brought the most detrimental losses in the music industry. Tony Bennett sang it perfectly when he performed, "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy gala in honor of Houston. 


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