|Left: A young Whitney Houston Right: Me and my mommy|
|My early years in Newark, New Jersey and Whitney in the video “The Greatest Love of All”|
Newark wasn’t known for it’s safety or for it’s role models when I was growing up. To make sure I didn’t get caught up like many of my peers, my family enrolled me in various extra curricular activities from Girl Scouts to ballet classes. I remember in the mid-80’s the grand finale of one of my recitals included all the children singing “The Greatest Love of All”. At that age I had no idea how positive and empowering the song was but I sang my heart out. I practiced for hours, singing in the mirror, while heading to school and before bed. Somehow those words, became my mantra and I know that it contributed to me believing that I could do anything. Those words written by Michael Masser and Linda Creed help inspire an entire generation of children, especially little black girls.
|Note the crimps in the back of my head. Whitney inspired!|
|Whitney running thangs in the early 90’s and me soaking it all in!|
This became one of her greatest moments and of course the haters speculated that she lip-synced, but I knew, Whitney could have sung that with marbles in her mouth and still knocked it out of the park. hmph! Then her leading lady debut in The Bodyguard dropped. Newark’s sweetheart kissing the Captain of 80’s cool – Kevin Costner. Shut up!! To be honest the movie wasn’t my favoritebut the soundtrack was on repeat 24/7. My grandfather, who also loved Whitney, had the CD. We had a booming sound system (okay booming for the 90’s) with massive speakers the size of nine year old, wired throughout the entire first floor of the house.I would play it almost daily before anyone else got home.
|She helped me through heartbreaks and stuff. Real talk!|