When I say I want to be a conduit of opportunity, Whitney Elizabeth Houston is one of the gold standards to me of creating and opening doors for other performers.
This is the woman who declined performing the role of Cinderella as was originally offered, promoting Brandy for the role in her place. The woman who could have done another fire solo soundtrack for Waiting To Exhale, but brought on over fourteen additional artists to perform tracks (many of which became hits and quiet storm staples). As a filmmaker she produced The Princess Diaries films, the Sparkle remake, and - yes, hunty - Cheetah Girls 1&2. #strutlikeyoumeanit
In 1999 she helped Mary J. Blige’s explosion into the mainstream stratosphere by bringing her onstage as a special guest during Vh1 Divas Live ‘99 - still a record-breaking broadcast that is a large reason Mary became a household name outside of the hip hop and R&B audience. In the studio and on stages she would pass the mic to Monica, Kelly Price, Karen Clark Sheard, and others, an unabashed fan of vocals and technique.
This was a woman who loved being a woman, who loved being Black, and, despite mounting obstacles in her personal life, still promoted quality entertainers and produced quality content that showed positive images of other women and other Black people AND other Black women. Who can forget Raven-Symoné (back when we didn’t have the problems we do now) dropping and posing in heels and skintights while weighing more than her Cheetah peers and the film allowed her to be thought of as driven, desirable and accessible as a contemporary lead who was not Hollywood conventional - something we didn’t really get again until Annalise Keating showed up on our screens two years ago.
Too often she’s been reduced to her voice or her issues. Here’s to just another facet of an American Black Diamond. Here’s to Whitney the conduit. Black history is world history. Salute.
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1. Favorite girl? 2. What is your ranking of the girls? 3. When did you get into the fandom? 4. How did you first hear about little mix? 5. What was the first music video you ever saw? 6. Favorite music video? 7. Least favorite music video? 8. Favorite interview? 9. Favorite ship within the band? 10. Ever seen them live? When/Where? 11. If you could go back and see one show front row, which tour would you go to? 12. Favorite era (DNA, Salute, etc.)? 13. Ranking of the albums (favorite–>least favorite)? 14. Least favorite song on each album? 15. Most favorite song on each album? 16. Zayn or Alex? 17. Feelings on Jake? 18. Feelings on Jed? 19. Feelings on Jordan? 20. Long or short hair Perrie? 21. Straight or curly hair Leigh-Anne? 22. Silver or carmel hair Jade? 23. Wavy or curly hair Jesy? 24. Favorite little mix collab? 25. One song they should add to the setlist? 26. One song they should take off the setlist? 27. Favorite x-factor performance? 28. Favorite tour? 29. Favorite tweet? 30. Favorite rumor? 31. Song that you thought deserved to be a single? 32. Lerrie: yay or nay? 33. Jerrie: yay or nay? 34. Pesy: yay or nay? 35. Simon Cowell: yay or nay? 36. Would you rather get a selfie with your favorite girl and have it be really bad or meet all of them but have no photos or evidence of it? 37. Would you rather watch Perrie/Jesy alone together or Leigh-Anne/Jade alone together? 38. Would you rather have a tell-all book released about the x-factor days or about the Jakesy break-up? 39. Favorite inside joke within the fandom? 40. If you could choose any three people to go with to a little mix concert, who would they be? 41. Favorite moment from this tour? 42. Favorite fandom moment? 43. Favorite moment of pride for the girls? 44: Salute dance breakdown or Hair dance breakdown? 45: Favorite acapella? 46: Favorite little mix significant other? 47: Favorite lyric? 48: Would you rather have the girls do a small north america tour with meet and greets or sell out an entire stadium tour? 49: What’s your notp? 50: What song would you show to someone to pull them into the fandom?
I love how everyone’s perception of health and fitness is alway evolving to include mental health and not just physical strength/being lean/being thin etc.
I’ve always felt out of place, uncomfortable and anxious when out, when in groups, when faced with doing something new or out of my routine. I manifested this anxiety in very self destructive ways; over and under eating, purging, excessive (sometimes 3 times a day!) trips to the gym and self harm.
Although I still struggle with some of these problems day-to-day, the feeling of isolation is far less since discovering this amazing (most of the time, don’t get me wrong, tumblr isn’t perfect) site and community. I feel safe on here when I’m having a bad day, I feel welcome, appreciated and encouraged on here.
Finding other people who struggle with mental health, and who are ensuring that they live their best lives are my everyday role models.
Girls like @aubernutter like @oatsnjen and so so many others are so jaw droppingly inspiring that it makes me so happy to see how far they have come and how much peace they have found in the last few years, and even more that they are still so open about both their good AND bad days.
Girls. I both salute and thank you, and so many others like you, for making me (and I imagine many many others) feel safe, and not alone in this fight.