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Whitney Houston Drug Addiction News: Whitney, Self-Worth and Success: Whose Life Will You Save?

I was sitting in the movies, when I saw the news on my iPhone.

Whitney Houston, dead, age 48.

Breath stops. Immediate flood of memories rush in my mind’s eye: breaking into tears the first time I heard Whitney sing, “I will Always Love You;” wearing bright yellow/green pants and pink headbands in the 80s to look as pretty as Whitney; all of us scratching our heads when she married Bobby Brown and the pride Black people experienced when she sang the Star Spangled Banner to open the Supper Bowl. I remember her version being played over the PA system in school because we were so proud. Next breath. Whitney Houston. Dead. A tub. Hotel room. Pills. Fade to black as I open my eyes in the dark movie theatre with the credits rolling.