Posts Tagged: whitney houston
At Vela Magazine, Danielle Jackson discusses Whitney Houston as an embodiment of black excellence, and the continued erasure of black artists’ contributions to commercial music:
Houston and the entire lineage of black women performers that preceded her invented techniques and sounds that have been endlessly covered and riffed upon, but they are generally under-acknowledged for their genius and how much lasting impact they have had on the landscape of American music.
Last week the New York Times reported that Billie Holiday’s hologram is coming to the Apollo Theater this fall, where the singer made her debut at nineteen, and recently was inducted into the Apollo Hall of Fame. Apparently it’s planned to be the first in a series significant enough to be announced as a “partnership” between the Apollo and Hologram USA, and Holiday’s likeness will interact with the audience, spouting historical facts and answering questions before she “sings.”
Friday, news broke that Whitney Houston will be joining Holiday in the ranks of the musicians holographically resurrected: Hologram USA will also be producing a transparent Houston, in cooperation with the late singer’s sister, Pat Houston, in a “world tour” planned to start next year....more
I didn’t know Whitney Houston, and yet there I was, weeping. I’d read the Tweets, watched the videos, and re-posted a video of her singing “I’m Changing” live from when she was very young and so pretty that it remains almost painful to look at her, even now after all these years....more