Whitney Houston died on February 11, 2012 at age 48, from drug-related causes on the Beverly Hills Hilton all through Grammy Weekend celebrations. Her mother, Cissy, honors her daughter’s legacy in her new e-book, “Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night time time the Music Stopped.”
Nicholas and Delia Mae Drinkard raised Cissy as their youngest of eight children in Despair-era Newark, New Jersey. Her Newark upbringing made her additional resilient, nevertheless she is going to’t say the an identical for her children.
“My childhood toughened me up. Nonetheless my children-especially Nippy-never developed that exact same toughness. And that will set off even better points later.”
Sturdy Christian faith blended with good singing voices, impressed the siblings to create the Gospel-based Drinkard Singers. Their abilities led them to sing with the legendary Mahalia Jackson at New York Metropolis’s Carnegie Hall in 1951.
John Houston admired Cissy; and his musical connections secured an introduction. Unhappily wed and pregnant, Cissy divorced after two years of marriage. She moved in with John, although he was nonetheless married and headed for divorce. Two children (Michael and Whitney) joined Gary (from Cissy’s first marriage) to kind the Houston family.
Whitney earned her nickname, “Nippy,” in early childhood, primarily based totally on a then trendy cartoon character; and it adopted her till demise.
Nippy usually imitated her mother’s singing occupation, collaborating in dress-up throughout the basement and using props as microphones. At 12, she declared her expert singing ambitions.
Cissy’s commerce expertise, which included forming the backup singing quartet, Sweet Inspirations, who sang with legendary performers, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and Elvis Presley, amongst others; helped info her daughter.
Sadly, unhealthy press usually overshadows good news, because of Nippy earned her share of reward, along with establishing the Whitney Houston Foundation for Kids.
Cissy shares photographs and tales about Nippy, along with the near destruction of her vocal cords in early childhood after a hanger lodged in her throat.
She moreover positioned second throughout the Yard State Opponents, a singing contest for New Jersey youngsters, on account of a time limit violation. Satirically, the winner sang “The Largest Love of All,” which later grew to turn out to be thought of certainly one of Nippy’s largest hits.
Rumors endured regarding the relationship between Nippy and her best pal and personal assistant, Robyn Crawford, whom she met in highschool. Instinctively, Cissy didn’t like Robyn’s sturdy, assertive persona. She later found Robyn was gay nevertheless says that had nothing to do collectively together with her disdain in course of her.
“I do know there had been quite a bit speculation over time regarding the friendship between Robyn and Nippy and whether or not or not it was better than that. I don’t honestly know what exactly went on between them, once more as soon as they first met or shortly.”
Cissy does credit score rating Robyn with alerting her once more throughout the late 1980s that Nippy was using medication, when no one else courageously did so.
Nippy met her future husband, Bobby Brown, on the 1989 Soul Observe Awards current. His unhealthy boy reputation endured even after they married, along with run-ins with the regulation. Although Cissy thought the couple was a mismatch, she revered her daughter’s selections.
Cissy wouldn’t blame Bobby (nor the music commerce) for introducing Nippy to medication, as many people do. Nor does she assume he did quite a bit to help her, as he partied too.
Every Gary and Michael used medication of their youngsters; and influenced Nippy’s penchant to experiment.
A lot of Nippy’s actions pained Cissy, collectively together with her infamous 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer the place she declared, “Crack is Whack.” Her 2005 actuality current with Bobby Brown, titled, “Being Bobby Brown,” stunned Cissy, with what she deemed Nippy’s unrecognizable habits.
Cissy moreover expert heartbreak after visiting Nippy unannounced at her Mendham, New Jersey mansion, solely to have her reply the door extreme on medication.
Although Cissy mourns the shortage of her daughter, she attributes her demise to God’s plan. Many people assume Nippy died sooner than her time, nevertheless now she’s not so optimistic. ” I consider God had enough of seeing her bear the whole thing she went by means of whereas she was proper right here, and so He decided to convey her dwelling.”
At supply, the hospital staff touted Nippy’s magnificence throughout the maternity ward. Cissy says it’s as if Nippy belonged to most people from day one.
Cissy admirably refused to grieve her daughter in public fanfare; adamant to honor Whitney Elisabeth, her baby, not Whitney Houston, the internationally well-known entertainer. Relations and mates held funeral suppliers for Nippy at New Hope Baptist Church, the lifelong place of worship for the Houston family.
“Remembering Whitney,” printed on January 29, 2013, angered Bobbi Kristina, sole little certainly one of Bobbi and Whitney. She declared her grandmother’s e-book “disrespectful” in course of her mother. Not so. Cissy’s penned an eternal dedication to her daughter; and through her tribute we’re reminded that celebrities too have faults and weaknesses, along with the fragility of life.
To view Billboard journal’s assortment of Whitney Houston photographs, entitled, “Remembering Whitney: Her Life in Images, go to: http://www.billboard.com/pictures/428547/remembering-whitney-her-life-in-photos