And then I asked myself the question: What would Whitney want?
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But now, a new younger generation like Lena Waithe and Amandla Stenberg are willing to include advocacy and education into their social content and overall personal brand. The relationship wxnt ended because of homophobic pressure. We just lived our lives and I hoped it could go on that way forever. She was Our story. I believe it is my duty to honor my friend and to clarify the many inaccuracies about myself and about who Whitney was.
But perhaps one of the biggest is Houston's loss of her own narrative. And while Crawford has been talked about in interviews, depicted in Lifetime movies, and highlighted in both documentaries, "A Song" will be her first acknowledgment of the "Nippy" she knew and loved. After her death inHouston's story was offered up by her family, her husband and documentarians Ladids Broomfield and Kevin Macdonaldalongside tabloids and gossip blogs.
Please submit a letter to the editor. Like what you see? People magazine first published Crawford's.
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These various people were all trying to tell us who Whitney truly was. And that evening was the night that we touched. The Whitney no one knew Nov. Crawford writes that she decided to finally share her story because she "felt the need to stand up for our friendship. I still loved her the same.
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Crawford writes that Houston presented her with a Bible, telling her people would use their relationship against them. NBC News has independently confirmed the excerpt. Now, as a black and openly gay woman, she's reclaiming who she is, and who Houston was to her.
In the nineteen years since I left Whitney's company, I have go pursued relentlessly to tell my story. In an early excerpt published by People and and in an interview with NBC News Dateline, Crawford confirms that she and Houston indeed had a romantic and sexual relationship.
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Notably, one of those people was Cissy Houston, Houston's mother who, in a interview with Oprah, denied Houston being anything other than straight. What was once unspoken, taboo, or, in Houston's case, completely unacceptable, has evolved to become, at the very least, a conversation. And that was enough. And I hope that in doing so, I vet set us both free," Crawford writes.
In the early s, soon after Houston ed a record deal with Clive Davis at Arista, she ended the physical relationship with Crawford and when breaking the news gave her a blue Bible. And then not long after that we spent the night together.
She didn't owe it to anyone, but after many years of seeing her story dictated by others, "A Song" is a gift for those looking to hear from a person who didn't seem to want anything more from Houston than for her to be happy as herself. And it felt wonderful. Unless some kind of lost diary surfaces, fans will never hear from Whitney directly.
No one in Houston's life has denied how important Crawford was to Houston, whom she met when they were both teenagers. And she loved me. Like Houston, Crawford's tonighf and story has been monopolized without her input or control. It is a culture that cannot be fully discarded without first being discussed. And that just brought us closer.
But what Crawford allows us to ruminate on is how others have been able to dictate a culture of homophobia. During a January interview with Oprah WinfreyCissy Houston said she was not sure if the two were romantically involved but it would have Housron her if her daughter had been gay. Some parallels were drawn to Houston's eventually ending her working Amy and friendship with Crawford and her descent into addiction.
We just enjoyed it. But Crawford's new memoir, "A Song For You: My Life with Whitney Houston," offers a perspective that doesn't speak for Houston, but for Crawford, who has remained silent about her relationship with Whitney for decades.