Whitney Was No Pushover! She Was a Leo Woman!

Categories: Whitney Houston

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Whitney Houston, Jackie Rinehart

So says publicist Jackie Rinehart in her written memorial of the singer she worked with.

Writes Rinehart:

"What first impressed me about Whitney was her strong will. You could sense that strength immediately.

"She was not weak, a pushover, or easily beguiled. She was a Leo woman and could give a look that let you know it -- like a real sister girl! I loved that about her."

It's also what scared me a little about her.

Rinehart also mentions Whtney's "princess genealogy" (she was born into musical royalty), but she keeps returning to her wild-kingdom analogies in describing Whitney's leonine ways.

"At times, Whitney was as self-contained as a lioness," she writes, "being the true Leo she was. She could be as poised and cool as her cousin Dionne could sing.

"Her brand was propagated in part by a great music label doing its job.

"But her image also was supported by the media and fans all yearning for an arechetypal female icon to be our musical bridge from the cool polish of Diana Ross and the Supremes to the gritty rawness of Mary J. Blige."

The resulting sound, Rinehart notes, occasionally got Whitney booed for not being "black enough," but she details how she urged Whitney to be a Leo and fight back!



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17 comments
Steinhope
Steinhope

Not surer why these commenters are coming forward now that she's dead and disparaging her music. She was an amazing talent. Let her rest.

anonTWO
anonTWO

dunno about the not black enough criticism. WH made pop music. She was a cross over star who enjoyed success on the R&B and pop charts but her music was distinctly mainstream.

bitchtrollfrom hell
bitchtrollfrom hell

Her music was crap and I didn't even like her style of oversinging.  She didn't do justice to the songs, she wasn't a good interpreter, she lacked the smarts.  She wasn't an artist, she was a corporate product molded by Clive Davis.

Southern Dave
Southern Dave

How about an embargo on Whitney Houston stuff for awhile?

Sand
Sand

Melissa Leo. Now THAT'S a Leo woman.

Rogie
Rogie

Dionne, Whitney's godmom Aretha, her biggest hit's songwriter Dolly, Mary J., even Diana - all these have bodies of work that people will be listening to long after they're gone. As for poor Whitney, her songs will at best be remembered when people want a lazy recollection of 20th-century camp, after the heyday of Dionne et Diane.

Kikkums
Kikkums

Not sure how the public could have wanted a bridge to Mary J. Blige when Mary J. Blige wasn't around yet. Is the public psychic like Whitney's cousin Dionne?

Cazzie
Cazzie

"Leonine". Nice.

Rogie
Rogie

I'm with you on all points but we'll have to qualify her not doing justice to the songs - except for a small handful, they weren't worth doing justice to in the first place! She lent her (admittedly powerful) voice to some of the worst hit songs I ever heard!

bitchtrollfromhell
bitchtrollfromhell

I meant she didn't do justice to "I Will Always Love You", she ruined it, she made it all about her.  Liked Dolly's & Linda Ronstadt's versions much better, subtler, more meaningful.

Betty
Betty

@bitchtrollfromhell 


Those two bitches would cut their own throats to have pinch of Whitney's talent. 

Mae Swazey
Mae Swazey

Amen, bitch troll!  Give me Dolly's or Linda's versions ANY day.

Mae Swazey
Mae Swazey

Amen, butch troll.  Give me Dolly's and Linda's versions ANY day.

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