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If You Don’t Like Him, Vote For the Other Guy by Delina Hill-Brooker

(We decided to take the offensive picture down for several reasons. One being we do not want to be a part of spreading hate, and secondly we don’t want to get into trouble like we hope the originators of the picture will. Let’s just say that it was a “campaign” picture of our president with a rope around his neck, eyes closed, head tilted, with the words ROPE spelled out instead of Obama. Yes they were implying that our president should be lynched.) ~ Continue reading

The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the picture was, “What in ALL OF THE HELL?” Now how can I address this without stooping to whoever created this picture’s level?

  1. I don’t care WHAT your political affiliation is THIS is NEVER acceptable. This goes far beyond Barack Obama being the President. We don’t have to agree on policies or politics but this is an outrage and we have the right to voice our opinions. How ignorant can you be to create such horrible things? So it’s ok to hang people now? It wasn’t when it was legal and it most certainly isn’t now. I didn’t agree with a lot of what EITHER of the Bush’s and other republicans views, but I would NEVER wish death by hanging or any other way publically or in private.
  1. This is the modern day proof that we CANNOT become complacent. We have a right and a duty to exercise our RIGHT to vote FOR WHOMEVER we feel is the right person for the job!
  1. I do a daily black history fact for us to be in the KNOW and for us not to FORGET where our COUNTRY came from. And just when I think we have made progress some IDIOT creates something like this! We still have a lot work to do.
  1. I have a wide variety of different friends. Black, white, democratic, republican, independent, Baptist, Methodist, Atheist, gay, straight, married, single, crazy, and everything else in between. I don’t have to always agree with their personal life choices or views, but I RESPECT them enough to let them have it without DEMORALIZING them or their views.
  1. I bet whoever created this horrible image doesn’t have the guts, balls or whatever else to personally display this to our president. I am mad for SOOOO many reasons because of this, and so should you.

When I went to their Facebook fan page (Weda Peeple LLC) the caption that they posted with the picture was, “hehehe string the basturd up from a tree.” IGNORANTCY at it’s finest! While they are posting pictures of hanging OUR president, they can’t even spell bastard! On their Facebook fan page they also claim to be Stopping the secular socialist agenda as well as having pictures honoring the victims of 9-1-1, and other patriotic pictures. But this ONE picture of OUR President, Barack Obama hanging contradicts all that they claim to be. NEWSFLASH: It is unpatriotic to post cruel pictures of OUR commander in chief. I don’t agree with the war, but I support our troops! THAT’S PATRIOTISM! All of the ‘likes’ on this page are anti-Obama.

Let’s have a little education here. The definition of socialism:

1. Any of various theories or systems of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods is owned collectively or by a centralized government that often plans and controls the economy.

  1. The stage in Marxist-Leninist theory intermediate between capitalism and communism, in which collective ownership of the economy under the dictatorship of the proletariat has not yet been successfully achieved.

In my PERSONAL opinion this is not what President Obama is doing. Yes, he is trying to gain control of the situations on the table and sit us right side up because of all of the mistakes democrats and republicans made in the past. In order to STOP THE BLEEDING, we have to do SOMETHING! None of his plans are to CONTROL America. They are all to get a HANDLE on the things that have gone unhandled for so long. ANY PRESIDENT, democratic or republican in this term, the next, and probably the next two terms is going to have a hard time. Why? Because WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA messed up our economy! If you don’t like what he’s doing, feel free to vote for the other guy or even move to another country for all I care!

If he were a Jew, would they put up pictures of Hitler and images of the victims of the Holocaust? Would the republicans be in an uproar then? If he were a woman would they put up pictures of women’s suffrage? Where do we draw the line between disagreement and HATE CRIMES? This is nothing less than a terroristic threat! Threatening the President of the United States is a class D felony under United States Code Title 18, Section 871. It consists of knowingly and willfully mailing or otherwise making “any threat to take the life of, to kidnap, or to inflict bodily harm upon the President of the United States“. The United States Secret Service investigates suspected violations of this law and monitors those who have a history of threatening the President.

It is 2012. The original date that slavery was said to have ended was January 1, 1863 marking the Emancipation Proclamation, but that news did not reach Texas slaves until June 1865 which is why Black people celebrate what is called Juneteenth. Lynching’s stopped around 1968. So, 149 years after slavery officially ended and forty-four years after lynching’s were no longer LEGALLY practiced, and forty four presidents after we became a country THIS is where we are? Shameful to say the least!

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense,promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Definition of domestic tranquility: Internal peacefulness; lack of disturbance within a country.

Definition of promoting the general welfare: Bettering the lives of Americans

This is what our country was founded on. So what’s the big deal now?

The point is, if you don’t like President Obama exercise your right to vote for the other guy. Let’s fight fair people! You make your whole party look bad by what you display! One bad apple spoils the barrel. America is the land of the FREE and the home of the BRAVE. With that alone, you should be kicked out of America because THAT was a cowardly move! Weda Peeple LLC you are the opposite of brave. I have my own reasons of why you took the picture down, but your secret is out now.

I hope my bit of blog helps to track down your whereabouts and is able to trace the cowards behind this whole debacle! My personal message to you is, think before you act, learn your history, put yourself in his shoes, grow up, and last but certainly not least spell check!

My name is Delina and I approve this message and just in case you were wondering, yeah I’ll be casting my vote for our President Barack Obama to serve another four years! Meet cha’ at the polls!



Follow Your Dreams by Delina Hill-Brooker


What is it that you have always wanted out of life? If you could paint the perfect picture of how your life could be, how well does your real life measure up to the picture? And if it’s way off track; why? Are you afraid to take a leap of faith and jump off the deep end, free falling into your utopia of pure happiness? Do you think that you’ve waited too long to discover what it is that you actually want out of life? Or have you gotten so accustomed to your life the way that you know it that you can’t see how you can change paths now?

Here’s my take on that. There is a reason for your uneasiness. You were born with a purpose and the ‘seed’ was placed in your gut. You will never feel completely whole, if you do not try to accomplish your dreams one way or another. And even if it’s an unconventional path, doesn’t mean it’s not for you. You are never too old to follow your dreams. Case in point, Morgan Freeman didn’t get his big break until he was almost 50! I’m sure that other actors would have fit nicely into his roles in Driving Miss Daisy, Glory, The Shawshank Redemption and Lean on Me, but it certainly wouldn’t be the same. Can you picture Will Smith or Morris Chestnut in those roles? Me either.

The same goes for relationships. If you’ve always imagined yourself with an independent, hardworking person, but you settled for the very attractive, lazy, slacker slob that only mooches off of you…it’s never too late to cut the ties and move on.

Google the name George Dawson. He was a former slave who learned to read and wrote a book at the age of 101 entitled Life Is So Good.

Now don’t go crazy and quit your job so that you can become a 50 year old gangsta rapper. This blog is not about being unrealistic. It’s about finding your own unique way to make your dreams come true so that you can live out your life’s purpose. If you are the 50 year old rapper, do YouTube video’s, frequent karaoke bars and local talent shows WHILE STILL KEEPING YOUR DAY JOB. C’mon, you are grown and should definitely be taking care of your own bills and family. But just like Mr. Morgan Freeman, you never know what will happen, and hey, you could have a one hit wonder. 😀

So go out and get that degree, make your gifts and desires work for you. Don’t listen to the naysayers (which is mostly you and your thoughts) Just do the darn thing and get to maximizing the enjoyment energies of life. If George Dawson can do it, then so can you! #FollowYourDreams

My name is Delina and I approve this message! 😉

Fifty Shades of…



I had been hearing about the latest phenomenon of the Fifty Shades Trilogy. I had it on my list of books to read, but for whatever reason I wasn’t jumping out of my seat to rush to go get it. My neighbor bought the first of the series and read it. She brought it over and told me to read it so we could talk about it. She warned me that it had a lot of sex in it, but assured me that it was a good read. It took me a few days to pick it up. After I got passed Chapter two, I couldn’t put it down. I finished the first book in two days. As a matter of fact it was about 11 pm when I finished it, and I was upset that I didn’t already have book two to start reading immediately. – Darn cliff hangers. My mind was racing of all of the things that would happen next. I rushed out the next day and bought books two and three. I read them both in five days. (All three books are a little over 600 pages long).

All while reading I could visualize the movie. My mind was curious on how they would portray the sex scenes. As soon as I thought I figured out what was going on in the story something new would come up. My mind was always working. As a writer I was taking notes on how she kept my interest throughout the whole series. As a reader I couldn’t help but talk about it; which is hard to do without giving away the story – so I won’t in this blog. After I read book three I wanted to go back and read the whole trilogy again. It was kind of like the Matrix, there are so many small details that you might miss them the first time around, so you have to read/or watch again to get the full impact.

When I talked about it with my neighbor and other friends who had already read it I was relieved to learn that I wasn’t the only one who could hear Mr. Christian Grey’s voice when he said, “Anastasia” and other things. I read where some of the critics (probably men) where saying that the trilogy was ‘Mommy Porn.” In the books defense it does have A LOT of sex or as the main character Anastasia Steele would say Kinky Fuckery in it, but it is defiantly a love story that makes you not only fantasize, but think about other relationships and how you balance them out without letting go of yourself and your core values and wants. And the sex scenes were so tastefully written, they were no where near ‘porn quality.’ With that being said, I would not recommend it for younger readers. Even outside of the sex there are some real adult issues they deal with in the book. There were so many powerful dynamics to the story line. It was always full of action and exposing so many components to multiple new lifestyles.

I must say I am addicted to all things Grey (Fifty Shades of Grey, Fifty Shades Darker, Fifty Shades Free, and of course good ole’ Grey’s Anatomy) 😉 I can’t wait to see how they do the movie. I will re-read all three books before the movie and be there on opening night to watch it with my girlfriends.

E.L. James I commend you. Great job! It has been YEARS since I’ve read a book that kept my undivided attention the way yours did. I appreciate the language and uncommon words that made me Google words to learn there meaning. And if I understand correctly it is her FIRST novel that really makes me smile and encourages me.

I’m sure I will be a life long fan. So if you haven’t gone out to read it, please do. It is well worth the money.



Rest In Peace by Delina Hill-Brooker


Is it just me or does it seem like, all of the greatest celebrities are dying off at an alarming rate? I know that no one lives forever, and the day will come when all of us cross over, but geez. I’m not sure if it’s because I am getting older and realizing more around me, or if it’s a sign of the times. Each announcement on the news, TMZ, CNN always hits me as a shock; maybe because they are still rather young. And I’m not sure why, but it seems like I have some type of emotional attachment to these people that I never knew personally, only there public persona.

The most recent: Rodney King 47, Yvette Wilson age 48, Whitney Houston 48, Michael Jackson 50, Bernie Mac 50, Heavy D 44, Patrick Swayze 57, Robin Gibb 62, Jeff Connaway 60, Donna Summer 62, Adam Yauch 47, Don Cornelius 75, Etta James 73, Vesta Williams 53, Nick Ashford 70, Amy Winehouse 27, I could go on and on, but I think you get my point.

It seems so much easier when you know they’ve lived a full happy life. Or even if they started our rocky, they got their lives back on track in time to enjoy it without the bad side effects. Like I said, I know that anyone can die at any age, but since they’re in the public eye, we hear about it more often.

With that in mind, cherish life. Live it to the fullest. Tell the people you love, that you love them today. Tomorrow is not promised.

Rest in peace, to all who have passed on, the famous, infamous, regular folk and the unknowns.

Cherish today, because tomorrow is not promised.



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Control & Faith Falling by Delina Hill-Brooker

Hebrew 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

One thing I am learning about myself is that I’m somewhat of a control freak. Even if it’s something that I am not physically handling myself, if someone is helping me do something and they don’t do it exactly how I thought they should do it I cringe on the inside. I try to control it so that it doesn’t show on the outside, because the rational side of me knows that there are multiple ways to complete the same task. *sigh*

Why is it that we feel that we actually have control of anything? When we really don’t have control of ourselves. If one thing is off internally, it throws everything else off. Not to mention all of the outside forces that have nothing to do with us, yet still affect us. While we constantly struggle to control what we can’t control, when we finally let go, it’s so much easier. Even if the thing you are trying to control doesn’t go your way, you’re no longer playing tug of war with it because you let it go. Isn’t that a much easier option?


If we are constantly trying to control our environment that means we have little to no faith. If you believe, like I believe that ALL things work together for good and for the glory of God; you know that even if a particular situation that didn’t turn out exactly how YOU wanted it to go, it still worked out for the best. And in a round about kind of way, you’ll get what was meant for you, and it could possibly be better than what you envisioned in your head, under your control.

I’ve decided to start living life with a faith fall mentality. I’m letting go, and letting God. Relinquishing all control, and having faith that everything is going to turn out even better than what I could’ve wanted for myself.

“Flow with whatever is happening and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” ~ Chuang Tzu

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Love The Skin You’re In – by Delina Hill-Brooker

My four year old daughter and I were driving in the car. (Seems like we are always driving in the car). And just as random as most things from her are, she said, “Mommy I don’t like being dark brown. I want to be light brown like you.” Immediately my feelings were hurt. “What do you mean? You are beautiful and perfect just the way God made you.”

“I think that God made a mistake. I want to be light brown like you and the boys.”

My mind started to race. Where did I go wrong? I have her in a school of predominately Black and African teachers and students. I am the person who posts a black history fact on Facebook everyday. How can my beautiful child not like the color of her skin?

I’ve never considered myself to be light brown, I’m just brown. My husband is dark skinned, the boys are light, but she is not dark brown either. She may be a shade darker then me. My sister explained to me that it’s normal for a little girl to look up to and want to be like her mother. My mother is light skinned. She was much lighter when we were growing up and I used to think that she was white, but I never wanted to be her color.

I remember my high school days when light skinned was ‘in.’ That’s all I dated, but I don’t think that I have a preference on light or dark skin. A friend asked me a while ago if I had ever dated a Caucasian before. I told her no, but it wasn’t because of their skin color. I was not interested in the Caucasians that were interested in me.

It upsets me that even in this day in age when we think that we have come so far, we really have a long way to go. Some parts of society still see dark as dirty or less then and white or light skinned privileged. Somehow this ugly mindset has been buried deep in our psyche. It’s going to take longer to reverse it, then it took to put it in there.

The whole process of trying to convince my daughter that she is beautiful just the way she is got me to thinking even outside of the color spectrum. How many little girls feel the same way? How many adults are uncomfortable in their own skin? What is it in all of us that wish that a certain part of us could be different? Where does that stem from? If you have ‘nappy’ hair you want it straight, if you have straight hair you want it curly. If you have short hair, you want a weave, thin lips you want botox, big lips a lip reduction, big breast, small breast. It goes on and on and on.

In our fast pace society it’s so easy to do a quick nip tuck, bleach, tan, perm or weave. Will we ever be able to just be how we were born to be? I am in no means against plastic surgery, weaves, tanning, perms etc. I love that I can choose to get a perm or not, but some things should not be changed, and skin color is one of them.

We are all a part of the human race, and are more alike then we are different. We need to teach our children to love their skin as well as others. God made us different for a reason.

Not to brag, but my daughter is nothing less then beautiful. I will keep reaffirming her as well as pointing out the beauty in others.

Do you love the skin you’re in?


RHOA – Confessions by Delina Hill-Brooker

Confession #1: I’ve never watched any of the other Housewives shows, but every since the second season I’ve been hooked on the Atlanta one.

NeNe Leakes was my favorite. She kept it real, stood her ground and seemed down to earth. I think that the divorce changed her as a person and with it being amplified under the camera it just made it more difficult.

Lisa Wu-Hartwell was very sweet, with little to no controversy. (I really do respect that). I love that her husband genuinely loved her and she loved him. Their values seemed genuine.

I’ve always been a fan of Kandi Burruss and her first season on there she was more laid back and handled the drama well. I loved the fact that she didn’t go off of what other people said about people and got to know them herself to make a conclusion on how she felt. Most of all I admire her business mind. I think outside of everything else this was a publicity move for her. I can’t knock that.


Sheree Whitfield seemed nice as well. I could never really connect with her until she started talking about her ex-husband Bob and his lack of child support and moral support for their children. (That was heart breaking).

Cynthia Bailey is absolutely stunning and looks amazing for her age. She seems down to earth as well. It breaks my heart that her mother and sister don’t support her marriage to Peter, but I’m glad that they are still together.

Phaedra Parks I love her business mind and she is knee slapping funny to me. He “Mmmmhmmmm”, “Donkey Booties”, “Everybody knows…” always keep me laughing. Even her over the top baby showers, first birthday parties, christening etc. are really a bit much for me, but hey it’s a part of her.

Kim Zolciak, She was just iiiight to me at first. She seemed like a cool person, her wig obsession was funny, I felt that she was pretty and didn’t to need all of the make up that she wore. I really didn’t like the fact that she was seeing the unknown married man Big Poppa, but I never judged her for it. She seemed kind of shallow.




Lastly Marlo Hampton, she’s not an official housewife. I don’t know how she became such a face on the show. She kept up way too much drama for me. Maybe it’s different because she’s an “outsider” keeping up a lot of noise. I do hope that she is being smart with whatever kind of money that she does make. I don’t know enough about her to have a real opinion.

Confession #2: I love the stupid, petty drama. I think to some degree we all do, that’s what makes the show so successful. It seems like this season has taken the drama to a whole new level. The two that were the fire starters before (Kim and NeNe) are now laid back. The three that were calm, (Sheree, Cynthia and Kandi) have upped up their arguments. They are nowhere near where Kim and NeNe used to be, but it’s more than the previous seasons. I think that because Phaedra is a lawyer she is able to handle the controversy better.

Confession #3: I am genuinely happy for Kim, her marriage and the direction her life is headed. I’m also happy to see Kandi broadening her brand in the music, clothing store, online show, and sex toy line. The same with Phaedra expanding into the funeral home as well as her law firm; and Cynthia with her modeling agency. I’m glad to see that NeNe used this platform to go to new places that are in my opinion than this reality show.

Confession #4: I didn’t like the 3 hour reunion as much as I thought I would. It was a lot to take in. I can’t believe that these very grown women spent at least three hours arguing and screaming at the top of their lungs.

RHOA is the best and the worst of reality TV. I’ve had a running commentary with my Facebook and Twitter friend that the only actual WIVES are, NeNe, Cynthia, Phaedra and now Kim. So, what’s the criteria for casting? I wonder when we’ll be over this addiction. Even though the reunion let me down, I’m sure my DVR will be set and I will be tuned in to next season.

Our Nation’s Son, Trayvon Martin by Delina Hill-Brooker

This whole Trayvon Martin case has really struck a chord with me. When I first heard of the story all I could think about is my two sons, (16 & 6). When the weather calls for it both of them wear hoodies on a daily basis. I can’t even imagine the pain and anguish his parents are feeling because of this. I would never wish anything like this on anyone. I wanted to REALLY go in depth like a lawyer about the case, but the story keeps growing, and new things and people keep coming out of the wood work with ‘new’ evidence; which pisses me off even more. The way this whole the story is unfolding is worse than the political race.

Let me take a moment to state a few of the FACTS:

Trayvon was going to get snacks to eat while watching the game.

He felt like he was in danger because he saw Zimmerman watching him.

He was on the phone with a female friend.

Zimmerman was not a policeman, nor a security guard. He was simply part of the   neighborhood watch.

The dispatch specifically told Zimmerman NOT to follow Trayvon. He did anyway.

Zimmerman ‘mumbled’ “They always get away.”

Zimmerman was not arrested or questioned.

With just those few facts I think it’s safe to say that Trayvon NOT Zimmerman was the one in danger. Trayvon was PROBABLY looking at Zimmerman, because Zimmerman was staring at HIM! How was Zimmerman’s life in danger if he is the aggressor? Even if Trayvon had a gun, he was not chasing Zimmerman, therefore HE was not in danger.

I wish I could list all of the inconsistencies of the police department, investigations, personal and family ties with people in the judicial system. (His father is a retired Florida Magistrate Judge, Zimmerman’s three prior arrests that were mysteriously closed with no semblance of charges…need I go on? And the AUDACITY of whoever brought up Trayvon’s past of being suspended because of traces of weed on him infuriates me to the highest level. One has nothing to do with the other.

The only reason that this has something to do with color is because of Zimmerman. ANY young teen could’ve ‘looked’ suspicious in a hoodie if that’s your mindset. Fact: All thugs, burglars, terrorists don’t wear hoodies. Some of them are heavy set, partial Hispanic males with a red polo shirt and an earring in their left ear. I’M JUST SAYIN’!

There is SO much that I want to say about this case, but we all know the real deal. All of the marching, wearing hoodies and supporting, is great, but unfortunately it won’t bring Trayvon back, but I hope this is a lesson to the world! If this doesn’t piss you off royally, then you are just another George Zimmerman, and that is not good for anyone.








Rest in peace Trayvon Martin. Your death will NOT be in vain.



Self Reflection & Random Thoughts by Delina Hill-Brooker

In July 2011 I was able to walk away from corporate America and blessed with an opportunity to do what I’ve always WANTED to do…work for myself. That was nine months ago…enough time to birth a baby. And although I haven’t (and don’t plan on) birthed any more tiny humans, I have had the luxury of doing a lot of praying, meditating, self-realization. I have ALWAYS had a hustle mentality, and that go-get it spirit. I’ve never quit ANYTHING that I’ve tried to accomplish, and I always reach my goals.

  1. I know how to cook, I’m not an expert in cooking and I don’t try to be. I’ve never enjoyed cooking, but I’ve learned that it just might be my least favorite thing of all to do in life. So I have decided that once our budget permits I will hire a personal chef. Yeah I said it. I’ll take that over a house keeper or even over a pool boy. 😉
  2. I’ve never been good at doing other peoples hair. I can braid single braids, or as they call it in the south ‘plaits’. I was blessed to have a beautiful daughter with a head FULL of long, THICK, beautiful hair. Um yeah…she’s four and yeaaaaah, I still haven’t mastered her hair. I STILL cannot braid. Although I have successfully did a full head of twists. It took a whole heck of a lot longer than it should have. I am proud of the outcome, but I still find it easier to have someone who braids for a living, braid her hair. ImageImage <–Told you it was a lot of hair!
  3. Some things I do better alone, some things I do better in a group. For instance, I can run my business and handle everything I need to without any assistance or persuasion. I’m a quick learner and can execute the new things that I learn on my own easily. I’ve been working out since December and doing personal training, but I’ve learned that as far as the personal training etc., I do MUCH better in a group. I even enjoy it more. Image <–Chinese push ups.
  4. Creatively I work very well by myself or with others. It doesn’t matter I am just a creative person at heart and that is my passion.
  5. I’ve done A LOT of things that I had no idea how to do and didn’t think that I could do. I completed our five year business plan. It wasn’t as hard as I thought that it would be.
  6. The quick tongue that I USED to have…has calmed down tremendously. Now I only keep my thoughts in my head lol! Most times I have a different outlook. Everything ain’t for everybody and I’m ok with letting people leave my life.
  7. God REALLY DOES talk to you (me). I’ve done a lot of meditating and praying and when I ask Him to speak to me, He REALLY does. Loud and clear. We have a really good relationship.
  8. I want what I want, and I now know that there’s nothing wrong with that. I’ve also realized that I don’t have to settle for less or ‘dumb down’ my vision because it doesn’t match the ‘normal’ persons’ expectations for life.
  9. I have a sensitive spirit, even though I smile a lot and share what seems to be a lot, I only let certain people in so far.
  10. I absolutely LOVE spending time with my family!
  11. You only get one physical life. It’s easier to take care of yourself instead of trying to ‘get back’ where you were. Tomorrow is not promised so don’t waste time doing things that you weren’t put on this earth to do. Find out what we are meant to do in life and DO IT!!!
  12. Last but not least…If you just ASK for what you want instead of being afraid or tip-toeing around, you’d be surprised at the responses you’ll get. JUST ASK!

Thanks for reading! Hope you enjoyed my bit of randomness. 😀

Whitney Houston by Delina Hill-Brooker

ImageFor whatever reason, the death of Whitney Houston has struck a strong personal chord with me. Her funeral was yesterday and yet it STILL all feels like a dream. I know that everyone has a gift and a purpose to fulfill while on this earth, as well as a time to die. No matter the reasoning why; us leaving this earth it’s inevitable. To loose anyone is hard and even though I didn’t know her personally, I was still saddened and hurt that God chose to take her at such a young age. Forty eight USED to seem like it was a long time, but it’s really not.

My first recollection of Whitney was my fifth grade graduation. We sang “The Greatest Love of All.” When Ms. Kathy Robbins and Ms. Dorothy Owens let us hear the tape (yes the tape) of Whitney singing it so we could learn the song, I was instantly in love. Even at an early age, I had an appreciation of REAL music and true vocalists. My neighbor Kris who lived down the street had an beautiful singing voice and we would sit in her driveway and request that she’d sing certain songs for us; my request was always “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” or “One Moment in Time”. When I was in middle school on of my best friends Courtney and I would walk down the hall singing, “My name is not Susan.” When Whitney sang “The Star Spangled Banner” That is when I knew that one day I wanted to sing that song for Super Bowl. When my other best friend O’Leta moved out into her own apartment every time I would come over to visit, we would pop in Whitney Houston and sing with our karaoke microphones, “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” and “My Love is Your Love”. You couldn’t tell us that we weren’t performing at a live concert! The first time I heard, “I Will Always Love You,” I was listening to the radio while cleaning the kitchen and I stopped dead in my tracks thinking to myself, She done went and done it now. I was stunned. When I started singing in weddings I would ALWAYS sing “I Believe in You and Me.” After hearing of her divorce and struggles with addiction I was watching Oprah and heard her sing, “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” I was GENUINELY happy for her, as I had been rooting for her to pull through and come back strong and whole.  Soon after, I was leaving my subdivision and heard “Million Dollar Bill” and I smile appeared on my face…just like every other Whitney Houston song I heard.

Her voice is timeless, always pure and crystal clear. Her delivery of each song was sure, and punctual. She’d hit her high and low notes EFFORTLESSLY. She made it look and sound so easy, but we all know that everyone can’t and shouldn’t attempt to sing a Whitney Houston song. It took me a long time to even attempt her ‘easier’ songs. But I studied her, like she was my own personal teacher. I would pause the tape or CD to mimic her part by part and copy every rift and run. She and Mariah Carey are the only reasons why I wanted to be a soprano. Even when she wasn’t her best vocally, she was better than most. Even if people don’t like her personally or aren’t even true fans, one thing you cannot deny is THAT GIRL COULD SANG!!! She made her mark and set the bar so high.

People have so many thoughts about Whitney, her relationships, her addictions, her attitude and life in general. But there truth of the matter is, we will never REALLY know how she felt as a person. To be put on a pedestal and still have to keep up that persona even when she was in her darkest hours, that has to be hard! Some people would argue that, that is the price she paid for fame. I disagree. Some people will say she chose to live her life that way, that is true, but until you have walked in her shoes, we cannot judge her. We all make mistakes and do things that we are not proud of. The only difference is most of our lives are not in the public eye to be judged, exploited and criticized even more. I’m not justifying anything wrong that she may have done. I’m just saying she was still human. No one is perfect. The perfect persona they gave her as an artist is just that…a persona. That is marketing, not real life. Since this blog is about Whitney and not Bobby, I’ll just touch on this briefly. LEAVE BOBBY ALONE! He is going through his own struggles. Whitney’s death was not his fault. His mother and father died last year and then Whitney this year. THAT is a lot. I’m not sure what REALLY happened at the funeral and why he left, but does it really matter? He is mourning the lost of a loved one. Say what you want about who introduced who to drugs etc, Whitney was grown. I just pray that whatever ill feelings from either and both sides can be resolved. Bitterness paralyzes life, love empowers it. – Harry Emerson Fosdick.

If I’ve learned nothing more from the life and death of Whitney Houston, I’ve learned:

1. Do what you were called to do, do it well and to the best of your ability.

2. Always take care of your mind, body and spirit because it’s so much harder to get these back.

3. Nobody’s perfect. Don’t judge others. Show compassion and love.

4. Life is too short

5. When you see others in trouble or need – pray for them and the people around them.

Instead of judging, speculating, rationalizing the life, music and death of Whitney Houston let her life be a lesson for your life. I know I will.

Rest in sweet heavenly peace Whitney Houston. Thank you for sharing your gift with the world. You will always be the greatest in my eyes.

Bobby Kristina and Bobby Brown and the whole Houston family, I will be praying for you all. Keep your eyes on Him!


*I was going to do a medley video tribute for Whitney, but I’ve been having technical difficulties. Maybe later.*

*Picture is used courtesy of Brian Coyle*

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