This is an awkward time for Black History Month. I’ve noticed in the discussion groups that people are asking why black people should have an entire month devoted to the history of one race. And there has been a few deaths by very popular black celebrities in this month as well. So I thought it would be a good idea to share my thoughts on it.
If you’re a peruser of reddit like myself you’ll notice the slow build up of why the US still does a Black History Month before and during the month of February. This is usually followed with someone saying why white people don’t have a history month (ridiculous) or why Hispanics or Native Americans don’t have a history month (they do!). Some of these enlightened individuals usually say something ignorant that only reinforces why these history classes.
Don Cornelius died if a self-inflicted gunshot wound last week. Rest in peace. He was the creator and producer of Soul Train, a music TV program that started the careers of many R&B, pop and funk artists. It’s been on in syndication on different networks for over 30 years (1971-2006) with Cornelius as producer and host for 20 of them. In the end he was battling depression but ultimately lost.
Whitney Houston died this weekend although the causes remain unknown. Born into a singing family her powerful voice eventually made her a star. Her image as America’s sweetheart, as well as her singing and acting career, masked a very long battle with drug addiction. Unlike R&B singer Amy Winehouse whose tattoos, lyrics, and interviews lived up to her image as an alcoholic and heroin addict. Whitney’s clean image didn’t reflect the reality of her situation. At least not until she eventually married heavy drug user and sing Bobby Brown. Then overnight the press turned on her and her image was tarnished. Eventually, they divorced but the erratic behavior and unfortunate Barbra Walters interview reminded everyone that she was not the Whitney we fell in love with. Right up to the moment of her death she was working on a new album and performing on stage. Finally, we’ll never know what her final thoughts were as she died alone in that hotel room.