Whitney Houston, born August 9, 1963 in Newark, New Jersey was an American singer and actress. Whitney was destined to sing as her mother and cousin were legendary figures in American music. Whitney was considered “not black enough" by her white fans. Whitney had been choir minister at her town church which had jump-started her career, she had broken through barriers and inspired a new generation of female performers such as Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande and Celine Dion, they all give her credit for their successes. Whitney died, February 11, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California.