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6 things you may not know about Whitney Houston

6 things you may not know about Whitney Houston

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1-Her Nickname Was Nippy
Houston’s nickname, given to her when she was a baby by her father John Houston, was Nippy. The story goes, Houston was a fussy baby who kept kicking off her winter blanket at night. Her father, who repeatedly covered her up, would affectionately say to her, “Nippy, seldom right.” Nippy was also the name of a cartoon character who constantly got into trouble. When the singer formed her own management company, once run by her father, she named it Nippy Inc.

2-Cece Winans was Houston’best friend
CeCe Winans was Houston’s best friend and the godmother of her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown. Together, their voices were peerless on the soaring ballad ‘Count on Me.’ Obviously, from the title of the song, it was an ode to their enduring friendship. The single reached the top 10 of the Billboard R&B Songs chart and was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 1994 Grammy Awards, though it did not win.

3- Houston Kept It All in the Family
Houston’s family worked for her and with her. Her brother Gary Houston, also a singer, once sang the duet “My Endless Love” with her on the concert stage. Her other brother, Michael Houston, penned several songs with her for the “Waiting to Exhale” soundtrack. Gary’s wife, Patricia Houston, was her manager. And her longtime bodyguard was Patricia’s brother Ray Watson.

4-Houston Turned Down ‘Cosby Show’
Houston auditioned for and got the role of Sondra Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.” But she turned it down. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, she told director Jay Sandrich that she couldn’t sign the contract because she was going to be a singer and had to be free to tour, even though she didn’t even have a record deal. “I said ‘Well, who told you you can sing?’” recalled Sandrich, “and she said ‘My mother, my aunt.’” “The Cosby Show” became the biggest hit of the 80s and Houston became an international pop star.

5-School  Named After Her
Whitney has a school named after her (1997) – formerly Franklin School, now the Whitney E. Houston School of Creative and Performing Arts in her hometown of East Orange, New Jersey

6- Activist and Philantropist
Whitney Houston was a stalwart supporter the anti-apartheid movementand Nelson Mandela. During her days as a model, Houston refused to work with any agencies who did business with South Africa
In 1988, she performed in London at Freedomfest, an event thrown in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday. The concert was watched by 600 million people and was credited with raising worldwide consciousness about the imprisoned leader, leading many believe to his release. In 1994, after Mandela’s election, Houston performed in a special series of South African concerts, all proceeds of which were donated by Whitney Houston and her foundation to South African children’s charities, including two children’s museums and several orphanages. In 1989, Houston founded Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, which helped kids with cancer and AIDS. She was also involved with many other causes, including the United Negro College Fund, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, and the Children’s Diabetes Foundation. In 1991, she donated her royalties from her chart-busting rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” to the Red Cross. In 1997 , Houston’s “Classic Whitney Live from Washington, D.C.” HBO special concert reportedly raised more than $300,000 for the Children’s Defense Fund.

6 things you may not know about Tupac Shakur!

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1-Tupac was named after Túpac Amaru II, a Peruvian revolutionary who led an indigenous uprising against Spain and was subsequently executed.Tupac Amaru means « Shining serpent » in Incan Indian and Shakur means « Thankful to God » in Arabic.

2-Tupac was an avid reader, with some of his favorite authors to include: William Shakespeare, Niccolò Machiavelli, Donald Goines, Sun Tzu, Kurt Vonnegut, Maya Angelou, and Alice Walker.

3-Tupac is one of only three rappers to ever get a song (« Dear Mama ») added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. The other 2 rap artists are Public Enemy and Grandmaster Flash

4-Marlon Wayans
They met on the set of Above the Rim and became good friends. Marlon has said that being with Tupac wasn’t like being with this gangsta that everyone made Tupac out to be. He laughed and joked and had a good time,’ we used to go in the trailer and just crack jokes. We used to tease him and say he should cross out the T on his chest and change his image to HUG LIFE’

5 -Mickey Rourke
He was one of Tupac’s closest friends. In 1994 when Tupac was being trialed for different charges, Mickey was right there by his side. Mickey has a room in his house, dedicated to his close friends who’ve passed away. It’s a room filled with pictures of his friends. He has a small statue of the Virgin Mary on a table and a picture of him with Tupac next to it. He’s said over and over again that he owed his life to Tupac, that Tupac helped change him and from the news of Tupac’s death he kept changing because he knew that’s what Tupac would have wanted him to do.

6- A Vibe magazine poll in 2004 rated Tupac Shakur « the greatest rapper of all time » as voted by fans, and MTV ranked him at No.2 on their list of The Greatest MCs of All Time.