Whitney Houston

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was an American singer and actress. She was cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide. Houston released seven studio albums and two soundtrack albums, all of which have been certified diamond, multi-platinum, platinum, or gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, her crossover appeal on the popular music charts—as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know"—influenced several female African-American artists. Houston became a background vocalist while in high school. With the guidance of Arista Records chairman Clive Davis, she signed to the label at the age of 19, her first two studio albums, Whitney Houston and Whitney, both reached number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, to-date are the biggest-selling first two albums released of any artist in history. To this day, she is the only artist to have seven consecutive number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, from "Saving All My Love for You" in 1985 to "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" in 1988.

Houston made her screen acting debut in the romantic thriller film The Bodyguard. She recorded six songs for the film's soundtrack, including "I Will Always Love You", which received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became the best-selling single by a woman in music history; the soundtrack album received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Houston made other high-profile film appearances and contributed/produced their accompanying soundtracks, including Waiting to Exhale and The Preacher's Wife; the Preacher's Wife soundtrack went on to become the best-selling gospel album in history. Following the critical and commercial success of My Love Is Your Love, Houston signed a $100 million contract with Arista Records. However, her personal struggles began overshadowing her career, the album Just Whitney received mixed reviews, her drug use and a tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown were publicized in media. After a six-year break from recording, Houston returned to the top of the Billboard 200 charts with her final studio album, I Look to You.

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hilton in California. The coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use as contributing factors. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and was featured prominently in international media. Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on August 9, 1963, in what was a middle-income neighborhood in Newark, New Jersey, she was the daughter of Army serviceman and entertainment executive John Russell Houston, Jr. and gospel singer Emily "Cissy" Houston. Her elder brother Michael is a singer, her elder half-brother is former basketball player Gary Garland, her parents were both African American. Through her mother, Houston was a first cousin of Dee Dee Warwick, her godmother was Darlene Love and her honorary aunt was Aretha Franklin, whom she met at age 8 or 9 when her mother took her to a recording studio. Houston was raised a Baptist, but was exposed to the Pentecostal church.

After the 1967 Newark riots, the family moved to a middle-class area in East Orange, New Jersey, when she was four. Her parents divorced. At the age of 11, Houston started performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where she learned to play the piano, her first solo performance in the church was "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah". While Houston was still in school, her mother, continued to teach her how to sing. Houston spent some of her teenage years touring nightclubs where Cissy was performing, she would get on stage and perform with her. Houston was exposed to the music of Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, most of whom would have an influence on her as a singer and performer. In 1977, at age 14, she became a backup singer on the Michael Zager Band's single "Life's a Party". In 1978, at age 15, Houston sang background vocals for Lou Rawls. Houston attended a Catholic girls' high school in Caldwell, New Jersey. During her teen years, Houston met Robyn Crawford, who she described as the "sister she never had".

Crawford went on to become Houston's best friend and executive assistant. After Houston rose to stardom and Crawford were rumored to be lovers, which they both denied in 1987. In 2019, several years after Houston's death, Crawford stated that their early relationship had included sexual activity, but that Houston ended this for fear of others' reactions. In the early 1980s, Houston started working as a fashion model after a photographer saw her at Carnegie Hall singing with her mother, she became the first woman of color to appear on the cover of Seventeen and appeared in Glamour and Young Miss, appeared in a Canada Dry soft drink TV commercial. Her looks and girl-next-door charm made her one of the most sought-after teen models. In 1982, under the suggestion of longtime friend Valerie Simpson, Houston signed with Tara Productions and hired Daniel Gittleman, Seymour Flics and Gene Harvey as her managers. With Gittleman and Harvey, Houston continued her burgeoning recording career by working with producers Michael Beinhorn, Bill Laswell and Martin Bisi on an album they were spearheading called One Down, credited to the group Material.

For that project, Houston contri

Kanopolis State Park

Kanopolis State Park contains a reservoir, desert plants such as yucca, a prairie dog town, scenic sandstone canyons. It is located in the Smoky Hills region of the U. S. state of Kansas. The park is located southwest of the city of Salina, just south of I-70; the park, completed in 1948, includes more than 22,000 acres of rolling hills and woods and a 3000 acre lake, offering hunting, over 25 miles of trails, other recreational activities. Game includes pheasant, prairie chickens, beaver, wild turkey, rabbits and waterfowl; the following are components of Kanopolis State Park recreation area: Kanopolis Lake Mushroom Rock State Park Faris Caves Smoky Hill Wildlife Area Horsethief Canyon Kanopolis Lake List of Kansas state parks List of lakes and dams in Kansas List of rivers of Kansas Kanopolis State Park Official Site

Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land

Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land is a 46-minute documentary written by American adult-film entrepreneur, gay activist and gay pornographic film director Michael Lucas, co-directed by Lucas and Israeli director Yariv Mozer. In his debut as a documentary filmmaker, Michael Lucas portrays in this film released in 2012 Israel's thriving GLBT community through footage of Tel Aviv's vibrant nightlife, a same-sex wedding, candid interviews with a diverse range of local Israeli gays and lesbians, including a gay MP, an gay Army trainer, a drag queen, a transvestite, a young Arab-Israeli journalist, same-sex parents raising their children and a number of artists and activists; the film premiered at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood on January 13, 2013 and has shown in various LGBT and general film festivals including at Out In The Desert 2013, Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Queergestreift Film Festival, the Polish LGBT Film Festival, Philadelphia QFest. It premiered in Israel on June 2013 during the Tel Aviv LGBT International Film Festival.

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