A PROBLEM BIGGER THAN DRUGS
Let's face it, the phrase "Say no to drugs" has been drilled into the minds of each and every one of us ad nauseam. To reduce the lessons one should learn from the untimely passing of the greatest voice of our time, down to something as cliche as the "dangers of drugs" is a waste. I'm sure Whitney Houston was well aware of the "dangers of drugs." After all, she had two older brothers already deep into the throngs of addiction well before she allowed it to take over her life. However, circumstances resulted in her choosing that path regardless. So, rather than focusing on the obvious, I'd like to attempt to dive into the deeper and perhaps, more significant lessons.
BEWARE OF THE COMPANY YOU KEEP
At this juncture, it would be easy to rehash Houston's obvious misstep in marrying "bad boy" Bobby Brown, however that story too, has already been told. Granted, Brown has launched his version of a publicity tour in an attempt to erase and rewrite history, but at the end of the day, his rap sheet has been far too publicized for far too long to expect the public to forget the years of insanity he has displayed over the past two decades. From peeing in police cars to domestic violence, that story has been written and sold over and over again. More importantly, Houston had divorced Brown 6 years ago. That chapter of her life was gone and discarded. However, once Brown was gone, who remained?
Accompanying Whitney Houston the weekend of her passing were several individuals:
Ray Watson: Patricia's brother who served as Whitney's bodyguard
Her sister-in-law and manager shared during a sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, that she didn't believe drugs played a part in Houston's death. While the initial investigative report stated that no illegal drugs were found in the hotel room, the last and final report stated that there were drug paraphernalia and a "white substance" in the bathroom where Houston was discovered. Patricia was there on the scene when Whitney passed, so how could she have not been aware of the drug remnants found all throughout the bathroom? The most likely explanation? Patricia Houston lied. Suffice it to say that there was at least one dishonest person in the fold.
To be continued...