She expands in an excerpt from her book: ‘There was something about the way Robyn carried herself, a kind of arrogance, that I didn’t like.’ Robyn, she admits, was one of the first to alert her to Whitney’s drug use.
She writes candidly of a meeting between them in the late 1980s: ‘She told me that Nippy was using drugs, that they both were on occasion, but that “Nippy likes it a little too much”‘.
It’s never the job of cisgender heterosexual men to publicly label black women’s sexuality, queer or otherwise. Brown suggests that the homophobic religious and cultural context in which Houston lived and died is a toxic one: “I really feel that if Robyn was accepted into Whitney’s life, Whitney would still be alive today. Queen Latifah, Wanda Sykes and Robin Roberts were public figures for decades before they identified as lesbian in the media.
Raven-Symone, when asked about her partnership with Az Marie Livingston, said: “I don’t want to be labeled gay, I want to be labeled a human who loves humans.
The record company, the band members, her family, her friends, me — she fed everybody. was great when it was done, but it was a lot of work.I always compare her performance of that song with a great athlete hitting his peak — with Michael Jordan in the playoffs. And that's what people don't understand: She was always the one doing the driving. When people left her or were told to leave, they could never believe that Whitney would never call them — but she never did.It was the absolute pinnacle of what she could do, of what could do — and then she had to keep on doing it. Someone just called and told me that the family kept Whitney from seeing her. She was working hard to keep herself together, and I think she felt that if she admitted any feeling of sadness or weakness she would crumble.In a recent interview promoting his soon-to-be released memoir, musical artist Bobby Brown disclosed that his ex-wife, the late Whitney Houston, was “bisexual,” and claimed that the longstanding rumors about her romantic partnership with her best friend, Robyn Crawford, were true.“We were married for 14 years,” he told Us Magazine.I’m tired of being labeled.” The importance of black women resisting sexual labels shouldn’t be underestimated.