Growing up, Whitney attended Franklin Elementary School in East Orange, New Jersey starting when she was 6 years old. In 1997, the school honored her by re-naming it The Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts. Here pictured is Whitney in 1990 at the school with Principal Henry Hamilton.
Saturday, March 4 would have been Bobbi Kristina’s 24th birthday. Here she is onstage with her Mom on tour in the 90s. We miss them both!
Here’s a rare photo of Whitney and Stevie Wonder from backstage at the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute, a concert staged on June 11, 1988 at Wembley Stadium, London, and broadcast to 67 countries and an audience of 600 million. Marking the forthcoming 70th birthday (July 18, 1988) of the imprisoned anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, the concert was also referred to as Freedomfest, Free Nelson Mandela Concert and Mandela Day. Stevie had problems with his equipment and almost didn’t perform but ended up using Whitney’s equipment!
Here’s Whitney from a photo shoot when she was on the cover of Vibe Magazine in 1995. The session took place in New York City and the photog was famed fashion photographer Sante D’Orazio. Whitney really enjoyed this photo session.
In 1989, Whitney was part of a very special TV tribute to Sammy Davis Jr., which took place in L.A. with a star-studded cast. It’s great to see how many big names are in this photo! The show aired in 1990.