*The following was originally published on The Manifest Station. NOVEMBER 17, 2015 By Nancy Arroyo Ruffin The first time I remember experiencing death I was three years old. My uncle Louie lay in a casket at the Ortiz Funeral Home wearing a light colored suit; it could’ve been white, beige maybe. His afro was neatly picked and in my three year old mind he appeared … Continue reading ABOVE THE HIGH: COPING WITH ADDICTION AND DEATH
SHE CARRIED HER AIDS LIKE AN AMERICAN EXPRESS CARD. NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT SHE WALKS IN THE MEMORY OF HER MISTAKES. EACH STEP, THROUGH THE STREETS SHE ONCE RAKED! FOR CIGARETTE BUTTS, WHILE SHE WAS HIGH, SO HIGH OFF HER FACE SHE WALKS WITH A CHILD, WHO IS SCARED AND DISGRACED! SHE IS TORN, BUT ADDICTION TAKES PRIDE IN ITS PLACE! SHE IS STUCK … Continue reading HOPELESS (Aids Awareness)
In her most open and candid interview to date, Whitney Houston opens up with a no holds barred interview yesterday on Oprah Winfrey’s 24th season premiere. Throughout the years we have seen Whitney Houston at her highest high and at her lowest low. At her highest she was one of the world’s best voices and respected artist. At her lowest we have seen her fall victim to fame, celebrity, and all the evils that come with being in the public eye. Through it all one thing that never changed was that she always stood by her man.