Whitney Houston: Life Before The Music Stopped

Izadora Germain

Survey of African American Music

Dr. Kevin Johnson

November 2, 2017

Whitney Houston: Life Before The Music Stopped


  • Introduction
  • Thesis: Although Whitney Houston had a successful career, her talent was overshadowed by her drug and alcohol addiction.
  • Body (Background)
  1. Childhood
  2. Education
  3. Music Career
  1. Style of Music
  2. Accomplishments
  1. Contributions to R&B
  1. Influences
  2. Impact
  3. Who she influences today
  1. Love/Family
  2. Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Conclusion
  1. Death
  2. Music After Death



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