Whitney Houston Meets the Civil War

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Talk about worlds colliding. Here's Whitney, old-school Whitney, doing a version of "Battle Hymn of the Republic."


I forgot how much she could sing. It's funny, back in the day we all thought Whitney was like a straight Jack-and-Jill bougie black girl. When she married Bobby Brown a lot of us were thrown. It was only much later that I realized that she might well have Bobby beat on the hood quotient.


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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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