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Anita Baker Speaks Out...

One of the finest vocalists of all time, Anita Baker, is interviewed in the July 2000 issue of Sister-2-Sister magazine in which she speaks out about the media's treatment of Whitney Houston.

Anita Baker ain't laughing at the Whitney Jokes. (This title also appears on the cover of the mag.)

I spoke with Anita Baker around the time that folks seemed to be attacking Whitney Houston left and right about her possible drug use. Anita was very distraught about it. She told me she's upset about people making jokes about Whitney. She explained that "Whitney is our Barbra Streisand and if you don't have anything good to say, Don't help to destroy her" She said, "It takes us three generations to build a WHITNEY HOUSTON - ARETHA FRANKLIN, CISSY HOUSTON,DIONNE WARWICK, on up to our Whitney." Anita went on the say,"The people on the radio don't mean no harm {white Folks} do this to their stars, so we're supposed to do it to ours because that's what they do. But it takes us so much more to come up than it does for them."   Anita was reaching out to help sister Whitney.

There is more but nothing that leads directly to Whitney - They just go on to talk about the media and Black stars.  On page 16 there is a photo of Barbara and the caption reads- Barbra Streisand is an icon and Anita Baker feels that Whitney should be treated like one, too.

Whitney is feature though out this edition. There is a two page ad for the Greatest Hits package. There is also a photo of Whitney Posing with Puffy, Bobby and Clive at the Arista taping.

NEWSFILE: 3 JUNE 2000

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