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This is part of a documentary on The History of Soul Music. This portion talks about the legendary Whitney Houston's impact on African American music and culture. Her success in the 80s paved the way for other African American women to find success in Pop music. She was one of the first black women to receive heavy rotation on MTV, appearing in high profile talk shows and magazine covers despite receiving flack for it. Today, tons of black women have a place in mainstream music... thanks to Whitney Houston. The Voice.