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The music world continues to pay tribute to pop superstar Whitney Houston following her death on Saturday at the age of 48. She was honored at last night’s Grammy Awards by host L.L. Cool J and Jennifer Hudson. "She is part of a generation of what I called ‘black pop crossover artists’ — that would include Eddie Murphy, the late Michael Jackson, and even the basketball player Michael Jordan — in that they had unprecedented amount of access to the American mainstream,” says Duke University Professor Mark Anthony Neal. “We had never seen that level of black celebrity before … her success in that mainstream was really unprecedented."
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