"Celebrate" (CD Single)

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Jessica Dawson, Common Sense Media
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Inspiring, bittersweet duet was Whitney Houston's last song.

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Positive Messages

Uplifting message about never underestimating the power of love and not letting things get you down.

Positive Role Models & Representations

This song is a bittersweet reminder of Whitney Houston's life, talent, and premature death.


Promotes upcoming movie Sparkle.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that "Celebrate," a duet by former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and the late Whitney Houston, is thought to be the last song Houston recorded before her death. That being said, the song has an inspiring message about not letting life get you down and never giving up. There's no content to worry about here, although the song may raise questions about Whitney Houston and why she died.

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What's the story?

Former American Idol winner Jordin Sparks and the late, great Whitney Houston bring their powerhouse vocals together on the duet "CELEBRATE," the lead single from the soundtrack to the movie Sparkle, a modern-day remake of the 1970s version starring Aretha Franklin, about a mother and her trio of daughters who are trying to make it big in Motown in the 1960s.

Is it any good?

Although the irony of the song "Celebrate" rings through as Houston sings about not "letting problems get you down," the message is inspiring and heartwarming. Both Houston and Sparks shine on the track, not trying to out-do one another or force runs up and down the scale, but giving life and joy to a song that's very reminiscent of early Houston hits from the '80s that made her such a success. "Celebrate" lets fans do just that -- for two deserving female talents.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Whitney Houston. For kids that are old enough to understand, discuss the choices and circumstances that led to Houston's death.

  • What can kids learn from the untimely deaths of so many celebrities and singers like Houston, Amy Winehouse, Heath Ledger, and Michael Jackson, just to name a few?

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