In October 1994, she attended and performed at a White House state dinner in honor of newly-elected South African President Nelson Mandela. She also performed three benefit concerts in South Africa at the end of her world tour, performing in front of over 200,000 people.
Proceeds went to several charities in the country. Whitney was the first big name in music to visit apartheid-free South Africa following Nelson Mandela’s election victory. Some parts of the concert were broadcast live on HBO and dubbed the biggest media event in the country since Nelson Mandela’s inauguration.
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Little is known about Bobbi Kristina's childhood. Whitney kept her daughter close, far away from the intrusive eyes of the press. The singer would even bring Bobbi Kristina along on tour whenever she could.
Her parents were busy, and although life on the road was glamorous, it wasn’t easy with crazy touring schedules and long hours. Bobbi Kristina witnessed first-hand the darker side of show business and the toll it took on her parents. Both Whitney and Bobby began struggling with destructive habits around this time, and their daughter witnessed everything.
The Bodyguard World Tour
Following the album’s success, Whitney embarked on another extensive global tour (the Bodyguard World Tour) in 1993–94. She was named one of the top five "entertainers of the year" by Entertainment Weekly and was named one of the 100 most powerful people in Hollywood by Premiere Magazine.
According to Forbes, her concert, recording, and film earnings made her the third highest-earning female entertainer that year, after entertainment mogul Oprah Winfrey and singer Barbra Streisand.
On Why She Chose to Do “Waiting to Exhale”
In "Waiting to Exhale" (1995), Whitney portrayed the character of TV producer Savannah, who was in love with a married man. She was keen on doing the film since she considered it a watershed moment for the portrayal of black women on the silver screen as successful, thriving professionals and caring mothers, not prejudiced stereotypes.
"Waiting to Exhale" debuted at number one at the box office, grossing $67 million in the United States. The film's success paved the way for other all-black films such as "How Stella Got Her Groove Back" and the Tyler Perry films.
Whitney Brings the Best Black Women Artists Together
Babyface wrote and produced the "Waiting to Exhale" soundtrack album. He had hoped for Whitney to record the entire album, but she wanted the album to feature other black artists with "vocal distinction."
As a result, the album included music from some of the best R&B artists, such as Mary J. Blige, Aretha Franklin, Brandy, Patti LaBelle, and Toni Braxton. Whitney's single "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" became the third single to ever debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 after "Fantasy" by Mariah Carey and Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone."