Dolly Parton Used Whitney Houston Royalties to Invest in Black Community

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Dolly Parton has been praised after she revealed that she used her Whitney Houston royalties to invest in a Black neighborhood.

Parton wrote “I Will Always Love You back in 1973 but it wasn’t until Whitney Houston covered it for The Bodyguard almost twenty years later that it became a hit across the world. So much of a hit, in fact, that Parton made around $10 million from the royalties of the song, the Independent reports. A sum of money that she has now revealed was invested into a Black community.

The singer made the revelation this week during a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live.

Andy Cohen asked Parton what was the best thing she’d invested in with the royalties she’s collected from Houston’s version, to which she revealed that she’d invested an amount into a strip mall “off the beaten path” of 16th Avenue in Nashville.

In the interview with Cohen, Parton said: “I bought a property down in what was the Black area of town, and it was mostly just Black families and people that lived around there.

“And it was off the beaten path from 16th Avenue and I thought, ‘Well I am going to buy this place, the whole strip mall.’ And thought, ‘This is the perfect place for me to be,’ considering it was Whitney.”

Since revealing her investment, people have taken to social media to praise Parton.

“I respect that fact that Dolly Patron made this investment in Nashville’s Black neighborhoods, and also that she didn’t feel the need to mention it until asked thirty years later,” one person wrote on Twitter.

“Dolly Parton invested the royalties she earned from Whitney singing her song in the Black neighborhood of Nashville and she chose not to mention it till asked 30 yrs later Add to her vaccine investment, free books programs, etc. Could you love her any more?” said another.

“As if writing ‘Jolene’ and ‘I Will Always Love You’ on the same day wasn’t enough, Dolly Parton used royalties from a Whitney Houston song to invest in a Black neighborhood — truly an icon,” added a third.

We love you, Dolly!