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Title: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Lion on February 11, 2012, 05:21:02 pm
http://news.yahoo.com/whitney-houston-superstar-records-films-dies-005927033.html

Whitney Houston, superstar of records, films, dies
Associated PressBy NEKESA MUMBI MOODY | Associated Press 8 mins ago

LOS ANGELES (AP) Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.

Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

At her peak, Houston was the golden girl of the music industry. From the middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the masses with a pop sheen.

Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."

She had the perfect voice and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect poise.

She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like Houston that many thought it was Houston.

But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.

"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy," Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with then-husband Brown by her side.

It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in the United States alone.

She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.

Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens, she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first heard Houston perform.

"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."

"To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine," he added.

Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. Houston made her album debut in 1985 with "Whitney Houston," which sold millions and spawned hit after hit. "Saving All My Love for You" brought her her first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. "How Will I Know," ''You Give Good Love" and "The Greatest Love of All" also became hit singles.

Another multiplatinum album, "Whitney," came out in 1987 and included hits like "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."

The New York Times wrote that Houston "possesses one of her generation's most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity."

Her decision not to follow the more soulful inflections of singers like Franklin drew criticism by some who saw her as playing down her black roots to go pop and reach white audiences. The criticism would become a constant refrain through much of her career. She was even booed during the "Soul Train Awards" in 1989.

"Sometimes it gets down to that, you know?" she told Katie Couric in 1996. "You're not black enough for them. I don't know. You're not R&B enough. You're very pop. The white audience has taken you away from them."

Some saw her 1992 marriage to former New Edition member and soul crooner Bobby Brown as an attempt to refute those critics. It seemed to be an odd union; she was seen as pop's pure princess while he had a bad-boy image, and already had children of his own. (The couple had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina, in 1993.) Over the years, he would be arrested several times, on charges ranging from DUI to failure to pay child support.

But Houston said their true personalities were not as far apart as people may have believed.

"When you love, you love. I mean, do you stop loving somebody because you have different images? You know, Bobby and I basically come from the same place," she told Rolling Stone in 1993. "You see somebody, and you deal with their image, that's their image. It's part of them, it's not the whole picture. I am not always in a sequined gown. I am nobody's angel. I can get down and dirty. I can get raunchy."

It would take several years, however, for the public to see that side of Houston. Her moving 1991 rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" at the Super Bowl, amid the first Gulf War, set a new standard and once again reaffirmed her as America's sweetheart.

In 1992, she became a star in the acting world with "The Bodyguard." Despite mixed reviews, the story of a singer (Houston) guarded by a former Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) was an international success.

It also gave her perhaps her most memorable hit: a searing, stunning rendition of Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You," which sat atop the charts for weeks. It was Grammy's record of the year and best female pop vocal, and the "Bodyguard" soundtrack was named album of the year.

She returned to the big screen in 1995-96 with "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Preacher's Wife." Both spawned soundtrack albums, and another hit studio album, "My Love Is Your Love," in 1998, brought her a Grammy for best female R&B vocal for the cut "It's Not Right But It's Okay."

But during these career and personal highs, Houston was using drugs. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey in 2010, she said by the time "The Preacher's Wife" was released, "(doing drugs) was an everyday thing. ... I would do my work, but after I did my work, for a whole year or two, it was every day. ... I wasn't happy by that point in time. I was losing myself."

In the interview, Houston blamed her rocky marriage to Brown, which included a charge of domestic abuse against Brown in 1993. They divorced in 2007.

Houston would go to rehab twice before she would declare herself drug-free to Winfrey in 2010. But in the interim, there were missed concert dates, a stop at an airport due to drugs, and public meltdowns.

She was so startlingly thin during a 2001 Michael Jackson tribute concert that rumors spread she had died the next day. Her crude behavior and jittery appearance on Brown's reality show, "Being Bobby Brown," was an example of her sad decline. Her Sawyer interview, where she declared "crack is whack," was often parodied. She dropped out of the spotlight for a few years.

Houston staged what seemed to be a successful comeback with the 2009 album "I Look To You." The album debuted on the top of the charts, and would eventually go platinum.

Things soon fell apart. A concert to promote the album on "Good Morning America" went awry as Houston's voice sounded ragged and off-key. She blamed an interview with Winfrey for straining her voice.

A world tour launched overseas, however, only confirmed suspicions that Houston had lost her treasured gift, as she failed to hit notes and left many fans unimpressed; some walked out. Canceled concert dates raised speculation that she may have been abusing drugs, but she denied those claims and said she was in great shape, blaming illness for cancellations.
Title: Re: Whitney Houston, age 48.
Post by: Battle on February 11, 2012, 05:24:14 pm
My mother just called me a few minutes ago to tell me this and I feel as If a family member just passed away... :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(
Title: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on February 11, 2012, 05:36:51 pm
TMZ:

Whitney Houston
Dead at 48  Whitney Houston died this afternoon ... a rep for the singer told the Associated Press.

According to our sources, Houston died at the Beverly Hilton hotel. A police crime lab vehicle was seen outside the hotel just moments ago.


So far, the details surround Houston's death are unclear. The singer famously battled drug addiction for years.

Houston won two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards during her record-breaking career. Her album "Whitney" was the first female album to ever debut at #1 on the Billboard Charts. She has sold 200 million albums world wide.

Houston holds an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities from Grambling State University in Louisiana.

Houston had one child, Bobbi Kristina, with husband Bobby Brown. Houston and Brown were married from 1992-2007.


Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Battle on February 11, 2012, 05:46:12 pm
 :'(
*sigh*
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: James72 on February 11, 2012, 06:28:53 pm
Talented lady.  RIP
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Cage on February 11, 2012, 06:31:21 pm
Damned shame. Such an amazing voice.
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Battle on February 11, 2012, 06:50:03 pm
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Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: jefferson L.O.B. sergeant on February 11, 2012, 07:28:14 pm
I saw this on CBR and I was HOPING almost praying that this was some sick prank thread.

I don't have the words. To think that in the space of almost 3 years both Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston have been lost to us is almost impossible to believe.

I pray for her friends and family, particularly her mother.

Someone, anyone, working at either BET or TVONE should shut off whatever ridiculous re-run or movie they have running and set up a tribute NOW. All of the music industry are in L.A, if her friends and peers are up to it, this would be the perfect moment to celebrate her life.
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: BlackRodimus on February 11, 2012, 08:28:45 pm
Feels like a part of my childhood died. I grew up on her music, I remember when she first came out and "The Greatest Love of All" was in heavy rotation.
Title: Re: Whitney Houston, age 48.
Post by: BlackRodimus on February 11, 2012, 08:42:14 pm
My mother just called me a few minutes ago to tell me this and I feel as If a family member just passed away... :'( :'( :'( :'( :'(

I feel the same way.
Title: Re: Whitney Houston, age 48.
Post by: Hypestyle on February 12, 2012, 12:14:59 am
my tribute essay-

http://tinyurl.com/7uqqzb6

it's so sad.  My mother called from out of town and told me. I didn't want to believe it at first.  I wanted it to be another dumb rumor.

I hope Bobbi Kristina is looked after closely.  I hope she finds a career she loves without feeling beholden to step into her mother (and dad's) shoes..
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Hypestyle on February 12, 2012, 12:31:42 am
in tribute- http://tinyurl.com/7uqqzb6  :'(
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Battle on February 12, 2012, 01:00:23 am
Here's a video clip that's floating around YouTube; Ms. Houston's last performance

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jWalWHiPBI&feature=related
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: CKW on February 12, 2012, 06:39:47 am
Tears came to my eyes when I got the news.

Her Grammy performance of One Moment In Time showed how great a singer she was.
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Rockscissorspaper on February 12, 2012, 04:14:49 pm
R.I.P.
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Cheirel on February 13, 2012, 05:26:50 pm
So sad a party going downstairs and she has passed away a few floors above.
I truly pray for her "Bobbies"
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Hypestyle on February 13, 2012, 09:54:05 pm
Folks on the Detroit set of Sparkle remember Whitney:

http://tinyurl.com/7q764oz
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Battle on February 13, 2012, 09:54:22 pm
This evening, I was watching The Wendy Williams Show where host, Wendy Williams gave tribute to Whitney Houston in the show's  intro.  Probably her best show I've ever seen yet because it was straight from the heart.

When I was in New York, I used to listen to Wendy's radio show (was it on WBLS...?) off-and-on around 2001 - up until August 2003 and I remember that whole gossip 'thang' between she and Whitney, feeling that the conflict never resolved.

What was interesting is that Wendy admits to never actually meeting Whitney Houston but somehow felt some kind of connection to her simply because they were both from New Jersey. The tribute reduced her to tears, by which I've never seen that happen before, especially someone like Wendy Williams.  She wanted closure.


That's the effect Whitney Houston had on people.
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: jefferson L.O.B. sergeant on February 14, 2012, 05:13:25 pm
I truly want to commend Cissy Houston on her strength and integrity by not giving in to public pressure and having Whitney Houston's funeral at the Prudential arena. There has been enough spectacle and exploitation surrounding Houston for the 3 decades she has been in show business. At this time of loss it is certaintly appropriate for her loved ones to claim her back to themselves.

I would be remiss in not mentioning the following.

I have always been a big Chaka Khan fan but my greatest moment of appreciation for the woman came last night, and it had nothing to do with music. Khan's eloquence, strength and candor at calling out the music industry, especially Houston's "Surrogate dad" Clive Davis was truly something special.
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Battle on February 14, 2012, 06:26:46 pm
I have always been a big Chaka Khan fan but my greatest moment of appreciation for the woman came last night, and it had nothing to do with music. Khan's eloquence, strength and candor at calling out the music industry, especially Houston's "Surrogate dad" Clive Davis was truly something special.



If you're referring to the Piers Morgan Tonight interview with Chaka Khan, she was raw with it,

"This so called music industry is such a demonic thing. It sacrifices people's lives & thier essences at the drop of a dime."
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Reginald Hudlin on February 15, 2012, 05:07:11 am
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER:

Whitney Houston's Death: 10 Developments So Far
3:02 PM PST 2/14/2012 by Erin Carlson

Getty ImagesFrom Bobbi Kristina Brown's anxiety-fueled hospital visit to the latest funeral plans, here's a rundown of what's happened in the days since the singer was found dead Feb. 11.
The death of Whitney Houston has sparked a media frenzy -- not surprising, given her legendary status -- and redirected the spotlight on her troubled life, including a tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown.

Houston's past drug abuse and erratic behavior, most recently witnessed in the days before her death when she clashed with reality star Stacy Francis at a pre-Grammy party, frequently eclipsed her career accomplishments. Her voice, once the best in the business, had become hoarse and strained.

Still, she commanded enduring respect from mentor-father figure Clive Davis and star singers including Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson, who paid tribute to Houston with a moving rendition of "I Will Always Love You" on Sunday's Grammy Awards.

Houston, 48, died the day before the ceremony at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles. Her body was found slumped in a bathtub on the fourth floor of the hotel, and when emergency medics arrived, it was too late: she could not be revived, and was declared dead half an hour after 911 was called.

Here are 10 significant developments surrounding the loss of a legend:

1. Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, gets rushed to the hospital a day after the singer's death.
On Sunday, an ambulance arrived to the Beverly Hilton to bring the distraught 18-year-old to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she was treated for stress and anxiety. She was released hours later. Brown is the only daughter of Houston and her ex-husband, Bobby Brown, who left his New Edition concert tour to be by her side in L.A.

2. The coroner's office completes an autopsy, but withholds an announcement on the results pending a toxicology report.
Police ruled out foul play. Meanwhile, a flurry of breathless reports on the possible cause of death continue to pour in, with outlets like TMZ suggesting it was a lethal combination of prescription medication and alcohol. The site reported that multiple bottles of medication were found at the scene containing a small amount of pills including the anti-depressant Xanax, ibuprofen and amoxicillin for a sore throat.

3. The Beverly Hills Police Department reveals that a member of Houston's staff discovered her "underwater and apparently unconscious" in her hotel room bathtub.
In a press conference on Monday, Lt. Mark Rosen of the BHPD said Houston was "pulled out" of the bathtub prior to the arrival of the security guards and medics. "We are not conducting a homicide investigation at this time," he told reporters. "We are conducting a death investigation. It's a normal investigation for somebody of her age that would have died in this manner."

4. Houston's music dominates iTunes charts.
Within hours after her passing, the pop diva's 2000 album, Whitney: The Greatest Hits, skyrocketed to No. 2 for several hours before surpassing Adele's Grammy-sweeping 21 for the top spot the night before the Grammys. In addition, the soundtrack to her 1992 smash The Bodyguard, which sat atop Billboard album chart for 20 weeks straight, catapulted to the top 10. By Sunday, a whopping 43 of the top 100 most-downloaded songs on iTunes were Houston hits, including "I Will Always Love You" (from The Bodyguard), "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" and "Greatest Love of All."

5. Houston is remembered with a slew of specials on cable and broadcast TV.
Among the networks' Houston-centric programming: a VH1 news special, Whitney Houston: Death of a Diva, that aired Monday, along with Lifetime's re-broadcasting of her 1992 hit The Bodyguard; E! News' Whitney Houston: Last Days of a Legend, slated to air Wednesday with interviews from those at the Beverly Hilton at the time of her death as well as those who encountered the star in her final days; an ABC News' 20/20 report slated for Friday entitled One Moment in Time: The Life of Whitney Houston. Last, but never least, Oprah Winfrey's OWN will re-air on Thursday the media mogul's 2009 interview with Houston, wherein she admitted to using both cocaine and marijuana while married to Brown.

6. Sony Pictures says it's releasing Houston's final film, Sparkle, in August.
The superstar portrays the mother of a trio of Supremes-like singers in the movie, which co-stars American Idol alum Jordin Sparks. "This would have been a big, big comeback, she is so brilliant in it," Howard Rosenman, who is an executive producer on the new film, said of Houston's performance, adding: "I was just raving about her performance, she was so great in it. I'm just in shock."

7. A sequel to Waiting to Exhale continues without its biggest star.
Fox 2000 Pictures is still going forward with a followup to the hit 1995 drama co-starring Houston, Angela Bassett, Loretta Devine and Gregory Hines. Forest Whitaker will return as director, no doubt with a heavy heart. "We literally have not talked about anybody for that part," Fox 2000 president Elizabeth Gabler told the entertainment website Vulture. "Forest, I know, is just ... grieving. Hed been the one who was speaking with her, updating (Houston) on its progress."

8. Houston's body is flown to her hometown of Newark, N.J., via Tyler Perry's private jet.
Her casket arrived late Monday night at Teterboro Airport, accompanied by cousin Dionne Warwick. Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, was on hand to retrieve it and a cavalcade including three police cars -- and a gold-colored hearse -- carried the singer to the Whigham Funeral Home, which is handling the services. Initial reports carried word that she would be honored on Friday at Newark's 19,000-seat Prudential Center, but the family released a statement to the contrary.

9. A private, invite-only funeral is set for Saturday.
A Houston family spokesperson said the venue will be Newark's New Hope Baptist Church -- not the Prudential arena -- with doors open only to invited guests, Reuters reported. Meanwhile, Carolyn Whigham -- funeral director of the Whigham Funeral Home -- said there would be "nothing for the public," including a public viewing. "It was the family's decision," Whigham said. "They have shared her for 30-some years with the city, with the state, with the world. This is their time now for their farewell to their daughter, mother."

10. The director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy calls Houston's death a "teachable moment." In an interview with CBS News, Gil Kerlikowske said he hopes the Houston tragedy serves as a reminder that prescription drugs are as addictive and as fatal as any other drug. "(It) also tells you that the drug problem crosses almost every demographic and economic barrier," he observed. "So, we can use this as a moment to help people understand, remember there are literally millions of Americans who are struggling with this problem, either themselves or a close family member. So, we can use this as a chance to move forward."

Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Battle on February 15, 2012, 07:24:34 am
From the article:

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8. Houston's body is flown to her hometown of Newark, N.J., via Tyler Perry's private jet.
Her casket arrived late Monday night at Teterboro Airport, accompanied by cousin Dionne Warwick. Houston's mother, Cissy Houston, was on hand to retrieve it and a cavalcade including three police cars -- and a gold-colored hearse -- carried the singer to the Whigham Funeral Home, which is handling the services. Initial reports carried word that she would be honored on Friday at Newark's 19,000-seat Prudential Center, but the family released a statement to the contrary.



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Tyler Perry provided transport...   that's class.(http://www.hudlinentertainment.com/smf/Themes/default/images/post/thumbup.gif)
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: Hypestyle on February 15, 2012, 11:28:21 am
...It would have been great if Whitney had lived to be in one of his films..
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
Post by: stanleyballard on February 15, 2012, 02:55:10 pm
Was in NYC Monday walking past The Apollo where they blasted Whitney's most popular songs and saw them selling $20 Whitney shirts....it seemed almost like a circus with the media recording everything....just a month ago some of the same media called her an 'addict' and now she is the greatest pop voice of the century to the same media outlets....man our country is strange (to say the least).

RIP Whitney Houston
Title: Re: WHITNEY HOUSTON RIP
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