Whitney Houston On The Cover of Essence April 2012

Whitney Houston On The Cover of Essence April 2012







Essence Magazine pays tribute to Whitney Houston in their April 2012 edition.  In the edition they talk about her rise to fame and how she influenced younger performers such as Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys.  There are photos and messages from friends and family.  This is one of many magazines who have paid homage to the late singer who passed on February 11, 2012.


Some other rumors and allegations surfaced such as her supposedly having a year long affair with Jermaine Jackson in 1984.  Sources say she also dedicated the song 'Saving All My Love For You' to Jermaine.  


Jermaine is said to have hinted at his feelings for her in his book,  You Are Not Alone Michael:  Through a Brother's Eyes.   He wrote:

 "As much as I wanted to lose myself in all these feelings, I told her to wait. Ultimately, we had to go our separate ways and it killed us both." 

He is also to have said Michael warned him off having an affair and reminded him of Hazel and family.


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The Movie Sparkle Headed For Fast Release

The Movie Sparkle Headed For Fast Release





Whitney Houston's last on-screen performance, 'Sparkle', is in the editing phase and and TMZ reported that  Sony Studios is trying to make sure that nothing gets leaked..  The movie may also be getting an earlier release date than August 17, 2012 and reports are surfacing that they may release it as early as May 2012.


This was supposed to be a part of Whitney's big comeback along with making an album, which was also being worked on by the singer.  Whitney is getting rave reviews of her performance from other costars of the movie.  Jordin Sparks talked about working with Whitney this past week at the Essence Luncheon:


'The first day she got [to the set] she’s scolding me, and I’m thinking, this is the best day ever,” she said of their time on Sparkle. “She went from being this unreachable supernova pop star to my costar, friend and someone who was like a mentor to me. It was a gift and an honor to play opposite Whitney Houston in the film.”


Co-Star Derek Luke reflected on Whitney Houston's performance in 'Sparkle' at the Independent Spirit Awards:


"The beautiful thing about being in 'Sparkle' is that we had something that was recorded that I can hold onto, and in that time, me and my wife and Whitney … the other cast, we really bonded," he shared. "Whitney did an amazing job, so I can't wait for people to see it and there's no great way to go out, but what a performance she had."



'Sparkle' was set to originally begin filming in 2001 with Aaliyah starring in the movie but the singer's untimely death put a hold on to production of the movie at the time.   In an interview with The Insider back in November 2011, Whitney said:



About Aaliyah: 'God has his own time…and I have to put it in that perspective".  She continued, "Aaliyah was absolutely perfect..and we were gonna do this thing…and then {it} just happened". " Very sad and very memorable moment for me."  "I remember crying fiercely and profusely".


She went on to say that it plagued her for 10 years  and she knew when the time was right, it would come back together.  She said American Idol alum Jordin Sparks was 'perfect'.


The movie loosely based on the singing group 'The Supreme's.  Some have even said that Whitney's performance was so good that she could get an Oscar nod!


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Shock Over National Enquirer’s Whitney Houston Death Photo

Shock Over National Enquirer's Whitney Houston Death Photo




It has been outrage since it has been revealed that the National Enquirer will publish a photo of Whitney Houston in her coffin.  She is said to be wearing her "favorite" purple dress and jewelry worth $500,000 dollars.  This has sparked a fierce debate about the morality of the media and  having respect for the deceased.


Fans have commented on Twitter and Facebook in outrage over the pictures and leaving many asking, how did they get the photo and who was the one who took it and sold it to the publication.  Celebs have weighed in on it:

"MADD at who ever sold Whitney Houston's pic of her in a casket," reality star Evelyn Lozada, from VH1's "Basketball Wives," wrote on Twitter.
Perez Hilton said "tasteless, insensitive, morbid thing to do'.

This isn't the first time the magazine has done something like this.  In 1977, the magazine published a photo of Elvis in his coffin, which ended up selling 6 million copies.  A cousin of Elvis sold it to the magazine for $18,000 dollars.


All of this emerges as Bobbi Kristina continues to cope wit the loss of her mother.  She is said to be staying in Atlanta in a townhouse her mother and she shared.  She is said to be under the strict watch of Warren Boyd, an extreme interventionist.  Family says she is taking it day by day and "doing ok". 






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Home Going Fit For A Queen: Whitney Houston’s Elaborate Departure

Home Going Fit For A Queen: Whitney Houston's Elaborate Departure 


Whitney Houston's funeral service was beautiful from start to finish.  It was filled with great speeches, wonderful words of encouragement, plenty of music and the word of GOD.  It was a perfect home going for Houston. Everyone remembered the late R&B star for the special mother, daughter, sister, and friend that she was.  


Even with all the celebrities in the audience, Houston remained the focus of the day!  Even the processional was powerful, with men lifting Houston's casket military style into the air and carrying her out on their shoulders.  Her version of "I Will Always Love You" played as they proceeded out of the church.  


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Alicia Keys Gets Emotional Performing at Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Alicia Keys Gets Emotional Performing at Whitney Houston's Funeral



Alicia Keys performed at Whitney Houston's funeral.  It was heart-felt and emotional.  She fought back tears during her singing rendition  of "Send Me An Angel."  Before singing, she recalled memories of Whitney Houston saying:


"she was a beautiful human being…really, really, caring".  She continued, "She's an angel to us, and she's been an angel to us".


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R. Kelly sang "I Look To You" At Whitney Houston's Funeral


R. Kelly sang ‘I Look To You’ at Whitney Houston’s Funeral

R. Kelly sang 'I Look To You' at Whitney Houston's Funeral




R. Kelly sang a beautiful redention of  "I Look to You", a song written by the singer.  It is featured on Whitney's album of the same name .  He sang with the help of a choir and brought the church to its feet.  Kelly held back tears pushed through, emotionally.  At the end of the emotional performance he said "We love you, Whitney! Rest in Peace."


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R.Kelly & Alicia Keys Scheduled to Pay Tribute at Whitney Houston Funeral

R.Kelly & Alicia Keys Scheduled to Pay Tribute at Whitney Houston Furneral






R. Kelly and & Alicia Keys are just some of the many celebrities that are scheduled to perform at Whitney Houston's funeral. NJ.com reports that he and others are scheduled to sing tributes at the late legendary Pop Star's funeral.  Clive Davis, the mentor who discovered Whitney, is scheduled to speak.  Also expected to speak are Kevin Costner, whom she starred in the film The Body Guard and fellow friend Tyler Perry. Other big named stars expected are Chaka Khan, Dionne Warwick, Oprah, Beyonce & Jay-Z,  Elton John, David Bowie, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and more. 






Her funeral will be held at the New Hope Bastist Church tomorrow at 12 p.m. E.S.T.  There will be no processional from Whigham Funeral Home to the church.  The church perimeter will be blocked off about 6-square blocks and celebrities who are attending will have police escorts.  Whitney will be eulogized by Marvin Winans and she will be laid to rest at the same cemetery that her late father was laid to rest, who died in 2003.



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Whitney Houston Funeral Updates

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Whitney Houston will be laid to rest next to her father after her funeral is held at the New Hope Baptist Church in New Wark, NJ. at 12 E.S.T  There will be no processional from the Whigham Funeral Home which is where her body is currently housed.  



The family will be having a private viewing at the funeral home tomorrow.  The viewing is by invite only.  They wanted to keep it this way to have a private moment before all the cameras get involved.  Bobbi Kristina will be in attendance.  This will be her first time seing her mother since she passed away.



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Flags will fly at half-staff in honor of Whitney, which Governor Chris Christie recieved criticism and he vigarisously defended.  There are a slew of high-profile celebrities expected some of which include Oprah, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Brandy, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Kevin Costner, Elton John & David Bowie.


Bobby Brown's status of attending the funeral is still unclear at this point, but he is set to perform ,after Whitney's burial ,with New Edition at the Sun Indian Casino on Saturday night at 8 p.m. E.S.T



Update:  Bobby Brown was officially invited.  According to TMZ, they finally invited him because they feel it would keep the peace.  Even though some family members don't want him there, Bobby Brown will be in attendance.



Update: TMZ obtained the official invite to the Whitney Houston funeral.  It is referred to as "The Home-Going" of Whitney Houston, which is common in the African-American community.  It is more of a celebration of the person 'going home to the Lord' and a celebration of their life.    The funeral will be held at the New Hope Baptist Church presided by Marvin Winans at 12 p.m. E.S.T.

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