Wedding bells for Bobby Brown

The New Edition singer and Roxbury bad boy, will be getting ready to walk down the aisle with his longtime girlfriend Alicia Etheridge.

Brown who lost his first wife Whitney Houston on February 11 expressly said, he is not to blame for Whitney Houston’s self-destructive behavior, and he wishes that people would stop pointing the finger at him.

The wedding is set to take place June 15th in Hawaii for few family and friends.

Alicia accompanied her fiancée Bobby for the New Edition concert which has held in Lagos and Port-Hacourt.
The couple has been dating for two years and has a 2 year old son Cassius.

Whitney’s movie trailer -Sparkle

The long anticipated movie that featured the late pop queen, Whitney Houston before her death is finally out.

The trailer movie titled “Sparkle” talks about a young woman who will fight her deepest emotions in becoming a star.

Sparkle was directed by Salim Akil starring Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston and Mike Epps.

Whitney died of cocaine use and Drowning – autopsy

Whitney Houston’s autopsy report has been released and the official cause of the death is accidental drowning.

According to US Coroner Whitney was found submerged in the bathtub of her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of the Grammy Awards.

It was revealed that Heart disease and cocaine use were contributory factors in the late singer’s death, several bottles of prescription drugs were  also found in her hotel room athough were not in excessive quantities.

The US Coroner added, cocaine metabolites were found in Whitney’s system and were listed as contributing factors in her death that indicated the star was a chronic cocaine user.

Whitney Houston died February 11th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel hours before she was scheduled to appear at producer Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy Awards bash.

I still talk to my mum – Bobbi Kristina Houston

Bobbi Kristina, the 19 year old daughter of the ‘I Will Always Love You’ singer, says she still talks to her mom and believes she is still around.

In her words, ”I feel her pass through me all the time, lights turn on and off and I’m like, Mom, what are you doing? I can still laugh with her and still talk to her.”

Kristina stated this in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey’s network, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer’s manager and sister-in-law, and Gary Houston, the brother of Whitney Houston.

Talking about their relationship, Kristina who aspires to carry on her mother’s legacy and become a singer, actress and dancer disclosed that she was always there to sooth her mum’s insecurities.

‘‘She would come to me and say, ‘Did Mommy do okay? Did I look okay?’ I’d say, ‘You’re beautiful. You’re fine. You’re perfect’’, she disclosed.

Kristina credited her family and God for helping her cope since her mother’s death on February 11 at the age of 48.

Meanwhile, there are claims that Kristina plans to change her name to lose her link to her father, Bobby Brown. The bereaved 19-year-old, who will inherit her late mum’s entire estate told friends she will become “Kristina Houston”.  She is said to be upset that her singer dad left his ex-wife’s funeral following a disagreement over seating arrangements.

Bobbi Kristina first pushed to change her name six years ago when her parents separated, but her superstar mum stopped her from doing so.

Whitney’s will names her daughter as sole beneficiary

Bobbi Kristina has been named as the sole beneficiary of Late Whitney Houston’s £20million fortune,  in the will filed in Atlanta on Wednesday.
According to reports, Houston’s will doesn’t mention specifics but all of the late singer’s furnishings, clothing, personal effects, jewelry and cars were willed to her only child, Bobbi Kristina.
In the will, Bobbi Kristina is entitled to a portion of the assets when she turns 21, more at 25 and the balance at age 30. However, trustees can give Bobbi Kristina funds from the trust for various purposes, such as tuition, to buy a home and to start a business.
The will which named Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston as its Executor and her sister-in-law Donna and brother Michael as Trustees was signed on February 3, 1993, about a month before Houston gave birth to her daughter. The singer died on February, 11 in Los Angeles.

Tributes at Whitney Houston’s Funeral (Videos)

Whitney Houston

It was an out pour of  tears and emotions when friends, family and fans of  pop legend, Whitney Houston  came out to pay their final respects to  the late singer at the New Hope Baptist Church in New Jersey.

Close friends of Whitney paid tribute to fallen star, some singing songs in her honour. Bishop TD Jakes exhorted the congregation and gospel singer, Donnie McClurkin sang his gospel track, “Stand”, upon the request of the singer’s family. Steven Wonder gave a moving rendition of his classic, “Loves in Need of Love”.

Gospel legends, the Winans’ family, who were present at the funeral in a show of support for the Houston’s, bid Whitney farewell, singing “Tomorrow”. CeCe Winans touched the audience with her song, “Don’t Cry For Me”.

Besides tributes in songs by fellow musical artistes, actors of the stage also took to the pulpit at the old church to pay their last respects. Kelvin Costner paid tribute to his “Body Guard” co-star as well.

Following performances from the Winans’ family,  emotional R&B singer R.Kelly took on the Whitney Houston hit “I Look To You” from the star’s last album.

At the end of the service, filled with words of love and songs of hope, Whitney’s casket was carried out to her famous song, her star-making adaptation of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”.

Bobby Brown leaves Whitney Houston’s funeral in anger

Bobby Brown arriving Whitney Houston's funeral service

Whitney Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown on Saturday briefly appeared at her ongoing funeral before leaving.
Brown arrived as the service began. He walked to the casket, touched it and walked to the back of the church .Brown left in anger after Security guards were saying he would be seated but not with his 9-person entourage, Instead, Brown left and appeared upset.
Rev Al Sharpton tried to calm him down but he wouldn’t listen ,Al Sharpton tweeted:
I am at Whitney’s funeral. I spoke with Bobby Brown trying to calm him down and not distract from the services. Today is about Whitney!

 

Whitney Houston to be buried on Saturday

Whitney Houston

The funeral service of American vocalist, Whitney Houston will hold on Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child in Newark, New Jersey.

The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, where she will be buried, announced on Tuesday that Ms Houston’s funeral will be held at noon at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. The funeral home also said that there will be no wake-keeping and no public memorial.

The 48-year-old Houston died on February 11 at a hotel in Beverly Hills, California, a few hours before she was set to perform at a pre-Grammy Awards party. Officials say she was underwater and was unconscious when she was pulled from a bathtub.

After an autopsy Sunday, authorities said there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on her. It could take weeks, however, before the coroner’s office completes toxicology tests to establish the cause of death.
Her body was returned to New Jersey late Monday.

Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, led the music program for many years.

Pop Legend Whitney Houston dies at 48

American pop queen Whitney Houston has died at age 48. The six-time Grammy Awards winner was found dead at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where reports say she was most likely due to attend the annual Clive Davis Grammy party being held at the hotel.

Pop Legend Whitney Houston dies at 48

The legendary best-selling artist began performing at the tender age of 11 in churches in her hometown of New Jersey and rose to fame in the 80s.

Inspired by music greats, including her mother Cissy Houston and cousins Dionne Warwick and the late Dee Dee Warwick, as well as her godmother Aretha Franklin, Houston became one of the most celebrated female singers of all time, garnering several prestigious awards.

Her popularity soared in the 1980s and 1990s with back-to-back number 1 hits, including smash hit “I Will Always Love You” from the soundtrack of the feature film “The Bodyguard”, for which she won the record of the year Grammy.

Houston was married to R&B singer Bobby Brown in 1992 and the two gave birth to their daughter Bobbi Christina Brown a year later. The pop diva’s high life in the spotlight was not without some low moments. She suffered from years of drug abuse.

In a 2010 interview with Oprah Winfrey, the star admitted that by the time her movie “The Preacher’s Wife” was released, doing drugs had become an “everyday thing… I would do my work, but after I did my work, for a whole year or two, it was every day.”

Her once pristine image was marred with wild public displays as her relationship with drugs worsened. There were missed concert dates, a stop at an airport due to drugs and public meltdowns.

The bright star deemed and record sales plummeted. Her crude behaviour, startlingly thin silhouette and jittery appearance on Brown’s reality show, Being Bobby Brown showed just how far the star had fallen.

Speaking to Winfrey in the candid interview, Houston blamed her turbulent marriage to R&B husband Brown for her reliance on drugs.

“I wasn’t happy by that point in time. I was losing myself,” the star singer said. Whitney and Bobby divorced in 2007.

After years out of the spotlight, Houston staged a somewhat successful comeback with her 2009 album, “I Look To You”.

But the comeback was short lived as some speculated that the star had once again relapsed into drug use.

A concert to promote the singer’s new album, which debuted on the top of the charts and eventually went platinum, had gone south when Houston’s once flawless voice hit all the wrong notes.

During a world tour launched overseas, the star’s ragged vocals failed to impress once enthralled fans. Some even walked out.

The star appeared to be battling past demons again, but she denied allegations that she was back on drugs, maintaining that she was in great shape.

It is still unclear what snuffed the life out of the bright star.

Ex Bobby Brown, who had been on tour with his New Edition band mates for the past few months, was in Mississippi when he got news of Whitney’s passing.

Source say Brown was saddened by the news and was “in and out of crying fits”. Bobby had reportedly started teh show by pointing to the sky, saying “I love you”.

Fellow musicians and fans mourned the pop diva. Jennifer Hudson is set to perform a tribute to Whitney Houston tonight at the 84th edition of the Grammy Awards.