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Whitney Houston’s Untimely Death Shocks The World

Last evening, the night before the Grammy Awards, the music world became discombobulated after learning about the death of The Voice: Whitney Houston.

The 48 year old singer/actress/icon was reportedly found by her hairdresser submerged underwater in the bathtub. Houston’s bodyguard pulled her out of the water and attempted CPR until paramedics arrived, but apparently it was too late. Ms. Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 PM. The body was removed from the Beverly Hilton after midnight.

A law enforcement source reportedly told RadarOnline that the singer had “a plethora of sedatives including Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax, and a sleeping medication that was found in her hotel room.”

It appears that Houston’s death was not a suicide. “There were no obvious signs of criminal intent,” the Beverly Hills Police said in a statement.

An autopsy was scheduled for today. An official cause of death will be deferred until toxicology results are determined. That process could take weeks. Although it would be obvious if Houston drowned, it is still important to know whether there existed any contributing factors.

The remake of the film Sparkle, in which she plays Jordin Sparks’ mom, wrapped filming before the singer’s untimely death. The film’s producer, Bishop T.D Jakes, expressed his sadness through a statement upon hearing the news. The film is due to be released in August.

Above is an interview Whitney and Jordan Sparks gave to Entertainment Tonight (“ET”). Houston looks fantastic.

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    Posted 2 years, 7 months ago.

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    Minister’s Wife Murdered: Husband, Step Son and Their Shared Mistress Faces Capital Murder Charges

    Domestic violence knows no boundaries. It touches all regardless of your status in life. Pauletta Burleson, the wife of a minister is one of many victims. Unfortunately, Pauletta’s murder is scandalized by what is being described as a love triangle involving her minister husband, his son and the mistress the two men shared. The trio are now facing murder charges for Pauletta’s untimely demise.

    Tracy-Bernard Burleson

    Tracy Bernard Burleson, a 44-year-old Houston pastor, is facing capital murder charges for the 2010 slaying of his wife, Pauletta Burleson. According to ABC13 Houston’s local ABC affiliate, the pastor’s wife was shot execution style in the back of the head while sitting in the family’s garage, allegedly by her stepson, William Fuller.

    The Houston Chronicle is reporting that Fuller, who is also charged with murder, alleges his father hired him to commit the killing. This information is said to come from a confidential informant whom Fuller confided in.

    Further information seem to suggest that both the pastor and his son were in love with the same woman, 32-year-old Tyonne Palmer.

    Fuller had previously lived with Palmer, who became his care taker after he was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia. According to court records, investigators have uncovered evidence indicating she was actually dating both Fuller and Burleson at the same time.

    Attorneys for Burleson are alleging that the son framed his father so he could date his father’s mistress, Tyonne Palmer who is also charged with capital murder. She’s accused of helping Fuller destroy the murder weapon following the shooting.

    The pastor’s alibi for the shooting isn’t air tight. While Burleson admits that he and his wife argued in their driveway, he claims he went to a convenience store for chips and candy before she was killed. However, investigators didn’t find any snacks in his car afterwards.

    Neighbors say they heard the gunshot at 10:15 p.m. — but the store where Burleson claims to have made his purchases closed at 10 p.m.

    The Houston Chronicle is als reporting that prosecutors have found a $60,000 life insurance policy taken out in Burleson’s wife’s name. Such evidence provides motive that which suggests the pastor’s involvement. It also elevates the crime of domestic violence to a capital crime, placing the death penalty on the table.

    On or about one week before the murder, Burleson’s house of worship, the First New Mount Calvary Baptist Church, burned down. Burleson has denied involvement in that incident. The fire is still being investigated and no charges have been filed against him in relation to it.
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      Viola Davis Carries and Delivers The Help

      Last evening, I had the pleasure of seeing The Help in a movie theater in Greensboro, N.C. The Help pays tribute to the black domestic workers particularly those who worked during the civil rights era. This particular story takes place in Jackson Mississippi, a town that is known for arresting and jailing freedom riders and the murder of civil rights leader Medger Evers. In a nutshell the town of Jackson is and will always be known as a racist violent supporter of the unconstitutional Jim Crow laws.

      There of course were those whites who despised the Jim Crow way of life and would stand up to their racist associates. Such is the case in The Help. Sketter, an Ole Miss graduate who is not considered to be attractive comes back home after graduation and finds a job at the Jackson Journal giving cleaning advise to white female aristocracy. Because she was raised by the family’s black maid, she knows nothing about cleaning. While away at college, she is told that their black maid quit to go live with her daughter in Chicago, so she reaches out to a friend’s maid to solicit answers for her cleaning advice column. The maid played by Viola Davis has no choice in the matter and takes on this chore along with caring for a little girl whose mother never touches the child, cooking, washing the clothes, as well as cleaning the entire house.

      While getting the advice from the maid, Sketter decides to write a book about the help, especially after finding out that the maid (played by Cicely Tyson) she loved and adorned was fired. Sketter finds that the maids are reluctant to talking to her, however, after Medger Evers is murdered for registering blacks to vote and a maid is arrested and imprisoned, the maids change their mind.

      The story briefly touches on how these under paid women are cheated out of their social security contribution by employers who build separate bathrooms outside the home for the women to use. Showing that the scars of slavery run deep, it also touches on the domestic violence experienced by these women from their under paid over worked husbands who are treated less than human as well.

      What it doesn’t show is the domestic violence the children experience from the mothers who of course come from a long line of domestic workers dating back to slavery.

      Unlike The Secret Of Bees, the acting is superb. Nothing against Queen Latifah and Alicia Keyes, but these women were not able capture the era, thus rendering their performance dead on arrival. Perhaps they did such a poor job because they had nothing to tap into.

      Oscar nominated Viola Davis who turns 46 today (August 11, 2011) was born on her grandmother’s farm in St. Matthews, South Carolina. Although the two time Tony and Drama Desk award winner grew up in Rhode Island, it appears she was able to tap into her southern roots for this role.

      Considered as one of the best actors whether it be stage or screen, Ms. Davis carried this film on her shoulders and delivered. I can see not only another Oscar nomination, but I can envision Ms. Davis carrying the coveted statute home this time.

      The film is educational as well as entertaining. You will have tears in your eyes, but there are plenty of laughs as well, as the film shows how these hard working women survived the inhuman treatment by their employers whose ignoramus mentality resembles that on Michelle Bachman and Sarah Palin.

      In this moronic political environment surrounding the first African American U.S. President, people regardless of color should run out in droves to see this picture. You won’t regret it. Also take look at the trailer above.

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        Oh No She Didn’t ! Woman Severs Husband’s Penis and…

        Remember Lorena Bobbitt? Lorena was the Ecuador born wife who severed her husband’s penis as he slept in 1993. Lorena now has company in the category of penis severing.

        Yes folks, it has happened again! By the way, this one tops the Bobbitt case.

        It appears that a dispute over an “inappropriate relationship” may be the motive behind a Garden Grove woman who has been charged with cutting off her husband’s penis.

        A law enforcement source who spoke on condition of anonymity in the ongoing case said the couple had argued earlier in the day and that the wife was angry at the husband over a relationship. Police said that when they confronted the woman, she said her husband “deserved it.”

        Authorities had earlier alleged that the wife, Catherine Kieu Becker, got into an argument with her husband about “friends staying at the residence,” according to a statement by prosecutors.

        On Wednesday, Orange County prosecutors charged the wife with two felony counts for allegedly cutting off her husband’s penis and throwing it in a garbage disposal after drugging him and tying him to a bed.

        The couple who had been married for a year and half began divorce proceedings in May. The court record suggests that the husband initiated the divorce.

        Becker, 48, faces one felony count each of torture and aggravated mayhem with sentencing enhancements for great bodily injury and personal use of a knife. If convicted on all counts, she faces a maximum sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole.

        She has been held without bail since her arrest Monday night. Her arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday in Westminster, where she is expected to plead not guilty.

        Becker, a real estate broker, lived with her husband, identified by prosecutors only as John Doe, in a Garden Grove apartment.

        The husband told police that his wife served him dinner and that he went to bed about 9 p.m. While he was sleeping, she “tied the victim’s legs and arms to the four corners of the bed with nylon ropes,” prosecutors said.

        The victim told authorities that when he woke up, his wife pulled down his pants, “grabbing the victim’s penis and severing it with a knife.” She then took the penis to the kitchen and threw it in the garbage disposal, “turning it on and mutilating the organ.”

        She then called 911. On arrival the officers who probably thought that they had seen everything, found penis-less John tied to a bed and bleeding from his crotch. Ouch!

        John Doe was taken to UCI Medical Center, where he underwent emergency surgery, but the severed mangled organ pulled from the garbage disposal could not be reattached.

        In addition to Lorena Bobbitt an Alaskan woman severed her boyfriend’s penis. In 2005, Kim Tran cut her boyfriend’s penis off and flushed it down the toilet. Authorities somehow managed to recover the member and reattach it. As you remember authorities searched a field to recover John Wayne Bobbitt’s penis. It was also reattached.

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          Peace, Happiness & Harmony Was Not In The Cards For Murdered Marriage Counselor

          Forty two year old Tonya Hunter of Bedford Heights, Ohio tried to help many couples save their marriage. Unfortunately she was unable to save her own.

          Maurice Lyons

          Maurice Lyons

          The marriage counselor was stabbed to death in her home by her estranged husband just hours before she was to file for a divorce. Maurice Lyons 38, has been charged with aggravated murder.

          Hunter’s 4-year-old son was dropped off near a bar after she was killed Sunday night in the Cleveland suburb, according to media reports. The boy who was not Lyons’ child led police to his mother’s body.

          “He was able to tell the police his address and where his mother was,” Leroy Hunter, the victim’s uncle, told Cleveland TV station WKYC-Ch. 3. “So the violent act had to have happened in front of this child so we know that this child is traumatized.”

          Lyons was arrested Monday in downtown Cleveland and charged with aggravated murder and domestic violence, the TV station reported.

          The couple had been married only seven months. According to a report in The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Hunter met Lyons in an anger management class.

          Hunter had filed two domestic violence reports against Lyons, The Plain Dealer noted, citing a recent police document that said: “The defendant (Lyons) who appeared high on drugs moved close to Tanya Hunter/spouse demanding money in an intimidating manner. The defendant then pushed Hunter/spouse against the kitchen sink.”

          Lyons has a criminal record in Missouri, Illinois and Ohio, the paper said.

          Hunter earned a master’s degree from Case Western Reserve University in social science and started her own counseling practice in 2007, Success 1 Services, according to the company’s website.

          “My goal is to help individuals, couples and families restore to peace, happiness and harmony,” she wrote on a Psychology Today website advertising her services. Apparently peace, happiness and harmony could not be restored to her violently brief marriage to Lyons.

          Will domestic violence ever end?

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