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Wendy Williams Shows Love & Compassion For Whitney’s Struggle

Wendy Williams showed compassion and love for the late Whitney Houston in a recent show. Williams herself knows that road that Whitney Houston traveled for she struggled with drug abuse some 15 years ago.

Take a look as Williams discuss her own plight and triump over drugs. An emotional Wendy breaks down in tears as tells her audience how she thought Houston would also overcome the demons and become a spokes person in the fight against drugs.

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    Posted 2 years, 8 months ago at 12:26 pm. Add a comment

    Jennifer Hudson Delivers An Elegant Beam Of Light Tribute To A Deserving Whitney Houston


    This morning I was on twitter with actress Pam Grier who tweeted the following to me on her meeting Whitney Houston:

    febone1960net Sam Curtis
    @PamGrier Did you ever have the opportunity to meet Whitney?

    Pam Grier PamGrier
    @febone1960net yes, I have in LA. After her concert. She was elegant and beaming of light.

    A beam of light with elegance is exactly what Jennifer Hudson delivered as a tribute to a so deserving Whitney Houston.

    The autopsy was completed yesterday and although the toxicology report is pending there are reports that Ms. Houston did not drown.

    According to TMZ, the family was informed there was not enough water in Houston’s lungs for her death to be ruled a drowning accident, as it was previously assumed. Sources say the late singer may have died before her head was submerged from a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs that were mixed with alcohol.

    The Los Angeles coroner’s office denies that they discussed whether prescription medications and drowning played a role in Whitney Houston’s death. In an news conference, assistant chief coroner Ed Winter was repeatedly asked about Internet reports that those issues had been brought up in discussions with Houston’s family. While allowing that Beverly Hills police may have had such discussions, Winter said he is the one who’s been in contact with Houston’s family, and the topics were not broached.

    Winter said the death investigation was ongoing and that a cause of death would not be announced before toxicology tests were performed. When asked, he said examiners would be testing “blood and urine, just the routine toxicology tests that we do.”
    The Houston family has revealed that it was an aunt, Mary Jones, who discovered Houston’s body in the bathtub. It is reported that the iconic singer/actress was in the bathroom for more than an hour when Jones entered to find her lifeless body. Jones began administering CPR which, unfortunately, was not enough.

    Whitney Elizabeth Houston deserves one other final thing. Whitney Elizabeth Houston deserves to be home. Bring her home Cissy. Bring your angel home so she can rest in peace.

    Take a look above at Jennifer Hudson’s emotional tribute to the voice of an angel: Whitney Elizabeth Houston.

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      Posted 2 years, 8 months ago at 9:47 am. Add a comment

      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, 8 months ago at 4:50 pm. Add a comment

        Gil Scott Heron’s Life Was More Than A “B” Movie

        Gil Scott Heron

        The troubled life of Gil Scott Heron has faded to black. Gil Scott Heron’s life was more than a “B” movie.

        I met Gil during his days at Arista in the early 80′s. The tall lanky spoken word artist was on the Arista roster along with Aretha Franklin, Patrice Rushen, Phyllis Hyman and of course the incomparable Whitney Houston. During this time, Gil who was living in Chocolate City had come to a cross road in his life. It was the decade of the electronic music. Studio 54, was the happening place and rap was in its’ infancy. MTV had emerged and BET was also on the scene slowly killing the radio star.

        Cocaine was the drug of choice within the entertainment industry. The rich and pretty who partied like it was 1999 at Studio 54 were not strangers to powdered nose candy. Cocaine would eventually seduce Gil, taking him down the deep and dark dead end street of no return.

        Ronald Reagan was President, and Gil revealed his feelings for the “B” Movie actor in the following lyrics: “acted like an actor…Hollyweird. Acted like a liberal. Acted like General Franco when he acted like governor of California, then he acted like a republican” in a cut entitled “B” Movie. That track was not only poetic, but it was prophetic.

        When you look back, Gil’s vision was astounding. Perhaps his vision of the world was too much for him to take sober and therefore he decided to take the road that drove him to drugs.

        Unfortunately, Gil Scott Heron had spent much of the last two decades of his life battling drug addiction that lead him in and out of prison for possession and parole violations.

        Born in Chicago on April 1 1949, Gil Scott Heron was named after his father, Gilbert Heron, a Jamaican who had settled in America. Gilbert Heron was also a poet. However, his prowess at soccer brought him to the attention of talent scouts from Scotland. In the early 1950s Gilbert senior played soccer professionally for Celtic and Third Lanark, earning the nickname “the Black Arrow”, before returning to Chicago. It was there that he met Gil’s mother, Bobbie Scott, a librarian and an accomplished singer who had once performed with the New York Oratorial Society.

        Gil’s parents separated when he was two, and he was sent to live with Lillie Scott, his maternal grandmother in Jackson, Tennessee. Scott-Heron would credit his grandmother with being one of the primary influences on his life: “[She] raised me to not sit around and wait for people to guess what’s on your mind — I was gonna have to say it.”

        Cultivating his interest in music and literature, she bought him a second-hand piano from a local funeral parlor. She also introduced him to the writings of the Harlem Renaissance novelist and poet Langston Hughes, who utilized the rhythms of jazz in his poetry and who became a major influence.

        When Gil was 12 his grandmother died, and he moved to New York to be reunited with his mother, who brought up her son on her own. On the recommendation of his high school English teacher, Gil won a scholarship to the Ethical Culture Fieldston School, a private school. Afterwards he would matriculate to Lincoln University in Pennsylvania. Langston Hughes had once been a student at the predominantly black University.

        In his second year at Lincoln, he was given leave of absence to write a novel. Entitled the Vulture (1970), it was a thriller about ghetto life. He wrote the novel while working as a clerk at a dry cleaners. Upon graduation he published a second novel, The Nigger Factory (1971). That novel detailed campus unrest that was taking place in America.

        By now Scott-Heron had begun performing his poetry in coffee houses and jazz clubs, where he was approached by the jazz producer Bob Thiele who, as head of the Impulse label, had recorded such artists as John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Dizzy Gillespie, as well as being the co-writer, with George David Weiss, of Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.

        Thiele signed Scott-Heron to his own Flying Dutchman label, and released Small Talk at 125th and Lenox, a live recording of one of Scott-Heron’s club performances. The follow-up Pieces of Man brought him together on record for the first time with Brian Jackson, a keyboard-player, flautist and composer whom he had met at Lincoln University, and who would become his principal collaborator on nine albums.

        With Jackson, Scott-Heron refined an intoxicating hybrid of jazz, Latin and Afro idioms that established him in the vanguard of black American music in the 1970s. The success of a single version of The Bottle in 1974 led to his being signed to a major label, Arista. He enjoyed further chart success in 1976 with Johannesburg and, in 1978, with the anti-drug song Angel Dust. Gil penned these lyrics for angel Dust: “Please, children would you listen, Just ain’t where it’s at. You won’t remember what you’re missin’, but down some dead end streets, there ain’t no turnin’ back.”

        Not heeding his own words, Gil eventually found himself down that dead end street strung out on crack.

        In the mid 80′s Arista released him from the label. Gil would not record for 11 years. Spirits was his 14th album’ which dealt with the grueling hell of drug addiction,

        Mr. Heron had s huge fan base in D.C. where he performed regularly at Blues Alley in Georgetown. However, while he continued to tour, he became notoriously unreliable in showing up for his gigs.

        At the beginning of his drug use, many of us who knew and cared about him tried to no avail to get him off that dead end street before he went too far.

        Having a relative who was a substance abuser, I knew the only person who could save Gil was Gil.

        As he slid down further, people still reached out to pull him out of the drug abyss. Monique de Latour, a New Zealander photographer who met Scott-Heron in 1995 and lived with him for several years had hoped to shock him out of his addiction by photographing him when he was comatose on drugs. Monique would hang the pictures on the walls. However, Gil refused to look at them.

        In 2000 Scott-Heron was sentenced to 18 to 24 months of in-patient rehabilitation for possession of cocaine and two crack pipes, but given leave to complete a European tour. After failing even to turn up at a subsequent court hearing he was sentenced to between one and three years in prison. Released on parole, in 2003 he was again charged with possession of a controlled substance after cocaine he had hidden in the lining of his bag showed up on an airport x-ray. In 2006 he was sentenced to two to four years in a New York State prison for violating a plea deal on a drug possession charge by leaving a rehabilitation center. The reason given for the violation of his plea deal was that the clinic refused to supply Scott-Heron with HIV medication. This led to the presumption that he was HIV positive.

        Gil Scott Heron died on the afternoon of May 27, 2011, at St. Luke’s Hospital, New York City, after becoming sick on his return from a European trip.

        The prophetic poet was married to the actress Brenda Sykes, with whom he had a daughter named Gia. Following here father and grandfather, Gia Scott Heron is also a poet.

        Above is Gil’s “B” Movie. Take a look and see if you agree that it’s a timeless track which is so applicable today.

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          We Both Deserve Better Bobbi Christina Tells Her Mom

          Bobbi Christina also served as a source of strength for her mother Whitney Houston. After hearing lie after lie from her father Bobby Brown, and witnessing his womanizing ways, the young girl who describes her Mom as her best friend told Whitney to divorce him. Bobbi Christina reasoned that they both deserved better.

          The coupled divorced in 2007.

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            Posted 5 years, 1 month ago at 4:07 am. Add a comment