Samuel L. Jackson covers Ebony magazine’s Hollywood Issue. He sits down for a candid one-on-one interview, covering his upbringing, his father, and views on President Obama and Hollywood. His comments about the president has drawn criticism, with some calling him ignorant and racist. Read more
Whitney Houston will be laid to rest Saturday in a private funeral at her childhood church New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. Initially there were reports that there would be a public service at Prudential Center in New Jersey but the singer’s family decide to only have a private invitation-only service.
The funeral will take place a noon and will be presided over by pastor/gospel singer Marvin Winans, reports USA Today. He said he was asked by her mother Cissy Houston to conduct the service. He also performed Whitney’s wedding to Bobby Brown in 1992.
Bobby Brown left the New Edition reunion tour to be with his daughter Bobbi Kristina after her mother’s death but he has not been able seen her. Whitney Houston’s family has allegedly stopped him from seeing Bobbi Kris, reports TMZ. Bobby reportedly feels that Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, is the one blocking him from seeing his daughter.
Bobbi Kris was taken to the hospital twice since her mother’s death and is now with relatives at a Los Angeles home. Sources close to Bobby say since he arrived in L.A. Sunday night he has made several phone calls and made an attempt to physically see her early this morning but he was turned away.
Bobby is now angry and is blaming Whitney’s mom because he thinks Cissy has hated him for years.
Meanwhile, some of Whitney’s relatives do not want him at the funeral. People connected with the family told him not to attend but he has not received any official word from the family. He wants to attend to support Bobbi Kris so he hopes they will be able to set aside their differences.
Janet Jackson taped a one-hour interview with Anderson Cooper for his daily talk show. In addition to talking about her career, the singer talks about the death of Whitney Houston and what advice she would give to Bobbi Kristina Brown. “It’s a very, very tough time. Even though it’s still a loss… I lost my brother, she lost her mother. There’s still a difference, even though there’s a still a loss to a family, I don’t know what that’s like being so young. It was hard for me. It was very, very difficult for me. I didn’t want to accept it, it’s very difficult. You have to come to terms at some point, you have to actually give it up to God, and it sounds so mean, but you have to move on. You can’t hold on to that because it can be very devastating. Sometimes therapy is the best thing.”
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Trina Braxton’s husband Gabe Solis has been exposed again having cyber sex. This time he was with a transgender woman. Jesus Be A Fence. Gabe is alleged to have been doing what he does online with a transgender woman by the name of Julisa Abadshian. If she looks familiar to you it is because she was linked to JoJo Simmons a while back. After seeing how hard Trina cried on last week’s episode over his Twitter drama I can only imagine how upset she is now.
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Chaka Khan is speaking about the death of her friend Whitney Houston. Chaka says Clive Davis’ party should have been canceled following the singer’s death, instead the party went ahead while Whitney’s body was still in the hotel. “I thought that was complete insanity,” she said on “Piers Morgan Tonight” Monday. “And knowing Whitney, I don’t believe she would’ve said, the show must go on. She’s the kind of woman who would’ve said, ‘Stop everything, I’m not going to be there.’ “I don’t know what could motivate a person to have a party in the building where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by hers…I don’t understand how that party went on.”
She also says the music industry is demonic. “I think we all, as artists, because we’re highly sensitive people, and this machine around us, this so-called ‘music industry,’ is such a demonic thing. It’s sacrifices people’s lives and their essences at the drop of a dime…I had a manager once say to me, ‘You know you’re worth more money dead than alive.’”
Chaka also says she blames the person who brought Whitney to Los Angeles for a whole week before the Grammys leaving her with time to party. “I stand on, whoever flew her out to perform at that party, should have provided someone to be there,” she said, “To somehow, keep the riff-raff out of the situation. To keep the dangerous people away.”
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