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A Final Goodbye to Whitney Houston!

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

NEWARK, NJ – Saturday’s New Hope Baptist Church funeral service for Whitney Houstonwas more of a celebration of the superstar’s life than a somber affair. Houston’s love of music, family and her faith took center-stage.

“We are here not to mourn our loss, but to celebrate her life,” Newark Mayor Cory Bookertold a crowd of family, friends and entertainment celebrities who filled the church,where “Nippy,” as loved ones called her, began at age 11 singing with the junior gospel choir.

Several family members and A-listers spoke at the ceremony remembering their fallen sister, friend and colleague  - “The Voice.”

Tyler Perry: “She had a grace that kept on carrying her through and through. Whitney Houston loved the Lord.”

Kevin Costner: “This feels right. We were a lot alike. We both grew up in the Baptist church.Our church was our private bond.”

“I was your pretend body guard once on screen, now you’re gone. To Bobbi Kristina &  all young girls that maybe dreaming that dream and have doubt, I think Whitney would tell you to guard your bodies and guard the precious miracle of your own life.  So off you go Whitney, off you go, escorted  by army of angels to your heavenly Father. When you sing before him don’t you worry you’ll be good enough.”

Alicia Keys said Houston inspired her and other young singers, including Brandy, Monica, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks. ”She made us feel strong and capable and loved,” she said. “She’s an angel to us.” She then sang her song “Send Me an Angel.” Keys was moved up to the position in the service originally reserved for Aretha Franklin, who was too ill to sing.

Clive Davis: “You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime. You wait for a face like that, a smile like that, a presence like that, for a lifetime. When one person embodies it all, it takes your breath away.”

“All I can say is that I loved her very much. Yes she was one of a kind. And yes, she confessed to Oprah about her demons, but  for when I needed her, she was there. I was her industry father and so proud of it.”

“To Bobbi Kristina: Always be proud for your mother. She loved you very much. She’ll forever be looking after you and never let go of your hand.”

Davis said Houston was getting ready for a comeback, that she was getting in shape and had given up smoking in order to “get her high notes back.” “Clive,” she told him, “I’m gonna be ready by August.”

Stevie Wonder performed at the memorial and rewrote “Ribbon in the Sky” to tell Houston’s story, changing the chorus to “An angel of God’s choir of love.”

A very emotional R. Kelly sang the hit he wrote for Houston “I Look to You,” which includes the lines, “After all my strength is gone, in you I can be strong.”

CeCe Winans sang her own song ”Don’t Cry for Me.”

Dionne Warwick read the traditional bereavement poem, “I’m Free.”

The ceremony closed with the Winans family singing “Tomorrow” and Rev. Marvin Winans giving a final sermon and prayer “God has spoken, say Amen.”

“I Will Always Love You” was played as Whitney Houston’s body was carried outside the church.

Rest in peace Whitney Houston!

Kennedy Center Honorees Include Oprah & Paul McCartney!

Monday, December 6th, 2010

On Sunday night the Kennedy Center Honors feted five honorees: Oprah, Paul McCartney, country singer Merle Haggard, Broadway composer Jerry Herman, and dancer and choreographer Bill T. Jones.

Although to hear comedian Chris Rock, it was all about Ms.O.”It’s amazing to look up and see the most powerful person in the world,” he said , “And she’s sitting next to Barack Obama.”

The show will air CBS on December 28,

‘Oprah’s Farewell Season’ Hitting It Out Of The Park!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

As Oprah prepares to wrap up her 25 years in her Farewell Season she’s pulling out all the stops!

Reunions, guests and shows like 200 Courageous Men with Tyler Perry chronicling America’s epidemic of child sexual abuse among boys have ratings through the roof.

It’s like watching the finale at a Fourth of July fireworks display, just in the past ten days we’ve seen…Michael Jackson‘s parents Katherine and Joe along with Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket, then Marie Osmond spoke out about the death of her son. Oprah hosted the “other hosts” Geraldo Rivera, Montel Williams, Phil Donahue, Sally Jessy Raphael, Ricki Lake, then there was George Bush. The reunion of  The Sound Of Music cast, next week the reunion of  The Color Purple cast…the hits just keep on coming…to be continued…

Janice Peck, author of  The Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era, foresees Winfrey filling the season with giveaways, flashbacks and visits from past guests “who can come in and talk about how they’ve been affected by her.”

Idol-ISH: Fantasia’s Family & Manager Say She Is In Stable Condition!

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

Fantasia Barrino’s  manager Brian Dickens, says that “her injuries are not life threatening. She was dehydrated and exhausted at the time.”

The singer in recent months had seemed to be coming back from her personal and financial problems that had plagued her during her Broadway run in Oprah’s production of The Color Purple. Even appearing on the talk show to talk to Oprah about her issues.

The season 3 American Idol winner’s father says his daughter is holding up after overdosing on aspirin and a sleeping aid.

The rep just released a statement saying Fantasia ingested the medication after feeling “overwhelmed by the lawsuit and the media attention” surrounding her relationship with her on-again, off-again boyfriend Antwaun Cook … who happens to be married. ”Fantasia is stable now.  She will be released from the hospital soon,” continued the manager. “Fantasia is a fighter and a survivor. This is not the hardest thing Fantasia has endured. Fantasia will be stronger, smarter, and better for it. Her work has always inspired her and served as a source of strength.”

A North Carolina police report classified her “serious injury” as an attempted suicide.

Extreme Close Up: Oprah New TV Biopic!

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

ISH has interviewed Oprah on several occasions and Ms. O, always the consumate interviewer, does not like to reveal too much, unless she chooses to do so. So a TV film on Winfrey’s life is news!

Producer Larry A. Thompson optioned the rights to Kitty Kelley’s biography on Oprah as a basis for the film, he reportedly paid six figures for the tell-all.

The TV project is expected to air in September 2011, which would coincide with the end of Winfrey’s weekday talk show.

Thompson has produced TV biopics about Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and Sonny and Cher.