I am honored to be associated with those two ladies.
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Idolatrous children thought she spoke like a princess. But American princesses, historically, have not had an Afro and been deeply brown-skinned; they have not been born in Newark, three years before a race riot. This voice vibrated with caprice. Assistants, makeup artists, and one fatherly bodyguard recount their bewilderment about and love for the vivacious star.
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They speculate on what drug use—which the film suggests began in the late eighties, before Houston first encountered Brown—did to her body, her vocals. Houston was in love with her best friend, Robyn Crawford; there was no room in her persona, designed to refract all-American values back to her fans, for bisexuality. NEWARK, New Jersey Reuters - Stars, family and friends mourned Whitney Houston in a spirited Baptist funeral service at her hometown church on Saturday, a week after the death of the singer whose spectacular voice made her one of the biggest pop stars of her era.
Houston, 48, died in a Beverly Hills hotel room on February 11, the eve of the music industry's Grammy Awards.
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Gospel and soul music greats, celebrities and family members swayed to gospel hits and delivered tributes both sung and spoken to the crowded New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where Houston honed her wide vocal range as a young choral singer with her mother Cissy Houston, a backup singer for Aretha Franklin. She was among the greatest singers of the s and s, but later admitted to heavy use of cocaine, marijuana, alcohol and prescription pills. Officials have said prescription drugs were found in the hotel room where she died.
Her death at age 48 shocked her family, fans and the music industry.
Her cause of death has yet to be determined. She suffered a turbulent personal life and marriage to singer Bobby Brown, who said in a statement he left the service early after being repeatedly asked to move by security, who prevented him from seeing the daughter he shared with Houston, Bobby Kristina Brown, He said shortly before she died, Houston had promised she was getting back into shape.
The circumstances of her death -- she was found in her hotel bathtub, underwater -- will compound the grief of those she left behind, whatever the coroner's report ultimately says. We don't know yet what killed her.
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But we do know that a mother has lost her child, a child has lost her mother. And because she was a celebrity, grief comes with complications.
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Giovanni wrote about "the strangers pulling at you cause they love you. The family has decided to have a private funeral at New Hope. Fans "deserve" a public memorial, I heard one man say.
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I would like a public memorial. I hope there will be one eventually. But I always thought those who claim to have loved and cared about the departed were supposed to comfort the family members.
If privacy is what they want and need, we're the ones who should have some heart. When you purchase that CD or download a song, you buy the music; you don't own the human being.
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