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The funeral for the “Queen of Pop”, Whitney Houston, was held this weekend.  While funerals are typically a day of mourning, this three-hour event was the opposite.  The exclusive guest list included a long list of celebrities, including; Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry, Ce Ce Winans, Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, R. Kelly and many others.  They helped make it more of a celebration of her life.

Tyler Perry provided a great eulogy sounding like a preacher, Clive Davis filled us in on her love for music and the early days, and R. KellyStevie Wonder and Alicia Keys sang their hearts out…but there was one true standout.  The Houston co-star of her popular movie “The Body Guard”, Kevin Costner, gave an 18 minute eulogy, which made you laugh, smile and cry all in one.  It was a well prepared chronicle of his time with her; it was so intriguing and compelling, the fact that it lasted so long did not matter.  This was by far the best presentation at a funeral I’ve ever heard, and I am sure others felt this too, because attendees gave him a standing ovation at the end.  It was surprising to hear this coming from a man, who is rarely seen interviews these days.

It was sad to think the best singer of our lifetime died at such a young age, but the love felt by so many in attendance made it easier to swallow.  Too bad Bobby Brown left before it began, due to seating dispute.  That was the only downside, which caused a bit of a shake-up. 

Mom Sissy Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina, should have found some comfort in the support shown this week.  And they really can take solace in the outstanding tribute by Kevin Kostner.  Let’s hope others will also remember all the good Whitney Houston brought to the World…I certainly will.


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Posted by on February 19, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS


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The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will likely have its highest ratings in years.  Since the live show aired just a day after the sudden death of Whitney Houston, millions tuned in to see how they would honor her legacy.  Initially most thought the show would revolve around her unfortunate passing, but they pulled it off with a good balance of remembering Whitney and recognizing the nominees.  LL Cool J hosted the showed and opened it with a prayer in her honor.

There was a blend of old and new artists, with performances by Paul McCarthy, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Tony Bennett, the Beach Boys (who still sounded great) and many others. Chris Brown also danced his way back into his fans heart, receiving one of many standing ovations along with a Grammy for “Best R & B Album“.  Taylor Swift blushed in amazement, as she received a prolonged standing ovation.  Although I typically like her music, she looked a bit homely during her performance and I did not care for her song choice.

Nicki Minaj must be taking notes from Lady Gaga because she stepped even further outside her box.  She rapped in a theatrical fashion with an exorcism theme, floating on stage with roman geared background dancers.  Not sure where she was going with that routine but in my opinion, it just did not work.  It would not be surprising if she gets some backlash from religious groups as well.

However, some of my favorite performances of the night were by two of the nominees. Bruno Mars, had the crowd on their feet with his upbeat tune and smooth, perfectly executed dance moves.  His talent is beyond words, and what makes him special is his variety of hits.

Adele sang “Rolling In The Deep” with passion and true emotion, especially since it was after her recent throat surgery.  It not only earned her an extended standing ovation but also the top Grammy’s honors for “Song Of The Year” and “Record Of The Year.”  Which makes me wonder, what’s the difference?  Song or record, uhmmm?  Adele also won; “Best Pop Vocal Album”, “Pop Album of The Year”, “Album Of The Year”, “Best Pop Solo Performance.”  She definitely was the “Golden Girl” of the evening winning six awards.  At only 23-years-old, this will be a night to remember.  Her Album ‘21‘ was the top seller in 2011 with over 6 million units sold, and she is now even with Beyoncé for most Grammys won by a female in a single night.

The show stopper was Jennifer Hudson’s tribute to Whitney Houston singing “I Will Always Love You”.  Her heartfelt rendition brought tears to her eyes as well as those in the audience, as they stood on their feet and cheered.  If you did not get chills up your spine, you may need to get checked.  And where was Chaka Khan?  Heard she dropped out of the tribute, via Twitter.  She tweeted, “As I grieve the loss of my friend and ‘little sister,’ I don’t feel it appropriate to perform at this time. Continue to pray for the family.”

While I truly adore Adele and believe she was well-deserving of her awards, it would have been good to see Bruno Mars receive a bit more recognition.  If only two awards could be given in some of the categories.  He is also extremely talented and deserves his night in the spotlight at some point.  It seems like there is always one artist who sweeps them each year.

Overall, the show was fairly entertaining and had some good moments.  I am truly happy that Adele won so many awards…that was definitely the highlight of the night.  Foo Fighters also won big, taking home five Grammys.

It’s just unfortunate Whitney Houston was not there to experience the show and she is gone forever. But it was great to see her peers remember her in spirit.



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Posted by on February 12, 2012 in HEADLINE NEWS


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The LIFETIME original “Five” aired tonight bringing breast cancer awareness to light.  It is an inspiring movie which combines five short films, revolving around women with breast cancer, and how it affects their lives.

Director’s Jennifer Aniston, Alicia Keys, Demi Moore, Patty Jenkins and Penelope Spheeris did an incredible job bringing the characters to life. The writers, actors and producers get a standing ovation. They took the stories of these women and created memorable and inspiring moments which everyone can relate to.

It was well acted by amazing actors who captured your attention from the first moment they hit the screen.   Although it had touching scenes which tugged at your heart, spurts of humor kept it uplifting. The movie is inspiring for anyone who knows someone fighting through a tough battle with cancer or experiencing it themselves.

If you missed it, definitely check back for the replay because you will be glad you watched this amazing film. What a well-made movie and a great tribute to the survivors who fight through this horrific disease every day and to those who have lost the battle.

One in eight women are diagnosed with breast cancer, so we are all certain to be affected by this disease at some point.  Perfect ending phrase…Learn from yesterday…Live for today…Hope for tomorrow.  

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Posted by on October 10, 2011 in MOVIE REVIEWS


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