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Centric's Celebration Of Black History Month Continues With Whitney Houston Documentary & More

February 9th, 2013 5:57am EST
Centric Black History Month
Centric, the 24-hour music and entertainment channel for African American and multicultural viewers, continues its tribute to Black History Month this weekend by celebrating some of America's greatest musical talent to hit the charts.

Intimate interviews about the legendary Whitney Houston in a never-before seen documentary "Whitney Houston: Legend" and new exclusive interviews from R&B group New Edition in "Being: New Edition" – it all takes center stage Saturday and Sunday, February 9-10, starting at 9:00PM ET.

The "Whitney Houston: Legend" documentary is filled with exclusive footage a...
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Madame Tussauds Unveils Four New Whitney Houston Wax Figures A Year After Her Death

February 8th, 2013 3:04pm EST
Whitney Houston Wax Figure
Madame Tussauds debuted a series of four new wax figures of the late Whitney Houston on Thursday at their New York City location.

Whitney's family was on hand to witness the unveiling, including her mother Cissy and Brothers Gary and MIchael and their wives.

The four new figures depict Whitney during the various phases of her career in music and movies and will reportedly be split up and relocated to some of the other Madame Tussauds museums in the U.S.

Houston's smash hit ballad "I Will Always Love You," from the soundtrack to her film The Bodyguard, was recently named the most popul...
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Cissy Houston: 'Clive Davis Party Invitation Is Obscene'

February 8th, 2013 1:23pm EST
Cissy Houston
Whitney Houston's mother Cissy has blasted organizers of music mogul Clive Davis' Grammy Awards eve party for inviting her to the bash.

The singer's daughter drowned in the bathtub of her Los Angeles hotel suite while she was getting ready for the bash last year and Cissy insists it's "obscene" to think she'll celebrate the anniversary of the hit-maker's passing at the hotel where she died.

At the official unveiling of Whitney's waxwork figures in New York on Thursday, Cissy Houston said, "I got an invitation to the party, which is the most obscene thing... I don't know why they would w...
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Kerry Washington Wins Big At NAACP Awards - See Red Carpet Pics!

February 2nd, 2013 9:36am EST
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington took top honors on Friday night at the 2013 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Image Awards.
 
The actress, 36, won three awards: Best Supporting Actress ("Django Unchained"), Best Actress in a Drama Series ("Scandal") and President's Award for her public service work on behalf of President Barack Obama.

Washington is the first African-American woman to lead the cast of a primetime drama since Diahann Carroll in "Julia" over 30 years ago. Carroll gushed: "I think she's enjoying one of the great moments of her life right now in our industry."...
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Gone But Not Forgotten: Remembering The Celebrities Who Left Us In 2012

December 31st, 2012 3:00pm EST
Whitney Houston
As 2012 comes to a close please click through to take a look back and remember all the actors, actresses, musicians, singers, writers, directors, producers and others who have entertained us over the years but left us during the past year.

They may be gone but their legacies will live on... R.I.P.

Etta James the "At Last" singer died of complications from Leukemia on January 20 at age 73.

Welcome Back Kotter star Robert Hegyes, who played Juan Luis Pedro Phillipo de Huevos Epstein on the show, died of a heart attack at age 60 on January 26.

Singer & reality TV star Leslie Cart...
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Private Detective Claims He Has Proof Whitney Houston Was Murdered Over Drug Debt

December 31st, 2012 10:04am EST
Whitney Houston
A top private investigator has poured doubt on Whitney Houston's drowning death verdict, insisting she was murdered by drug bosses to whom she owed over $1 million.

Paul Huebl claims he has evidence that suggests the singer was killed by two men collecting a drug debt.

Houston was found dead in a bathtub in her Beverly Hills hotel suite in February, and the detective tells The Sun, "I have evidence that points to Whitney being a victim of high-powered drug dealers who sent thugs to collect a huge debt she owed for drugs.

"Whitney's body shows classic defense wounds that would have occurr...
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Religious Celebrities - A Bit Too Much Or Just What They Needed?

December 15th, 2012 11:00am EST
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Religion is a beautiful collection of beliefs that can impact one’s life, change the way you look at life and sometimes segregate you from others. When speaking about celebrities in general, they usually like to stand out and go against the grain and when you add religion into the mix, we sometimes ask- is it a bit much? Some celebrities take their beliefs overboard and others simply find religion and turn their lives around for the better. Here are a few stars whose religion has changed the direction of their career.

Recently, Two and a Half Men actor, Angus T. Jones made headlines when...
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Brandy: 'Whitney Houston Was Tortured By Voice Problems'

December 10th, 2012 6:19pm EST
Brandy
Singer Brandy is convinced late singer Whitney Houston sank into a dark place when she lost her powerful vocal abilities, insisting, "It probably drove her insane."

The "I Will Always Love You" legend's career nosedived when she began to experience vocal problems, thought to be the result of substance abuse, and Brandy believes her pal was driven to despair when she couldn't hit the high notes at her final concerts.

She tells CNN newsman Piers Morgan, "I understand what that feels like. I don't understand to that degree, but I understand, you know, because I feel like when I don't have my...
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Whitney Houston's First Posthumous Single, 'Never Give Up,' Debuts

November 7th, 2012 5:37pm EST
Whitney Houston
The lyric video for Whitney Houston' previously unreleased single, "Never Give Up," made its debut online Tuesday; and the song is set for inclusion on her upcoming greatest hits package.

The Jermaine Dupri-produced "I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston" drops Tuesday, November 13, and features 18 of the late singer's classics, including "Saving All My Love for You," "I Wanna Dance with Somebody" and "Greatest Love Of All." The album also features a duet with R. Kelly on the newly remixed "I Look To You."

The title track, "I Will Always Love You," was featured on the sound...
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Whitney Houston's Executors Reach Deal Over Bobbi Kristina's Inheritance

October 29th, 2012 4:20pm EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
The executors of Whitney Houston's estate have reportedly reached a deal to restructure inheritance payments for the late singer's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

The 19 year old stands to inherit her mother's multi-million dollar fortune following her death earlier this year and a payment plan had been put in place so she would reportedly receive a cash sum on her 21st birthday, with further pay outs when she turns 25 and 30.

However, her grandmother, Cissy Houston, and the singer's sister-in-law, Pat Houston, the co-executors of the estate, filed a legal petition in Georgia last month to...
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Dolly Parton Benefits From Whitney Houston's Death

October 21st, 2012 7:21pm EDT
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton received a "tremendous boost" in songwriting royalties for her track "I Will Always Love You" following Whitney Houston's death.

Houston's 1992 version of the ballad, which Parton wrote in the 1970s, returned to the top of the charts after she passed away in February, as fans flocked to purchase her signature hit.

The country icon previously admitted she was left "shattered" by Houston's death, and now she has revealed she netted a fortune from the international smash.

Parton tells Britain's Daily Star Sunday, "I've had a tremendous boost in finances since Whitney passed on ...
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Confirms Engagement On New Reality Show

October 12th, 2012 3:33pm EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Whitney Houston's teenage daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has confirmed her engagement to boyfriend Nick Gordon in a new trailer for her family's upcoming reality TV show.

The 19 year old has grown increasing close to Gordon, who was informally adopted by Houston when he was 12, following the death of her superstar mum in February, and the young couple first sparked rumours of a wedding in March, when Brown was snapped wearing a diamond sparkler on her ring finger.

The marriage speculation was denied and a representative for Brown was forced to dismiss fresh reports of a proposal in August ...
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Engagement Rumors Surface...Again

August 29th, 2012 9:32am EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown has been dating Nick Gordon, who was informally adopted by Houston when he was 12. Rumors started circulating yesterday that he had proposed to the 19 year old after he surprised her with a diamond and sapphire ring.

On Monday, Gordon posted a photo of the jewelry on his girlfriend's ring finger and tweeted, "Surprise @REALbkBrown", to which she responded, "ur thee (you are the) best boo ! I love you, thank youuu (sic)... surprise is right, i love it!"

A representative for Houston's daughter has denied reports suggesting the teenager is enga...
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12 Abusive Celebrity Relationships

August 20th, 2012 4:00pm EDT
Chris Brown & Rihanna
Even though her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown beat her up after the 2009 Grammy Awards, Rihanna has confessed she still cares for the hip hop star and that he's the love of her life.

Despite being famous, several celebrities have found themselves mixed up in abusive relationships. Check out our list of some of the worst...

Halle Berry has said an ex-boyfriend once hit her so hard she is still largely deaf in her left ear.

In 1998, Pamela Anderson's husband, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee, was arrested for spousal abuse, child abuse, and unlawful possession of a firearm. Anderson filed fo...
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Bobbi Kristina Brown, Jordin Sparks & More Stars Sizzle At 'Sparkle' Premiere

August 17th, 2012 10:00am EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Whitney Houston would have been proud of her daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, who looked lovely on the red carpet for the singer's posthumous film "Sparkle."

Houston's daughter wore a black sequined bandage dress and cute feathered high heels. She was accompanied by her "adopted brother" Nick Gordon.

Before leaving for the event, Bobbi tweeted, "Off to the premiere ! Glammed and all! Time to walk this carpet&rep mommy like she would want me too (: god bless u all ! nickdgordon enjoy!"

She later added, "Wardrobe.. Whatcha think!?2nite was incredible..!#SPARKLE!@JordinSparks &all the cast, I...
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Jordin Sparks Talks 'Sparkle' & Getting The Chills Watching Whitney Houston On Screen

August 15th, 2012 9:03am EDT
Sparkle
"Sparkle," starring the late Whitney Houston, hits theaters this weekend, and co-star Jordin Sparks has opened up about working with the famous songstress.

The former "American Idol" star told the Washington Post, "I read the script and fell in love with it. I related a lot to Sparkle. She's a girl with a dream, and she's gonna do whatever it takes to get to the top."

Sparks won the sixth season of the FOX singing competition and made the change to acting when her music career faltered.

"Sparkle," a remake of a 1976 musical, centers on a gifted Motown who vocalist (Sparks) who finds her ...
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In Honor Of 'Sparkle,' The 6 Best Posthumous Film Releases

August 14th, 2012 1:07pm EDT
Sparkle
This weekend's release of Sparkle will mark the final film for the recently deceased Whitney Houston. Posthumous film releases aren't too common, but there have been some fantastic films that hit theaters after a star's tragic death. Here are the Top 6:

The Deer Hunter (John Cazale) Cazale was in six films and all of them were nominated for Academy Awards for Best Picture. He was dying from terminal lung cancer during The Deer Hunter, but his girlfriend Meryl Streep and director Michael Cimino threatened to walk away from the film if the studio fired Cazale. Robert De Niro used his own m...
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Gets Tattoo In Her Mom's Honor

August 9th, 2012 11:28am EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Whitney Houston's teenage daughter commemorated her mother's birthday on Thursday by getting a tattoo in the late singer's memory.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the superstar's daughter with Bobby Brown, visited a body art parlor in Atlanta, Georgia late on Wednesday - ahead of what would have been her mother's 49th birthday - to have the initials WH and four doves inked on her wrist.

She took to her Twitter.com page to tell followers about her plans for the poignant day, writing, "Mommy it's your birthday & I am going 2 (to) celebrate it 2 the fullest! Bc (because) YOU deserve it damn it, YOU ...
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Jordin Sparks Opens Up About Filming 'Sparkle' With Whitney Houston

August 6th, 2012 3:54pm EDT
Jordin Sparks
Singer/actress Jordin Sparks cut herself off from friends for two months after the death of her Sparkle co-star Whitney Houston as she struggled to come to terms with the devastating news.

The No Air hit-maker grew close to Houston while shooting the new rags-to-riches story last year and Sparks was preparing to hit the red carpet with the soul superstar at Clive Davis' pre-Grammys party in Hollywood in February when the icon was found dead in her Beverly Hills hotel room.

Recalling the horror of the night Houston died, she says, "I was about to go change into my dress and there was a k...
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Whitney Houston's 'Bodyguard' Gown To Go Under The Hammer

July 21st, 2012 8:17am EDT
The Bodyguard
Costumes Whitney Houston wore in The Bodyguard and outfits Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears showed off in films, on the red carpet and in videos are to be auctioned off in Los Angeles next week.

The stylish items have been added to the upcoming Dreier Collection sale for auction house Profiles in History.

Highlights include Houston's screen-used Rachel Marron Queen of the Night costume, which was inspired by 1927 Fritz Lang classic Metropolis, and Profiles spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer insists the Art Deco costume is sure to fetch thousands.

She says, "One cannot find a better costume wo...
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Friend Claims Whitney Houston Knew She Was Dying

June 28th, 2012 10:09am EDT
Whitney Houston
A longtime confidant says Whitney Houston knew her life was coming to an end in the weeks leading up to her death in February.

Raffles van Exel says Whitney's drug-related death shocked him, but in retrospect he believes there were signals.

"She kept talking about leaving America. I thought she meant Switzerland, where she'd talked about living. Now I realize she meant she was leaving this world," he told The Globe.

Van Exel has revealed personal information about the day Houston's body was found. She was was discovered in the bathroom of her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, and parame...
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Whitney Houston Could Have Been In 'Rock Of Ages'

June 12th, 2012 9:30am EDT
Whitney Houston at a 2011 pre-Grammy gala
The late Whitney Houston’s final film role will be in this summer’s Sparkle, but the director of Rock of Ages revealed she was considered for a role in his film. Adam Shankman cast singer Mary J. Blige as Justice Charlier, the proprietor of a gentleman’s club in which Sherrie Christian (Julianne Hough) works when she falls upon hard times.

“Do you know who they initially asked me to cast?” Shankman revealed at the film’s press junket this weekend.

“The studio came to me with Whitney. I said I know Whitney, I made music videos back 100 years ago when I choreographed with her. I just said I...
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Tyler Perry: 'Bobbi Kristina Brown Definitely Has Star Potential'

June 7th, 2012 6:05pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Actor/director Tyler Perry was so afraid Whitney Houston's daughter couldn't act he only gave he a handful of lines for her appearance on his upcoming TV sitcom For Better or Worse.

The filmmaker believed Bobbi Kristina Brown, 20, had the potential to be a star and wrote a part specifically for her - hoping that her work on set would take her mind off the tragedy surrounding her mother's death in February.

Perry was hesitant about her abilities, but he admits he was blown away with her performance after her first day on set.

He tells ETonline.com, "I'm so proud of her because she said sh...
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Bobbi Kristina Brown Won't Be Charged For Underage Gambling

June 7th, 2012 10:39am EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown, 19, won't be prosecuted for allegedly gambling in a Las Vegas casino.

Last month, security camera footage showed the teenager appearing to help her boyfriend Nick Gordon pick winners at slot machines just hours after she accepted her late mother's Millennium Award at the Billboard Music Awards.

However, Las Vegas police have closed the underage gambling case due to insufficient evidence. Nevada Gambling Control Board Deputy Chief David Salas tells TMZ.com, "We have completed our investigation and there is not enough evidence to support cri...
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Whitney Houston's Mother To Provide 'Deeper Understanding' In New Book

June 5th, 2012 10:29am EDT
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's mother has signed on and promised to give deserving fans a "behind the headlines" glimpse into the late superstar's "brightest and darkest moments" in a sincere new book about her daughter's life.

Cissy Houston has agreed a deal with publishing house HarperCollins to release a memoir about the singing superstar, who died in February at the age of 48, and she insists the book will tell her daughter's "true story".

Cissy Houston says in a statement, "When I lost my daughter... the world lost one of the most beautiful voices and an extraordinarily beautiful and charitable w...
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Whitney Houston Grammys Drama Caught On Film

June 3rd, 2012 5:51pm EDT
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A 26-minute film about this year's Grammy Awards and the death of Whitney Houston is to premiere later this month in Los Angeles.

"A Death in the Family: The Show Must Go On" chronicles what went on behind the scenes as organizers of music's big night attempted to re-organize the show after learning of Houston's death 24 hours before the event was set to start.

The documentary is the first behind-the-scenes film on the Grammy Awards ever created by the Recording Academy.

Grammy organizer Ken Ehrlich tells Billboard.com, "There was greater interest than normal because of the circumstances...
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Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbi Kristina Investigated Over Alleged Underage Gambling

May 22nd, 2012 7:58pm EDT
Bobbi Kristina Brown
State gaming officials in Nevada are investigating Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown over allegations that the 19-year-old was playing the slot machines at a Las Vegas resort while in town for the 2012 Billboard Music Awards.

Mark Lipparelli, chairman of the Gaming Control Board, says that they're looking into the matter and into whether or not employees of the MGM Grand casino had allowed Bobbi Kristina to gamble.

Nevada state law says that one must be over the age of 21 to gamble, and those who violate the law may be subject to a six-month jail term or $1,000 fine for the ...
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Bobby Brown Debuts Song About Whitney Houston

May 17th, 2012 11:55pm EDT
Bobby Brown
Bobby Brown has debuted an emotional new song dedicated to his ex-wife Whitney Houston, in which he admits he "messed up pretty bad" during their marriage.

The New Edition star performed the track "Don't Let Me Die" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Wednesday.

In the lyrics, the R&B singer opens up about the painful loss of Houston and his regrets about their tumultuous 15-year marriage, which ended in divorce in 2007.

He sang, "I guess I messed up pretty bad... I didn't know who you were... I didn't know what we had. Now I'm stuck living in the past... trying to get the pieces back.....
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Bobby Brown Performs 'Don't Let Me Die' For Whitney On Jay Leno

May 17th, 2012 1:42pm EDT
Bobby Brown -- Don't Let Me Die
Bobby Brown debuted a new song entitled “Don’t Let Me Die,” in memory of his late wife Whitney Houston on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night. During his performance the singer expressed what seemed to be sincere emotions in lyrics about regrets and living in the past.

“I don’t know how to live without you. I need you here. I guess I messed up pretty bad. I didn’t know who you were. I didn’t know what we had. Now I’m stuck living in the past, trying to get the pieces back. But I guess now you’re gone,” sung the R&B singer.

The song will be on his forthcoming album The Masterpiece,...
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Whitney Houston's Daughter & Mother To Star In New Reality Show

May 12th, 2012 9:45am EDT
Whitney Houston & Bobby Kristina
Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and her mother Cissy Houston will star in new reality show on the Lifetime network.

"The Houston Family Chronicles" was confirmed on Friday by Houston family representative Kristen Foster.

The series will focus on Whitney's former manager and sister-in-law Pat Houston. It will also feature appearances by 19-year-old Bobbi Kristina, gospel star Cissy, Whitney's cousin Dionne Warwick and Grammy winner CeCe Winans.

Whitney died in February, and she famously starred in Bravo TV's 2005 reality series "Being Bobby Brown" with her then-husband Bob...
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