Hollywood, Family And Friends, Including Kevin Costner Say Goodbye To Whitney Houston, Highlight Hollywood News
A somber day, on this Saturday, February 18, as Hollywood remains silent in honor of the late Whitney Houston, whose funeral just ended in Newark, New Jersey for the 48-year-old Grammy Award winning superstar. The funeral was attended by mom, Cissy Houston, daughter, Bobbi Kristina, siblings and many relatives and friends; including major Hollywood stars and insiders, including Whitney’s “The Bodyguard” leading man Kevin Costner, who along with a silent Governor Chris Christie, in my opinion stole the show. Christie immediately was placed under fire by politicians and sickening people on the political right, who were outraged by his decision to lower the flags in the State of New Jersey to half-staff today. It just shows how brave men in our country have always declined to lower themselves to hatred and bigotry of all kinds. Christie proves why he’s respected by both political parties, and he made certain that this day would belong to an imperfect human being, as we all are, but New Jersey’s home-star; Ms. Whitney Houston.
Stevie Wonder rewrote “Ribbon in the Sky” to the chorus “An Angel of God’s Choir of Love.” Clive Davis, Houston’s longtime mentor gave a beautiful speech about his life, his own losses and how he plans to hold Whitney to being ready by August! The stirring words of a Hollywood legend were really needed, because Whitney’s daughter Bobbi Kristina was sinking emotionally and hurting very badly for the loss of the only mother she’ll ever know.
Alicia Keys said Houston inspired her and other young singers, including Brandy, Monica and Jordin Sparks, who is set to appear opposite Houston in August, in what is Whitney Houston’s last film “Sparkle.” But it was the words of Kevin Costner that really moved the crowd. Speaking of his inclusiveness when he and Warner Bros. Studios made “The Bodyguard,” and how frightened a young starlet was to be making a huge feature film alongside him and others. But Kevin also spoke of his Baptist Church upbringing, and how much he and Whitney had in common. Kevin was charismatic, likeable and proved why he remains a superstar in Hollywood decades after he first arrived.
Aretha Franklin was reportedly too ill to perform. And as always, Bobby Brown chose to leave the funeral and try to upstage his late ex-wife, just as he often did while she was alive. Kim Burrell rewrote Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come,” and here’s hoping that Bobby Brown and his daughter Bobbi Kristina will take those words to heart. Robert Flack was at the funeral, so was family friend Tyler Perry. Longtime friends BeBe and CeCe Winans performed for Whitney’s memorial service. Reverends Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton also were in attendance. Dionne Warwick did an excellent job emceeing the service, which was attended by Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King. Newark Mayor Cory Booker and Pastor Joe A. Carter of the New Hope Baptist Church graciously greeted the public.
One time competitor, but later an admirer, singer Mariah Carey also attended the funeral. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Brandy and her brother and Ray J, who dated Whitney was also in attendance. R. Kelly performed “I Look to You,” the hit he wrote for her.
“Sparkle’s” co-executive producer Bishop T.D. Jakes also attended. Now that this has all concluded, lets pray for Whitney Houston’s mother and daughter, and please give them the space they need to further grieve. Also, please send Governor Chris Christie a thank you note to show him the support and appreciation he deserves for his part in making this day; a day of Remembrance for a singer, a superstar, a mother and a daughter, and for taking the political fire and spite out of both sides of America, and making sure this day was all it deserved to be.
Now it’s time to move on, to the living; and live your life with dignity and treat everyone the way you want to be treated. Let this be your legacy, for tomorrow is not promised to any of us.
God bless the Houston family, and God Bless America.
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www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9nPf7w7pDIJun 28, 2008 – 5 min – GermanGirly013
Album: The Bodyguard (1992)
Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs of L.A. Theatre Marquee Courtesy: The Legendary Bill Dow
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