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Saturday, February 18, 2012
Many of the top female singers in the world packed New Hope Baptist Church to honor the singer.
Saturday's celebrity-packed funeral for Whitney Houston included some of the most respected female singers in music today, including Roberta Flack, Mary J. Blige, Dionne Warwick, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys.
Jennifer Hudson, Stevie Wonder, Dionne Warwick, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Gov. Christie, Mayor Booker all in attendance.
Newark's own, singer Whitney Houston, was welcomed home to the church where she began her singing career Saturday, in a rousing gospel-flavored funeral service before an audience of family, friends and celebrities. "Whitney, today is your day," the Rev. Joe A. Carter, pastor of New Hope Baptist Church, said in beginning the service. A powerful choir of more than 100 singers, backed by a band that included drums and bass and horns, provided an emotional backdrop to a procession of singers, most of them from the world of gospel music. Actor and filmmaker Tyler Perry spoke of what he termed the grace that carried Houston through her life. "There was a grace that carried her down through Miss Cissy Houston, a grace that brought her up through …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Is the pop singer's death worthy of such an honor? Tell us what you think.
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has ordered flags to be flown at half staff throughout the state during Whitney Houston's funeral Saturday in honor of late pop singer's death. The 48-year-old music icon's body was found in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room Saturday afternoon. Gov. Christie said Houston was a "cultural icon" who belongs in the same category in New Jersey music history as legendary singers such as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and rocker Bruce Springsteen. The governor called Houston's accomplishments in the music industry "a great source of pride for the people of the state." Flags are typically flown at half staff in honor of police and military personnel killed in the line of duty. The honor is also extended …
Monday, February 13, 2012
Singer praised for her soaring voice and her role as a model for black women, despite her later problems with drug abuse.
Singing superstar Whitney Houston—a New Jersey native born in Newark, educated in Caldwell, and a one-time resident of East Orange and Mendham Township—was mourned Sunday across the state in ceremonies both large and small. At the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where Houston began her public singing career at age 11 as a member of the junior gospel choir, a medley of Houston's hit songs played over the public address system as the congregation arrived for a 6:30 a.m. service dedicated to the singer. Several in the crowd said they were also there to pay their respects to Houston's mother, gospel singer Cissy, a long-time active member of the church. Far to the west of Newark in Mendham Township, mourners placed flowers outside the …
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Career that started at New Hope Baptist Church foundered on drug abuse, abusive marriage.
Newark native and longtime Mendham Township resident Whitney Houston, a singing superstar whose career foundered over drug abuse, died Saturday at age 48. Her publicist, Kristen Foster, confirmed that Houston had died, but the cause of her death were unknown, according to MSNBC.com. Entertainment news Web site TMZ.com had details of her death, shortly before 4 p.m. in a room at the Beverly Hilton hotel. Ironically, Houston only recently completed work on her latest movie, "Sparkle," a story of a group of talented singers and musicians whose lives are ruined by drug addiction. Houston was born in Newark, the third and youngest child of Army serviceman and entertainment industry executive John Russell Houston Jr. and gospel singer Cissy …