Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) to Introduce Official Resolution for House Vote to Honor Whitney Houston

As much as Whitney Houston made a tremendous contribution to the music world, does she really deserve to have a resolution brought to the House floor? Sheila Jackson-Lee tried that when Michael Jackson died and was shot down because of his history of prescription drug abuse and addiction. I know I will get some flak for saying this, but whether you are black, white, Latino, Asian, or whatever, if you abused drugs, including prescription drugs, that led to your death, we don’t need to honor you with a resolution.

The Congressional Black Caucus will honor Whitney Houston with a resolution that will be sent to her family, in time for her funeral, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), said. This resolution won’t make it to the House floor for a vote, but will be signed only by the members of the CBC, per the family’s request and will be read during the funeral service.

Here’s the hitch:  Rep. Donald Payne (D-NJ) plans to introduce an official resolution that would be submitted for a House vote. That’s going to go down in smoke like Sheila Jackson-Lee’s resolution. We don’t need the distraction in Congress of a resolution that will go nowhere. Whitney Houston made her mark and no-one can dispute that but to honor her with an official resolution could be problematic if her death was the result of a drug overdose.

Bobby Brown Not Welcome at Ex-Wife Whitney Houston’s Funeral, But Can You Blame Cissy Houston?

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Bobby Brown Not Welcome at Ex-Wife Whitney Houston's Funeral, But Can You Blame Cissy Houston?

Bobby Brown is not welcome at his ex-wife, Whitney Houston’s funeral Saturday, TMZ reports. On first thought, I could care less, but taking a closer look at the situation, as a mother, I can’t say I blame Cissy Houston and the family one bit. Bobby Brown may not have been the person who started Whitney Houston on this dangerous course with drugs and alcohol, but he enabled her and was a poor role model for his daughter, Bobbi Kristina.  He didn’t take care of her in sickness and in health as he promised at the altar. This is the same man, who Whitney Houston said hit her. That’s domestic violence and no parent wants to hear that their adult daughter or son is living in such an environment. Telling Whitney Houston “I love you” during a concert hours after her death, certainly doesn’t make up for the way they both treated each other during their marriage. We should also be mindful of the fact that the family, particularly Cissy Houston, knows more about the marriage than the general public does.

Let’s not forget that Cissy Houston got a court order and went in on Whitney Houston to force her into rehab. This woman tried everything she could to help her daughter and her granddaughter, so no, I wouldn’t want to look around the church during such a solemn event, possibly caused by a drug overdose, and see the biggest one-time enabler sitting in the pews. I’m not saying he isn’t feeling any sadness. I am sure he is, but some of that sadness is tinged with guilt. When someone has to be watched when they take a shower or aren’t allowed to take a bath, this isn’t the result of a one-time incident. It’s the result of a pattern of systematic drug and/or alcohol addiction. Whitney Houston needed to be saved from herself. In the end, she was nothing more than a money-maker and a caretaker for her hangers-on and yes, people. That included Bobby Brown at one point. In her last days, Whitney Houston acted like an 18 year old coed during college pledge week and not as a grown woman with a teenage daughter. There’s a thing called personal responsibility that Whitney Houston had ignored time and time again.

Whitney Houston, if her death is ruled as a drug overdose, will take her place among a long line of entertainers who have had a love affair with drugs, including prescription drugs — Dorothy Dandridge, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, John Belushi, Jim Morrison, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Vesta Williams (though her death was due to an enlarged heart but she abused drugs for years), Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger, Chris Farley, River Phoenix, Montgomery Clift, Dana Plato, Pimp C (Chad Butler), Vic Chestnutt, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Eric Douglas, Margaux Hemingway, Phyllis Hyman, Janis Joplin, Alan Ladd, Gerald Levert, Bruce Lee, Frankie Lymon, Billy Mays (pitchman), Brittany Murphy, Freddie Prinze, to name a few. How many more celebrities are going  to be allowed to self-destruct before their record labels and/or film studios change the culture that makes drug use so easy? Show business doesn’t have to be a death sentence to celebrities if they would only surround themselves with people who genuinely care about them and aren’t afraid to tell them no.

Let me end by saying, Chaka Khan, who had to run to Europe to clean herself up from a life of drugs, should be ashamed of herself for getting on national television (Piers Morgan’s show on CNN) to recall her fondest memory of Whitney Houston was getting high with the late singer and Bobby Brown in a Florida hotel room. Is that the best she could do? She has lost the respect I had for her. Chaka Khan should have been a better role model to her so-called friend, but instead was a prime example of what’s wrong with “celebrities” and the culture of self-destruction they often find themselves in. Neither Bobby Brown nor Chaka Khan and anyone else that Whitney Houston did drugs with, should be invited to her funeral. Yeah, Whitney Houston said it right during her interview with Diane Sawyer, “crack is whack” and drugs/alcohol may have whacked her out of here far too early.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie to Order Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Whitney Houston

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NJ Gov. Chris Christie to Order Flags Flown at Half-Staff to Honor Whitney Houston (Wikipedia)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he’s planning to order flags be flown at half-staff to honor the late Whitney Houston.

Politico:  “Obviously, Whitney Houston was an important part of the fabric — the cultural fabric of this state,” Christie told reporters at a press conference Tuesday, saying that Houston “belongs in the same category” as Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Bruce Springsteen – also artists born in the Garden State.

“Her accomplishments in her life were a source of great pride” for the people of New Jersey, Christie added.

Body of Whitney Houston Arrives at Whigham Funeral Home in New Jersey

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A hearse carrying the body of pop singer Whitney Houston arrives at the Whigham funeral home in Newark, NJ (Google News)

(Via Google News) – A hearse under heavy police escort arrived late Monday at a Whigham Funeral Home officials said was handling the arrangements for late pop star Whitney Houston.

The hearse traveled from Teterboro Airport, where officials had told The Associated Press Houston’s body would arrive Monday night on a flight from the Los Angeles area.

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Sony Music Under Fire for Raising Price of Whitney Houston Greatest Hits Album Hours After Singer Found Dead

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Sony Music Under Fire for Raising Price of Whitney Houston Greatest Hits Album Hours After Singer Found Dead

Sony Music under fire for increasing the price of a Whitney Houston album on Apple’s iTunes store hours after the R&B powerhouse was found dead in a room at the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel Saturday evening.

UK Guardian:  “The music giant is understood to have lifted the wholesale price of Houston’s greatest hits album, The Ultimate Collection, at about 4am California time on Sunday. This meant that the iTunes retail price of the album automatically increased from £4.99 to £7.99.

Houston’s The Ultimate Collection, originally released in 1997, was the second top-selling album on iTunes on Monday morning. Apple returned the album to its original price late on Sunday.

Music fans described the move as a cynical attempt to capitalise on Houston’s in-demand greatest hits records. The price hike came as tributes flooded in for the singer, whose catalogue includes hits such as I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I Will Always Love You. Houston was found dead in her Los Angeles hotel room on Saturday afternoon, local time, at the age of 48.

The change happened when Sony Music, which owns the rights to much of Houston’s back catalogue, increased the wholesale price of The Ultimate Collection. This automatically boosted the retail price of the popular album, although Apple is responsible setting the price paid by music fans.”

All they care about is making money at the expense of a profound tragedy. I would venture to say this isn’t the first time this has happened. Shameful display of avarice.

Report: Whitney Houston Died from Combination of Drugs and Alcohol, Not From Drowning

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Report: Whitney Houston Died from Combination of Drugs and Alcohol, Not From Drowning (Wikipedia)

TMZ: “Whitney Houston’s family was told by L.A. County Coroner officials … the singer did not die from drowning, but rather from what appears to be a combination of Xanax and other prescription drugs mixed with alcohol … this according to family sources.”

“We’re told Coroner’s officials informed the family there was not enough water in Whitney’s lungs to lead to the conclusion that she drowned. Our sources say the family was told Whitney may well have died before her head became submerged.”

No matter how you view this, it’s a sad, sad end to a life that had so much promise and achieved so much. Drugs and alcohol are a deadly combination. TMZ is also reporting that Cissy Houston has arranged for her daughter’s body to be brought to Atlanta, as early as tomorrow. Whitney Houston had reportedly planned a party for Brandi Norwood Saturday.

Report: Whitney Houston Autopsy Complete Pending Toxicology Report

REPORT:  Whitney Houston autopsy complete, but the results will be deferred until the toxicology results come in. While there is no definitive cause of death, it’s looking increasingly like Whitney Houston drowned in the bathtub after slipping into unconsciousness or falling asleep. She may have mixed Xanax with alcohol. The toxicology results could take four to six weeks.

 Report: Whitney Houston Autopsy Complete Pending Toxicology Report

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Daughter of late Whitney Houston, Rushed to LA Hospital

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Bobbi Kristina Brown, Daughter of late Whitney Houston, Rushed to LA Hospital

BREAKING NEWS:  Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, has been rushed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, just hours after her mother’s death. TMZ is reporting Bobbi Kristina Brown was taken out of the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel on a stretcher. She got into an angry shouting match with a law enforcement officer yesterday when she was refused to see  her mother’s body.

 

 

Report: Whitney Houston Autopsy Scheduled for Sunday But Results Will be Deferred Pending Toxicology Report

Lorazepam Report: Whitney Houston Autopsy Scheduled for Sunday But Results Will be Deferred Pending Toxicology Report

Report: Whitney Houston Autopsy Scheduled for Sunday But Results Will be Deferred Pending Toxicology Report

Report: The autopsy on the body of Whitney Houston will be performed Sunday, but the results will be deferred pending a toxicology report, TMZ reports. Since Whitney Houston was reportedly found with her face underwater in the bathtub in her Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel room, it seems she may have drowned, but why? TMZ is also reporting law enforcement took approximately six prescription pill bottles from her hotel room, including Xanax, but not illicit drugs were found. The Daily Mail is reporting: “bottles of Lorazepam, Valium, Xanax and a sleeping medication were found in the hotel room, it has been claimed. The drugs were believed to have acted as sedatives, causing her to fall asleep in the bathtub once they had been mixed with alcohol from the previous evenings.” Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan and Celine Dion expected for Whitney Houston Grammy Tribute tonight.

 

 

 Report: Whitney Houston Autopsy Scheduled for Sunday But Results Will be Deferred Pending Toxicology Report

Report: Whitney Houston Found with Her Face Underwater in Bathtub in Beverly Hills Hotel Room

 Report: Whitney Houston Found with Her Face Underwater in Bathtub in Beverly Hills Hotel Room

Report: Whitney Houston Found with Her Face Underwater in Bathtub in Beverly Hills Hotel Room (Wikipedia)

TMZ is reporting that Whitney Houston was found face down underwater in the bathtub in her hotel room. The entertainment site reports her hairdresser, two bodyguards and stylist were in among the people in the room at the time of her death. The fact that the paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene instead of transporting her to a nearby hospital speaks that she was beyond medical assistance. The autopsy will show if she drowned, but if so, why? What led up to this? A drug overdose or natural causes? Sad.

We’re told they became worried about Whitney because she had been in the bathroom for over an hour and it was time to start getting ready for the Clive Davis party.

Our sources say they began to knock on the door and there was no answer. We’re told the hairdresser, who is female, went in to check on Whitney. She immediately screamed and, according to our sources, one of the bodyguards came running in and pulled her out of the tub.

We’re told Whitney’s face was below the water and her legs were up … like she had slid down the back of the tub. According to our sources, her body was very cold and the bodyguard attempted CPR. That’s when hotel security was called. Source: TMZ

There is some talk that Whitney Houston took Xanax to “calm her nerves” before big performances because of anxiety issues. The Grammy Awards will not be the same tonight. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Cissy Houston and the rest of the family, including Whitney Houston’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina. Stay tuned for more updates. Developing.

The LA Times reported that on Thursday Whitney Houston displayed erratic behavior at a Grammy rehearsal with Brandy Norwood (sister of rapper Ray J with whom she had an on-and-off-again relationship). Here’s an excerpt from that article:

Press, including The Times, were in attendance for a junket with the reunited R&B divas and Davis. Though Houston greeted people her with a warm smile, she appeared disheveled in mismatched clothes and hair that was dripping wet with either sweat or water.

The visibly bloated singer displayed erratic behavior throughout the afternoon — flailing her hands frenetically as she spoke to Brandy and Monica, skipping around the ballroom in a child-like fashion and wandering aimlessly about the lobby. It was mentioned by a Grammy staffer that security personnel received calls of the singer doing handstands by the pool.

After leaving rehearsals, Houston returned to the ballroom — with her teenage daughter Bobbi Kristina in tow — as camera crews set up for interviews. The singer smelled of alcohol and cigarettes. A Grammy staffer said that during the interviews with Brandy, Monica and Clive, Houston was dancing just off camera to make the singers and Davis laugh. Grammy personnel expressed concern that she’d be caught on camera, and that reporters would write about her behavior.

Finally her daughter pulled Houston out of the room, and the singer skipped off. In our post of the event, we called Houston’s behavior “loose and lively.”