All Articles Tagged "whitney houston"
“You Have To Constantly Do Stuff To Keep People’s Attention:” Jennifer Hudson Talks Maintaining Fame
Nine years ago, America fell in love with the icon Jennifer Hudson was destined to be, despite sending her home from “American Idol” in 2004. Almost 10 years later, Hudson has proven her talent to be expendable with a Grammy, Golden Globe, and Oscar under her belt as weland album sales in the millions. J. Hud spirit is never defeated nor does it take no for an answer. Her humbleness is quite honest with no shame. In an interview with Net-A-Porter, Jennifer Hudson reminisced on winning an Academy Award, she stated:
“I didn’t know what the Oscars was…where we come from, we don’t know anything about that world. If you see it on TV, it’s like, “Oh, people in fancy suits and ties.”
Besides being star-struck with her own success, Hudson, much like Kerry Washington, notes she gained her “it” factor through weight loss. Hudson often compares weight-loss and fame to one another, saying:
“It’s one thing to lose it, but it’s another to keep it off. Well, it’s one thing to make it, but it’s another thing to stay. [That is] why you have to constantly do stuff to keep people’s attention. It’s a hustle, it really is.”
J Hud’s flawless work ethic allowed her to be crowned by Whitney Houston before she passed. The international diva told Hudson during their first meeting: “I turn my torch over to you; you are The One.” After receiving Houston’s blessings, Jennifer Hudson said she only plans to refine her work ethic. With he straight-forward attitude, she notes everything she has, she worked for. She plans to teach her son as he grows that anything is possible- you just have to do a little bit of everything to master your crafts.
Below is a behind-the-scenes clip of J.Hud’s editorial spread with Net-A-Porter! What do you think?
Rumors of a secret wedding began swirling after Bobbi Kristina addressed fiancé Nick Gordan as her “husband” in a goodnight tweet.
“Well off to sleep with my hubby @nickgordon. Prayers before bedtime. God bless you all, till next time chaps,”she tweeted Wednesday.
While it’s pretty understandable why people would assumed that the young couple tied the knot, but the former reality star’s rep tells E! Online that the couple aren’t officially husband and wife yet. They are however, still very engaged—although Bobbi Kristina’s family and many of her fans seem to be opposed to their relationship. The family appears to have their own separate reasons for not approving of the relationship. But fans just can’t seem to forget the fact that Whitney once referred to Nick as her adopted son.
“YES, we me nick are engaged. I’m tired of hearing people say ‘eww your engaged to your brother or if Whitney was still alive would we be together or would she approve of this,” Bobbi K. wrote in response to her relationship critics.
“My mom never adopted him. In fact, mommy was the one who even said that she knew that we were going to start dating,” she continued.
The bride-to-be’s dad, Bobby Brown, confessed over the summer that he’s apprehensive about the relationship because he’s concerned about his daughter’s happiness—not because he doesn’t like Nick or that Whitney used to claim him as her son.
“It’s not a question about [whether I like him]. When your daughter gets married, it’s different. That’s what it is. It’s not a question of I like him or not. When he calls me I’ll figure that out… I just want her to be happy.”
Jazmine Denise is an entertainment and celebrity news blogger. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.
Another day, another exchange of words between K. Michelle and Tamar.
Yesterday, Tamar Braxton appeared on the Arsenio Hall show to chat it up and perform. Naturally, the topic of Tamar’s slick mouth came up and Arsenio mentioned the little digital beef between K Michelle and Tamar.
Well, instead of launching into a tirade about her fellow R&B singer, Tamar pretended like she didn’t know her.
Arsenio: When you talked about K. Michelle, that was huge.
Tamar: “Kmart? Where they sell Nicki’s clothes at? That’s the only ‘K’ I know.”
As tired as I am of talking about K Michelle and Tamar, I have to admit that was pretty funny. Tamar could have easily just said “who?” and Arsenio would have gotten the picture. But that K Mart jab… it eludes to a lack of status and value in addition to “not knowing” who K Michelle is. And then there was the promotion of Nicki Minaj’s clothes. Tamar is too much.
Never one to ignore any comment made about her, K Michelle fired back on Twitter.
And then she calmed down and had this to say.
I’m not going to lie, as funny as that was Tamar just needs to adopt a new policy of saying she’s no longer going to speak on anything K Michelle related. The whole thing is just tired, petty and juvenile at this point.
But in more positive news, during the interview with Arsenio, Tamar did say that before she passed, Whitney Houston cosigned her talent.
“I was a doo, wop pop chick back then, meaning a background singer. And I remember, this is when she and Bobby were together, and she kept pointing. And then when we went backstage she came up to me and she was like, ‘I couldn’t stop listening to you. You sound amazing. I heard you through the whole band. You’re going to be a star one day.’ And I was like ‘Is she really?!’ And unfortunately, my single came out after she passed. It just really would have meant a lot to me if she was here. But I know she’s looking down”
Check out the jab in the video on the next page.
Witnesses Claim Ray J Had To Be Restrained After Cops Made Lewd Comments About Whitney Houston’s Dead Body
Yesterday we told you about a brewing scandal regarding a Beverly Hills detective who allegedly made some pretty disgusting comments about Whitney Houston’s unclothed corpse. According to a claim filed last week, Sergeant Terry Nutall lifted the sheet that was covering the fallen singer’s remains to ogle and comment on “the stature of her body.”
Since the initial claim was filed, sources have come forward claiming that R&B singer and alleged former boyfriend of the legendary performer, Ray J, actually overheard a group of officers joking about Whitney’s body as he waited outside of the hotel room door. One source tells TMZ that after Ray J heard the “disrespectful comment,” which was reportedly followed by loud laughter, he charged the officers and attempted to crash the room. However, he was restrained before he was able to do so. The source went on to say that the cops continued to make uncivil remarks about Whitney, which caused Ray J to lose control. He reportedly had to be removed from the floor.
As you may recall from our report yesterday, the claim was filed by former Beverly Hills SWAT supervisor Brian Weir, who said that he was removed from his post as the department head after he reported Nutall’s misconduct to his superiors. Beverly Hills law enforcement insiders, however, insist that the entire claim is fabricated and that Weir never mentioned the incident to his supervisors.
Ray J has yet to officially comment on the reports.
A part of me really doesn’t want to bring any more attention to this potentially perverted story. But then there’s another part of me that wants to bring attention this man’s allegedly disturbing act so he’ll have to suffer some sort of consequence.
Last week, a claim was filed against Beverly Hills police Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall. The claim stated the Nutall disturbed the scene of Whitney Houston’s death in 2012 when he lifted the sheet to not only ogle, but remark on the stature of her dead body.
According to the claim, there was “no legitimate law enforcement inquiry, investigative, or other proper and legal purpose” for Nutall to have done this. The claim goes on to say that Nutall “knelt beside and leaned over the decedent, removed the sheet and/or other covering from the body…to an area below the pubic region.”
Nearly touching the body Nutall made “inappropriate comments…that the decedent ‘looked attractive for a woman of her age and current state” and then said “Damn, she’s still looking good, huh?”
We all remember that Whitney was found dead in her room at the Beverly Hills Hilton on February 11, 2012. The coroner determined that the cause of death was accidental drowning with drug use and heart disease as contributing factors.
Beverly Hills SWAT supervisor, Brian Weir filed the claim and said he was removed from his position as the head of the department’s SWAT team for reporting Nutall’s misconduct. The claim is a the first step in what will eventually become a civil lawsuit that is expected to be filed in the next month.
Since Whitney’s death, Nutall has since been promoted to lieutenant.
Attorney Dmitry Gorin, who used to work for the LAPD, says if Weir’s claims are proven true, it will raise questions about whether the scene was secured and investigated properly:
“If proven, officer Nutall’s actions were highly inappropriate and demonstrate very poor judgment by a senior BHPD officer. A law enforcement officer more interested in what a decedent’s body looks like than securing a possible crime scene may taint the original placement of relevant DNA and fiber evidence, causing investigators to miss data and draw incorrect conclusions.”
This story is so troubling for so many different reasons. It’s a known fact that most human cultures and even other animals have respect for the body of the dead. It’s not supposed to be handled, tainted and certainly not regarded as a sexual object.
At this point, we don’t know if these claims are true and they’ll certainly be hard to prove; but these accusations, true or not, are another indication of just how often black women’s bodies are demoralized and sexualized, even in death. (See Sarah Baartman.)
Fortunately– or hopefully, I believe, by the time Nutall was examining her body, her spirit had departed and most likely didn’t have to witness that assault to its former home.
Sometimes a musician will strike gold with a song but more often than not, the song will fall quickly out of the minds of fans and radio stations. These singers thought they were releasing a hit but then the track failed to keep them in the spotlight. Let’s take a look at some of the most recent musical flops
They may be known as the friendly skies but these celebs who’ve been kicked off airplanes found out the skies can be really unfriendly when you act a fool.
Soulja Boy has been making headlines as of late and not for his music. The “Crank That” rapper was booted off of an American Airlines plane earlier this month for his rude and disruptive behavior. After boarding the flight, Soulja Boy remained standing while watching the rest of the passengers sat down. A flight attendant asked Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, to take his seat. That’s when he got disrespectful and was then kicked off. “It was a bad night and me and the flight staff didn’t see eye to eye,” the rapper later said in a statement. “In hindsight, I’m extremely sorry for all inconvenience caused to the passengers and employees of the airline.”
Tags:alec baldwin, Amanda Bynes, billie joe armstrong, brooke mueller, celebrities kicked off planes, Courtney Love, david hasselhoff, denise richards, gerard depardieu, green day, john rich, jonathan rhys meyers, Josh Duhamel, Kevin Smith, leisha hailey, naomi campbell, soulja boy, whitney houston
It’s no secret that Bobbi Kristina’s family members aren’t exactly crazy about her relationship with Nick Gordon, so it’s not surprising that they would be against the young couple’s recent engagement as well. Earlier this month Bobby Brown revealed that he’s not too happy about his daughter’s upcoming nuptials. Not because he dislikes Nick, but simply because he’s concerned about his baby girl. Bobbi Kristina’s grandmother, Cissy Houston, appears to be singing a similar tune. In a recently released open letter to the 20-year-old, Cissy addressed why she’s not in favor of the engagement and the rift that her book, Remembering Whitney, caused between them.
“Dear Krissi: I love you. My heart is full. I don’t know where to begin. You may think I don’t understand you and what you’re feeling but remember, Baby, I lost my mom when I was just a child. So, I do know some of the sadness and loneliness of your life since your mom passed away,” Cissy’s letter begins.
“Although I know her spirit is with you always, I cry with you and for you. I grieve with you and for you … for all of the days and nights you need to tell her something or ask her advice or just hear her voice … and she’s not there. For all of the times when you need to put your head in her lap or feel her arms around you and she’s not there … For the good and happy times you want to share with her; for the fun and laughter you enjoyed together, but she’s not there … for every day and every night you just miss her … I know,” she continues.
Taking time to address the strain the her book, Remembering Whitney, put on their relationship, she argues that she simply wanted to share the real Whitney with the world.
“She was your mom and she was my child and Krissi, I loved her too, more than you might imagine. I know you were upset that I wrote my book, ‘Remembering Whitney,’ but I hope one day you’ll read it and understand that I just wanted to let the world see some of My Nippy—the sweet, friendly, loving little girl with the extraordinary beauty and boundless talent, who grew into the superstar and musical icon the world saw. I want people to know—fans and critics and ordinary people alike—Nippy was a whole person, and like all of us, she was good and bad AND she was my joy!”
Changing gears a bit, she promises that she only wants what’s best for Bobbi Kristina, but confesses that she doesn’t believe marrying Nick is the best thing for her to do right now.
“Krissi, all I want for you is your good health and your happiness. I want you to have a good life that you can be proud of. Do I want you to get married in the near future? No, I don’t. I think you’re too young and I wish you’d wait. But that’s because I’m Grandma. ’m supposed to worry about you. I’m supposed to wonder If Nick or ANY man is good enough for you, My Baby’s Baby. I’m not angry with Nick.”
In closing, she addressed some of the things that various tabloids have been implying that she said.
“I don’t think, nor did I ever say anything hurtful about him to anyone. I have NEVER publicly commented on your personal life and I don’t intend to. So in the future when you read or hear that Cissy Houston said this or Cissy Houston said that, be confident in the knowledge that it isn’t true. I try to believe that when your mother passed away the world decided that you belong to them as she did. I’m trying very hard to trust that people who make comments or offer their opinions about you are sincere in their desire for you to be happy. I can only hope they come to realize the best they can offer you is their prayers. Krissi, as many years as I’ve lived and as many experiences as I’ve had I know I don’t have all of the answers. I do know this, Baby Girl: God’s got you and so do I. With all my love, Grandma.”
Bobbi Kristina has yet to respond to her grandmother’s letter.
What do you think of Cissy’s decision to address her granddaughter publicly? Would you say that this should’ve been a private conversation?
They Didn’t Name A Highway After Him For Nothing: Songs You Probably Didn’t Know Babyface Wrote And Produced
Okay, so it’s just a 25-mile stretch of a highway in Indianapolis, but nonetheless, that’s a really big deal! Seriously though, what would R&B music, as well as pop, sound like if it weren’t for Babyface? The man has been writing classic jams and put together much loved soundtracks since the early ’80s. He gave Bobby Brown some of his biggest hits, helped make Toni Braxton a star, and managed to write some of music’s must-hit-repeat jams when we weren’t paying attention. Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, sometime alongside writing partner LA Reid, other times with an array of other talented writers, but often on his own, has helped pen and produce songs that have made us dance, cry, and break up with shady folks. Your iPod wouldn’t be the same without the brotha. Here are a few songs by the legend that you might not have known he was behind.
‘You Are The Sh** On The Bottom Of Our Shoe:’ Bobbi Kristina Reportedly Gets Evicted And Leaves A Nasty Note For Her Neighbors
It’s very heartbreaking to watch the children of deceased musical legends in such end up in such horrible predicaments. Earlier today Michael Jackson’s daughter 15-year-old daughter, Paris was hospitalized after an alleged suicide attempt. Now we’re hearing that Bobbi Kristina Brown has been evicted from her Georgia apartment.
According to 11 Alive, Bobbi K. and on-again,off-again boyfriend, Nick Gordon recently moved out of their Georgia apartment complex. While some are saying that the couple was evicted, there hasn’t been any real proof to confirm this rumor. One couple that lives below Brown’s old apartment, however, said that she was the neighbor from hell. Joshua Morse revealed that he and his wife have filed at least ten complaints on different occasions about the noise constantly coming from the 20-year-old’s apartment.
Morse also said the before Bobbi K. turned in her keys and moved out of the apartment, she left him and his wife a parting gift in the form of a handwritten note. The lovely note reads:
You are s—- at the bottom our our shoe.
Thank You for making a hard year harder.
You are a miserable couple and always will be
You were honored to have us living above you and you couldn’t stand such a young beautiful couple far more successful than you ever will be. I pray your misery doesn’t rub off on your innocent little baby.”
Now, I’m known to be a little tenderhearted. I was thoroughly amused by her letter until I got to the line about “making a hard year harder.” It tugged on my heartstrings a little bit. I mean, I don’t know what kind of neighbor she’s been, but her mom passed away a little over one year ago and that has to be rough. I kind of feel for her.
Since the report was released, Bobbi K. took to her Twitter page to clear up the rumors and say that she wasn’t evicted, but made the decision to leave on her own.