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Today marks the 30th anniversary of Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut album. In early 1985, the debut was critically acclaimed, but a slow hit. Within the next year and a few number one crossover hits, the album topped the Billboard Hot 100 — making it one of the most popular albums of all time. We’ve been celebrating the life of the legendary Houston, but we are also celebrating the debut album of “The Voice” with secrets you probably didn’t know.
When fans go to a concert venue or event to see their favorite artist sing, chances are, they’d prefer to see them sing live. But in what has become common practice, more and more singers lip sync, and while that’s okay under certain circumstances, these artists were criticized for faking it to the music.
When he was sworn in for the highest office of the land for the second time, President Obama decided to have none other than Beyoncé sing at the inauguration. She gave such a great rendition of the national anthem that her flawless performance left some in tears. But it turns out that the flawless performance was actually a recording. Queen Bey opted to “sing” over a recording because she didn’t have time to properly rehearse with the Marine band, who was backing her up beforehand.
Like many of us, the death of Whitney Houston shook Gabrielle Union. But it also taught her an important life lesson. In a recent interview, that’s being circulated by the Associated Press, Union said, “It just kind of made everyone say, ‘What do you want your legacy to be?’ And I really doubled down on ‘I only want to do things that I care about, that mean something.”
And by things that mean something, she meant she wanted to portray characters with depth.
“So, no, I don’t want to play perfect characters that are wholesome role models…and have all the right answers.”
And if you’ve ever seen just ten minutes of “Being Mary Jane,” you know her character is messy as hell and rarely makes the right decision.
But, I would be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy watching her mess. I consistently holler at the screen; but at the end of the day I know quite a few women are battling those same issues, in less dramatic ways.
And Union said that she happens to love playing a character that messy.
“Within one scene I could be, you know, showing a bunch of different colors, and I’ve never been challenged like this. I’ve never been this gratified with my work. Ever.”
That has to be a great feeling.
“I don’t want to play perfect characters that are wholesome role models and everything to everyone and have all the right answers and who can get out of a terrorist cell with their bra,” she laughed, referring to a recent episode of ABC’s “Scandal.”
Union said on the day Whitney passed, she was in a meeting with Salim Akil, the executive producer for “Being Mary Jane” and his team. Akil had also directed Houston in Sparkle.
“They had just done ‘Sparkle’ with her. … and there were so many people in that room and we were having this great conversation about basically my career going this great direction with this great character. … and you see this other light just literally go out and you see … everyone’s looking at their phones, you hear people gasp and run out of the room, and it was one of those really life-affirming and life-questioning times.”
Union remembered that she admired the fact that Akil asked the team to end the meeting early. “There’s a lot of producers who would have kept going.”
Union realized that with her characters she wanted to send a more honest message.
“It’s Ok to be a flawed person because we’re all flawed human begin and we’re just doing the best that we can.”
And even though she says watching the sex scenes with her husband Dwyane Wade can get a little uncomfortable, it was the best creative decision she’s made.
“I felt like a lazy actress. … You get complacent, and when the checks are coming in it’s like, ‘Eh, maybe I’ll get to challenge myself next week.’ The next thing you know years have gone by and you’ve not really done anything that feeds your soul.
“And then there’s this.”
Ever since Bobbi Kristina was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home, there have been a lot of questions about how she ended up that way, Nick Gordon’s involvement in everything, and of course, the marriage between Bobbi and Nick, that according to Bobby Brown’s lawyer, wasn’t ever real. Since all the facts aren’t out and probably won’t be for some time about this tragedy and the confusion surrounding it, we wanted to share some facts about Gordon, who many have said they don’t know much about. Here are 10 things to know and remember about the 25-year-old.
Nick Gordon Was Taken In By Whitney Houston When He Was 12
Though never legally adopted by Whitney, she took Gordon in at a time when, according to The Huffington Post, his “birth mother could no longer care for him.” He was raised alongside Bobbi Kristina for more than a decade. Gordon has said in the past that Whitney “treated me like she gave birth to me,” and he has only called her “mom.”
Looks like Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon might have pulled the wool over all of our eyes two years ago. While the two were on camera telling the world that they got married, Bobby Brown…or Bobby Brown’s lawyer, says that’s just not true.
TMZ reports that according to Bobby’s attorney, “Bobbi Kristina is not and has never been married to Nick Gordon.”
And the Houston family agrees. The two never officially wed.
Furthermore, sources from the Houston family confirmed that there are no legal documents that would entitle Gordon to Bobbi Kristina’s inheritance from her mother, Whitney Houston.
You may remember that when the media told Bobby Brown that his daughter was married he was visibly shocked and said he didn’t believe it was true.
Turns out, he was absolutely right.
It is interesting that there was never a ceremony. And then back in 2013, there was this odd video of the two of them–primarily Nick– speaking very non descriptively about their actual wedding date and future plans. He kept directing the cameraman to the ring on Bobbi Kris’ finger.
Interesting…and probably for the best.
As for a health update, TMZ has learned that Bobbi Kristina has been moved to Emory University Hospital, in Atlanta, Georgia, to receive the best neurological treatment available in the area.
But apparently, the move was not met without contention. Apparently, the Houston and Brown families are arguing about who will have access to part of the hospital where Bobbi Kristina is receiving treatment.
One source said, “The Houston family is sick of the Brown family acting up, as they always do.”
We’re hoping this is not true, simply because this type of energy is just not conducive to the overall healing process for anyone involved.
We’re still praying for the best outcome for Bobbi Kristina. And hoping that the two families are maintaining their amicability during this time.
After a weekend of tragic news, things might be starting to look up for the Brown and Houston family. TMZ is reporting that sources connected to the Houston family told them that Bobbi Kristina’s condition has improved significantly.
Doctors performed tests earlier this morning and found that the swelling in her brain had gone down. They also noted that she’s now able to move her eyes. And most importantly, doctors said that the oxygen levels in her brain have increased significantly. They are now reportedly four times better than they were on Sunday.
Still, doctors are cautious. Because Bobbi Kristina was submerged without oxygen for between 2-5 minutes, doctors worry that she may have suffered some neurological damage.
Earlier today, at around 12:25 PST, and 3:25 EST, the Houston family said:
“Bobbi Kristina is fighting for her life and is surrounded by immediate family. As her father already stated, we are asking you to honor our request for privacy during this difficult time.”
So glad to get this bit of good news! Both she and her family will continue to be in our prayers.
Bobbi Kristina Reportedly Has “Significantly Diminished” Brain Function, Houston & Brown Families Come Together To Pray
On Saturday, we reported the devastating news that Bobbi Kristina, 21, was found unresponsive in a bathtub, eerily similar to the way in which her mother, Whitney Houston, passed away three years ago.
Since that time there have been a few updates. We learned that Bobbi Kristina was stabilized and placed in a medically induced coma to allow the swelling on her brain to go down. And now there’s even more news…and it’s not particularly good.
A source close to the family told TMZ that doctors have said Bobbi Kristina has “significantly diminished” brain function.
A close family member told Entertainment Tonight, that she was also placed on a ventilator to assist with her breathing.
The source also said that this was not an attempted suicide and Entertainment Tonight confirmed that the incident was indeed an apparent drug overdose.
It is believed she was without oxygen for an undisclosed amount of time.
A family source told the news site that it was “no coincidence” that Bobbi Kristina was found in circumstances mirroring her mother’s death.The source claimed that her troubles are “a lot deeper than everyone can see.”
Another Houston family source told the Chicago Sun Times that Bobbi Kristina exhibited several troubling signs. “There are increasingly obvious indications that Bobbi Kristina is bipolar, and that explains a lot about her mood swings, her ongoing battle with depression and her use of drugs over the past couple of years.”
Hours before she was found in her bathtub, she’d posted upbeat messages on social media. “But isn’t that typical of people who are bipolar?” the source asked. “Their mood swings can be huge–from big highs to deep lows.”
Another source said that Bobbi Kristina was “seemingly obsessed” with the anniversary of her mother’s death. “Strangely more so than last year or the year before. She talked more about that anniversary than her recent first wedding anniversary” to husband Nick Gordon, who married January of last year.
According to the Chicago Sun Times, the first source also spoke at length about Bobbi Kristina’s feelings about the Lifetime movie Whitney. The source said that though Bobbi Kristina said she would never watch it, she ultimately did. “It drove her crazy and she kept saying she need to get another film made that would really tell the truth about her mother, her father and what went on with them.”
Tyler Perry, who is also reportedly by Bobbi Kristina’s side, chartered a plane for Bobby Brown to be near his daughter during this trying time.
As you might expect, Bobby Brown is not handling this news well. He’s been described as “inconsolable” and a family source told People that this is “his worst nightmare. Losing Whitney was hard, but this is a million times worse, and to lose her in the same way would devastate him.”
The family source said that doctors have told them a recovery is technically possible but would be a miracle if it did indeed happen.
Thankfully, the Houston and Brown families have come together in support of Bobbi Kristina. “Everyone is holding hands, praying, hoping for the best. Everyone knows where things are at.”
Bobbi Kristina Brown was found unresponsive in her Roswell, GA home this morning.
Police officers are reporting they responded to a call from a house in the Ellard subdivision off Holcomb Bridge around 10:25 am. Upon arrival, police officers discovered an unresponsive Bobbi. Brown’s husband and friend told officers that they found her in the bathtub. Both individuals tried CPR on her. Police offers stepped in to assist Bobbi, until a rescue crew could arrive.
Bobbi has been transported to the North Fulton Hospital. According to TMZ, doctors have stabilized her breathing.
We’ll keep you updated as we find out more information.
Its time for this week’s episode of Did Y’all See?
Celebrity guests, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Africa Miranda discuss the fallout from the Lifetime’s “Whitney” movie and Anthony Mackie’s reasoning for “Selma’s” Oscar snub with the ladies of MadameNoire.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the Whitney Houston biopic that’s set to air on Lifetime. “Whitney,” which is Angela Bassett’s directional debut, stars Yaya DaCosta as the late legend. Before we settle in with a big bowl of popcorn to watch “Whitney” tonight. Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst covers of classic Whitney songs.
After making some noise with her hit songs “Need U Bad” and “Bust Your Windows,” Jazmine Sullivan disappeared from the music scene. She’s returned as of late and released a single with Meek Mill last May. The Philly native recently performed as part of “Vibe’s” V Sessions and gave a flawless rendition of Whitney Houston’s hit song “I Have Nothing.”