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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.”
Earlier this week, we reported the news that after Lifetime airs the Whitney Houston biopic, Whitney, they would also air an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview with Bobby Brown. Naturally, he’ll be discussing his marriage to the icon from one of the most–if not the most- credible perspective. The interview will include the couple’s happiest moments, greatest accomplishments and the factors that ultimately drove them apart–at least in the romantic sense.
In an advance clip released by the network, Brown opens up about the issue of infidelity. See what he had to say.
Shaun Robinson: During a certain point, there were tabloid rumors of infidelity.
Bobby Brown: There was infidelity in the marriage. On both parts.
SR: You believe Whitney cheated on you?
BB: Both of us cheated on each other. Period. That’s hard to swallow for both of us. I just think when two people that love each other as much as we loved each other, when they start drifting apart, different people come into the situation, into the scenario. We make mistakes. People makes mistakes. We’re human.
I’m sure some will find it disrespectful that he’s “speaking ill of the dead.” But personally, I don’t see the value in pretending that people, dead or alive, were perfect. In fact, I find it rather counterproductive in producing future greats. (But that’s a very complex and weighed topic for another day.) There’s no doubt in my mind that Whitney and Bobby loved each other. And I don’t think telling this bit of truth about her life and relationship take away from her greatness.
What do you think about Bobby revealing this information now?
You can watch this snippet from the upcoming interview in the video below.
Whitney will air on Lifetime on Saturday, January 17 at 8/7c. And Bobby Brown’s interview will air immediately after at 10/9c.
Will you watch?
Following the world premiere of Whitney Saturday, January 17, Lifetime will be airing a special interview featuring Bobby Brown, who will discuss his relationship and marriage to the late singer.
“Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney” will be hosted by Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson. The special is described by the network as “an exclusive, no-holds-barred interview” that will “cover the couple’s powerfully intense relationship while divulging Brown’s first-hand account of their marriage, from their greatest accomplishments and happiest moments to what really drove their romance together…and apart.”
The interview is actually a brilliant idea considering how much focus the Angela Bassett-directed biopic places on the former couple’s relationship. Considering that Bobby lived out much of this story with the legendary singer, it seems that he would be the perfect candidate to shed light on things.
As someone who was familiar with Houston’s career, but not so much her personal life, I was shocked by many of the things revealed in the movie and walked away with a completely different outlook on Brown. Apparently, the actor cast to play the R&B crooner had a similar experience after reviewing the script.
“I had a different impression of Bobby before I read the script,” Arlen Escarpeta told the Miami Herald.
Viewers will definitely be left with tons of questions, most of which will hopefully be answered during Brown’s interview. I am looking forward to hearing what Brown has to say after all of these years.
“Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney” will air Saturday at 10:00 p.m. ET.
Will you be tuning in?
“She Was Good To Me And I Tried To Be Good To Her.” Angela Bassett Talks Directing The “Whitney” Biopic
It seems like we’ve been waiting for quite some time for the Whitney Houston biopic to air. We have just about a week to go. And in anticipation of the biopic’s premiere, we spoke with the film’s director and Houston’s ‘Waiting to Exhale’ co-star, Angela Bassett. During our conversation, Bassett spoke passionately about everything, including what she learned working with Houston, not having the family’s support, why she felt this was the right story to tell and Whitney’s overall greatness.
How did you get involved with this project?
The executive producer Larry Sanitsky– we had done Betty and Coretta –we were having lunch and you finally get to ‘What are you working on?’ And he told me he was working on Whitney and looking for a director. And [asked] did I have any suggestions for him. And I was so excited about that. I remember two years previous, I was just disgusted to hear that they were discussing making a movie about her because she had just passed and it was just so heartbreaking. And I remember thinking, ‘Please, please. We just need time, time, time. I know we tell stories in Hollywood but you need time to get there.
So with the passage of two years I said, ‘I know someone will tell a beautiful story about this wonderful girl and I wish I could direct it. But I haven’t directed anything and, as you say, a lot of music is involved and that would be a big thing. That must be like shooting a sports movie, like shooting a concert. And so I tried to come up with some names for him later but he heard just the wishful phrase, “I wish I could direct it.” And I didn’t think he would do anything with that. That wasn’t my intention. Then he went away, did what he had to do, came back, called me. And I thought he was calling to say he’d found a director or did I want to go to this art dinner show and he said, “Would you be interested in directing it because you can. You wanna do it?”
From the moment that everyone heard about Lifetime’s plans to make a movie on Whitney Houston’s life, it has been well-known that Cissy Houston, Bobbi Kristina, and most of Whitney’s family, haven’t been enthused about the idea — even if Angela Bassett is at the helm. Last summer, Cissy Houston spoke out against it:
“In the two years since Whitney’s death [in 2012], many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her. We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please please let her rest.”
But despite such strong opinions against the movie from Cissy (and you know Bobbi Kristina acted a fool about the whole thing), Bassett still tried to reach out to members of the family so that they could be involved with it. Once they were finished filming, it was important for Bassett to have someone from Houston’s family view the biopic so that word could be spread throughout the family about it. So she contacted Dionne Warwick, the cousin of the late star. As Bassett told TheWrap during a screening in Beverly Hills on Tuesday:
“Well, I’ve spoken to Dionne. I was able to show it to her because I want Miss Cissy to see it.”
So Bassett screened the film for Warwick, and thankfully, the outcome was positive enough.
“This is their heart, so we don’t play with folks’ hearts. I was able to show Dionne, and it went very well. She appreciated it. So, now she can go and report to their auntie that we honored her.”
And even if Cissy isn’t a fan of it, or chooses to never watch the movie, Bassett says she doesn’t regret making it, especially since she says that she felt Whitney’s presence with her during filming.
“Never did I think, ‘I shouldn’t have done this.’ There might have been moments where you say, ‘How’s it going to come together? Will people receive it positively?’ But I really felt her presence, and I knew it would be OK.” Her spirit was with us.”
You can judge the film for yourself when it premieres on Lifetime next Saturday, at 8 p.m.
What makes a film memorable? Is it the script, the cast—or a combination of both? While us moviegoers only see the final cut, there is so much that goes into make a movie. In fact, preliminary discussions probably did not involve the people we see on screen. Here’s a look at celebrities who turned down big roles. Do you think their lack of participation helped or hurt the film?
On January 17, fans of Whitney Houston will finally be able to see (and judge) what Lifetime has come up with when they air their biopic, Whitney. And after the debacle that was the Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, they have to come correct with their depiction of the star, or you know there is going to be hell to pay. But as someone who has seen the movie already, I think people (with the exception of Bobbi Kristina) are going to be impressed–if not with the movie as a whole, then with the performances.
To get excited for the biopic, Lifetime released an exclusive new scene from the movie to Entertainment Tonight. In it, Yaya Dacosta channels Houston in the studio recording her hit, “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” while Babyface (played by actor Wesley Jonathan) advises her. All of Houston’s songs done for the film (which include “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Will Always Love You”) were re-recorded by Deborah Cox, who sang marvelously on each classic track.
Whitney depicts the rollercoaster of a relationship that was Houston and Bobby Brown’s marriage, and the impact that her superstardom had on their love and their lives in general. Angela Bassett is making her directorial debut with the movie.
After it premieres, Lifetime will also broadcast “Beyond The Headlines: Whitney Houston.” It will feature interviews with some of Houston’s friends about the singer and her tragic death. But in the meantime, check out the exclusive clip and let us know if you will be tuning in to Whitney on January 17 at 8 p.m. on Lifetime.
Let’s be honest, after the Aaliyah biopic, Lifetime is not exactly in our good graces right now. So sad to say, the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will be under even more scrutiny. And we love Angela Bassett around these parts, so we’re sincerely hoping she gets it right.
Today, Lifetime released the official air date for the biopic, simply titled: Whitney. It will air on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 8pm ET/PT. As you know the biopic is set to focus on the relationship between Whitney and her husband Bobby Brown.
There are certainly similarities between the two Lifetime movies. Like Aaliyah’s family, Whitney’s family is not necessarily behind it. While Bobbi Kristina wanted the lead role, Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother, believes Whitney should just be allowed to rest right now. And the estate didn’t grant Lifetime permission to use Whitney’s songs for the film.
But despite these hurdles, I’m still holding out hope. Because instead of having YaYa attempt to sing those iconic songs we all know and love, Lifetime enlisted the help of Deborah Cox to do the vocal work.
So it could very well work. And these pictures seem to suggest that it won’t be an all out debacle.
Immediately after the movie, Lifetime will air an hour-long documentary called Beyond the Headlines: Whitney Houston
Check out some more pictures from the set below and on the following pages.