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February 10, 1995 | by Jonathan Takiff, Daily News Staff Writer
Philadelphians should feel honored that Cissy Houston will perform at the PECO Energy Jazz Festival this weekend. "The offers keep coming in, but I don't work nearly as much as I used to," said the veteran R&B, gospel and jazz belter and famous mom (of Whitney Houston) in a recent chat. "Nowadays, I only go out when my friends call. " In this case, it was an emergency call from jazz flutist Herbie Mann, asking her to fill in for a felled (by stroke) Les McCann at Mann's gig on Sunday at the Philadelphia Marriott.
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February 13, 1990 | By David Hinckley, New York Daily News
After President Bush spoke at a Washington church a couple of weeks ago, the pastor remarked that, yes, there is an element of theater in church services. And there's nothing wrong with that, he said. The Lord never said His flock had to be bored. Cissy Houston certainly won't argue the point. The most famous church choir director in New Jersey, who also owns one of the sweetest voices in both popular and gospel music, has never let things get dull on either the sacred or the secular side.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beyoncé, feminist hero "Gender Equality is a Myth," writes Beyoncé in a new essay on The Shriver Report ( http://shriverreport.org ). Yes, B! B, the pop star and glamour puss. "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality," opens the piece, which opines that true economic equality won't be attained until men demand their "wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more - commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. " Old patterns of behavior, old attitudes must be broken, says B. "We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect" until "gender equality becomes a natural way of life.
NEWS
August 15, 1987 | By John Milward, Special to The Inquirer
The opening moments of Whitney Houston's concert last night at the Spectrum shows just how far she has transcended the notion of a black artist "crossing over" to the pop audience. Entering to a rapturous standing ovation from a predominantly white crowd, Houston fired up her finest up-tempo number, "How Will I Know," and the full house sat in rapt admiration. It was eerie - nobody moved. Ninety minutes later, when she sang her latest No. 1 hit, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
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February 13, 2012 | By Kevin Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Lovely, gracious, fun, delightful. " That is how radio host Dyanna Williams remembered Whitney Houston on Sunday. Williams, an on-air personality for WRNB radio (100.3 FM), met Houston years ago at a function honoring the late singer's former husband, Bobby Brown. "Her impact is forever," Williams told The Inquirer. "She had some troubles in her life, but she set a pace and tone for male and female artists to follow. " Williams said WRNB suspended its regular programming in order to broadcast Houston songs for the entire day, and was taking calls from listeners who wanted to "express their pain and loss.
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February 12, 2012 | By Kevin Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"Lovely, gracious, fun, delightful. " That is how radio host Dyanna Williams is remembering Whitney Houston today. Williams, an on-air personality for WRNB radio 100.3 FM, first met Houston years ago at a function honoring the late singer's former husband, Bobby Brown. "Her impact is forever," Williams told The Inquirer. "She had some troubles in her life, but she set a pace and tone for male and female artists to follow. " Williams said WRNB was suspending its regular show in order to broadcast Houston songs for the entire day, as well as taking calls from listeners who want to "express their pain and loss.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 23, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon Stewart reveals big date The world will become less tolerable for millions of human beings on Aug. 6. That's the last day Jon Stewart will appear as host of the most important news program in history, The Daily Show , which he has steered valiantly for 16 years. By abandoning his post, Stewart will deliver the biggest blow to the quality - and perhaps even the quantity - of TV news since Walter Cronkite retired from the CBS Evening News in 1981. The Comedy Central show is to be taken over by South African comedian Trevor Noah .   Derek Hough's injuries Dancing With the Stars champion extraordinaire Derek Hough on Monday suffered an injury during a show rehearsal.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By David Porter and Beth DeFalco, Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Whitney Houston's funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child, her family choosing to remember her in a private service rather than in a large event at an arena. The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home said Tuesday that the funeral would be at noon at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, which seats up to 1,500. Gospel singer Marvin Winans, a Grammy Award winner and longtime family friend, had been chosen to give the eulogy, his son said.
NEWS
February 14, 2012 | By Anthony McCartney, Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Whitney Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, and she had prescription drugs in her room, authorities said Monday. Two days after the singer's death, her body was taken to a Los Angeles-area airport to be flown to New Jersey, where her family was making arrangements for a funeral to be held at the end of the week. An autopsy was performed Sunday, and authorities said there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston's body.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When pop stars die too young it's always tragic, and often not all that surprising. Whitney Houston, who died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday at age 48, had the particular misfortune to have the swift and spectacular success of her early career followed by years spent living a deeply troubled public life under the watchful eye of a tabloid culture. If anybody ever seemed destined for success, it was Whitney Houston. Her mother was the vocalist Cissy Houston, her cousin was Dionne Warwick, her godmother was Aretha Franklin.
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April 23, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jon Stewart reveals big date The world will become less tolerable for millions of human beings on Aug. 6. That's the last day Jon Stewart will appear as host of the most important news program in history, The Daily Show , which he has steered valiantly for 16 years. By abandoning his post, Stewart will deliver the biggest blow to the quality - and perhaps even the quantity - of TV news since Walter Cronkite retired from the CBS Evening News in 1981. The Comedy Central show is to be taken over by South African comedian Trevor Noah .   Derek Hough's injuries Dancing With the Stars champion extraordinaire Derek Hough on Monday suffered an injury during a show rehearsal.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
HERE'S ONE of the many things Tattle has learned over the years writing about celebrities (and just observing life): When people don't like you, they magnify your flaws, and when they like you, they overlook your flaws. This leads us to the Gary, Ind., Community School Board's plan to name a school after . . . Michael Jackson . On Tuesday, the board approved a memorandum of understanding with MJ's mother, Katherine Jackson , that says the district hopes the move will "inspire children to excel in the arts and education.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Beyoncé, feminist hero "Gender Equality is a Myth," writes Beyoncé in a new essay on The Shriver Report ( http://shriverreport.org ). Yes, B! B, the pop star and glamour puss. "We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality," opens the piece, which opines that true economic equality won't be attained until men demand their "wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more - commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. " Old patterns of behavior, old attitudes must be broken, says B. "We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect" until "gender equality becomes a natural way of life.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2013 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
She was inspired to the music life by child star Michael Jackson . Yet when she finally had it all - fame, glory, riches - all Whitney Houston wanted to do was quit. So writes Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston , 79, in Remembering Whitney: My Story of Love, Loss, and the Night the Music Stopped , a memoir due out Tuesday about the diva known as Nippy to her family. "I remember Nippy watching television and seeing Michael Jackson doing his thing," Cissy writes.
NEWS
February 19, 2012 | By Nekesa Mumbi Moody, Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - After all the testimonials from relatives and friends, the songs from legends and pop stars, the preaching and even laughter, the raw emotion of Whitney Houston's funeral came down to just one moment: The sound of her own voice. As the strains of her biggest record, "I Will Always Love You," filled the New Hope Baptist Church at the end of the nearly four-hour service Saturday and her silver-and-gold casket was lifted into the air, the weight of the moment was too much for her mother, gospel singer Cissy Houston, to bear.
NEWS
February 15, 2012 | By David Porter and Beth DeFalco, Associated Press
NEWARK, N.J. - Whitney Houston's funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first showcased her singing talents as a child, her family choosing to remember her in a private service rather than in a large event at an arena. The owner of the Whigham Funeral Home said Tuesday that the funeral would be at noon at Newark's New Hope Baptist Church, which seats up to 1,500. Gospel singer Marvin Winans, a Grammy Award winner and longtime family friend, had been chosen to give the eulogy, his son said.
NEWS
February 14, 2012 | By Anthony McCartney, Associated Press
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. - Whitney Houston was underwater and apparently unconscious when she was pulled from a Beverly Hills hotel bathtub, and she had prescription drugs in her room, authorities said Monday. Two days after the singer's death, her body was taken to a Los Angeles-area airport to be flown to New Jersey, where her family was making arrangements for a funeral to be held at the end of the week. An autopsy was performed Sunday, and authorities said there were no indications of foul play and no obvious signs of trauma on Houston's body.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | By Kevin Smith, Inquirer Staff Writer
"Lovely, gracious, fun, delightful. " That is how radio host Dyanna Williams remembered Whitney Houston on Sunday. Williams, an on-air personality for WRNB radio (100.3 FM), met Houston years ago at a function honoring the late singer's former husband, Bobby Brown. "Her impact is forever," Williams told The Inquirer. "She had some troubles in her life, but she set a pace and tone for male and female artists to follow. " Williams said WRNB suspended its regular programming in order to broadcast Houston songs for the entire day, and was taking calls from listeners who wanted to "express their pain and loss.
NEWS
February 13, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
When pop stars die too young it's always tragic, and often not all that surprising. Whitney Houston, who died at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday at age 48, had the particular misfortune to have the swift and spectacular success of her early career followed by years spent living a deeply troubled public life under the watchful eye of a tabloid culture. If anybody ever seemed destined for success, it was Whitney Houston. Her mother was the vocalist Cissy Houston, her cousin was Dionne Warwick, her godmother was Aretha Franklin.
NEWS
February 12, 2012 | By Kevin Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
"Lovely, gracious, fun, delightful. " That is how radio host Dyanna Williams is remembering Whitney Houston today. Williams, an on-air personality for WRNB radio 100.3 FM, first met Houston years ago at a function honoring the late singer's former husband, Bobby Brown. "Her impact is forever," Williams told The Inquirer. "She had some troubles in her life, but she set a pace and tone for male and female artists to follow. " Williams said WRNB was suspending its regular show in order to broadcast Houston songs for the entire day, as well as taking calls from listeners who want to "express their pain and loss.
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