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A Veiled Legend. A Shrouded Death.

The Mystery Behind Whitney Houston’s Passing Continues

It has barely been 24 hours since the news of Whitney Houston’s passing reached the mainstream. Since the singer and actresses’ publicist, Kristen Foster first announced her death to the Associated Press (AP) on Saturday afternoon, authorities have not yet released the cause of her death. However, there has been news of investigators finding drug tablets in Houston’s room at the Beverly Hills Hotel on the fourth floor.

It is common knowledge that, in recent years, Houston has had numerous problems with drug abuse.

Authorities are still saying that there has been “no sign of foul play” found.

An autopsy has been scheduled for sometime today, though the results will not be released until the toxicology reports are first returned.

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The Voice. The Legend. The Late Whitney Houston…Passes at 48

Whitney Houston


Whitney Houston’s body was found and reported to police from the Beverly Hills Hotel on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 3:43 p.m.

Paramedics arrived promptly on the scene and attempted to resusitate her but failed. She was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m.

Beverly Hills police LT. Mark Rosen reportedly released that there were “no obvious signs of any criminal intent at this time.”

Houston was scheduled on the A-List of performers to make an appearance tonight at Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party, a “must-see-and-be-seen” event for celebrities. She also performed at a pre-Grammy party two days prior to her death with Kelly Price.

The Rev. Al Sharpton already plans to hold a national prayer on Sunday morning during a sermon at the Second Baptist Church in Los Angeles. “The morning of the Grammys,” Rev. Sharpton said in a released written statement, “the world should pause and pray for the memory of a gifted songbird.”


Tonight, barely an hour ago, the news started to blaze over the Internet like a fire, flipping from web pages, to blogs and social networks, and then finally spreading from phone call to phone call. The news of it stretched over everyone the same way her voice did; the same way Whitney Houston’s soulful crooning and enchanting charisma spread infectiously. But it will not anymore, as it was announced by her publicist that the renowned Pop and R&B songstress was found dead today at the young age of 48.

The cause and exact time and place of her death is still unknown, as Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, states.

Best known for her heart-stopping and soul-felt music produced in the 1980s and 1990s, and for her performances in movies “Waiting to Exhale” and “The Bodyguard”, Houston was a powerful icon of music, fashion and femininity.

She was originally planning a comeback concert in 2009 but could not rise high enough about the spreading rumors that she was still under the influence of drugs. Still, she fought against the rumors and released her “I Look to You” album in in August 2009 that quickly rose to the top of the charts, selling 304,000 copies in the first seven days after its release. In 2010, she launched her “I Look to You” tour in Asia, Australia and Europe.

Though many fans panned at her performances comparing her vocals to that of her legendary rise in the late 90s, none can deny her warrior spirit that delivered her to stardom, tragedy and then back into the spotlight as one of music’s strongest and eternal performers.

Amy Winehouse: An Unexpected Prophesized Death

UPDATE: The autopsy conducted on the deceased body of R&B singer, Amy Winehouse, on Sunday, July 24, 2011, revealed that the controversial singer did not die of abusive drug use and there was no evidence of illegal drugs in her system. As of now, according to authorities, can only report that Winehouse died of unknown reasons.

On Saturday, July 23, 2011, Grammy-winning singer, Amy Winehouse, was found dead in her London home. Sky News Home Affairs correspondent Mark White reported that Winehouse “died of a drug overdose”. However, this seems to not be the only affliction the R&B singer suffered from as, in 2008, a spokesperson for Winehouse confirmed that she had “early signs of what could lead to emphysema.” An autopsy was performed on the singer’s body earlier today.

According to the Huffington Post, Winehouse is one of a “curiously high number of prominent artists to pass away at the age of 27.” Other artists who share this tragedy include Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin.

“Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1,” read a statement by the London Metropolitan Police. “On arrival, officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene.”

Since having been treated for drug problems since late 2007 – which included admitted heroin use – Winehouse has suffered from her addiction for years and was recently entered back into rehabilitation in May. Earlier that day, Tim Gatt of Sky News tweeted Winehouse’s manager’s statement that canceled all over her upcoming performances. “Amy Winehouse is withdrawing from all scheduled performances,” read his statement. “Everyone involved wishes to do everything they can to help her return to her best and she will be given as long as it takes for this to happen.” However, Winehouse was never to return to the stage, her last surprise appearance on July 20 at the iTunes Festival and she was wobbly on her feet even then.

Though the world is still in shock at her sudden passing, Amy Winehouse’s mother, Janis Winehouse, believed that her death “seemed only a matter of time.” It sounds like a harsh thing to hear from a mother who had just seen her daughter alive the day before her death but for those who have been 100% in the loop about the singer’s medical condition, Janis’ conclusion is harsh but realistic. “She seemed out of it,” Janis told the Daily Mirror. “But her passing so suddenly still hasn’t hit me.”

It is rumored that Winehouse’s death was specifically from a “bad ecstasy pill” but authorities have not yet released the results of the autopsy. One thing is for sure: no matter how successful one’s career appears to be, no one truly knows what’s going on behind closed doors.

Why Would the Church Throw Out THESE Cookies? LOL

Now I’m a very spiritual person and I take God seriously (even though he tends to have a few jokes of His own he likes to kick out now and then). But this picture that I recieved in a forwarded email from a friend…there’s no way I could pass this up.

Everyone loves cookies, anytime and anyplace. But picture this: You’re a member of the church congregation and you know you’ve got outgoing, adventurous members so you say, “We’re going to have a bake sale!! Everyone buy or bake all the cookies and sweets you can find!” One week later, you’re looking over the bake sale stands and you come across a table that has this:

The best church bake sale cookies EVER!

You can’t tell me you wouldn’t be shocked shitless but you’d die laughing before you told them to throw them out. But don’t do it!! *Shrug* Sex sells; what ya gonna do? HAHA!!


Politics Stuck in “Slave Mentality”

No one would deny that African-Americans have come incredibly far in the face of horrible adversity, from surviving years of torturous slavery to fighting the immeasurable psychological effects of racial segregation in America. Now we sit in a place where there are endless opportunities open to us that were denied roughly only 60 years ago. However, some believe that African-Americans were better off in the bondage of slavery. This is apparent conclusion of a conservative Christian group in Iowa, according to thier document entitled “The Marriage Vow”, which claims that African-Americas were better off in society during slavery than being free today.

What makes this scenario even more disturbing is that this “Marriage Vow” was signed by the two leading Republican Presidential candidates, Rick Santorum and Michele Backmann.

The vow states, “Slavery had a disastrous impact on African-American families, yet sadly a child born into slavery in 1860 was more likely to be raised by his mother and father in a two-parent household than was an African-American baby born after the election of the USA first African-American president.”

Republican presidential candidates, Rick Santorum and Michele Bachmann

Even though both ‘leaders’ have apologized for the “negative feelings this has caused and have removed this [statement] from the vow”, one cannot deny that this raises an extremely disturbing thought. There can only be two possible scenarios in the candidate’s situations: (1) Neither candidate read the document before fully reading it; signing the paper without a second thought and/or concern, or (2) Both candidates read the document in-depth and fully agreed with what it stated, never thinking its contents would be leaked to the public. In the first case, would the country want to have potential presidents in office who do not read the crucial papers they sign on a daily basis? And for the second, does the country want candidates who believe that the African-American race in America would be better off as slaves? What does either scenario say for their character (and common sense)?

In response to criticism, Bachmann stated that she only endorsed the “candidate vow” and not the preamble of the document. Bachmann “believes that slavery was horrible and economic enslavement is also horrible,” according to her representatives. Santorum claims that he only believes in the portion of the document that is against gay marriage, which compares homosexuality to adultery and polygamy.

Everyone has their choice on who they would choose to lead their country but another freedom available is the choice to research the history of African-Americans and compare it to how the race is viewed today by the public compared to how they were treated in the past. Words say much but actions say all.


Black vs. Bleach

When I was younger, because I’m an exceptionally dark-skinned Ebony woman, I had issues with insecurity about my skin color. I would feel separated and singled-out by, not only people outside of my race, but other black people as well as the favoritism of the light-skinned girls over the dark-skinned was on a rampage. Yet, throughout the process of me coming into my own and learning to accept and cherish the sweetness of my dark chocolate, I never once considered the option of bleaching my skin to conform with society’s measure of beauty. Yet, in the media, this seems to be the norm for those who look for increased popularity in the country.

Excessive make-up or the result of skin bleaching?

Superstar celebrities such as Beyonce are put up on an impossibly high pedestal as icons of the industry and role models for young people. But would an African-American mother want her child to notice the lightening of another’s skin and copy that example along with the ever-changing trend of clothes and shoes? Already it is hard to find a dark-skinned woman on television, whether it’s in movies, TV shows or music videos on MTV, BET and VH1. And if one watches closely at celebrities such as Beyonce as the years progress, wouldn’t you raise the question as to whether or not the already light skin is getting lighter? Is it the effects of too much lighting combined with HDTV, too much make-up splattered onto the face right before camera time or is it that darker skin is still not quite up to par? 

Baseball icon, Sammy Sosa, goes from dark to lighter to just-plain-light

In March 2008, Makari, a skin-lightening cream specifically designed for African-Amricans, was released to the public. The advertisement on a health and beauty website introduced it as a “cream that brightens the skin safely and naturally”. However, the article also stated, “People with dark skin have endured decades of neglect in the world of market cosmetics among established international companies.” So this is the way to solve it? By bleaching your skin to conform to the “popular” appearance? Why not create a cream that enchances the natural beauty of dark skin instead of diminishing it?  
Despite the startling results of his cream, Sammy Sosa planned to market the product to the community in November 2009 after a picture of his drastic skin color change was posted online following the Grammy Latino Awards ceremony, stating, “I’m going to market it, I’m a business man. I live my life happily.”     
How happy can our people be if we feel the need to alter our skin color in order to fit in with the rest of society? As an Ebony woman who has managed to overcome the damaging psychological affects of skin-based ridicule, I worry for our people’s self-esteem and self-worth in a world where it seems bleach is beating black.

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