Board of Education voted to bring Ashanti to Atlantic City High School for $20,000 fee
She was in town for multicultural event and sang tribute to Whitney Houston
Last year, Rutgers paid $32,000 for Snooki to speak at several events
R&B singer Ashanti travelled to Atlantic City earlier this month, and came away with $20,000 in her purse.
But the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter wasn’t gambling – in fact quite the opposite. She was making [...]
Whitney Houston‘s survivors are starting to act more and more like Michael Jackson‘s family. They’re learning to make money from their late star’s death. Today– three months after Whitney died–they’ve announced a deal with Lifetime Network for a reality series. Pat Houston, husband Gary, grandma Cissy, and of course Bobbi Kristina, will now film a show about how they’re dealing with Whitney’s death. Tasteless? Sure.
But the Houstons obviously are finding themselves in a [...]
I’ve told you about Raffles van Exel in several stories. Yesterday both “Access Hollywood” and Vanity Fair graciously credited us for stories broken here about van Exel’s dark connection to Whitney Houston. Now one of van Exel’s former business partners, Christine Heathman, of Utah’s Glymed Productions, which sells lines of beauty creams around the country, tells me something no one has heard before.
“Raffles told me that after Whitney died, he [...]
“The last thing I remember her saying was ‘I just want to love and be loved. I want to love like Jesus did. Unconditionally,’” Tiffanie Dixon, Whitney Houston’s hairdresser, tells contributing editor Mark Seal in June’s Vanity Fair of the last night she spent with the singer. Dixon was with Houston and her alleged boyfriend Ray J (the singer-actor famous for, among other things, being Kim Kardashian’s partner in a 2007 sex [...]
Most Americans realize that today marks the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death at the hands of courageous Navy SEALs. Yet many of the same citizens, conditioned by a national media that pays scant attention to the military’s daily sacrifices, probably don’t realize that 2012′s bloodiest month of fighting in Afghanistan has just concluded.
As this blog and others discussed all month, April was difficult for our troops in Afghanistan and their families at home. [...]
NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork)— Whitney Houston’s funeral is costing the city of Newark tens of thousands of dollars in police overtime.And some taxpayers say as much as they loved the pop star they’re not happy about footing the high security costs, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.Houston’s family brought her back to Newark, where thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse of the hearse carrying her body. Fans even tried [...]
NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Whitney Houston’s funeral is costing the city of Newark tens of thousands of dollars in police overtime.
And some taxpayers say as much as they loved the pop star they’re not happy about footing the high security costs, reports CBS 2’s Christine Sloan.
Houston’s family brought her back to Newark, where thousands of people lined the streets to get a glimpse of the hearse carrying her body. Fans even tried to [...]
The Los Angeles coroner today released its 42-page final report on the death of Whitney Houston.
Click here to download a .pdf of the document.
According to the report, investigators discovered drug paraphernalia and apparent narcotics residue in the Beverly Hilton Hotel room where Houston, 48, died on February 11. The entertainer “possibly overdosed on a narcotic substance, prescription medications, over the counter medications and alcohol.”
Houston, who was discovered face down in [...]
March 1, 2012
It took LA a week to declare the cause of death for Whitney Houston but they knew two hours after Andrew Breitbart’s death that it was natural and they told the world as fast as they could. Andrew said he would release footage that would hurt Obama and now the alternative media gadfly is dead. It goes on and on and if that film does not get [...]
The “Mouth of the South” is no longer as he devotes his time (and $1 billion) to the U.N., jets between 28 homes and four girlfriends, misses Jane Fonda and opens up to THR about Rupert, Jerry and his abuse as a child. Says a friend: “He’s definitely changed.”
“Isn’t that the thinnest billionaire’s wallet you ever saw?” Ted Turner gloats on a drizzling day in New York. “I’m really proud of [...]
ARMED guards are protecting Whitney Houston’s grave from bling-hunting robbers.
Fears that ghouls will plunder her resting place were triggered after it was revealed she was buried wearing up to £300,000 of jewels and designer clothes.
The singer, who died a fortnight ago in her LA hotel room after a drugs and booze binge, lies in a gold-lined coffin worth tens of thousands of pounds.
She is draped in a purple gown and [...]
was on a panel at the recent California Investment Conference in Palm Springs and the question was asked, “What percentage of your portfolio should be in gold bullion?”
The first panelist answered 20%. The second panelist said, up to 30%. Then it came to me.
“I have no problem with someone having 100% of their portfolio in gold,” I stated bluntly. Many in the crowd laughed. Their laughter confused me. What’s so [...]
TRENTON — Fending off fierce criticism for planning to lower flags at state buildings the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral, Gov. Chris Christie said the late singer is not a role model but has earned the honor as a cultural icon.
Christie said he’s disturbed people are disparaging Houston’s accomplishments because of her troubles with substance abuse.
“This is a disease that some people struggle with and conquer on a day-to-day basis, and [...]
ARLINGTON (CBSDFW.COM) – Flags will be lowered in New Jersey Saturday, the day of Whitney Houston’s funeral. But a Marine mom in Arlington says it’s an honor Houston doesn’t deserve.
When Phyllis McGeath heard Gov. Chris Christie had ordered flags lowered to half-staff for Houston, she said she felt a pain deep inside her.
“I was hurt and offended. Disappointed. Saddened,” she said. “I felt like the honor that was given to my [...]
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Whitney Houston’s fans will be given a virtual front row seat for her funeral.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, announced Wednesday that The Associated Press will be allowed a camera at Saturday’s private service at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Viewers can watch the noon service here.
Houston got her start singing in the choir of the church, whose pews can seat about 1,500. Some fans [...]
February 15, 2012
The so-called “teachable moment” about combining booze and drugs, it seems to me, misses the point. The more important question is: Why do people medicate themselves to such an extent? And even more compelling, what role does the public (and its drug dealer, the media) play in these unravelings?
We get a glimpse of the answers in one of the many reels that has been replayed the [...]
Feb. 15, 2012, 3:13 p.m. EST
McClatchy/Tribune – MCT Information Services
LOS ANGELES _ The Los Angeles County coroner’s office said Wednesday that investigators have made contact with “a number” of doctors as they try to determine how Whitney Houston died.
Authorities collected several bottles of drugs from Houston’s suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, where she was found dead Saturday. But officials have said the amounts of drugs did not seem unusually [...]
Tragic … Whitney Houston
WHITNEY Houston’s doctors will be quizzed to see if she illegally obtained a collection of prescription pills that may have killed her.
The star could have been dead before she became submerged in the LA hotel bath where her body was discovered, it was reported last night.
It is feared the tragic singer may have been killed by a cocktail of prescription drugs and alcohol rather than drowning.
The Bodyguard [...]
By Tim Molloy at TheWrap
Mon Feb 13, 2012 12:40pm EST
Tributes to Whitney Houston helped Sunday’s 54th Annual Grammy Awards draw more than 39 million viewers, the second-largest audience ever for the show, according to preliminary numbers.
The show, which aired on CBS, was the most-watched since 1984, when Michael Jackson won a record-setting eight awards.
It was up more than 40 percent over last year’s ceremony in the ratings, scoring a 14.1 in [...]
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Adele, who captured the world’s heart with an album about a broken romance, emerged as the top winner at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, winning six trophies including the prestigious trifecta of record, song and album of the year.
The singer, who also made a triumphant comeback from vocal cord surgery on the Grammy stage, sobbed as she won the night’s final award, album of the year, for “21.” [...]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A year ago, Clive Davis’ glittery pre-Grammy showcase was winding down after a number of electric performances when the grandest name of all, Whitney Houston, walked on stage to close the evening with what promised to be a show-stopping tribute to her famous cousin, Dionne Warwick.
Instead, what transpired was yet another troubling display of erratic behavior from the superstar, and a foreshadowing perhaps of what was [...]
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Whitney Houston, who ruled as pop music’s queen until her majestic voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
News of Houston’s death came on the eve of music’s biggest [...]