Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Short Takes: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Chaka Khan, Tony Bennett, Talking Heads, Ray Charles

Bobby Brown and the family of Whitney Houston appear to be at odds on a number of issues. According to TMZ, Brown arrived in New Jersey on Sunday but the family has not allowed him to see his daughter Bobbi yet. Brown had canceled out of a New Edition dates to be with her.

The site also says that the family has made it clear that Brown is not welcome at the private memorial to be held for Houston on Saturday. While they have not officially said no, sources have relayed their feelings to Bobby. Brown had hoped that they could put their differences behind them so that he could support his daughter during the ceremony.

Chaka Khan told Piers Morgan on CNN that she was very upset that Clive Davis decided to go ahead with his pre-Grammy party in the same hotel on the same day that Houston died. "I thought that was complete insanity. I don't know what could motivate a person, to have a party, in a building, where the person, whose life he had influenced so enormously, and whose life had been affected by her...I don't understand how that party went on."

Tuesday was Tony Bennett day in San Francisco. Mayor Edward M. Lee made the declaration and held a ceremony at city hall to celebrate Valentine's Day and Bennett's ode to the city, I Left My Heart in San Francisco, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. He also asked every radio station in the city to play the song at Noon. 

In a Billboard interview, Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz said that three of the four members of the band would be more than willing to reunite, if only David Byrne had some interest.

Frantz said "since shortly after the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame thing (in 2002), when I said, 'This is so much fun, why don't we continue with this a little bit?' I was kind of met with, shall we say, a lot of resistance, and sometimes it's best to leave well enough alone. We all hope David will one day wake up and say, 'Boy, I should call Chris and Tina (Weymouth, Frantz's wife) and Jerry (Harrison)...' That's the only way anything will happen."

The Ray Charles Foundation is demanding that Georgia's Albany State University return $3 million that the late singer donated ten years ago for the building of a performing arts center in his name. The foundation said in a statement that the center exists only "on the drawing board and in an unapproved downsized plan. It is incomprehensible that Albany State University failed to use the money in the manner Mr. Charles wanted. Mr. Charles would find ASU's behavior unacceptable."

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The night Whitney Houston died, Bobby Brown became the " Most Hated Man in America ". He is in denial - refusing to admit he is what he is - scum! He's a coward. He disabled his message board on his official website, and did not cancel his concert the night of Whitney's death to be with their daughter. His fans should stop supporting him, so he'll have some time on his hands to face and deal with reality.

meikag said...

We all want to find someone to hate, when we are hurting. Bobby Brown didn't kill Whitney. The cause of death is still unknown. The truth is, Bobby, and Whitney were both in love at one point, married,and had a child. The choices they made, and how they lived was from their own free will.It doesn't matter anymore what she did with Bobby, or anyone else.Some of us have to realize that the blame can't always be passed on.Learn to accept your faults, and move on.Whitney was moving on, she was a unique gift from God.The life she lived, could be a testimony for someone else.Bobby,has the same rights like all of us.Sure he made mistakes, and will continue to.Looking in from the outside and saying negative things about him, makes me see how weak minded people fall into doing things that destroy them.If someone is constantly attacking you,criticizing,and trying to destroy you verbally.Then you still have to perform,and try to cope.Some turn to substance abuse, its a sad untimely death. I've never met Whitney, but I loved her so. I was her number one fan.Let's talk of her life with respect, and honor. She was an amazing woman of God. Yes, she loved the Lord it was in her.Just listen to her music. We should not judge Bobby Brown, he is still a soul. Bobby has a right to share in the mourning of his ex wife, the mother of his child, and his former lover.People are so quick to write ppl off, what if all of our secres were to be exposed. We aren't famous so our stuff doesn't get publicized, or spread across social media.Oh boy, What if it did though? I'm so hurt by the lost of one of my favorite singers, i was really praying for her to come back on top of the charts, but it was her time.I pray for all of those mourning her lost,Bobbi Christina,her family, as well as Bobby Brown.(he's dealing with the pain too) I LOVE you Whitney "THE VOICE" Houston.R.I.P.

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