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    Quote Originally Posted by elusive moonwalker View Post
    So sad....
    Love does not see with the eyes but with the heart. (Shakespeare)

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    Sad about it.

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    Happy Birthday Whitney!!!!
    I miss you.
    You're one of the best singers to have ever walked this earth!!!!!
    Give Michael a hug for me, I know you two are up there just having a good ole time.
    Last edited by Pink Diamond Princess; 09-08-2016 at 03:38 PM.

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    Happy birthday precious angel, you will never be forgotten

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    Happy Birthday, Whitney!

    You made me happy with your voice, and you kept "competing" with my love for Michael and his music from the very beginning.
    "I´m the temple, you can´t hurt me,
    ..I found peace within myself"

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    She was one of a kind 😇

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    I've only ever known the big hits, up until recently I decided to get Whitney's debut album on LP and I can't describe how much I was blown away by it. I'd alos never heard the original version of Greatest Love of All. Can anyone recommend another album to get?

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    Quote Originally Posted by innuendo141 View Post
    I've only ever known the big hits, up until recently I decided to get Whitney's debut album on LP and I can't describe how much I was blown away by it. I'd alos never heard the original version of Greatest Love of All. Can anyone recommend another album to get?
    I'd day the first two and 'My Love is Your Love', the latter has some good Darkchild & Wyclef stuff on it and although is typical early 2000s sound has some nice tunes, notably the title track and 'It's Not Right, But It's Okay'. It also has a single called 'Heartbreak Hotel' on it!

    Amazingy it was only her fourth studio album but seems much later, thanks to the long Bodyguard years! Speaking of which, her recording of 'I Have Nothing' is a vocal masterclass (despite it being done by every talent show contest ever!)

    Other notable recordings include 'One Moment In Time'. And I also love 'I'm Your Baby Tonight' even though the production didn't quite hit the mark with that one.

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    Oh Thanks Tony. I rememebr My Love Is Your Love being released and thought it was cool. Still smitten with the debut, I'd really never given her a go. It's such a strong album, not one bad song on it.

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    I'd also never heard the original version of Greatest Love of All.
    Are you talking about the George Benson version from the 1970s?

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    Are you talking about the George Benson version from the 1970s?
    No, the version with piano instead of keyboards. I think it's much nicer.

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    Default Whitney: Can I Be Me | Tribeca 2017

    4/26/2017 by Stephen Dalton Hollywood Reporter

    Director Nick Broomfield’s Showtime-backed music documentary chronicles the dramatic rise and fall of record-breaking pop diva Whitney Houston.

    The phenomenal rise and tragic demise of Whitney Houston is an almost archetypal saga of success, excess and the scarcity of second acts in American lives. But it becomes a little too archetypal in the hands of British director Nick Broomfield, whose new bio-documentary on the late singer is heavy on glib generalizations but light on sharp insights or juicy revelations.

    That said, Houston’s enduring superstar glow and a vault full of superlative, previously unseen footage should ensure healthy interest in Can I Be Me, which world premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival this week ahead of its Showtime TV launch later this year. Theatrical roll-out in various European markets will also follow over the coming weeks.

    Opening with the fraught 911 call that alerted the world to Houston’s death at the Beverly Hilton in February 2012, at the age of just 48, Can I Be Me then scrolls back to her early life in New Jersey. Mentored by her proud but controlling mother, gospel singer Emily “Cissy” Houston, she soon excelled as a soloist in her local Baptist church choir. A spell as a teenage model and backing vocalist led her to Clive Davis of Arista Records, who carefully molded the young star for maximum appeal to mainstream white audiences. And so began a record-smashing, Grammy-winning career that spanned world tours, blockbuster movies and close to 200 million album sales.

    Broomfield highlights some key factors that fuelled Houston’s self-destructive fall. Her close relationship with longtime gal pal and personal assistant Robyn Crawford, widely rumored to be a lesbian romance, begins to implode after she marries bad-boy rapper Bobby Brown in 1992. Estrangement from her beloved father John, who becomes embroiled in a bitter $100 million lawsuit against his daughter from his deathbed, is another body blow. The marriage to Brown becomes stormy, boozy and druggy, wrecking Houston’s health and voice. The film mentions his infidelities, but not his 2003 arrest for physically assaulting Houston, an oddly coy omission which smacks of backstage deal-making.

    Can I Be Me seeks to build a case that Houston was destroyed by a toxic mix of social, parental, financial, sexual and racial pressures, but these conclusions feel too fuzzy and vague to carry much weight. Broomfield has a solid track record of campaigning documentaries, but his music films are often his weakest. Kurt & Courtney (1998) and Biggie & Tupac (2002) are mostly notable for their flimsy claims and unproven assertions.

    Broomfield shoots for the same kind of interview-rich intimacy as Asif Kapadia’s terrific Amy Winehouse documentary Amy (2015), but he falls short. Crucially, he fails to secure first-hand access to key players including Brown, Crawford, Cissy Houston and Davis. Although he works around this obstacle to some degree with archive clips, he inevitably ends up giving too much credence to the fringe players from Houston’s entourage who consented to be interviewed. One claims “Whitney had the career that her mother really wanted.” Another says she “died of a broken heart.” This is tabloid-level pop psychology, banal at best, dishonest at worst.

    At least the film offers some welcome comic relief in the form of Houston’s former bodyguard David Roberts, a ruddy-faced Welshman with a military background and a poetic turn of phrase, who comes across like a satirical Simon Pegg creation at times. Amusingly, Roberts makes a point of refuting any personal parallels with Kevin Costner’s character in The Bodyguard: “I did not make love to her.” His duty of professional care towards his boss finally crossed a red line when he tried to warn Houston’s managers about her deepening drug dependency. He was removed from his job soon afterwards.

    For Houston fans, the true buried treasure in Can I Be Me lies in the extensive archive material shot by German director Rudi Dolezal for a shelved documentary about the singer’s 1999 European tour, her last major global venture. A music video veteran who has worked with numerous legends including Queen, The Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones and Elton John, Dolezal secured extensive backstage access to Houston, Brown and Crawford just as their open-secret ménage-a-trois was acrimoniously unraveling. The chemistry between the trio, both sexual and romantic, is electrifying and oddly touching.

    Dolezal’s close-up concert footage is also a joyous reminder of Houston’s effortlessly engaging stage presence and soaring, octave-vaulting, transcendently soulful voice. We are left with a powerful sense that her death was a tragic loss, both privately and publicly, but Can I Be Me never quite tells us why.

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    Post Bobbi Kristina biopic

    By Yvette Caslin | April 29, 2017 | Rolling Out

    Demetria McKinney, Hassan Johnson and Joy Rovaris in the title role.

    Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, is getting a well-deserved biopic. The TV special will air on TV One. An aspiring singer, she was found face-down and unresponsive in a bathtub in her suburban Atlanta townhome in January 2015. She was in a coma for six months before dying in hospice care at age 22 on July 26, 2015.

    Disney channel star Joy Rovaris (“Stuck in the Middle”) will play Bobbi Kristina. Demetria McKinney has been cast as Whitney Houston and “The Wire‘s” Hassan Johnson was tapped to play Bobby Brown.

    Also cast in supporting roles are Vivica A. Fox who will play Pat Houston, while Bobbi Kristina’s boyfriend Nick Gordon will be played by Nadji Jeter.

    Scheduled to premiere this summer, TV One describes the show:
    Bobbi Kristina is the made-for-TV biopic, inspired by the life of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s only child. Bobbi Kristina Brown grew up in the shadow of her uber famous, superstar parents’ spotlight. This film offers an intimate look at the highs and lows of parental, familial and romantic love complicated by fame through the eyes of a sensitive, vulnerable young woman.

    Her high-profile life – and death – may have been shrouded in mystery, but this film will reveal her humor, her quirks, her deepest fears and longings as well as her fight to be seen, heard, and loved. The narrative structure takes the viewer on a dramatic journey of memories, conflicts, visions, perseverance, faith, friendship, and ultimately love — the love of a man and a woman, the love of a father and a daughter, and the bond between a mother and a child.

    In March 2016, Fulton County Superior Court Judge Henry Newkirk unsealed the autopsy results of Bobbi Kristina Brown. According to the autopsy, marijuana, alcohol, “a cocaine-related substance,” sedative and anti-anxiety medications and morphine were found in her system. The manner of her death was classified as undetermined.

    Fulton County Superior Court Judge T. Jackson Bedford ordered Bobbi Kristina’s romantic partner Nick Gordon to pay $36,250,000 in damages in a civil suit. Gordon repeatedly failed to meet court deadlines in the civil suit and the conservator of her estate won by default.

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