Posts Tagged ‘Entertainment News’

Oprah’s Interview with Bobbi Kristina and Family

July 27, 2015

Bobbi Kristina Brown has passed away at the tender age of 22. She died Sunday evening, July 26, 2015. Today I am re-posting a review of Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Bobbi Kristina in 2012. It was Bobbi Kris’ first public interview after losing her mother, Whitney Houston. In the light of the devastating news about Bobbi Kris, I wanted to share again the interview that showed that Bobbie Kris, despite still grieving her mom, was hopeful and seemed to have a future. Oh how we were all pulling for her that night.

Oprah  Winfrey  interviews Bobbi Kristina for first time after Whitney Houston's Death. (Photo Credit: OWN/Ophrah Winfrey Network)

Oprah Winfrey interviews Bobbi Kristina for first time after Whitney Houston’s Death. (Photo Credit: OWN/Oprah Winfrey Network)

I just watched Oprah Winfrey’s interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown (Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown’s daughter), Gary Houston (Whitney’s brother), and Pat Houston (Whitney’s sister-in-law). It was a very emotional program. I went into it with a sense of apprehension mixed with “I can’t miss this”. I must say that I was very relieved with the outcome. Here’s why.

I remember seeing Diane Sawyer’s interview with Whitney a number of years ago, and although Diane asked the pertinent questions, it got a little combative. With Bobbi Kristina having just lost her mother, I wanted to hear from her, but I also felt a bit protective at the thought of this teenager being thrown to the wolves with pointed questions raining down upon her like jabs in a boxing ring. I needn’t have worried.Oprah to the rescue.

I can’t think of a better person than Oprah to have conducted this interview. Oprah welcomed Bobbi Kristina with arms outstretched, and simply held her for several moments. You could see that she put Bobbi Kristina at ease. Oprah led Bobbi through favorite memories of her mom. She asked touching questions such as “what will you miss most about your mom?”, and “what was your last day like with your mother?”.

I was so happy to hear Bobbi say that, though it was difficult, looking back she sees that her mother was preparing her for the day Bobbi would be thrust into the spotlight. And she felt that Whitney’s spirit was still with her saying “keep moving on. I’ve got you”. Bobbi said she has her up times and times when it hits her hard, but that she’s taking it one day at a time. Overall Bobbi came across as a very composed young lady, dealing admirably with the loss of a mother she so clearly loved and cherished. I believe Whitney would have been very proud of her.

Pat Houston struck me as someone who loved Whitney very much, enough to dare to stand up to her in a world of yes men. She spoke honestly of Whitney’s problems, but said that Whitney was dealing with her issues and, towards the end of her life, was turning things around for the better. She shared that Whitney was last at their home on New Year’s Day. She said she’d never seen Whitney so happy as she was when they played a rousing game of bingo down in the basement. She described Whitney as laughing the whole time and thoroughly enjoying her time with the family.

Pat went on to poignantly describe her last moments seeing Whitney when, despite the authorities trying to force her out of the hotel room, she was unable to leave her friend Whitney alone. She stayed until the EMTs had exhausted all rescue efforts and covered Whitney’s face before they carried her body out. Pat said that in the end she feels that Whitney’s downfall was looking for love in all the wrong places. Whitney was human just like the rest of us. I must add that very few of us have not been in that same predicament at one time or the other.

Gary Houston was clearly a big brother in tremendous grief. When Oprah asked him about Bobby and Whitney, it was very interesting to hear Gary say that he loved Bobby and thought he was a great guy. He said, in effect, that Bobby and Whitney were very much in love, and were both great people. It’s just that apparently they weren’t good together. He couldn’t place the blame on either party. I thought this was an incredibly fair and objective statement considering how Bobby is routinely maligned by much of the press.

Gary said that the only people who really know what goes on in a marriage are the two people in that marriage. He did touch on the fact that he felt very violated by the fact that someone among the close family and friends invited to the viewing at the funeral home would have taken a picture of Whitney in her casket and leaked it to the media. He called the act “wicked” and I totally agree.

Oprah said that she’d spoken to Whitney’s mother Cissy Houston the day before the interview and offered her the chance to speak if she wished. Cissy said that she just wasn’t ready to speak yet, and understandably so. Gary said that his mother had told him several times that Whitney’s voice was a vessel for her gift from God and that they wouldn’t have Whitney with them for long. He said that though Cissy had mentioned this several times, Whitney’s death still devastated her. Oprah said that when she asked Cissy how she was doing, Cissy said “some days I’m not doing”. My prayers go out to Cissy and the family.

Though many of us are still reeling from the unexpected loss of Whitney Houston, I have to commend Oprah for the compassionate manner in which she conducted this interview, even shedding tears when witnessing the family’s grief in telling their story. Oprah Winfrey handled this interview in a classy, dignified and respectful manner. And in this sometimes sordid, cut-throat tabloid world, it was, quite frankly, a refreshing and hopeful change. Well done Oprah. Rest in peace Whitney Houston. Thank you for sharing yourself and your incredible voice with the world. Yours was truly “The Voice”.

Grammys, weddings and sippy cups

January 27, 2014

ll-cool-j-grammy-awards-ftrPhoto Credit:  Parade.com

The 2014 Grammys had some magical moments. In case there was a category you missed, CNN has compiled the list of winners in a very tidy format. Now that we have properly handled the business part, let’s enjoy some Grammy observations. Here are just a few random moments that seemed to particularly shine. Can we start with repeat host L. L. Cool J.? So suave, so tough, so rugged, so engaging and friendly that he is the perfect host to usher us into the Grammy festivities. He is the ultimate bridge between our real world and the other worldliness of celebrity life, because he relates so well to both. And he’s aging magnificently.

Beyonce and Jay Z GrammysPhoto Credit:  PerezHilton.com

Beyonce’s duet with her husband Jay-Z was definitely a highlight. It seems that behind the dazzle and glitz of their multimillion dollar blending of brands is a jolt of pure fun. That’s why it’s hard to find someone who can watch them perform together and not smile. Theirs seems to be a coupling that makes the audience eager to come along for the ride. In every group of married friends there is that one couple that everyone always makes sure to invite because they are going to ensure that all of the rest of the couples have a good time. Their performance thrilled the crowd because, as usual, during the song they were laughing, flirting and genuinely seemed to enjoy each other’s company onstage and off. (Although according to many viewers on social media, some of the more risqué moves are better left behind closed doors.) And this is not just some act put on for the Grammy cameras; like Coke, it’s the real thing. See my past article to reminisce on how their love has long been lyrical and magnetic.

Queen Latifah at the GrammysPhoto Credit:  celeb2014.blogspot.com

Queen Latifah was the image of pure royalty last night. She rocked a black form-fitting sequined gown that was simply stunning. It was an off-the-shoulder concoction that was just perfect as her golden locks brushed against her shoulder. She is another celebrity that just instantly seems to bond with the audience the moment she walks onto the stage. She officiated 30 plus marriages in what was meant to be a heartwarming statement of the equality of all love. However, awesome as she was, it was just a bit too much. The Grammys is a night about performances and for the organizers to use this moment for a mass wedding was not the best idea.

Two performances practically brought down the house. One was Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert. Even listeners who totally disagree with the lyrics of “Same Love” were sitting at attention when Macklemore spoke. Watch the video here as he spits the words out with an intensity and passion that made his performance one of the best.

The other house burner performance was Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons’ combustible combination of “Radioactive” and “Good Kid, M.a.a.d. City”. Whether one likes rap or rock or neither, this performance had people talking. See the performance that almost blew the speakers.

Biggest robbery of the night: Kendrick Lamar didn’t win any awards despite multiple nominations.

Best quote of the night: Rapper, mogul, businessman, performer Jay Z turned pure daddy as he held his Grammy upside down and said, “Look Blue Ivy, daddy got you a gold sippy cup.” When it all boils down to it, that’s what it’s all about. That’s real.

Robin Roberts admits to being in a 10-year lesbian relationship

January 9, 2014

Robin Roberts picPhoto Credit:  Robin Roberts via Twitter;  Robert’s girlfriend is standing to her left.

Robin Roberts, one of the co-hosts on Good Morning America (GMA), has had quite the tumultuous few years. First she was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. She discussed her battle and feelings of depression in this Ladies Home Journal article. For a while things seemed to be going well, and then she was stunned by the news that she was suffering from the rare blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) in 2012 which caused her to leave her post. Even scarier was learning that it might have been the treatment used for her first bout with cancer that caused the new cancer. After successful treatment and a bone marrow transplant from her sister, Roberts bravely returned to her position on GMA.

Now she’s facing a battle of a different kind, one that has nothing to do with her health; the battle of public opinion. Your audience can be your biggest supporter one moment, and then cut you like a knife the next. It was reported that Roberts came out and admitted she was gay on her Facebook page in December 2013. But Roberts took it a step further. She openly discussed her relationship with a woman on GMA, to include showing a photo. Is this going too far?

Whatever one’s stance is on gay or lesbian relationships is it necessary for the involved parties to discuss it in public settings? It seems to be crossing the line. It would be rather off-putting for every heterosexual news anchor or celebrity to make a point of saying they are straight. While everyone is very happy to see Roberts regain her health and back in her anchor spot at GMA, sexual orientations and other delicacies should be kept behind closed doors. What say you?