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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”.

‘Scandal’ season finale recap; death of a child, birth of a lie, daddy’s home

April 19, 2014
Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope in ABC's hit drama 'Scandal'.   (photo credit:  Kerry Washington via Facebook)

Kerry Washington plays Olivia Pope in ABC’s hit drama ‘Scandal’. (photo credit: Kerry Washington via Facebook)

 

Spoiler alerts:  Let’s dissect last night’s awesome Scandal finale.  Episode 18 was ‘The Price of Free and Fair Election’ and the price was terrible and costly.  Aired Thursday, April 17, 2014.

First, we can all exhale after wondering whether Rowan (Daddy Pope) had survived the shanking Maya (Momma Pope) had given him at the end of last week’s episode.  Momma Pope tells Liv that if she had truly wanted Daddy Pope dead, he would be, and sashays out of the hospital room.  Liv and Daddy Pope have an actual father/daughter talk with Daddy Pope showing more tenderness than he has in all three seasons.

Just when it looks like Cyrus is about to have a change of heart, Jake makes sure the news gets out that there is a bomb set to go off in the church.  Alas, the bomb goes off anyway just as they are finishing the process of evacuation.  Unbelievably, evil Vice President (VP) Sally escapes unharmed.  She is about to be whisked away in her waiting limousine when public relations guru Leo convinces her that they must take advantage of this opportunity (televised of course) to show that she would put her own safety at risk to help her fellow Americans.

Taking cunning to a new level, Leo begins smearing ashes all over VP Sally’s face and makes sure the camera sees VP Sally tending to the wounded strewn willy nilly in the church parking lot.  She Florence Nightingales her way gingerly through the crowd, making sure to assist the victims with the most blood splash for the benefit of the TV cameras.  When the network cameras switch from President (Pres.) Fitz’s speech to focus on VP Sally, Liv fears all hope for them to win the election is lost.

But the camp refuses to give in and vows to fight to the end.  So the whole family shows a united front and is there to back Fitz as he makes his biggest campaign speech yet.  While he is speaking Mellie screams out behind him.  Their son Fitz IV is going into convulsions with blood coming from his mouth and nose.  Pres. Fitz dashes from the podium and in what has got to be one of the top three most poignant moments in the show, cradles his son like a baby and carries him down the stairs.  The pained look on his face was pricelessly real.

To everyone’s surprise, especially the viewers, the son dies.  We did not expect this at all.  Many Scandal groups on Facebook and Twitter had been debating all week about who would die.  Would it be VP Sally, Harrison, Quinn, or Leo?  No one ever dreamed that it would be a child.  Shonda Rhimes, master of plot twists and turns, had stunned us again.

Suddenly it was Cyrus and Liv sitting in the hospital waiting room.  They discussed how the death of Pres. Fitz’s son could turn the tide and win the election with a sympathy vote.  They chatted a few minutes about what monsters they must be to even be thinking about political strategy when Pres. Fitz had just suffered the death of his son.  But they brace themselves and convince Fitz that he can win.  Before they leave the hospital Fitz gets word that his son’s death was no accident and that a vial (supposedly under lock and key) of the particular strain of meningitis that his son died from had been reported stolen.

Everyone immediately knows that it had to be Maya (Momma Pope), and the search is on.  Daddy Pope limps down the hospital hallway and gives his condolences to Fitz.  He says that all differences aside, he is a father too.  He says he knows Fitz wants Momma Pope’s head on a platter and he is just the man to bring that platter to Fitz.  Then it’s revelation time.  Fitz tells Liv none of this (politics) matters.  He just wants them to move to Vermont and have babies.  Liv tells him that Mellie needs him because Fitz’s father raped Mellie.  And that as much as she loves him, if he left Mellie at her most vulnerable, he wouldn’t be the man Liv loves. Fitz is shocked.  First his son dies and now this.  How much more can one man take even if it is a finale?

Fitz opens the door and for the first time ever we see him touch Mellie with pure compassion.  He is so sorry for what his father did, as Mellie finally is able to stop crying in a drink, and lean her head on Fitz’s shoulder for a good cry on him.  This is the second of the most poignant moments in the season.  She assures Fitz that she’d tried to fight off her father-in-law, but that she’d done a DNA test to be sure and their dead son was Fitz’s.

In the third of our most poignant moments, Fitz is alone in the oval office.  He, the most powerful man in the free world, walks in, shuts the door and drops.  He is not felled by an assassin’s bullet, but the crushing weights of his son’s death and the betrayal of his wife’s rape by his own daddy drop him to his knees.  He is alone on the floor of the oval office weeping as one without hope.  Fitz more than earned an Emmy in this episode alone.

Momma Pope is captured, handcuffed and stuffed into the back of a car, but she is smiling.  Somehow Harrison realizes that things aren’t making sense and traces the missing vial of bacteria back to Daddy Pope.  He confronts him while we are still fighting to digest this news.  Momma Pope has always been presented as the anti-Christ and Daddy Pope was seen as the only prayer to hold back her evil reign of terror.  In an instant everything we think we know about human nature is turned upside down.  It turns out Daddy Pope orchestrated the death of Fitz’s son.

His justification was that he’d promised Liv that he would never harm a hair on her beloved Fitz’s head.  And he didn’t, he just took out the son.   Poppa Pope has checked himself out of the hospital, against his doctor’s orders, and, surprise, is now back in command of B6-13.  He cajoles Liv to go away with Jake and remove herself from the dirtiness of this business.  Poor Live is just demoralized.  She feels everything is her fault and everyone she loves gets hurt.  She says, “I am the Scandal.”

Cliffhangers:   (see video recaps here)

The season ended with Liv and Jake flying off on Daddy Pope’s private plane.  Will they be back?  Fitz calls Liv, she looks at the phone, and then hits ignore.

Mellie was raped by her father-in-law and had an affair with Fitz’s old friend VP candidate Andrew.  Sure the test said the baby belongs to Fitz.  But why did we see a big envelope of money changing hands at  the DNA laboratory last episode?  What are they hiding and what did they change?

Years ago Huck’s family was lost when B613 threw him in the hole.  Quinn and Charlie find out where the family is and Quinn shows Huck the house.  Huck knocks on the door and his wife opens it.  The scene cuts away just as recognition is dawning in her eyes.  It’s interesting that the wife is being brought back in just as Quinn and Huck are tearing everyone’s eyes out with their animalistic mating rituals.  Is a love triangle in the future?

When Harrison learns that Daddy Pope is behind the murder of Fitz’s son, his first inclination is to tell Liv.  Daddy Pope can’t allow that and the last thing we see is him turning towards Harrison raising a gun.

And finally we see Daddy Pope looking down into the dreaded hole.  Momma Pope, weave still glamorously layered in place, looks up with a coy smile through the bars as Daddy Pope closes the top down on her.  What is with this smile again?  When we first met Momma Pope she was chewing her own wrists to the bone in order to escape.  Now she’s sitting in the hole smiling like she is at a tea party.  Something is amiss.