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Trayvon Martin's parents are speaking out about the death of their son, whose shooting has sparked nationwide protests. Some are charging his shooter with racism -- but the slain teen's mom says that's not what she wants people to take away from his death. While his parents wait for the Trayvon Martin case to go to court on April 10, they are trying to keep the focus on obtaining justice for their son. Sybrina Fulton, Trayvon's mom, told People that though she's both angry and sad, she and his father are determined that Trayvon's death will make a difference. "People want to make this a black and white issue, but I believe this is about right and wrong," Sybrina says in the April 9 cover story. "No one should be shot just because someone else thinks they're suspicious." -- Kaydi Poirier More Trayvon Martin Chris Brown Honors Memory Of Slain Teen Trayvon »
- Kaydi Poirier
Chris is the latest celebrity to pay his respects to Trayvon by sporting a hoodie. The tragic case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old boy who was shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Fla. on Feb. 26, has rocked the nation. Despite being caught up in a messy love triangle with girlfriend Karrueche Tran and ex Rihanna, embattled singer Chris Brown is doing what he can to show solidarity with Trayvon's family. On Mar. 27, Chris tweeted out a picture of himself and two friends wearing F.A.M.E and Fortune hoodies (his most recent album titles) to his nearly 10 million followers. "Trayvon Martin!" the accompanying tweet read. As HollywoodLife.com reported earlier today, on Mar. 27, in the midst of protests nationwide, singers including Stacy Francis, Chaka Khan and Eric Benet gathered in a Hollywood recording studio to re-record Chaka's "Super Life" in memory of the fallen teenager. »
More than a dozen musicians, singers, TV personalities and actors came together to re-record Chaka Khan's 'Super Life' in memory of murdered teen, Trayvon Martin. Now that's a cause worth singing about! Celebrities Chaka Khan, Eric Benet, X Factor finalist Stacy Francis, Kelly Price, Kenny Latimore, Terry Crews, Angela Bassett and more joined forces on March 25 at Hollywood's Henson recording studios to re-recorded "Super Life," while thousands of marchers took to the streets in support of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old boy shot to death by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. The song's lyrics, from Chaka's 2007 album Funk This, are eerily similar to Trayvon's tragic story. "A mama's cryin' 'Cause another young man has gone and died / He's not some statistic / He's another awesome destiny denied." "We take it all so lightly / How did we get so 'climatized / On the 9 o'clock news nightly / Genocide of babies / I can't believe my eyes. »
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In an interview with "Extra," Francis talks about the Feb. 9 tussle. She explains that "there was an exchange, but it wasn't a violent exchange...She didn't push me in the head...If it were not Whitney Houston, it could have been very bad."
Francis adds more color to the event, saying, "I looked at her and she moved my face away."
Radar Online has previously reported that Houston and Francis got into it at Hollywood's Tru Nightclub. It appears that the cause of the ruckus was when Francis was talking to Houston's sometimes boyfriend Ray J. But for that, Francis explains that they're just family friends.
"It was a misunderstanding. We went back and forth for a little while, but all »
New York (AP) -- In her first interview since Whitney Houston's death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she's "doing as good as I possibly can" and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month."She's always with me," said the 19-year-old, Houston's only child and sole heir. "Her spirit is strong, it's a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time."Brown made the comments in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey's network, Own, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer's manager and sister-in-law, and Gary Houston, the brother of Whitney Houston.Brown credited her family and God for helping her cope since her mother's death on Feb. 11 at the age of 48."It comes in waves. One moment I can be happy and laughing, but then it comes over me. It's my mom," she said. »
- tooFab Staff
In her first interview since Whitney Houston’s death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she’s “doing as good as I possibly can” and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month.
“She’s always with me,” said the 19-year-old, Houston’s only child and sole heir. “Her spirit is strong, it’s a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time.”
Brown made the comments in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey’s network, Own, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer’s manager and sister-in-law, »
- Associated Press
New York — In her first interview since Whitney Houston's death, daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she's "doing as good as I possibly can" and recalled the tender last moments she shared with her superstar mother before her sudden death last month.
"She's always with me," said the 19-year-old, Houston's only child and sole heir. "Her spirit is strong, it's a strong spirit. I feel her pass through me all the time."
Brown made the comments in a Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey on Winfrey's network, Own, that also featured Pat Houston, the singer's manager and sister-in-law, and Gary Houston, the brother of Whitney Houston.
Brown credited her family and God for helping her cope since her mother's death on Feb. 11 at the age of 48.
"It comes in waves. One moment I can be happy and laughing, but then it comes over me. It's my mom," she said.
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Whitney Houston Dead at 48
Bobbi gave a glimpse of how close she was with her mom, detailing her last day with the singer, saying that they were together "all night and all day". Bobbi even went as far to say that she closed out the day sleeping "in [Whitney's] arms".
Even as close as they were when Whitney was alive, Bobbi said that she feels her mother's spirit stronger now.
Whitney Houston's Will -- Bobbi Gets Everything
"She's always with me. I can always feel her," said Bobbi, who is currently living in Whitney's Georgia home.
Oprah also spoke to Whitney's sister-in-law, former manager and close friend, Patricia Houston, who revealed that she began fearing for the Grammy winner in the late '90s, years before Whitney's 2002 interview with Diane Sawyer in which »
Stacy Francis has revealed that Whitney Houston was considering becoming a judge on The X Factor USA prior to her death. The former X Factor contestant had a now-infamous altercation with Houston at Kelly Price's pre-Grammy party, a mere two days before the popstar was found dead in her Beverly Hilton hotel room. Houston and the X Factor star, who once performed together in 1999, became embroiled in an argument after Francis was accused of seducing the 'Run To You' singer's on-off boyfriend Ray J. Francis revealed that before their reunion turned sour, Houston had confided in her that she was mulling over an offer to join Simon Cowell and La Reid as an X Factor judge. She explained to Access Hollywood: "Someone told her [I] was on The X Factor and she said, 'Oh girl - I was just (more) »
- By Justin Harp
A family source reveals that rumors of Bobby being banned from the funeral are 'totally untrue.' Whitney Houston's family may not want the late singer's ex-husband Bobby Brown raising his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, but they definitely aren't keeping him from paying his respects. "Bobby will be there at the funeral to support [Bobbi Kristina]" a source reveals to People. "There was some talk ... some people were angry at him, but that's just grief. He will be there." "He is not being banned," the source continues. "That is completely untrue." Whitney will be laid to rest Feb. 18 at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where Whitney got her start singing in the choir. More Whitney Houston News Whitney Houston’s Godmother Aretha Franklin To Sing At Her Funeral Bobby Brown Says: ‘Bobbi Kristina Is Doing Much Better’ X-Factor’s Stacy Francis Regrets Catfight With Whitney Houston »
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Her official cause of death, however, is not on the certificate -- pending further investigation. Five days after Whitney Houston died suddenly in a bath tub at the Beverly Hilton, her death certificate was officially filed in Los Angeles County. Daughter Bobbi Kristina is, of course, listed as her next of kin, along with other basic facts about the legendary icon. The only thing not listed is Whitney's cause of death. There is still a pending investigation into what exactly killed her. More Whitney Houston News Whitney Houston’s Godmother Aretha Franklin To Sing At Her Funeral Bobby Brown Says: ‘Bobbi Kristina Is Doing Much Better’ X-Factor’s Stacy Francis Regrets Catfight With Whitney Houston »
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Now, with rumors swirling that she and Whitney had a physical altercation at a club just two nights before her tragic death, Stacy sat down with Access Hollywood's Shaun Robinson to set the record straight.
"You and Whitney were having such a great conversation. At some point in night things turned. What happened?" Shaun asked Stacy, in an exclusive interview with Access on Wednesday.
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Houston spent Thursday at Tru Nightclub in Hollywood with friends, where Francis said she had words with the "I Will Always Love You" singer.
"It wasn't a violent exchange," explained Francis. "She did not push me... I looked at her and she moved my face away. »
Former 'X-Factor' star Stacy Francis is sorry she almost came to blows with Whitney Houston just two days before the singer's death. On Feb. 9 Stacy Francis, 42, got into a pushing match with an irate Whitney Houston, 48, after the iconic singer flipped out on her for talking to her on-and-off again boyfriend, Ray J, 31. "I deeply regret the events that led to Thursday’s misunderstanding, but I respect and love [Whitney] more than I can say," tweeted the reality star on Feb. 12. She added: "This is a sad time for me. I loved Whitney Houston with all my heart. She was such an amazing musical influence for me." But during the events of Feb. 9, Stacy was singing a different tune -- but she wasn't the instigator. After Whitney performed "Yes, Jesus Loves Me" at Tru Hollywood and exited the stage, a source told RadarOnline that she went on the attack when she »
- HL Staff
Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of Whitney Houston and her former husband Bobby Brown, may be in the center of a family feud over the funeral for Whitney, scheduled for Saturday. It appears Bobby will not be welcomed by some members of Whitney's family and Bobbi Kristina (who just suffered a breakdown after Mom's death) may have to intervene between the adults, so dad Bobby can attend without a possible disturbing incident at the funeral. The last 48 hours... Whitney Houston reportedly "went crazy" and "lashed out" at a young singer only 48 hours before she died. The 'I Will Always Love You' singer - who was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday - is said to have been "out of control" as she shouted at Us 'The X Factor' finalist Stacy Francis, accusing her of trying to steal her on-off boyfriend, Ray J. »
X Factor USA star Stacy Francis has claimed that Whitney Houston was "out of control" when they clashed at a party just two days before her death. The 'I Will Always Love You' singer passed away at the age of 48 in her Los Angeles hotel room at the weekend. Houston and Francis, who performed on stage together in 1999, were reunited at Kelly Price's pre-Grammy Awards event on Thursday (February 9), though the encounter quickly turned sour after the reality TV contestant was accused of trying to seduce R&B star Ray J. Saying that Houston had been "so witty and funny and cool" prior to "downing shots of tequila with her entourage", Francis recalled: "She was out of control. She put her hand in my face. She was screaming at me and called me a bitch. "She just went crazy - like Jekyll and Hyde. I turned (more) »
- By Daniel Sperling
Whitney Houston reportedly 'went crazy' and 'lashed out' at a young singer days before she died. The 'I Will Always Love You' singer - who was found dead in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel room on Saturday (11.02.12) - is said to have been 'out of control' as she shouted at Us 'The X Factor' finalist Stacy Francis, accusing her of trying to steal her on-off boyfriend, Ray J. Stacy claims Whitney was under the influence of tequila and champagne at the time of the incident, last Thursday (09.02.12), at Tru Hollywood nightclub. Stacy told the Daily Mirror newspaper: 'She was out of control. She put her hand in my face. She was screaming at me »
The death of Whitney Houston has sparked a media frenzy -- not surprising, given her legendary status -- and redirected the spotlight on her troubled life, including a tumultuous marriage to Bobby Brown. Houston's past drug abuse and erratic behavior, most recently witnessed in the days before her death when she clashed with reality star Stacy Francis at a pre-Grammy party, frequently eclipsed her career accomplishments. Her voice, once the best in the business, had become hoarse and strained. Still, she commanded enduring respect from mentor-father figure Clive Davis and star singers including Mariah Carey and Jennifer Hudson, who paid
- Erin Carlson
Did Ray J and Stacy Francis tip a binge that eventually lead to the death of Whitney Houston in a hotel bath? An earlier report from Pop Journal reveals witnesses said Whitney "looked disorientated and wild-eyed as she left Hollywood nightclub Tru in the early hours and had scratched on her wrist and blood running down her leg." Was she upset with Ray J? The witness alleges she became enraged at Ray J and Stacy Francis (pictured) talking to each other. The report adds: "She was spotted downing tequila and went "berserk" when she saw on/off lover Ray J talking to Us 'X Factor' contestant Stacy Francis." More details. Her daughter is suffering. Bobbi Kristina was hospitalized after suffering a "nervous breakdown" in the wake of her mother's sudden death. Ray Watson, who served as the I Will Always Love You hitmaker's security detail for more than a decade, »
Just two days before Whitney Houston's death, she showed up at a pre-Grammy weekend event with sometimes boyfriend Ray J. According to Radar Online, Houston got into a shouting match with former "X Factor" contestant Stacy Francis when she found Francis talking to Ray J.
"She ran over to them and began screaming, 'This is my man! I'm a cougar!'" a source tells the site.
Ray J -- aka William Ray Norwood -- is likely familiar to fans of reality television as the brother of singer/actress Brandy Norwood, costar of the reality series "Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business" and his own VH1 dating show, "For the Love of Ray J."
The 31-year-old is also the co-star of Kim Kardashian's circa 2003 "leaked" sex tape. Legend has it he texted Kardashian the day she married Kris Humphries with the message, "And to think you really have »
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