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Video: Kim Burrell, Donnie McClurkin, BeBe Winans and more at homegoing service for Whitney Houston

Hundreds came out to celebrate the life of Ms. Whitney Houston on Saturday. In case you missed it, check out the videos below:

Update: Some of the videos have been removed, as the family has requested for all airings of the videos to stop, in hopes of being able to sale the footage. The proceeds are to go to Bobbi Kristina.

Kim Burrell gave us goosebumps with her singing:

Donnie McClurkin sung “Stand”:

Kevin Costner:

R. Kelly sung “I Look To You”:

Smokie Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Rev. Jesse Jackson and more say last goodbyes to Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius
Yesterday, hundreds of family, friends and entertainers gathered together to say their last goodbyes to Don Cornelius. Cornelius, 75, died February 1st, as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

“Soul Train” became one of television’s longest running syndicated shows, broadcast from 1971 to 2006. Cornelius gave up his hosting duties in 1993.

In 1995, Cornelius was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dozens spoke of how Cornelius affected their lives.

The nearly three-hour memorial service featured plenty of laughter and music, including a rousing performance of “Love’s In Need of Love” by Stevie Wonder.

Pastor Donnie McClurkin led the service. He spoke of how he and his siblings were able to catch up on all the latest music and dance moves on Saturdays by watching Soul Train.

The legendary Smokie Robinson stated, “I’m really happy to be here because Don was my brother and I am celebrating his life.” He then joked, “I don’t know what the rest of you are doing”.

Robinson told the crowd, “He started a platform for black people that before that time had not been seen. It had been heard, but it had not been seen.”

Basketball legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson spoke of meeting Cornelius after he started playing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the early 1990s.

“Shoot, I come around the corner and I see that big ‘fro, I already knew who it was,” Johnson said as the crowd burst into laughter. He continued, “but I was scared because I always wanted to meet him.”

Stevie Wonder pondered at the thought of the pleasure Cornelius would have in having Whitney Houston, who died on Saturday at the age of 48, join him and other musicians in heaven.

“I can only hope we continue to keep this man’s life and legacy alive,” Wonder said.

Reverend Jesse Jackson delivered the eulogy, focusing on how Cornelius gave a platform for black entertainers.

“We reveal our successes to the world but we conceal our pain,” said Jackson. He reminded people to remember him for all that he meant to the world, including building “Soul Train”.

“It brought joy. It brought pride. It brought talent. It brought hope. It brought opportunity. It blazed trails. It reconciled racism,” he said. “Tell them what you know, not what you imagine.”

Pastor Marvin Winans, will deliver eulogy at homegoing service for Whitney Houston


Whitney Houston’s funeral will be held Saturday in the church where she first began singing as a child. Her family has chosen to remember her in a private service rather than in a large event at an arena, as first reported.

The funeral will be held at noon at Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, which seats up to 1,500 people. Gospel singer Marvin Winans, a Grammy Award winner and longtime family friend, has been chosen to give the eulogy, said his son.

Winans, in his role as a pastor, also married Houston and her now ex-husband, singer Bobby Brown. Houston was very close to gospel singer, and sister to Marvin Winans, CeCe Winans. The two notably sang “Count on Me,” for the movie “Waiting to Exhale”, in which Houston starred.

The Winans and Houston families have been friends for years, and Houston has on occasion, performed with both CeCe and her brother BeBe.

Houston was born in Newark and was raised in nearby East Orange. She began singing as a child at New Hope Baptist Church, where her mother, Grammy-winning gospel singer Cissy Houston, directed the music program for several years. Houston’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, also sang in its choir.

Houston’s family asked Tuesday that any donations in her memory be sent to the arts-focused public school that she attended as a child and that was named after her in the late 1990s.

Bloomberg backs ban on NYC churches in public schools

Although New York City’s Department of Education oftentimes rents space from local churches and other religious organizations, the city’s education department has evicted more than 60 congregations because of its policy banning worship services in public schools.

This past Sunday was the last day that several dozen churches were allowed to hold worship services in public schools.

Pastors are now scrambling to find a place for their congregations to come together to worship.

Many of the churches have been huge contributors to the schools, donating air conditioners, painting, contributing to after school programs, encouraging adult literacy and more.

At a press conference on Monday, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his city’s ban on worship services in public schools.

“I’ve always thought that one of the great things about America is that we keep a separation between church and state,” stated Bloomberg.

He then continued, “And the more clear that separation is, the more those people who want to be able to practice their religion will have the opportunity to do so.”

In the meantime, the affected churches have asked a federal judge for a new injunction that would allow them to continue meeting in schools.

Kirk Frankin, Le’Andria Johnson, both winners at 2012 Grammy Awards

Congratulations is in order for gospel pioneer Kirk Franklin and former Sunday’s Best contestant, Le’Andria Johnson, who both walked away winners at last nights Grammy Awards.

Franklin won an award for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song for his latest project, Hello Fear, which feature the hit single “I Smile”.

LeAndria Johnson
Sunday’s Best season three winner, Le’Andria Johnson, took home her first Grammy award for Best Gospel/Contemporary Christian Performance for her single “Jesus”.

Johnson’s debut CD, The Awakening of Le’Andria Johnson, entered at #1 on multiple music charts, including both the Billboard Top Gospel Albums and the Top Christian/Gospel Albums charts.

The CD also debuted at #1 on the Christian Music Trade Association’s Current Gospel Overall chart.

Congratulations to them both, we wish them nothing but success.

Check out photos of some other of our favorite gospel artists hitting the red carpet at the 2012 Grammy Awards.

Also read: 20 year old Christian singer Jamie Grace, battles Tourette’s syndrome, earns first Grammy nomination for ‘Hold Me’


Gospel Duo, Mary Mary, shows up on the red carpet. Erica looks great, not even a month after giving birth to her baby girl!

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Jamie Grace

Christian singer, Jamie Grace, who received her first Grammy nomination made an appearance on the red carpet.

Kim Burrell

Kim Burrell, who the late Whitney Houston has many times named as her friend as well as favorite gospel singer.

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