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[Preview] Oprah sits down with Whitney’s family, daughter, in Exclusive interview

One thing is for certain, primetime or not, Oprah has no problem with snagging the big interviews.

She is well respected and trusted by most of the leading celebrities in the business. Given her close relationship with Whitney Houston, it comes as no surprise that she will be the first [and probably only] one to talk to those closest to the late singer, about how they have been affected by her death. Check out the trailer below!

Will you be watching?

Kirk Franklin, Bishop T.D Jakes take home awards, Yolanda Adams performs in tribute to Whitney Houston, at 43rd Annual NAACP Image Awards

Yolanda Adams

This past Friday, the NAACP Image Awards took place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Samuel L. Jackson presented filmmaker, George Lucas with the Vanguard Award. The filmmaker was honored for his collection of work over the past few decades, including the recent hit “Red Tails,” which tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, who were also present during the event.

Gospel singer Kirk Franklin took home the award for Outstanding Gospel Album. He also performed Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All” before launching into his uplifting song, “Today.”

Yolanda Adams sang, “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry” as part of a tribute to Whitney Houston, who died last week. Adams ended her tribute stating, “We love you, Nip,” referring to the nickname Houston’s father gave her as a child.

Check out the performance below: (Tribute starts at the 1:17 mark)

Here is the complete list of winners:

Outstanding New Artist
Diggy Simmons – Winner
Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr.
Mindless Behavior
Wynter Gordon

Outstanding Male Artist
Anthony Hamilton
Bruno Mars
Cee Lo Green – Winner
Chris Brown

Outstanding Female Artis
Jennifer Hudson
Jill Scott – Winner
Mary J. Blige

Outstanding Duo, Group or Collaboration
Boyz II Men
Cee Lo Green feat. Melanie Fiona
Mary J. Blige feat. Drake – Winner
Sounds of Blackness
The Roots

Outstanding Jazz Album
“Chano y Dizzy” – Terence Blanchard and Poncho Sanchez
“Friends” – Stanley Jordan
“Guitar Man” – George Benson – Winner
“Legacy” – Gerald Wilson
“Road Show Vol. 2” – Sonny Rollins

Outstanding Gospel Album (Traditional or Contemporary)
“Becoming” – Yolanda Adams
“Church on the Moon” – Deitrick Haddon
“Hello Fear” – Kirk Franklin – Winner
“Something Big” – Mary Mary
“The Journey” – Andrae Crouch

Outstanding World Music Album
“Afrodiaspora” – Susana Baca
“Carnival Fever” – Brother B
“Live at 2011 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival” – Boukman Eksperyans
“Sounds of Blackness” – Sounds of Blackness – Winner
“The First Grader” – Alex Heffes

Outstanding Music Video
“25/8” – Mary J. Blige
“Hear My Call” – Jill Scott
“I Was Here” – Beyoncé
“Someone Like You” – Adele
“Where You At” – Jennifer Hudson – Winner

Outstanding Song
“Best Thing I Never Had” – Beyonce
“Fool for You” feat. Melanie Fiona – Cee Lo Green
“I Smile” – Kirk Franklin – Winner
“So In Love” feat. Anthony Hamilton – Jill Scott
“Someone Like You” – Adele

Outstanding Album
“4” – Beyonce
“F.A.M.E. ” – Chris Brown
“I Remember Me” – Jennifer Hudson – Winner
“Lasers” – Lupe Fiasco
“The Light of the Sun” – Jill Scott

Outstanding Motion Picture
“Jumping the Broom”
“The First Grader”
“The Help” – Winner
“Tower Heist”

Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture
Eddie Murphy – “Tower Heist”
Laurence Fishburne – “Contagion”
Laz Alonso -“Jumping the Broom” – Winner
Oliver Litondo – “The First Grader”
Vin Diesel – “Fast Five”

Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Adepero Oduye – “Pariah”
Emma Stone -” The Help”
Paula Patton – “Jumping the Broom”
Viola Davis – “The Help” – Winner
Zoe Saldana – “Colombiana”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture
Anthony Mackie – “The Adjustment Bureau”
Charles Parnell – “Pariah”
Don Cheadle – “The Guard”
Jeffrey Wright – “The Ides of March”
Mike Epps – “Jumping the Broom” – Winner

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Bryce Dallas Howard – “The Help”
Cicely Tyson – “The Help”
Kim Wayans – “Pariah”
Maya Rudolph – “Bridesmaids”
Octavia Spencer – “The Help” – Winner

Outstanding Independent Motion Picture
“I Will Follow”
“Pariah” – Winner
“The First Grader”

Outstanding Foreign Motion Picture
“A Separation”
“Attack the Block”
“In the Land of Blood and Honey” – Winner
“Le Havre”
“Life, Above All”

Outstanding Documentary (Theatrical or Television)
“Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest”
“Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey”
“Sing Your Song” – Winner
“The Rescuers”
“Thunder Soul”


Outstanding Comedy Series
“Love That Girl! ”
“Modern Family”
“Reed Between the Lines”
“The Game”
“Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” – Winner

Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series
Dule Hill – “Psych”
Malcolm-Jamal Warner – “Reed Between the Lines” – Winner
Phil Morris – “Love That Girl!”
Pooch Hall – “The Game”
Terry Crews – “Are We There Yet?”

Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series
Tatyana Ali – “Love That Girl! ”
Tia Mowry-Hardrict – “The Game”
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Reed Between the Lines” – Winner
Vanessa Williams – “Desperate Housewives”
Wendy Raquel Robinson – “The Game”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
Craig Robinson – “The Office”
Damon Wayans, Jr. – “Happy Endings”
J.B. Smoove – “Curb Your Enthusiasm”
Nick Cannon – “Up All Night” – Winner
Tracy Morgan – “30 Rock”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series
Amber Riley – “Glee”
Gabourey Sidibe – “The Big C”
Keshia Knight Pulliam – “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne” – Winner
Maya Rudolph – “Up All Night”
Sofia Vergara – “Modern Family”

Outstanding Drama Series
“Boardwalk Empire”
“Grey’s Anatomy”
“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” – Winner
“The Good Wife”

Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series
Andre Braugher – “Men of a Certain Age”
Hill Harper – “CSI: NY”
L.L. Cool J – “NCIS: Los Angeles” – Winner
Taye Diggs – “Private Practice”
Wendell Pierce – “Treme”

Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series
Chandra Wilson – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Khandi Alexander – “Treme”
Regina King – “SouthLAnd” – Winner
Sandra Oh – “Grey’s Anatomy”
Taraji P. Henson – “Person of Interest”

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Corey Reynolds – “The Closer”
Ice T – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”
James Pickens, Jr. – “Grey’s Anatomy” – Winner
Nelsan Ellis – “True Blood”
Omar Epps – “House M.D.”

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
Alfre Woodard – “Memphis Beat”
Anika Noni Rose – “Law & Order Special Victims Unit”
Archie Panjabi – “The Good Wife” – Winner
Diahann Carroll – “White Collar”
Loretta Devine – “Grey’s Anatomy”

Outstanding Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
“Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith”
“The Least Among You”
“Thurgood” – Winner

Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Esai Morales – “We Have Your Husband”
Idris Elba – “Luther”
Laurence Fishburne – “Thurgood” – Winner
Louis Gossett, Jr. – “The Least Among You”
Samuel L. Jackson – “The Sunset Limited”

Outstanding Actress in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special
Anika Noni Rose – “Hallmark Hall of Fame, Mitch Albom’s Have a Little Faith” Jenifer Lewis – “Five”
Rosario Dawson – “Five”
Taraji P. Henson – “Taken From Me: The Tiffany Rubin Story” – Winner
Tracee Ellis Ross – “Five”

Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series
Aaron D. Spears – “The Bold and the Beautiful”
Bryton James -” The Young and the Restless”
Emerson Brooks – “All My Children” – Winner
James Reynolds – “Days of Our Lives”
Texas Battle – “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama Series
Christel Khalil – “The Young and the Restless”
Julia Pace Mitchell – “The Young and the Restless”
Tatyana Ali – “The Young and the Restless” – Winner
Tonya Lee Williams – “The Young and the Restless”
Yvette Freeman – “The Bold and the Beautiful”

Outstanding News/Information (Series or Special)
“BET News Exclusive: The President Answers Black America”
“Judge Mathis”
“Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel”
“Unsung” – Winner
“Washington Watch with Roland Martin”

Outstanding Talk Series
“Anderson ”
“Oprah’s Lifeclass” – Winner
“The Doctors”
“The View”
“The Wendy Williams Show”

Outstanding Reality Series
“All-American Muslim”
“American Idol”
“Dancing with the Stars” – Winner
“Sunday Best”
“Tia & Tamera”

Outstanding Variety Series or Special
“2011 BET Awards”
“Black Girls Rock! ”
“Oprah Presents: Master Class” – Winner
“Prince! Behind the Symbol”
“UNCF An Evening of Stars Tribute to Chaka Khan”

Outstanding Children’s Program
“A.N.T. Farm”
“Dora the Explorer”
“Go, Diego! Go! ”
“I Can Be President: A Kid’s-Eye View” – Winner
“My Family Tree”

Outstanding Performance in a Youth/Children’s Program (Series or Special)
China Anne McClain – “A.N.T. Farm”
Keke Palmer – “True Jackson, VP” – Winner
Lance Robertson – “Yo Gabba Gabba”
Leon Thomas III – “Victorious”
Zendaya Coleman – “Shake It Up”

Outstanding Literary Work – Fiction
“A Silken Thread” – Brenda Jackson
“Boundaries” – Elizabeth Nunez
“Say Amen, Again” – Reshonda Tate Billingsley – Winner
“Silver Sparrow” – Tayari Jones
“The Plot Against Hip Hop: A Novel” – Nelson George

Outstanding Literary Work – Non-Fiction
“Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America” – Melissa Harris-Perry
“Super Rich” – Russell Simmons
“The Cosmopolitan Canopy” – Elijah Anderson
“The Wealth Cure: Putting Money in Its Place” – Hill Harper – Winner
“Who’s Afraid of Post-Blackness?: What It Means to Be Black Now” – Toure

Outstanding Literary Work – Debut Author
“2Grieve 2Gether: A Journal from the Heart Helping Survivors & Supporters Navigate the Healing Process” – Denise Hall Brown
“A Defining Moment”- Patricia Duncan
“The Loom” – Shella Gillus
“The Strawberry Letter” – Lyah Le Flore – Winner
“We the Animals” – Justin Torres

Outstanding Literary Work – Biography/Auto-Biography
“A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother” – Janny Scott
“Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention” – Manning Marable
“My Song” – Harry Belafonte – Winner
“No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington” – Condoleezza Rice
“The John Carlos Story” – John Carlos, Dave Zirin

Outstanding Literary Work – Instructional
“A Year to Wellness and Other Weight Loss Secrets” – Bertice Berry
“Living My Dream: An Artistic Approach to Marketing” – Synthia Saint James
“Our Difficult Sunlight: A Guide to Poetry, Literacy, & Social Justice in Classroom & Community” – Quraysh Ali Lansana
“The T.D. Jakes Relationship Bible: Life Lessons on Relationships from the Inspired Word of God” – T.D. Jakes – Winner
“Too Important to Fail: Saving America’s Boys” – Tavis Smiley (Author), Juan Roberts (Illustrator)

Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry
“Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems” – James Golden – Winner
“Head Off & Split” – Nikky Finney
“Honoring Genius: The Narrative of Craft, Art, Kindness and Justice” – Haki Madhubuti
“Intimate Thoughts” – Darrin Henson (Author), Anna Saunders (Illustrator)
“Last Seen” – Jacqueline Jones Lamon

Outstanding Literary Work – Children
“Acoustic Rooster and His Barnyard Band” – Kwame Alexander (Author), Tim Bowers (Illustrator)
“Before There Was Mozart” – Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James Ransome (Illustrator)
“Heart and Soul” – Kadir Nelson (Author/Illustrator)
“White Water” – Michael S. Bandy (Author), Shadra Strickland (Illustrator)
“You Can Be A Friend” – Tony Dungy (Author), Ron Mazellan (Illustrator) – Winner

Outstanding Literary Work – Youth/Teens
“Camo Girl” – Kekla Magoon
“Eliza’s Freedom Road: An Underground Railroad Diary” – Jerdine Nolan (Author), Sadra Strickland (Illustrator)
“Jesse Owens: I Always Loved Running” – Jeff Burlingame – Winner
“Kick” – Walter Dean
“Planet Middle School” – Nikki Grimes

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.

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.

Whitney Houston, dead at 48, last performance, “Yes, Jesus Loves Me”

Whitney Houston

What was set to be a joyful star studded weekend at the Grammys, quickly turned to a sad time in the world, as people learned of the death of one of the greatest R & B and gospel singers of our time, Whitney Houston.

Sadly, Houston was found unresponsive in her hotel room on Saturday afternoon. After no response to CPR she was pronounced dead at 3:55pm.

The news quickly spread and many stars have reacted to the news with sadness and disbelief.

Check out Whitney’s last performance of “Yes, Jesus Love Me”, with Kelly Price, just a couple of days before her death.