Brown was found unresponsive in her bathtub on January 31st of this year. She was taken to North Fulton Hospital in Georgia and transferred to Emory University Hospital, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma. She was moved to a rehabilitation center two months later and, finally, on June 24th, she was moved to hospice care.
ET reports that a Houston family statement reads, “She is finally at peace in the arms of God…We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”
It looks better than some of Lifetime’s recent biopic offerings (ahem, Liz & Dick), and it seems to cover all the bases: Whitney’s rise to fame, her marriage to Bobby, and—as much as I hate typing it—the drug addiction that eventually brought her down.
The film is directed by the fabulous Angela Bassett—a former costar of Whitney’s on Waiting to Exhale. It stars Yaya DaCosta as Whitney and Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown. Whitney’s vocals in the film were recorded by Deborah Cox.
Buzzfeed has the full trailer on lock and key. You can see it here.
It’s no surprise, now that same-sex marriage is legal in Pennsylvania, that state wedding vendors are clamoring to make our wedding dreams come true. Expect to see tons of LGBT wedding expos popping up very soon—the first of which is happening this weekend in Bucks County. The Rainbow Wedding Network PA LGBT Wedding Expo will see booths from 30 wedding vendors—purveyors of everything from food to flowers to dresses.
There will be candy, too. I know that, because G Philly will be in the house to meet local brides- and grooms-to-be. Stop by and say hello in the midst of getting your wedding-planning on. Sunday, August 9th, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sheraton Bucks County Hotel, 400 North Oxford Valley Road, Langhorne.
LiCK’s Lascivious Jane hosts Mama’s House at Tabu.
GayFest! romps through its first weekend of 2014. Keep up with what’s playing (and see a few shows, for goodness sakes) here.
Ladies Rock the Mic Feminist Karaoke benefits Maternity Care Coalition’s MOMobile initiative, which offers support, education and access to resources to pregnant women, new parents, and their families. Girl power mandatory.
Mama’s House, Philly’s “tastiest all-female cabaret,” returns with host (Mama if you’re nasty) Lascivious Jane, and a trio of fearless performers—The Means, Rev-MacKenzie Moltov, and Bella La Blancis.
Say it ain’t so, DJ Niilo. The beloved Gayborhood DJ gets a send-off this weekend at Back 2 Basics.
Looking for a Saturday afternoon outing? Head to Passyunk Avenue’s Second Saturday, where local business, including gay-owned Metro Men’s Clothing, will spill out into the street with deals, entertainment, food, and sips.
What a lovely property description. Listing photo via CarProperty.com.
After five years on the market, Whitney Houston’s Roundhouse-resembling New Jersey mansion finally sold to an ER doctor who moonlights (successfully) in real estate. A self-described Houston fan, he nabbed the enormous, untended five acre estate for $1.5 million — which isn’t bad for all that land plus 13,607 square feet of a five bedroom home. Oh, plus a tennis court, a swimming pool, two Jacuzzis (do people Jacuzzi anymore?), soundproofed recording studio, media room with retractable screen, and all the other stuff you might expect of a home that was built in 1987, hosted a Houston-Bobby Brown wedding in ’92, and was the setting of the couple’s short-lived reality show in 2005.
It’s hard to say why it took so long for the house to sell, but some of the marketing was truly offensive. As Denver Westword’s Dave Herrera reported in 2012:
Two years ago today the world lost a superstar when Whitney Houston died, and the LGBT community lost a veritable gay icon. Today, we pay tribute to the diva the best way we know how: With a roundup of drag queens performing some of her greatest hits. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?
I found some gems while gathering the clips, including RuPaul’s Drag Race diva Morgan McMichaels taking on Whitney’s mammoth hit “I Will Always Love you,” Moltyn Decadence’s slaying performance of “I’m Every Woman,” and a vintage local video of Philly’s Mimi Imfurst, Cherry Pop, Brenda Dharling and others doing “The Greatest Love Of All” at the now defunct Q-Lounge.
Philly drag queen Mimi Imfurst is on a role. Only three months after her Adele-inspired “Someone to Screw,” she’s back with big bows and even bigger hair in a spoof of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” “Who Will I Blow” stars a handful of Philly drag queens — like Navaya Shay and Satine Harlow — and local America’s Next Top Model contestant Cory Wade Hindorff.
Jezebel has photos of the stunning Whitney Houston wax figure that arrived at London’s Madam Tussauds today. The unveiling came complete with a concert by The London Gospel Factory Choir. We miss you, Whitney!
Few people can cover a Whitney Houston song without being laughed at, but Philly folk rocker Aiden James (he was a favorite featured in our music roundup recently) put his own spin on the classic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” You can catch James singing this one live during his Philly Birthday Bash Concert (Aug. 10) at Tin Angel (7:30 p.m.). Nice gams, by the way.