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Whitney Houston's Funeral Invitation REVEALED + Aretha Franklin SPEAKS OUT, Says Whitney Lost Her Way

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Whitney Houston funeral invitation has been revealed and we have it inside.  Also, find out with Aretha Franklin and Ray J had to say about their dear friend.

The funeral invitation for Whitney Houston "Home Going Service" has been revealed along with infomation about the services' coverage.

Fans of the singer will be able to watch a live stream of the services beginning at 11:30AM ET/8:30AM PT on BET News and CENTRIC.

And on tv, 

 

Whitney's godmother, Aretha Franklin, who's also singing at the service, opened up to Al Roker on the "TODAY" Show where she revealed how she got the news.

"I had just finished watching George Clooney in 'The Descendants,' and I flipped back to the regular TV and maybe two minutes after I did it came across the screen.  I just jumped up off the side of the bed."

And when commenting on Whitney's life struggles, she added,

"Parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home.  She left home with all the right things; she just kind of lost her way along the way somewhere."

 

Also, Ray J has also broken his silence saying,

"Over the past few days, I've tried to process the emptiness that I am experiencing.  What my heart feels cannot be expressed in words.  The world lost an icon, but I lost my close friend  Nippy, I miss you so much!  You were so happy and full of love.  Your smile will live in my heart forever."

 

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secretone's picture

LOVE LOVE is songs I will

LOVE LOVE is songs I will always love you. I hope life treats you kind, And I hope you have All you've dreamed of. and I'm wishing you joy, And happiness. But above all this, I'm wishing you love.
Lake Vacations's picture

Celine should not comment

Celine should not comment when her hubby is a fam friend who watched her grow up. Whitney grew up in Newark NJ she knew the evil of drugs and to blame her addiction on anyone else is stupid. Newark loves u Whitney Rip
Anonymous's picture

Do we really know what it's

Do we really know what it's like to live your life through the eyes of America constantly watching you? Do we really know what it's like to keep up this perfect image to please others? Do we really know what it's like to be flawless in the eyes of the world? The answer to all these questions is NO! I couldn't imagine being Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson. They were some of the biggest cross over African American singers ever. These are the people that paved the way for the young stars we see today and we as Americans have judged their lives and every move under the microscope. I know I've made mistakes in life, but some of those mistakes I'm happy people don't know about because I have a chance to right my wrongs of my private life. Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson didn't have that option. Once people see you do something wrong, you can do all the good in the world and they will never forget what you did that was wrong. That is unless if your Britney Spears or Charlie Sheen. These two stars are no different then Michael and Whitney, but their flaws are some how easily forgotten in White America while African Americans are only known for their flaws in their news. Whitney was a church girl who lived under the thumb of her christian mother. Bobby Brown was the total opposite. He was like her freedom from her perfect but not flawless image she had to portray. I think that's why she feel in love with him. He was her edge, her adrenaline rush from her uptight christian life. She really loved Bobby and his edgy side. You know they do say opposites attract. She felt free with him because edgy people are less likely to judge you which allowed her to do things and try different things other people wouldn't approve of. Bobby loved Whitney and excepted her for who she was. He was from the hood so he didn't mind " crazy Whitney". Behind closed doors they were much alike, but in the eyes of the world they were seen differently. I believe Bobby Brown brought out the worst in Whitney and her finances allowed Bobby to indulge more into his bad side, meaning drugs. Their relationship was just toxic, but I in no way blame Bobby for Whitney's addiction. I do however blame him for making her situation worst by abusing her, manipulating her, and mistreating her. But keep in mind, they were both on drugs and maybe some of his actions was due to his addiction as well. I also blame America for constantly putting her down, judging her terribly and making fun of her misery in the media, on the web, in the magazines and in the newspaper. That had to be depressing and humiliating which pushes her to do drugs. Then I blame her for even trying drugs and allowing it to destroy her. Overall, we are all sinners and no one sin is better than the other. I love you Whitney, regardless of your flaws. I wish we had more good times of you at the height of your career then what we saw from the media of your down falls. Jesus loves you, yes he does. For the Bible tells you so. I will always love you . RIP Whitney Elizabeth Houston
anonymous's picture

In the words of Marvin

In the words of Marvin Winans, "Let the church say, 'Amen'. God has spoken..."
Anonymous's picture

Very well said!

Very well said!
Anonymous's picture

You have said a mouthful. You

You have said a mouthful. You totally hit it on the head. I come from a family of addicts. And people blamed my father for exposing my mother to crack cocaine. But ultimately it was her choice to continue to let this drug destroy her and our family. I hope Whitney is at peace now.
Anonymous's picture

You have said a mouthful. You

You have said a mouthful. You totally hit it on the head. I come from a family of addicts. And people blamed my father for exposing my mother to crack cocaine. But ultimately it was her choice to continue to let this drug destroy her and our family. I hope Whitney is at peace now.
Anonymous's picture

You have said a mouthful. You

You have said a mouthful. You totally hit it on the head. I come from a family of addicts. And people blamed my father for exposing my mother to crack cocaine. But ultimately it was her choice to continue to let this drug destroy her and our family. I hope Whitney is at peace now.
Anonymous's picture

You have said a mouthful. You

You have said a mouthful. You totally hit it on the head. I come from a family of addicts. And people blamed my father for exposing my mother to crack cocaine. But ultimately it was her choice to continue to let this drug destroy her and our family. I hope Whitney is at peace now.
Anonymous's picture

BB maybe did not get her into

BB maybe did not get her into drugs, but he molested, abused, humiliated, used and betrayed her, and that is enough to see him as what he is-a garbage. The only thing he made of his life is to be a hubby of WH, so he would have been even a bigger loser if she had not marry him. Whitney made mistakes but her legacy is music while her ex has no legacy at all. Whitney did not get just enough love, help and forgiveness every true artist needs to survive.
sempeRFidelis's picture

How do you know that BB

How do you know that BB wasn't no legacy, BB was known way back in the days. So instead of pointing the finger just get on your knees and pray , even if the person is doing good or bad. And try to start talking about the fact instead of the opinion. Besides at the end of the day we all still God's child.
Anonymous's picture

How do you know for a fact

How do you know for a fact that BB has no legacy? BB was known way back in the days. So if you don't know for sure please try to say something more fact then opinion. So every one wants to point the finger instead of getting on our knees and pray, even if people doing good or bad., because, at the end of the day we all still God's child.
Anonymous's picture

BB maybe did not get her into

BB maybe did not get her into drugs, but he molested, abused, humiliated, used and betrayed her, and that is enough to see him as what he is-a garbage. The only thing he made of his life is to be a hubby of WH, so he would have been even a bigger loser if she had not marry him. Whitney made mistakes but her legacy is music while her ex has no legacy at all. Whitney did not get just enough love, help and forgiveness every true artist needs to survive.
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Anonymous's picture

ADDICTION IS A DISEASE;

ADDICTION IS A DISEASE; PERIOD! IT IS A TREATABLE DISEASE! IT IS NO DIFFERENT THAN HAVING HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, DIABETES, LUPUS OR ANY OTHER DISEASE THAT YOU HAVE TO TREAT! IT MAY SOUND CRAZY BUT IT WAS EXPLAINED TO ME BY A DOCTOR WHO SAID THAT ADDICTION, ESPECIALLY DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION IS LIKE HAVING AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO BEE STINGS OR WHATEVER AND WHEN A PERSON TAKES THAT FIRST DRINK OR DOES THAT FIRST HIT THEIR BODY REACTS AND WANTS MORE AND MORE! SINCE MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THIS THEY CONTINUE TO HARM THEMSELVES AND FAMILY MEMBERS AND FRIENDS FOR THE MOST PART JUST SAY "ALL SO AND SO NEEDS TO NOT DRINK SO MUCH"! WHAT THEY SHOULD BE ENCOURAGING THEM TO DO IS TO STAY AWAY FROM DRUGS AND ALCOHOL COMPLETELY, LIKE THEY WOULD IF THEY HAD A CHILD WHO WAS ALLERGIC TO PEANUTS AND MIGHT DIE IF THEY CAME IN CONTACT WITH ONE! WE AS A SOCIETY SEE DRINKING AND SOME DRUG USE AS ACCEPTABLE AND PRETTY MUCH A SOCIAL THING THAT IS NOT REALLY HARMFUL; UNLESS THE PERSON LIFE IS SOMEHOW MESSED UP AS A RESULT OF ABUSING DRUGS AND ALCOHOL. MAYBE WHEN WE START LOOKING AT ADDICTION AS A DISEASE AND RECOGNIZE THE WARNING SIGNS LIKE YOU WOULD HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE AND WHAT NOT, THEN MAYBE PEOPLE WILL SEEK OUT THE HELP THAT THEY NEED AND WANT TO STAY HEALTHY BECAUSE THEIR LIVES DEPENDS ON IT.
Anonymous's picture

So agree and Thank You for

So agree and Thank You for stating that! Addiction is a disease. No one person or thing or failure in life can get you addicted to alcohol or drugs. For one to be not an addict of food, alcohol, drugs (amongst a list of things), you would have to remove all the food, alcohol, and drugs in the world. It just takes one taste of it to crave more. Hard times, bad relationships, and tragedies do not make addictions easier, and some ppl use their addiction to cope. Yet also at the same time, it is the addiction which is causing these crises.
Anonymous's picture

I'd LOVE to talk to the

I'd LOVE to talk to the family. Especially about how they stood by and watched Whitney, who is a 20 year- addict get drunk. How they saw her getting stoned on prescription pills. I'd LOVE to talk to anyone in this group wanting "privacy" on how they could knowingly enable an addict to get back to this point. Being rich doesn't entitle you to a different level of criticism. Being "talented" doesn't entitle you to not have people complain about you. The reason she's dead now is she was pampered and treated differently while alive. I'm certainly not going to treat her with kid gloves now that she's dead.
Wolfman Jackal's picture

I will start off by saying,

I will start off by saying, the media is a very evil tool. They can make you or break you. At the same time, THE MEDIA didn't have anything to do with giving Whitney a bad name(SHE DID THAT HERSELF). From what I know, she was never a stranger to drugs!! Whitney was doing drugs way before we even knew she exsisted. I heard this from people that hung out with her and her brother or brothers(cant remember how many she had). As for Bobby Brown, he didnt do anything!!!!!!! She was wild before him. Clive turned her into a lady to pimp her for her voice. He seen $$$ when he heard her voice, but that didnt change the spirit. Whitney was depressed!! Anyone that does ANY DRUG or DRINKS is depressed. I mean on a daily bases. She wasnt HAPPY. Individuals THINK that money is the answer but it isnt, GOD IS!!! That is why ARETHA said what she did. Whomever you choose to call him RUN DONT WALK TO HIM. Whitney was lost!! And we cant say way GOD chose to take her. All we know is she isnt here now, in the flesh!!!! Instead of making ignorant comments, put your hatred to the side, stop letting the DEVIL whisper in your ear, and ask GOD, BUDDAH, ALLAH, WHICH EVER NAME YOU US, TO PLEASE FORGIVE HER. MAY HE HAVE MERCY ON HER FOR HER WRONG DOINGS!!!! WE HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE!! Before you going pointing fingers why dont you turn the,finger around and aim it at yourself!!!!!! Thanx 4 reading.
queen's picture

YOU SHUTUP WRITE THIS

YOU SHUTUP WRITE THIS MINUTE! You seem EXTREMELY bitter getting on here coming for my girl Whitney. You betta be glad she not here to defend herself, but I AM and that's worse! You seem like a crackhead that's upset because she could afford drugs but you couldnt. Or are you jealous because she had Bobby Brown baby and you just a groupie... I WILL READ YOU OLD BITTER SELF.
BITTER LADY's picture

I think only her family

I think only her family should be there if it's going to be private other than that they might as well have had it in an Arena. Ray J is the only celeb that seem to be down with Whitney through thick and thin, he was the only one willing to be photoed with her at her worst moments, even though I still think he is appreciating this little bit of attention he is getting. . I just think the celebs that really cared about Whitney has not did an interview and the ones that did only spoke of Whitney. But people like Brandy, Ak keys, Monica and J-Hud should just skip the funeral and go finish advertising there career, while Whitney's passing has given them some limelight because after tomorrow America will forget about them after her funeral is over and they will go back to being irrelevant again. I'm just saying obviously they have invited fake people because what fake friend did they invite that sent a copy of the invitation to the media? I know yall don't think her Mother or Daughter did that or even her family or Bobby.That was one of her fake celeb friends that just made a load of cash and will be siting at the funeral tomorrow but buying Louis bags with that money in New York right after the funeral and then probably hit the club before they head back to LA. But hey if her family can't point out fake buy now, after this whole week than.........or maybe they just haven't had time to watch TV and see all these interviews that they have been doing but advertising they CD's at the same time.
Anonymous's picture

I'm sorry, you are very rude

I'm sorry, you are very rude and disrespectful . Now please tell me how you could possibly know her relationship with any of these people ? And who of those named could have been promoting a CD ? None of them have a new CD coming out so how are they promoting one ? Get a life and stop judging others.
BBnWH48VR's picture

Since when are Alicia Keys

Since when are Alicia Keys and Jennifer Hudson irrelevant? Monica and Brandy I could understand but I saw J-Hud everytime I turned on my television long before Whitney passed.
CheyPie's picture

Are you mad that you were not

Are you mad that you were not invited? You do not know the relationship that Whitney had with any of them. So hush it because you sound stupid, STUPID
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Candy Cakes's picture

I know the funeral will be

I know the funeral will be beautiful for such a beautiful person!
I love Whitney's picture

Sad that I can't even read

Sad that I can't even read some of these comments. A lot of you are very disrespectful. I hope you do not act like this in your real lives and spread this much hate because I can only imagine what people will say about you when you can no longer speak for yourselves.
IgnoranceisnotBLISS's picture

it's not funny people are so

it's not funny people are so injust... don't judge... you don't have this rigth ! She gone for a better place.. please stop all the bullshit of the mistake she done. We are not perfect we did mistake is the life
Anonymous's picture

Seriously, not to be terribly

Seriously, not to be terribly rude, but when you want to argue a point, and it's a fine argument you've made-very heartfelt and unmistakable in your support for Ms. Houston. So please, if you were going to take the time to write a post, then for the love of God, use SPELL CHECK, and proper grammar even. It just makes the point you are trying to address, that much clearer and most importantly, stronger!
Anonymous's picture

LMAO, I so feel you on

LMAO, I so feel you on this!!!
Anonymous1's picture

Seriously, not to be terribly

Seriously, not to be terribly rude, but when you want to argue a point, and it's a fine argument you've made-very heartfelt and unmistakable in your support for Ms. Houston. So please, if you were going to take the time to write a post, then for the love of God, use SPELL CHECK, and proper grammar even. It just makes the point you are trying to address, that much clearer and most importantly, stronger!
Anonymous's picture

Seriously, not to be terribly

Seriously, not to be terribly rude, but when you want to argue a point, and it's a fine argument you've made-very heartfelt and unmistakable in your support for Ms. Houston. So please, if you were going to take the time to write a post, then for the love of God, use SPELL CHECK, and proper grammar even. It just makes the point you are trying to address, that much clearer and most importantly, stronger!
Anonymous's picture

Seriously, not to be terribly

Seriously, not to be terribly rude, but when you want to argue a point, and it's a fine argument you've made-very heartfelt and unmistakable in your support for Ms. Houston. So please, if you were going to take the time to write a post, then for the love of God, use SPELL CHECK, and proper grammar even. It just makes the point you are trying to address, that much clearer and most importantly, stronger!
Anonymous's picture

SLIPPY PROB WILL HAVE A CRACK

SLIPPY PROB WILL HAVE A CRACK COCAINE PIPE IN HER COFFIN. LOL. BOBBI KRISTIN AND ROBERT BROWN PROB PUT IN THERE FOR HER. LOL
Anonymous's picture

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL IGNORANT S.O.B U SHOULD WATCH UR MOUTH AND SAVE UR TEETH DISRESPECTN DA DEAD U RETARDED BITCH #KILL URSELF 4 WHITNEY RAISE FROM THE RESTIN PLACE AND DO U#
Tiffany Smith's picture

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL IGNORANT S.O.B U SHOULD WATCH UR MOUTH AND SAVE UR TEETH DISRESPECTN DA DEAD U RETARDED BITCH #KILL URSELF 4 WHITNEY RAISE FROM THE RESTIN PLACE AND DO U#
Tiffany Smith's picture

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL IGNORANT S.O.B U SHOULD WATCH UR MOUTH AND SAVE UR TEETH DISRESPECTN DA DEAD U RETARDED BITCH #KILL URSELF 4 WHITNEY RAISE FROM THE RESTIN PLACE AND DO U#
Tiffany Smith's picture

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL IGNORANT S.O.B U SHOULD WATCH UR MOUTH AND SAVE UR TEETH DISRESPECTN DA DEAD U RETARDED BITCH #KILL URSELF 4 WHITNEY RAISE FROM THE RESTIN PLACE AND DO U#
Tiffany Smith's picture

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL

U R 1 VERY DISRESPECTFUL IGNORANT S.O.B U SHOULD WATCH UR MOUTH AND SAVE UR TEETH DISRESPECTN DA DEAD U RETARDED BITCH #KILL URSELF 4 WHITNEY RAISE FROM THE RESTIN PLACE AND DO U#
Tiffany Smith's picture

And I'm sure you were smoking

And I'm sure you were smoking yours when you made this comment, dumb ass. I hope when you die someone will make the same comment!!!
Anonymous's picture

Whitney Houston confessed to

Whitney Houston confessed to Diane Sawyer that she was the devil. She also stated in that interview that she was a child of God. That’s very confusing. You have to be one or the other. www.Hear-T­he-Truth.c­om
carlyjanew6's picture

Whitney NEVER said she was

Whitney NEVER said she was the devil. In response to Diane Sawyer's question when she was trying to get Whitney to reveal her drug of choice, Diane asked her, "what is your demon," or words to that effect, and Whitney's response was, "Me! I am my own worst enemy, and I am my own best friend." So, in an effort to provide you some clarity, what Whitney was basically saying was that in spite of what looks to outsiders like a life of luxury, fun and few problems, she's just one step away from self-destruction, which is exactly what the devil's purpose is in the lives of "Children of God." The Bible is very specific when it says that the devil prowls around seeking whom he can devour. He is only out to destroy "Children of God" because we're the ones who are the biggest threat him. He doesn't have to worry about the unbeliever or unsaved because they are already following in his camp.
Anonymous's picture

Shut the hell up you

Shut the hell up you Devil!!!!!
Anonymous's picture

It's ignorant jabs like this

It's ignorant jabs like this that give the devil the little bit of power that he has. All I can say to you is before you go around spewing venom at others, it would do you a world of good to do a self-inventory. That way when you open your mouth to say something, it most likely won't come from a place of ignorance or judgment.
Anonymous's picture

Didn't she say she was her

Didn't she say she was her own devil? Meaning, she's taking responsibility for her own actions. It's kina like saying "I'm my own worst enemy." She's not blaming anyone but herself. That has nothing to do with being a child of God.
mahoganyb's picture

So what channel is it going

So what channel is it going too be on
Follow me @candyayee's picture

reading is FUNDAMENTAL- The

reading is FUNDAMENTAL- The article states it will be aired on BET or CENTRIC
Anonymous's picture

Ms Aretha definitely knows a

Ms Aretha definitely knows a thing or two about one "losing their way" as she has been losing her way to the gym for many a decade. Food addiction is just as deadly as drug addiction. I hope she learns from Ms Whitney's passing and takes better care of her physical health.
Bella's picture

you really should try comedy

you really should try comedy cos you had me on my knees...
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