Zendaya Coleman Casted As Aaliyah In Lifetime Biopic

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After announcing a biopic based on the life of the late Whitney Houston, Lifetime has revealed they also have plans on a project on the career of the late Aaliyah who topped the charts from 1994 until her sudden death at the age of 22 in 2001.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the biopic will star the Disney Channel actress and singer Zendaya Coleman as the late singer in the tentatively titled Aaliyah: Princess of R&B.

The film will be based off of Christopher Farley’s best – selling biography Aaliyah: More Than A Woman. The film will be produced by Aaliyah Productions Inc. with Howard Braunstein and Debra Martin Chase serving as executive producers. Bradley Walsh will also direct from a script written by Michael Elliot.

Zendaya who has starred on Disney’s Shake It Up tweeted about her new acting venture: “She’s been an inspiration and influence in my whole career, her talent still shines brighter then ever, all I wanna do is honor her.”

She added: “Show how much she accomplished in only 22 years….she’s beautiful inside and there will never be another Aaliyah, I just hope to share her beautiful story, and make her proud up in heaven.”

The 17 year – old actress – singer has also released her self – titled debut album in 2013 and has appeared on Dancing With the Stars.



Beyonce Pays Tribute To Trayvon Martin With Moment Of Silence At Nashville Concert

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Beyonce called in a moment of silence for Trayvon Martin after George Zimmerman was acquitted by a Florida jury in the death of the young teenager.

During her Mrs Carter Show World Tour concert at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee Beyonce took a moment to honor Martin.

After the Zimmerman verdict began to circulate the singer’s concert started about 30 minutes.

The pop star addressed the audience by saying: “I’d like to have a moment of silence for Trayvon,” as the stage grew dark with just a few key lights shining.

Beyonce then sang the chorus of I Will Always Love You, a song, written by country music star Dolly Parton and brought to a global audience by the late Whitney Houston, before transitioning into her hit single Halo.

Bobbi Kristina’s ‘Life Is In Danger’ Following Whitney Houston’s Death, According To Friends

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According to sources, Bobbi Kristina may be going down the same path as mother Whitney Houston as friends fear that her ‘life is in danger’.

According to The Sun, Bobbi was pictured shopping in Atlanta alongside boyfriend and foster brother Nick Gordon and the couple were seen to be sharing a suspicious looking roll-up as they returned to their car with their purchases.

After grandmother Cissy Houston released a tell – all book, Bobbi cut her out of her life, got engaged to Nick whilst fighting a legal battle over her mother’s fortune and has reportedly turned to drugs and alcohol throughout the whole thing.

Since Bobbi is away from her grandmother’s influence, friends and family are worried about her future.

Close family friend and Pastor Jerome Bell who had known Whitney before she had gotten famous said he feared for Bobbie life as it could be in danger.

The 51-year-old told The Sun: “I do worry, I really pray for her.

“When you’re at that age and you’re separated from your family, the sky’s the limit to what negativity could befall you.

“When you have that kind of attitude and you disrespect your grandmother and other family members you’re already going the wrong way. The attitude worries me.”

He added that the blame lay with those who have used Bobbi’s grief and confusion to lead astray.

He said: “People can take advantage of you when you’ve disconnected yourself from your family and that’s my concern. I’m certain that it’s because of people around her. She’s at a very impressionable age.”

He added: “When you are so endowed and blessed financially as she has become, it can be a very dangerous combination. This is not the time to separate from your family — this is the time when she should be getting closer.

“The family are all hurting together. We just want to see her turn it around.”


Private Investigator Claims: ‘Whitney Houston Was Murdered’

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A Hollywood private investigator has claimed Whitney Houston was murdered by drug dealers on the day that she was found dead lying face down in a bathtub at the Beverley Hilton hotel earlier this year.

A medical examiner ruled that she had taken a cocktail of cocaine marijuana and several other legal drugs which led to her death.

And now Paul Huebl has said that murder could be a possibility after a new investigation video may prove it. Huebl has said that he gave the evidence to the FBI.

The National Enquirer reported that Houston was targeted by several ‘high powered drug dealers who sent thugs to collect a huge debt she owed for drugs.’

According to some reports she owed $1.5million to dealers.

However, Huebl has told MailOnline that he is unsure whether Houston was killed. The evidence he found could only point in that direction.

He said the I Will Always Love You singer had received a delivery of cocaine to her room on the day before she died and could be heard saying, ‘I’m tired of this sh*t.’

Huebl also said that Houston has been subjected to harassment by dealers trying to collect debt from her in the past.

Huebl says the video he obtained shows two unidentified men who visited the Beverly Hilton hotel repeatedly and participated with Houston’s entourage.

The private investigator went on to claim that the two men may have slipped into Houston’s hotel room killed her.

He disagrees with the Los Angeles County Coroner’s ruling that the singer’s death was ‘accidental’.

He said: “Whitney’s body shows classic defense wounds that would have occurred while she was battling for her life.”

In spite of this, Huebl has agreed that the marks that were spotted on her hands and fingernails may have been gotten in some other way and they were only ‘suspected’ defensive wounds.

The private investigator went on to point out that Houston’s hotel room was raided, induced be used as more evidence to show hints of an alleged violent fight between Houston and the two men.

The evidence was given in to the Chicago field office of the FBI, which Huebl says he hopes the agency will open a criminal investigation to look further and examine into Houston’s death.

He told MailOnline: “I think that if you put all these things together, they do kind of spell homicide, with a big red capital ‘H’.”

lA former Chicago police officer, Heubl became an actor after he had retired said he conducted the investigation after he was hired by a client who did not believe the official reports on Houston’s death.

Huebl stated that he believes the Beverley Hills police did not fully investigate Houston’s death because they did not want to bring negative interest to Beverly Hills or to the Beverly Hilton.

10 Wealthiest R&B Singers 2012

It’s not the easiest route to become the wealthiest but when you spend your time carefully, building up your craft, it can always pay off. And in the long run, earn you millions. And for several R&B singers it has.

R&B Magazine listed the top 10 wealthiest R&B singers with the number one spot taken by five –time Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey with an estimated fortune of $500 million. The singer has enjoyed a successful career that has spanned two decades, scoring six number one albums and endless chart-hitting singles.

Second place sees Beyonce with $350 million. The singer has 4 number one albums, 6 number one singles and 6 hit movies.

Third place goes to I Believe I Can Fly singer R Kelly with a $150 million, whilst Usher takes fourth pace with $140 million.

Rihanna takes fifth place earning $75 million in her six year career as 90’s singer Mary J Blige takes on sixth place with $45 million.

However Chris Brown is numbered at spot seven with a fortune of $24 million.

The late Whitney Houston takes eighth place with $20 million. Meanwhile singers Cee Lo Green and Keri Hilson take spot 9 and 10 as a tie with a fortune of $10 million each.

Did Mariah Carey Embarrass Whitney Houston?


Whitney Houston’s close friend BeBe Winans has revealed that Mariah Carey once embarrassed the singer after she snubbed her offer of friendship.

The two singers had met for the first time at the American Music Awards. Whitney reached out to Mariah who emerged on the music scene in 1987; unexpectedly it didn’t happen and they ended up falling out for several years.

In his forthcoming memoir The Whitney I Knew, BeBe explains saying: “And contrary to popular thought, she loved to hear Mariah Carey sing. When Mariah burst onto the scene, Whitney called me and asked, ‘Did you hear that new girl, Mariah? Good Lord, she can sing!’”

“To give you an idea of how the media twists reality, allow me to expound on the Mariah Carey situation. Now, this story would probably embarrass Whitney a little, but I have to tell it. I think she’d understand that it’s all in good fun.”

“The three of us piled into the car, and then Whitney blew in like a storm and slammed the door behind her. She was clearly upset and embarrassed,” BeBe writes to clarify that at the time he had instructed Whitney to extend her hand to Mariah who then turned her down.

“I did everything you said: I stopped. I put out my hand and said, ‘Hi Mariah, I’m Whitney.’ And when I stuck out my hand, she turned her head like she didn’t hear anything I said and looked up at the sky,” Whitney had told him.

And to Whitney’s sheer embarrassment, she was glad that the media had never gotten to know the incident: “Oh, it’s true. I was so embarrassed. There I stood, looking like an idiot. I’m never going to do what you tell me to do again.” Thank God the media didn’t see this.”

The feud wasn’t to last forever as they both eventually sorted out their differences and collaborated on a track in 1998 entitled When You Believe.

Cissy Houston Performs At The BET Awards To Pay Tribute To Late Daughter Whitney Houston


Cissy Houston flew from her native town New Jersey, and performed on stage at the BET Awards alongside with several singers. The matriarch, 78, sung Bridge Over Troubled Water in honour of her daughter.

Mariah Carey started off the tribute, saying: “I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter but we’ll always have the music. ”

She added: “We’ll always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all.”

After Mariah’s introduction, it was followed by a gospel performance from R&B singer Monica who sang I Love the Lord with a full choir which was once sung by Whitney.

Brandy then went on the stage to perform two famous tracks; I Wanna Dance With Somebody and I’m Your Baby Tonight.

Castmates of the movie Waiting to Exhale (in which Whitney starred)  – Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon and Loretta Devine –also paid a tribute.

Lela Rochon said a story about the first time she had met Whitney on the set: “I was excited and nervous and intimated to meet Whitney.”

Whilst Angela Bassett said Whitney’s talent was astounding: “Whatever her burden, she has laid them down.”

Loretta Devine told the audience: “She was more than a singer, she was an actress, a mother, a daughter, a sister. She truly was every woman.”

Chaka Khan glowed the stage with I’m Every Woman which Houston re-created.

Before Cissy took to the stage, Whitney’s brother Gary Houston sang a short song to introduce his mother Cissy.

A slideshow of images of Cissy and her daughter Whitney displayed in the background whilst singers and rappers in the audience like Beyoncé, Kanye West and Soulja Boy were seen crying.

Whitney Houston died in February 11, at the age of 48. The singer was found to be unresponsive in the bathtub of room 434 at the Beverly Hilton. Authorities reported her death had been an accidental drowning complicated by heart disease and cocaine use.

Cissy Houston Refuses To Stay At Hotel Where Daughter Whitney Was Found Dead

Cissy Houston arrived in Los Angeles to pay tribute to her late daughter Whitney Houston, at the BET’s Awards which took place on Sunday, only to find that she had been booked to stay at the Beverly Hilton Hotel where her daughter Whitney Houston had passed away in February.

According TMZ.com sources have reported that Cissy has plans on visiting the Hotel. Cissy will visit the room 434 in her own time to find closure at the sudden death of the singer.

Sources have also told TMZ.com that Cissy’s reservation was changed to the Regent Beverly Wilshire instead.

Video: Brandy And Monica – It All Belongs To Me


After it was revealed Brandy and Monica would be working on a duet after fourteen years of their first collaboration which hit the charts at number one and Grammy – winning hit single The Boy Is Mine, both artists have released their second duet It All Belongs To Me.

The track which has been produced by Rico Love and dedicated to the late Whitney Houston, the video was shot by Chris Robinson.

They showcased to be the feuding teenagers in their first duet but now they have joined forces as a team and telling their good – for – nothing men where to go, retrieving their expensive possessions that they once bought for them including clothes, cars and computers. They even blow up a vintage Porsche to show they mean business.

The singers are dressed in designer gowns for the video as they play and sing out their verses.

In a radio interview, Monica told Atlanta’s V-103: “It is not anything like ‘The Boy Is Mine. At this point, this is where you’re taking your power back and we gon’ come together. This is totally different than that era and I hope it speaks to all the people who are making diss tracks and going hard on each other. Come together and watch the numbers move.”

The Rico Love-produced duet will feature on Monica’s seventh album New Life, due out April 10, and Brandy’s RCA/Chameleon debut Two Eleven, releasing this June.

Watch the video below for It All Belongs To Me.

Whitney Houston’s Mother Cissy To Visit Scene Of Death To ‘Find Closure’

According to TMZ, they report Cissy Houston is struggling to come to terms of the death of her daughter Whitney Houston who died after accidently taking a combination of prescription drugs.

TMZ reported that Cissy wants to return to the Beverly Hill Hilton hotel where her daughter was found in a bathtub in an attempt to find closure over the incident and find a ‘spiritual connection’ with her daughter and spend some time in the room that she was last in.

The Houston family have had to deal with intrusion of privacy since the death of Whitney, with several images and details being leaked to the press over the recent weeks. Since these incidents have happened it has also resulted numerous hotel staff to be sacked.

Those closest to the singer have been left ‘heartbroken’ after an image of Whitney was published on the front page of US magazine National Enquirer last week.

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