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ILoveYouWhitney wrote:How BeBe Winans Found ‘Instant Family’ with Whitney Houston
By Karen Mizoguchi
Posted on March 21, 2017 at 9:00am EDT
For BeBe Winans, the late Whitney Houston will always be family.
The gospel legend, who performed “I Miss You” with sister CeCe Winans at Houston’s February 2012 funeral, recently reflected on his close bond with the 48-year-old songstress, who died after being found submerged in the bathtub in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The cause of death was deemed accidental drowning, and an autopsy showed she had various drugs in her system.
In an exclusive interview for the upcoming PEOPLE and ABC special People Icons: Gone Too Soon, which airs on Tuesday at 10 p.m. ET on ABC, Winans, 54, recalled, “After we met it was instant friendship. It was instant family.”
Houston was a big fan of the Winans siblings’ music and the feelings were more than mutual.
“She was fond of us and we were fond of her. We were in love with her voice. She was in love with what we did,” he explained. “So there was a mutual love for each other and respect for our artistry, as well as our hearts. And how we were raised. We were raised the same way.”
And more than anything, love bonded Houston with Winans and his relatives.
“She made up her mind then, that any and every important step in her life — before she made any decision to get married — any other decision in her life that was vital, she would run it by us and we had to be a part of it,” he shared. “And she said, ‘Let’s make that pact.’ I mean, it was just like kids meeting kids and — and making pacts. And that’s what it was between us.”
Though they were not blood-related, Winans and Houston really became family when the late singer claimed the title of godmother to BeBe’s daughter.
“When my daughter was born Whitney declared, ‘I’m gonna be the godmother. I don’t care who you talk to before. But I’m the godmother of Maya,'” he remembered.
“Sometimes you try to pinpoint why. Why are we so close? Why did this happen? And we just believe it was destiny. It really was,” Winans concluded. “We were supposed to be friends. We were supposed to be each other’s confidante. We were supposed to travel together. We were supposed to do these things.”
Adding, “It brought us all together. You know, Michael, and Gary, and Cissy. They became our family as well. You know, so it was just supposed to be. And I think that’s simple.”
People Icons: Gone Too Soon, which looks back on the lives of beloved stars, also features exclusive interviews with Patrick Swayze‘s widow, Lisa Niemi; Prince‘s sister, Tyka Nelson; and JFK Jr.’s friend Rose Terenzio.http://people.com/music/bebe-winans-found-instant-family-with-whitney-houston/
This is on tonight, 10pm on ABC.
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The Whitney Biennial may be the talk of the town at the moment, both because it’s arguably the most prestigious art world event on U.S. soil and because it never fails to drum-up some sort of controversy. But just a little further downtown there’s another exhibition packing a punch. Now in its second year, the Whitney Houston Biennial (yes, you read that correctly) is back on at Chashama, with a dense salon-style display of works by 167 women and women-identifying artists.
“I wanted to have the full rainbow of humanity represented on the wall,” curator C. Finley told me by phone. While its peer, the Whitney Biennial, boasts a seemingly more diverse artist roster than past editions, representation of women and artists of color is still lacking in major museums and galleries. With the Whitney Houston’s 2017 edition, titled “Greatest Love of All,” Finley strived “to create a platform that’s all ages. I really tried hard to get younger and older artists who might be underrepresented.” For that reason, work in the show runs the gamut from photography and painting to sculpture and video, and its roster of artists is intentionally diverse. Over 1,000 visitors attended the Biennial’s opening on March 19, packing into Chashama’s small, ground-floor gallery space in Tribeca, said Finley.
While the show takes its name and inspiration from musical icon Whitney Houston, don’t expect a show filled with fan art. Rather, the Biennial is named for the singer because of the active role she played mentoring younger artists. Focusing on the theme of mentorship, Finley has asked participating artists to submit a written statement about someone who has inspired them along the way. Accompanying works by Caroline Falby, Becky Flanders, Nadja Verena Marcin and Chanel Matsunami Govreau are tidbits and historical background about art critic Arlene Raven, artist Renee Cox, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and civil rights advocate Kimberle Williams Crenshaw, among many others.
Some not-to-be-missed pieces include returning Biennial participant Dominka Ksel’s sculpture, Parable of Democracy; a sound work and woven tapestry inspired by science fiction writer Octavia Butler. Butler’s image is sewn into the cotton fibers of the tapestry, while an audio tape plays interview clips with the author spliced together with examples of “hate speech” by Donald Trump, Adolf Hitler and Richard Spencer.
Midnight Work, a video by artist and performer Chanel Matsunami Govreau done in collaboration with the Korean waacker Lip J, captures the subtle and sensual facial expressions and hand gestures of a group of Korean dancers waacking—a dance style that originated in Los Angeles in the 1970s—while shouts and cries of encouragement can be heard from an audience off-screen.
In the center of the exhibition, Angel Favorite’s participatory installations, Intention Platform and Transliminal Communion, invite viewers to remove their shoes and sit inside a reflective, pyramidal platform amid an assortment of object offerings, from candles to Tarot cards and smudge sticks and crystals. A card on the floor reads: “You are welcome to sit and meditate/make intentions…Move objects to suit your needs….” The work is a living piece, Finley tells me, and visitors are encouraged to bring and place additional offerings at the base of the sculpture for the duration of the show.
But a Biennial that’s been named for one of pop music’s biggest stars wouldn’t be complete without at least one visual nod to the late singer, which has been provided for this edition by artist Alex Nuñez. The artist’s piece, titled Whitney, an embellished cover of one of Houston’s vinyl records that’s been covered with glittering beads, is hung adjacent from Favorite’s immersive sculptures.
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Timothy Finn blogs about the Kansas City music scene
BY TIMOTHY FINN
Lee Langston has organized many tribute shows, and he hasn’t shied away from trying to master the greats. Among his tribute shows: Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lauryn Hill, Prince, Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and Marvin Gaye.
This weekend, Langston will pay tribute to one of the greatest singers of all, Whitney Houston, at the Just Off Broadway Theater, 3051 Penn Valley Drive. Shows start at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $20.
On Monday, Langston answered questions from The Star about Houston and the show.
Q: Why did you choose Whitney for this tribute?
A: Whitney is someone I have wanted to honor through her music for years. Her voice is one I always loved, one that I grew up with. For me it was just an amazing walk down memory lane. It just reminded me of where I was when each song or each album was released.
Q: Compare her songs/music to other artists you have paid tribute to. How is it different?
A: It’s extremely different, because Whitney is someone who made one of the biggest differences in music when it comes to female artists during her time. People have a certain expectation when they hear other singers cover her music.
Q: Who will be singing her songs?
A: The vocalists for the show will be Misha Roberts, Chavonna Adams, Shon Ruffin, Cherayla Haynes and Sapphire.
Q: Will there be a live band?
A: Yes. The band will include Desmond Mason, Tony Thompson, Jeff Johnson and Jermaine Ballew.
Q: How did you choose the songs?
A: My goal was to choose a good mix of songs from the old to the new. I’m confident that everyone who attends will hear several songs that they love. I work with a very talented group of artists and musicians so none of it will be too complicated to cover.
Q: What songs will you sing? Will anyone attempt “The Star-Spangled Banner”?
A: That is a secret. You’ll have to come to the show to find that out. However, no one will be covering “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Q: What has this experience taught you about Whitney and her music?
A: It was just a reminder of her journey. She did so many things in the industry, and even though those last days were challenging, nothing can take away from the fact that she was one of the greatest
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