My condolences to Cissy Houston, Dionne Warwick, and their family and friends on the passing of Whitney Houstonwho was laid to rest today.

by Laura Petrecca, Cathy Lynn Grossman, and Gary Strauss for USA TODAY

NEWARK – Saturday’s New Hope Baptist Church funeral service for Whitney Houston was more celebratory than somber, touching on the pop singer’s flaws, but relishing her talent, beauty, compassion and love for music.

  • “We are here not to mourn our loss, but to celebrate hers!”, Newark Mayor Cory Booker told a celebrity-studded crowd of family, friends and entertainment industry A-listers who filled the pews and aisles of New Hope church, where Houston, known as “Nippy,” began singing with the junior gospel choir at age 11.The service touched a range of emotions, ranging from tears to heartfelt laughter over the course of nearly four hours, peeling back the public veneer of troubled superstar to reveal the generous, dedicated artist, friend and mother those close to her loved and relished.”

Here’s a video of the entire funeral http://newyork.cbslocal.com/whitney-houston-funeral/

and here are a few of the afternoon’s highlights including the Winans Family singing “Tomorrow” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_-YSzqjpBTk  and Tyler Perry talking about  Whitney’s grace http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AcXBpM8YSEQ

JUST POSTED! The article eveybody’s talking about by Dawn Lee Wakefield for the National Examiner  http://www.examiner.com/classic-rock-music-in-national/did-whitney-houston-really-have-to-die-a-wakeup-call-for-wannabes

Finally, here is my tribute to Whitney who i met as a child. https://artiewayne.wordpress.com/2012/02/12/whitney-houston-r-i-p-rock-in-perpetuity/

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