Last night, Lifetime debuted the first two episodes of The Houstons: On Our Own, the latest chapter in the year-long public grieving of the death of Whitney Houston. The series features Gary Houston (Whitney's brother), Pat Houston (Gary's wife and Whitney's manager/best friend), Rayah Houston (Gary and Pat's daughter), Cissy Houston (Whitney and Gary's mother) and, most voyeuristically, the (by nearly all reports) troubled daughter of Whitney and Bobby Brown, Bobbi-Kristina Brown.
Whitney Houston's husband of 14 years and the presumed downfall of her career, Bobby "King of R&B" Brown, appeared on this morning's episode of Today in his first televised interview since her death. It was a pretty standard and fairly respectable recap of their tumultuous relationship, and he said nice things like, "God probably just needed her for the choir up there in heaven" in reference to her untimely passing.
BuzzFeed points to an unsettling (and totally passive-aggressive) card made before Whitney Houston's death. The text inside reads — in dramatic, lowercase-letters only fashion — "next time you think of dating the bad boy, consider whitney houston ... that's all i'm going to say." The card remained on Target shelves two weeks after Houston's death, until someone finally had the good sense to remove it.
Most of the common theories surrounding Whitney Houston's descent into drugs and eventual death have to do with the influence of her husband Bobby Brown. Now there's a new interesting theory. Maybe it wasn't her marriage to Bobby that turned her into an addict but breaking up with her lesbian lover, Robyn Crawford.
Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown's daughter Bobby Christina was recently in the news when pictures of her doing cocaine surfaced. Bobby Brown appeared on today's Wendy Williams to talk about his new album and squash the rumours about his daughters drug use.
If you've never had the pleasure of viewing the video for Bobby Brown's "Every Little Step," Wayne Brady and Mike Tyson have made a shot-for-shot remake of the late 80's gem. A cameo by Bobby Brown himself completes the homage.
Jennifer Jason Leigh turns 47 today. Sulzberger family patriarch and former Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Sr. is 83. Former Morgan Stanley co-president Bob Scully is 59. Actress Laura Linney is turning 45. Writer/director Christopher Guest is 61. Baseball legend Hank Aaron is turning 75. Film director Michael Mann is 66. Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris is 61. Bobby Brown is turning 40. And two former SNL stars are celebrating today: Chris Parnell is 42 and Tim Meadows is 48.