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The Stories Behind Whitney Houston’s Unreleased Gospel Songs: “She Left Healing Music for the World”

When music executive Steven Abdul Khan Brown was making his way to the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey, he was blown away by the beautiful sound he heard as he walked closer to the parish. One of those voices? A teenage Whitney Houston. “That’s scary — whoa,” he thought, recalling the moment […]

Babyface on His Super Bowl Performance and Unreleased SZA Track: “Hopefully One Day She’ll Let Us Put Out That Other Song”

R&B legend Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds is happy his Super Bowl performance is over — sort of. “I feel relieved — now I can breathe,” he told The Hollywood Reporter outside his suite following his moment on the field Sunday. “Before it was moments of nervousness and then I’d be chill and then I’d get a […]

TCM Classic Film Festival: Donald Bogle to Receive Robert Osborne Award

Author Donald Bogle, one of the foremost authorities on African Americans in Hollywood, will receive the fourth annual Robert Osborne Award at the TCM Classic Film Festival in April, it was announced Wednesday. The honor recognizes an individual who has helped keep the cultural heritage of classic film alive for future generations. The first three […]

Lil Wayne Lights Up the Stage, Cardi B Honors Label Bosses and Kevin Costner Remembers Whitney Houston at 2023 Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Gala

Lil Wayne brought the heat, Cardi B was both hilarious and heartwarming and Kevin Costner remembered Whitney Houston at Clive Davis’ annual white-hot pre-Grammy gala, which made its return after three years. Lil Wayne was energetic onstage, getting audience members out of their seats — from Machine Gun Kelly to Swizz Beatz — with a […]

‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ Director on Why She “Fought” to Include Biopic’s “Sweetest Kiss”

Kasi Lemmons said she “fought” for the inclusion of Whitney Houston’s early relationship with childhood friend and former creative director Robyn Crawford to be featured in the late singer’s biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody. Whether the film — produced with the backing of Houston’s family and estate as well as music producer Clive Davis […]

‘Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ Review: Naomi Ackie Shines in Kasi Lemmons’ Lovingly Made Biopic

One of the all-time greatest female pop artists gets a bittersweet salute in this account of her triumphant three-decade career and the forces that dragged her down.

How Grave Line Tours is Revisiting Hollywood’s Macabre Past — in a Stretch Limo

An old Cadillac hearse parked on Sunset is a portal into the town’s dark past, and Dec. 12 marked the revival of Grave Line Tours, a ghost and celebrity-murder tour company first founded decades ago. The “Divas, Drag Queens and Decay” experience, a survey with a focus on Hollywood’s historically marginalized members of society: sex […]

Naomi Ackie, ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody’ Cast On “Big Challenge” of Balancing Whitney Houston’s Highs and Lows in New Biopic

A decade after her death, Whitney Houston’s life and legacy has made it to the big screen thanks to the Kasi Lemmons-directed biopic Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody, starring Naomi Ackie as the iconic performer. While attending the premiere at AMC Lincoln Square in New York City on Tuesday, the film’s cast and […]

Hollywood Flashback: Whitney Houston Had a Smash With “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” 35 Years Ago

Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody, Sony’s Whitney Houston biopic starring English actress Naomi Ackie that comes out Dec. 23, takes its title from “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” the lead single off Houston’s second album, 1987’s Whitney. The track was written by then-married songwriting duo George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam, […]

‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ Trailer Delivers First Look at Naomi Ackie as Whitney Houston

Naomi Ackie makes viewers want to dance with her portrayal of Whitney Houston in the trailer for the upcoming biopic I Wanna Dance With Somebody. TriStar Pictures has dropped the first extended look at the film, set to release in theaters on Dec. 21, delivering all the vibrant energy onstage and off that Houston was […]

Photographer Shares Exclusive Images of “Unaffected,” Pre-Fame Whitney Houston in New Book

In 1982, Bette Marshall accompanied her husband, Paul, an intellectual property attorney who represented high-profile musicians and labels, to the Manhattan nightclub Sweetwater’s, where they planned to catch a performance by the well-known gospel singer Cissy Houston. “We were told that during the show Cissy was going to introduce one of her young backup singers, […]

Idina Menzel Reflects on John Travolta’s Name Flub at Oscars: “It Was the Best Thing That Ever Happened”

James Corden unveiled the latest edition of his popular segment “Carpool Karaoke” on Wednesday’s episode of The Late Late Show where he welcomed his Cinderella co-stars Idina Menzel, Billy Porter, and Camila Cabello. The segment began with Porter and Menzel helping Cabello, who was dressed in a giant gown like her princess character, into Corden’s […]