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R.I.P. Whitney Houston age 48

Yesterday, February 11, 2012, the world lost another star. Whitney Houston, age 48, passed away from unknown causes.

Ms. Houston was scheduled to perform for the Pre-Grammy awards show; however, prior to her appearance she was found dead in her hotel room bathroom. It has been speculated that she had taken some medication prior to getting in the tub and may have drowned.

Houston started her singing career at New Hope Baptist Church in the junior choir and was developed into a soloist at the age of 11. In her mid-teens, she started singing backup for artists like Chaka Kahn and Lou Rawls. In 1984, she sang a duet with Teddy Pendergrass “Hold Me”. Clive Davis signed Houston to Arista Records and by 1985 her singing career was on its way.

In the span of 27 years, Whitney Houston became an international superstar in both the music and motion picture world. She had amassed global album sales of over 120 million copies alone, and a film box office total of over a half billion dollars. She was received many international awards and accolades for her works.

Whitney Houston leaves behind her 18 year old daughter, Bobbi Kristina.

~Lohnnie Cakes


R.I.P. Don Cornelius at 75

Don Cornelius, the creator and legendary African American passed away at age 75.

According to reports, police were called to Cornelius’s home after gunshots were heard. The police found Cornelius with a gunshot wound to the head that appeared to be self-inflicted, according to the Los Angeles County coroner.

The first episode of Soul Train aired on August 17, 1970 and by the following year it was being aired on more than one network. It definitely proved to be what the African American culture needed. Soul Train became the longest-running national syndicated show in history. The show aired from 1971 to 2006 and Cornelius hosted until 1993 when he decided to step down.

~Lohnnie Cakes



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