Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Curious Absence of Aretha Franklin


Aretha Franklin was supposed to sing at Whitney Houston's Home Going celebration.

Dionne Warwick even announced Aretha's name during the service and had to be told Aretha wasn't there.

So what happened...?

Days before Whitney Houston's funeral Aretha Franklin told ABC News that Cissy Houston had asked her to sing and that although it would be hard she would do it. The night before the service Aretha performed a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York and all seemed well. The next day however, hours before the service Aretha announced that because of excruciating leg cramps she would not be able to attend the funeral.

"I had every intention of being there. But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00 a.m. this morning following my concert last night, which I've been having for the last few days."

"I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening. My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all.

– Aretha & the Franklin Family."

Interestingly enough Aretha performed without incident later that evening at Radio City where she kicked off her heels and even danced on stage.

113 comments:

Anonymous said...

she is nothing but a big fat lying pig

Anonymous said...

I think I lost a little respect for her yesterday...I would have rolled my fat ass on to my God-daughter's funeral.

Anonymous said...

Wow...

Anonymous said...

Celebrities are the most narcissistic creatures on this earth. How is she dancing on the same day that she says her legs are messed up.

Aries is KNOWN to be an extremely jealous sign, especially SOME of the women-I can't stand most that I meet. If it's not about them, then they don't care. F U Aretha, you doggone whale. Whitney had more character than you ever had, sleeping with people's husbands and stuff. I looked up to you until you did this mess.

Anonymous said...

Aretha that was seriously wack. Now i hope the guy takes your money. who the fuck is aretha and family? No real family would not show up. She obviously showed her true fat ass. Hopefully christine aguerelara will sing at her funeral.

Anonymous said...

I thought she was grieving and therefore couldn't sing. I didn't want to pass judgement because everyone grieves in their own way. However, this new information doesn't give her a pass. Aretha definitely should have been in a wheelchair and showed up to send Whitney off. Period.

Anonymous said...

"I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening.

--dee truth

Anonymous said...

Wow Snitch! Your site seems to have been hijacked within the last couple of weeks! Many of your regulars are kind of observing from a distance and waiting to see if the Wintertime riffraff is going to eventually dissipate with the coming of Spring or if you've been officially taken over.

I mean, don't get me wrong. There are still some posters who embody the voice of reason holding down the fort, but you seem to have really opened yourself up to an ominous energy of late!

That being said... THE QUEEN HAS SPOKEN! This statement is more than enough to explain your absence. And there are those of us who understand COMPLETELY! I'll just leave it at that...

Anonymous said...

You can't blame Aretha because her hands were tied. It was either go to the funeral and get sued for violating the terms of her contract or not go and be called every name in the book. Either way Aretha loses.

V...

Anonymous said...

@12:19 ^^^^Everybody posts anon now as to not get attacked and accused of being same person posting undercover as different people. Notice that doesn't happen as much anymore because hardly nobody posts with a name. There's no one left to accuse of doing this which was stupid to even think anyone would do anyhow.

Anonymous said...

So we are supposed to be naive and stupid and just say okay to this. Even though it is really none of our business, I find this absolutely not nice. Maybe she was upset about her position on the program. Wow, Aretha has lost major, major points with me. How come Dionne did not know she would be a no-show. Something strangely wrong here. But with Cissy being so private we may never know the truth behind this absolutely atrocious diss by Aretha.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad Aretha didn't show up. I just wish someone had told Dionne that before she called her name and expected for her to come to the podium and sing.

Anonymous said...

So she care more about her concert then her God daugthers Home Going, her concert was more important then being there after cissy asked her too. I expected more from aretha. I'm sure if the tables were turned Whitney would have been there for aretha.

Anonymous said...

Blue Ivy to be Beyonce’s New Music Inspiration

*Beyonce is back on her grind just a month after having her bundle of joy.
But she wasn’t the one to tell the world the news. Songwriter-producer Ryan Tedder ‘accidentally’ told the Grammy audience that he’s got some “Beyonce stuff” on his schedule this year.
He hinted that some of the new stuff would be all about her daughter Blue Ivy. But the conversation stopped there. Both he and the singer just had the talk the other day.
Overall, though, he’s looking forward to working with the super star mom, as he know she’s a hard worker.
“You feed her the best that you have. She’s just a phenomenal filter… she can identify what the next thing is,” Ryan said during a press conference. “You just let her go.”
But the big shocker was when Ryan revealed that Bey actually has “two projects happening” in 2012.

Anonymous said...

Aretha could have been grieving really badly or there could have been an issue with the interview she had with Al Roker encouraging Bobby to be there for his daughter at the funeral two days before the funeral.Aretha seemed to rise above the drama and know that Bobbi Kris needed her daddy and I think by her being sympathetic towards Bobby that Whits family got mad. I know there was some drama there because how in the hell could they make room for 50 Winans but not her ex hubby of 15 years and her former step kids? Aretha probably did not want part of that foul ish.Whitney had just sang at Bobby parents funeral a few weeks ago even though he remarried and they welcomed Whitney right in, but Bobby was done wrong at Whits funeral. DRAMA........Believe me there is always more than meets the eye. Whitney could not have hated him because she just went the Browns funeral and had lunch with Bobby Feb 2. This may be a money thing where Whits family wants to control the finances because lets face it, she died on their watch not on Bobbys. Bobby has been clean and remarried 2 or 3 years with a child. Whitney died with her Aunt, brother, sis in law and her own group right there! They failed her not Bobby. Wait, she failed herself and her child. Jennifer Holiday said she was on drugs years before Bobby even came along.

Aretha Did the Right Thing said...

Aretha stated that she is/was NOT Whitney's God mother and Whitney referred to Aretha as "aunt". Dionne, who should have known this by now, called Aretha Whitney's God mother, anyway. Aretha and Whitney knew what they were talking about. Dionne needs to stop listening to her Psychic Network Friends.

jazz said...

I was hoping Aretha would have shown up. I was waiting for an Aretha Franklin send off for Whitney. Hope she sings at the funeral.

That's a funky sounding excuse but I still loves me some Aretha.

Anonymous said...

Like someone posted earlier, she could have came in a wheelchair. She did not have to sing. Now if Cissy hadn't invited her, there probably would have been hell to pay, so Aretha please!!!! Also, I didn't watch her ABC on Friday, did she say anything that the family wouldn't like?

Anonymous said...

People I have found to be disgusting since Whitney's death:
*Clive KeepThePartyGoing Davis
*Toni Braxton for trying to revive her career by singing "Why does it hurt so bad" on the red carpet as Whitney lay dead in the same hotel.
*That chick who won X Factor & got into with Whitney that weekend, then sold her story to the tabloids. Her music career is over.
*The @ssholes who complained when NJ Gov. Christie lowered the flags in Whitney's honor.
*Wendy Williams for her crocodile tears, knowing she laughed at Whitney's problems when she herself was a junkie.
*Aretha-I don't even have to say why~the first few posts here were hilarious! Rearrange the letters in her name to spell A Hater!
*The people who weren't kind enough to give up their seats to Bobbi Kristina's brothers & sister at the church, leaving them outside heartbroken.

Anonymous said...

Blue Ivy to be Beyonce’s New Music Inspiration

*Beyonce is back on her grind just a month after having her bundle of joy.
But she wasn’t the one to tell the world the news. Songwriter-producer Ryan Tedder ‘accidentally’ told the Grammy audience that he’s got some “Beyonce stuff” on his schedule this year.
He hinted that some of the new stuff would be all about her daughter Blue Ivy. But the conversation stopped there. Both he and the singer just had the talk the other day.
Overall, though, he’s looking forward to working with the super star mom, as he know she’s a hard worker.
“You feed her the best that you have. She’s just a phenomenal filter… she can identify what the next thing is,” Ryan said during a press conference. “You just let her go.”
But the big shocker was when Ryan revealed that Bey actually has “two projects happening” in 2012.

NubianGoddez said...

If this is true, its a damn shame!! btw Aretha looking good in that dress.

Anonymous said...

Ditto 12:41. Wasn't Aunt Re Re working that gown?

Anonymous said...

Oh yeah, one more
*Jesse Jackson for giving everyone the stank eye as he sat at the pulpit. Why was he even there? Why is he still called Reverend?

NubianGoddez said...

@12:45 PM
Yes she was!!

Anonymous said...

Interestingly enough Aretha performed without incident later that evening at Radio City where she kicked off her heels and even danced on stage.
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snitch stop being messy

Anonymous said...

@ 2nd 12:38
U ain't never lied!

Anonymous said...

I KNOW WHY THE QUEEN OF SOUL DROPPED OUT OF SITE FOR A MINUTE THERE WAS NO KFC ALLOWED IN THE CHURCH.

Hello Kitty said...

I'm not here for this fuckery. Keep it short and cute, or keep it on mute!

Anonymous said...

A hater...lol Yeah they had room her Bobby those because she wasn't there and that's like 6 seats right there...lemme stop she shudda just said that she was soooo heartbroken and couldn't keep her self together so she didn't attend...talkin bout her hamhock legs and then gonna dance later...she had a really bad cancer and God forbid she's the next to go but like someone said if the tables were turned, Whitney wudda been there on her last leg!!!

Anonymous said...

for*

Anonymous said...

@1:04 Who are you? The A.D.D. police?

Anonymous said...

@1238 and 1246 Bravo! Standing applause! People have lost their GD minds! I have to add someone though:

Rev. Al for tweeting during the service

Anonymous said...

I wonder if her and Whitney's relationship was estranged, has anybody seen the two of them together or at the same event over the past few years? I was shocked when Aretha missed Whitneys BET tribute in 2010. I read somewhere Cissy & Aretha had some bad blood.

But, who knows, maybe Big Retha wanted to get paid for her appearance. Or she's mad about her fans making fun of her marriage announcement. I really think her ass is out for a Pay-Day.....She'll tell Oprah on OWN to boost ratings, why she skipped out on the funeral. Just to get back at Cissy. I love Reatha, but she's bitch. Not the ultimate bitch of all times, that title goes to Diana Ross, just ask Barbara Walters.

Anonymous said...

I did not know that Aretha was scheduled for a concert in NY. I thought she stayed home in Michigan. If she can go to NY, she could have gone to NJ. There were enough security and vehicles to get her in and out if she was pressed for time. There's more to it that we may never know, but if she felt that strongly against it she did right by staying away.

Anonymous said...

^^^ We knew before the funeral began that Aretha wasn't going to be there, so why didn't Dionne know? Sounds like some drama to me, she knew, her remarks were funny after being told she wasn't there.

Somebody please tell me that was a man directing the funeral in that shiny sportcoat. I heard it was a woman.

Anonymous said...

do you think she was still upset at clive davis

Anonymous said...

It was announced on TV by media outside the church before the ceremony even started that Aretha wasn't showing up, so how come nobody told Dionne? It wouldn't have been so obvious if they had gone ahead with the service without calling Aretha's name. Of course people were expecting her to be there, but there would probably be less tongue wagging if they carried on without pausing for her to come forward.

Anonymous said...

@1:18. So you're saying that the funeral attendees were aware that Aretha wouldn't be in attendance beforehand? If this is true, sounds like some people were out of the loop. But on the real, sounds like a lot of shadyness! Maybe this is what Aretha was trying to avoid!

And I tell you, this Hollywood cult sure knows how to play the dumb masses. They've managed to draw your attention away from clive davis and the bloodsucking record execs, onto other black celebrities and family members who are more than likely, only pawns in their sick, twisted agenda.

You guys are so impressionable!

Anonymous said...

Leg Cramps?
I'm not buying it!!! That didn't stop her big ass from showing up that time with FOOT CRAMPS at a Christmas event wearing a phucked up pair of Chuck Taylors with an evening gown.
Flashback:

http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kuo5jmtWwE1qa6si3o1_500.png

With them same support hose, she could've had her "Steadman" push her big ailing ass in a wheelchair to that church.
She gets a pass only because we all know she doesn't Fly, if that was the case.

This is just:
http://seriouslyomg.com/?p=4797

Anonymous said...

Yes, that was a woman in the metallic coat at the funeral. So what? She probably owns or works for or represents the funeral home. She was on TV days before the funeral talking about it being held at the church after it was announced that there would be no public, civic center memorial service. She did a good job with the media and helping to keep things orderly at the funeral, from what I could tell from the media coverage I received.

Anonymous said...

Clive is the one that should be getting raked over the coals in the media, if anybody. I'll never get past him going on with the party the day before the Grammys. I could see dinner, reflection on Whitney's life, and perhaps prayer or a moment of silence, but it was as if Whitney meant very little to him the day she died. The food on his plate probably meant more to him than her dead body upstairs. I wonder if any celebrities had the decency not to go or not to stay at the party, considering the circumstances.

The Real Fedup said...

To be honest... I think she is lying but for very good reason.

I JUST THINK SHE DIDN'T WANT TO SEE THE HYPOCRITES IN THAT FUNERAL AND PROBABLY WOULD HAD LOST IT! So she rather not show up.... Aretha is a straight up person and I could of seen her cursing out a lot o folks that Cissy should of NOT INVITED TO THAT FUNERAL!

Come on after watching that yesterday and the drama unfolding....I don't blame her for not showing up in that circus. Althea probably coming. To pay her respects on her own...not with a bunch of HYPOCRITES on that pew.

Anonymous said...

Cosign12:38 u took the Words out of my mouth..

Anonymous said...

@ second 127 I love you!! You typed exactly what I was thinking. Why can't folks see through this? Isn't it obvious?

Anonymous said...

The last movie project that Whitney worked on filmed scenes in different Detroit venues over several weeks, so I'm under the impression that if Whitney and Aretha didn't spend time together while Whitney was in the area they at least could have made time for phone calls or something. If not, either it's because they both were too busy or their relationship was strained.

Anonymous said...

@12:19

Reethas concert was in New York City which isn't that far from Newark, NJ. They could have propped her up in the luxury bus she tours in and drove her over to the church. Then wheeled her into the church where she could have bowed out from singing and just sat there in support. I think it has more to do with her saying she wasn't Whits godmother and trying to avoid family issues than the cramps.

Anonymous said...

@1:27

How do you know that Aretha or her people told the Houston family? Her people may have told the media and hoped that it'd trickle down to the Houstons. Most of the invitees were found out because their PR prersons confirmed that they were invited and were attending or not. I bet you that it was Arethas people and not the Houstons people that told the media she wouldn't be there.

There were many celebs who were there and nobody knew were invited like Mariah and Mary J Blige.

Anonymous said...

Aretha still should have called Dionne and let her inform the family she wasn't coming! That would have also made if possible for Bobby's fam to be seated with the extra seats Aretha would have taken up! She gets no pass here! If her legs we're hurting that bad she would not had been able to perform later Aaron her concert! Or stand in line at Popeye's chicken, which I'm sure her fat a## did!

Anonymous said...

@1:58 Great minds think alike. But sadly, it isn't obvious to most of the sheeple. They get played like this on a day-to-day basis. They are heavily programmed and their minds change like the wind. Whatever the media tells them to think and believe, they are robotic, mindless followers. Very few of us actually employ our own critical thinking. We are a threat to their agenda. Anyway, keep thinking for yourself. We need more mental warriors out here anyway...

Anonymous said...

@12:38

"*That chick who won X Factor & got into with Whitney that weekend, then sold her story to the tabloids. Her music career is over."

She will never have a successful career. There is a reason why she's been actively working in Hollywood all of these years and has never had a record deal since the one she had with her group decades ago. She's a liar who will hitch on to whomever and whatever she thinks will get her by. She had a bad reputation even before this.

Anonymous said...

At her concert I meant

Anonymous said...

@2:12

Oh I totally agree. I think there's a dynamic in this situation that we don't know and will probably never know. I don't dislike Aretha but she can have a really nasty attitude and way about her. Aretha could have had a good reason for lying and staying away as well...who knows except for her and the family at this point.

Anonymous said...

2:14 was for the first 1:58 btw.

Anonymous said...

@1:33

Yes that sister was hoofing it and working hard during the funeral and I'm sure during the whole process.

@1:18

That was clearly a woman to me...

Anonymous said...

@12:38

She said she wasn't Whits godmother....so yea she said something the family wouldn't like. You didn't hear the protest in Dionne's voice when she announced Aretha and then had to back out when she said "She IS Whitneys godmother" like she had something to prove or correct. I believe that's why Aretha didn't show up.

Anonymous said...

I doesn't matter if she was Whitney's God Mother are not she was asked to be there the family wanted her there. If she performed a concert she could have went to whitney's homegoing even if she just sat there she didn't have to sing she should have been there.

Anonymous said...

Uh yeah she wearing that "gatdamn granny blue, I don't wear no gatdamn blue" sips tea. I know they had a spare wheel chair in that bitch and ReRe can sang in sleep while eating a plate of hawg maw and grits so yes she does need to come better if it aint nothing but "I didn't have time for all that fuckery!" Anybody know if Chaka Khan was there?

Anonymous said...

^^ Doesn't matter if she is Whits god mother or not but she may have wanted to avoid a bad vibe from her comments. Who knows this is all speculation at the end of the day. Maybe her leg spasms were too debilitating.....

Anonymous said...

I'm willing to give Aretha Franklin the benefit of the doubt. I do know that Aretha has a phobic fear of flying which, I believe, developed around the time her father was stabbed. Aretha usually travels in a custom fitted bus. So is Aretha's legs were bothering her, a long bus ride would have worsened the situation. Do not judge lest you be judged yourself, the Good Book says.

Anonymous said...

Aretha's tribute to Whitney: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_05nG_3rOPo&feature=share

Anonymous said...

Cucumbers taste better as pickles.

-- dee truth

Anonymous said...

2:54 what kind of amenities might there be on the "custom fitted" bus. Have you ever seen the inside of a "custom fitted" bus? I bet ReRe custom fitted bus has all the comforts of home, do come better next time. Although I am total agreement she GOT to be NO WHERE she don't want to be FOR ANY DAMN REASON SHE WANTS, just don't come with that okie doke bullshit.

Anonymous said...

^AINT

Anonymous said...

@2:54

You do realize it takes about an hour and 1/2 to 2 hours to get from Manhattan to Newark. If she took a bus from Detroit to NY or Detroit to LA surely she can stand the ride to Newark up the road.

Anonymous said...

Aretha knew something in the milk wasn't clean. Apparently there's some bad blood between her and Cissy and she did not want to come acting all fake, like she gave a shit. I ain't mad at her . We know the Houston family has fake down to a "T", so they just don't get Aretha's way of thinking.

Anonymous said...

@ 3:19 but what if she didn't give a fuck about Whitney or maybe Cissy? It's her right to go and come as she pleases. She's no relation to WH and is not obligated to do nothing but stay black and die. Fuck those parasitic industry whores. Old face Cissy and Crypt Keeper Dionne.

Anonymous said...

dee truth that explains ur tart face ass comments

Anonymous said...

See Aretha on YouTube: "The Uninvited, Got 2B Real"
Explains a lot.

Anonymous said...

Be nice ya'll... oh yeah did you hear that fool Alicia OffKeys screaming? I was so mad!! Good tribute but people weren't really feeling it

Anonymous said...

"Old Face Sissy"

"Crypt Keeper Dionne"

yall are a mess lol And for the person who mentioned Clive Davis, He will always be suspect to me but he's a rich jew so who gon check him boo? Not those hollywood coons or other jews.

Anonymous said...

....oh young ones...it seems that Ms. Jones has to take some of you to school yet again. The real reason why Ms. Franklin did not appear was because Mr. Jackson (Jesse) did not wish to escort her and chose Robert Flack (one of his other side chicks/sugarmamas for the last 30/40 years) instead. Don't believe me? Ask Nancy Wilson...his other jumpoff too!!!

Anonymous said...

Ewww! I knew about Roberta Flack, but not the wonderful Miss Nancy Wilson!!!

Anonymous said...

Maybe Aretha didn't want to be in church among a bunch of cold hearted industry folks that would party underneath Whitney's dead body.

Anonymous said...

I don't believe that about Jesse and Aretha. I know they're longtime friends, but I can't see him having anything to do with why she didn't attend the funeral. Hell, his ass should have been in the audience and if she just wanted an escort there's always her beau who has been going all over the place with her for years.

Anonymous said...

This is so inconvenient that the tea spillers are arriving in a thread that I am trying really hard to keep respectful of the subject matter. You guys have impeccable timing! Where you guys be hiding out at on slow news days when Snitch has to resort to pulling rabbits out of her hat?

*trying really hard not to beg for a steaming cup of chamomile*

Anonymous said...

@3:56 Who gon check him? Umm... the record buying public with the purchasing power, maybe? I don't know, just a wild guess. You making it seem like he has supernatural powers or somethin!

Anonymous said...

Why would Reetha be worried about Jessie when she's rolling with Catfish Wilkerson.

I don't see the attraction to Jesse his teeth look like they haven't seen a dentist in 30 years and that's strange for someone who is in the public eye.

Anonymous said...

^^ Dat niggas hairlip is out of control.

Anonymous said...

I was wondering why Roberta Flack was at the service when afterward she said in an interview that she hardly knew Whitney. Then I remembered the rumors of her affair with Jesse Jackson & the song on one of her old albums titled "Jesse" that she claims is not about him. It goes something like this:
Jesse, come home, there's a hole in the bed
where we slept and it's growing cold
Jesse, your face in the place where we lay by
the hearth, all apart, it hangs on my heart
And I'm keeping the light on the stair
No, I'm not scared, I wait for you
Hey Jesse, I'm lonely. Come home
_______________________________________
It seems the "Reverend" likes to fill the ladies with more than the holy ghost.

Anonymous said...

You all know Jesse is not into old stank. That's how he ended up with a child young enough to be his grandchild. He cut them old biddies loose way back when he cut his 'fro.

Anonymous said...

Aint no way never ever never ever never ever NEVER Jesse Jackson's wack ass rhyming could talk me out ma draws, I don't see for those women either or more to the point I DON"T want to see for those wommen.

Anonymous said...

GATDAMN y'all truly "killing me softly" with this bullshit!!! NEVER EVER I SAY!

Anonymous said...

5:03 I actually threw up a little bit in mouth at the thought that could be ABOUT Jesse damn Jackson. I need a shot of patron and box of communion waffers to clear my mind's eye!

Anonymous said...

The woman said:

"I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening."

Don't you read what you quote? What's so curious about that? Black folks always trying to start shit.

Anonymous said...

@12:28 PM: They were too busy making things unnecessarily difficult for Bobby Brown and his children to let Dionne know. Black folks, I tell ya! SMDH

Ingmar's Prophetess said...

I wish the divine Miss Aretha had come there. I would've loved to hear/see her put some stank on a gospel hymn. Love that woman! She sings gospel songs like no other can and she'd have taken them folks to church up in that church - literally. I love her 2CD album from back in the day when she sang with the Reverend James Cleveland and the Southern California Mass Choir.

More than anything, though: I would've loved to see her shut Alicia "I Really Can't Sing" Keys down and run her ass outta town, sounding like a damn cat that got it's tail stuck under a rocking chair. Alicia Keys really need to recognize her limitations ...

RIP Whitney.

Anonymous said...

...this is Ms. Jones again. Many of you are way too young to remember that before Jesse became a smart shakedown artist, he lived off of the largesse of a number of black female entertainers, namely Aretha, Nancy, Roberta, and Gladys Knight. His wife Jackie knew and benefitted from it! Remember that many of these women had a falling out some years ago and some, like Cissy Houston chose Nancy and Roberta's side (against Aretha). If you do not believe me, please read Aretha Franklin's autobiography where she takes swipes at a few of them. Jesse is also the mystery man that she refers to... it is very obvious.

Anonymous said...

@2:54 thanks for the video post, that was a nice Aretha tribute.

@3:19 Newark and Manhattan are not that far apart, especially on Saturday with no traffic. It's only 20-25 miles between Radio City and Newark.

Anonymous said...

I don't know if Chaka was in attendance, but if she was I'm glad she didn't speak. I'd hate for her to get up in front of the audience at the church and talk about how she used to get high with Bobby and Whitney.

Anonymous said...

Aretha was just mad that Whitney in a shorter amount of time completely smashed her career. Even aretha couldn't touch Whitney in her prime and aretha's jealous ass couldn't handle it. She probably played nice while Whitney was alive, but now that the attention is all on Whitney again her sloppy old fat ass is pissed!

Anonymous said...

Aretha has always held her own. I don't believe envy was an issue here. Aretha may have her share of problems, but her career is on track as she is still successfully and frequently performing. Apparently people want to see and hear her. That was not the case with Whitney and her busted ass vocal chords and erratic behavior, due to drug abuse.

Anonymous said...

You mean to tell me Jesse Jackson was/is Aretha Franklin Lover????? Oh hell naawwwwwww

Anonymous said...

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"Don't talk to him look what he said on this other blog!!"
SMH even more at those fat, overweight ugly morons who agree. "ok, I'll act funky on the blog to them...because I'm not accepted offline, only the losers here accept me so I "sip" and make side eye commments instead of speaking up." lmaooooooooooooooooo....losers!!

Roll your eyes at THAT ugly daddy dck suckin trolls!! Log off and stop pretending you tell baby daddies off. Like anybody would put his penis inside of you. as if!! trace this IP and give your self away.

Anonymous said...

8:26 what chu tolmbout?

Anonymous said...

Yes I would have loved to hear Aretha sing. The Winans family did a very good job. Winans family are blessed they can sang.

Anonymous said...

@6:36

In was factoring in traffic. But you get my point that it's not a far distance for Aretha to travel.

Anonymous said...

@8:26

You sound manic and schizophrenic.

Anonymous said...

@9:27pm Exactly..... I was thinking the same.

I guess Aretha gets a pass because of her fear of flying and travel issues. just read this article and I thought the comments here were hilarious.

Go to:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2103299/Whitney-Houston-funeral-Singers-godmother-Aretha-Franklin-rocks-stage-New-York-just-hours-cancelling-appearance.html

Anonymous said...

WOW! Pickles, huh??

I have pissed some the fuck off!

Well, GOOD! LMAO

Knock yourselves out, sweeties, I GOT THIS!

-- dee truth

Anonymous said...

Why didn't one of them get up and take the microphone from Alicia-screaming-Keyes?


Angela Bassett
• …Mary J. Blige
• Cory Booker
• …Brandy
• Bobby Brown
• Kim Burrell
• Mariah Carey
• …Gov. Chris Christie
• Kevin Costner
• Clive Davis
• Lauren Eisley
• Missy Elliott
• …Roberta Flack
• …Vivica A. Fox
• M.C. Hammer
• Cissy Houston
• Jennifer Hudson
• …Ray J
• …Rev. Jesse Jackson
• Bishop T.D. Jakes
• Star Jones
• R. Kelly
• Alicia Keys
• Chaka Khan
• Queen Latifah
• Spike Lee
• Darlene Love
• Donnie McClurkin
• Melba Moore
• …Tyler Perry
• …Kelly Price
• Antonio "L.A." Reid
• …Rev. Al Sharpton
• Susan Taylor
• …Cicely Tyson
• Diane Warren
• …Dionne Warwick
• …Forest Whitaker
• Angie Winans
• …Debbie Winans
• …BeBe Winans
• Carvin Winans
• CeCe Winans
• …Rev. Marvin Winans
• …Marvin Winans Jr.
• Oprah Winfrey
• Stevie Wonder

Anonymous said...

^^^ Sorry, I left of Jaheim

Anonymous said...

R. Kelly would kept me home. Sick bastard!

Bee Gee said...

Nobody can know why she decided not to go. Like some have said, maybe she didn't wanna be part of a thirsty ass circus? Yeh it would have been honorable to keep ya word and show up, but who knows, man. A lotta these celebrities claiming to be such friends probably don't see or talk to each other for years and years at a time. Even in light of Whitney's death, most of this seems like a show, and for whatever reason, Ms. Franklin didn't wanna be part of it. So be it..

Anonymous said...

WHAT HAPPENED TO KELLY PRICE?

Anonymous said...

I speculate the REAL reason Aretha didn't show up is because she is afraid to fly.She couldn't drive to NJ and then make her performance probably.OR, she just wouldn't be able to handle it.But, I doubt that's the case.But, if it were leg cramps I know how excruciating they can be.(I had muscle spasms in my neck b4 and GEEZ, ooh, PAIN!)However, I can understand if you are in pain,especially the legs-That means,NO MOBILITY.Wheelchair??Well, then comes the "why is she in a wheelchair questions".But, who cares, you go.When it comes to funerals it's good to at least show up and leave.I can't imagine painstakingly sitting thru a service when i am suffering through my tormenting menstrual cramps.(I mean cramps and errthang else dat go w. it.) But, for a bigger and important reason such as that, I would "show and go".That's just how I look at it..Whew..(IK i wrote a lot).

Anonymous said...

^
Uh, Aretha was in NYC, to do a concert at Radio City Music Hall... she was right across the river from Newark, a 30 - 45 minute drive (depending on the traffic).

Anonymous said...

As many have said, I believe Aretha didn't want to be part of that mockery they called a funeral. all those fake ass people. Didn't Donny Mclurken or whatever his name is say at the end of the service and I quote: We have more celebrities here than the grammys! Like it was a good thing. Just like Bobby Jr. said, it's all about show to those people. Aretha said FUCK IT! and honored Whitney in her own
way on stage. She knows clive davis was responsible for whitneys demise. So do cissy, dionne's ass & them money grubbin houstons. Who's gonna take care of them all now? Bobby kristina? I guess they think Clive Davis gonna be their new sponsor. SAD!

Anonymous said...

Hate to b brutally blunt,,,but since whitney death,,,,,,my heart gos out to her an bobbi k,,,,,,We FINALLY GET A FOKKN BREAK BOUT BEYONCE BABY AN DA WHOLE DAMN FAKE BABY BIRTH SHIT,,,LOL,,,NOW STANK BREF WE AINT ALL IN YO SHIT TRYNA SEE IF U GOT MARRIED OR HAD A KID,,,LMAO OL SECRETIVE HOE SWORE DA SPOTLIGJT WAS GO STAY AROUND HER LOL,,,NOW BITCH U TOOK KELLY SHINE,,,NOW WHITNEY TOOKURS,,,AH HA TEAM WHITNEY ALL DAY,,,real woman tgat cu

Anonymous said...

From 6:38 post lmao DAT KEPT HER CLOTHES ON,,,WHITNEY CUD SING UNLIKE BEY ALL DAT WILD AS GOLD HAIR LOOKN A DAMN SILLY LMAO ANYHOW ON ARETHA THE "TOPIC" U FAT BURLY BITCH U LOOKN A DAMN BLUBERRY IN DAT DRESS U WAS WRONG AS TWO LEFT SHOES HOE! WE KNO YO LARD ASS DONT FLY/CATCH PLANES!,,,BUT BITCH!!!!BITCH U SHOULD OF BEEN THERE,,SMH U FAT MOFO U,,DEN U DANCIN LATER AN SHIT SMFH LO ,,,im done ,,i cud go on,,,bout dis flappy under armed mofo,,unfortunatley I got bullshit to do,,,,im up,,,,
T sign n off,,,rip whitney we will always love u

Anonymous said...

I guess they think Clive Davis gonna be their new sponsor. SAD! 5:10 AM

They won't be sponging off of greedy Clive's ass and he doesn't have any more use for them, now that Whitney's gone. Clive is about his paper and off to the next cash cow.

Anonymous said...

The illuminati masters told her not to go.

Anonymous said...

if someone invited me to a funeral with r. kelly, al sharpton, bobby brown and jesse jackson, id have a leg cramp too...

bayareabully

Anonymous said...

We may never know the truth and there's really no reason for us to care. Last time I checked Whitney and/or Aretha haven't paid a bill in my home.

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