The Homegoing of Whitney Elizabeth Houston

The Houston family has been gracious enough to allow us to see the homegoing service for Whitney Houston. Come on in and join us.

RIP, Whitney.

Aretha Franklin Pay Tribute To Whitney Houston In The Black Church Style!

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84 Responses to The Homegoing of Whitney Elizabeth Houston

  1. Ametia says:

    Thank you, Rikyrah for this CLASSY, RIGHTEOUS, & SWEET Tritube to Ms. Whitney Houston.

  2. Whitney Houston Funeral Puts African American Spirituality On Display

    It was pretty big of the Houston family to let the world, via television camera, into Whitney Houston’s home going celebration, one of the most personal, most heartrending processes any family has to endure. In Whitney Houston’s case, the friends and family members who gave remarks about her life were mostly accomplished stage professionals who are used to performing in front of big audiences, but as CNN commentator Don Lemon so aptly stated, what you saw was pretty much an extended version of what happens at practically every funeral in a black Baptist church. The songs, some of their lyrics altered by the performers to pay homage to Ms. Houston, brought to mind the kind of musical tributes fellow bluesmen are reputed to make in honor of their own when he passes away.

    Whether the cable news network head honchos know it or not, the Houston family actually helped them out by restricting them to a single pool camera to televise the proceedings. This meant there would be no cutaways, no reaction shots, no zooms on the tears rolling down the cheeks of the more photogenic mourners, just one lone lens trained on the podium that panned to the piano in front of the choir whenever someone was performing. The somber, elegiac mood of the sanctuary was projected right into my basement and the homes of millions of others as a result.

    Thousands of Twitter users noted CNN anchor Piers Morgan’s amazement at the raucous singing, clapping, shouting and swaying exhibited throughout the service. Black viewers were quickly reminded just how foreign the African American community and its customs can be, even for the media’s most highly experienced and elevated journalists. Morgan was covering one of music’s most celebrated voices who, at times in her career, transcended race and ethnicity.

    Houston’s Home Going: Authentic Black Church on TV & Twitter

    I listened to the wonder in Piers Morgan’s voice as he watched people tell funny stories, or sing songs from the absolute bottom of their hearts, and I realized, after thinking about it for a moment, that I have only been to a handful of funerals that were not steeped in African American traditions. Outside of my own relatives, in fact, I can count on one hand all of the funeral ceremonies I’ve attended.

  3. Whitney Houston Memorialized By Stars, Family, Friends At Childhood Church
    ‘Whitney, you are the only one who could bring us all together,’ New Hope Baptist Church pastor says in Newark, New Jersey.

    The whole world went to church on Saturday (February 18) to say goodbye to one of the greatest singers of all time. Attendees of all ages, religious beliefs and walks of life, gathered to celebrate superstar singer Whitney Elizabeth Houston, a native of Newark, New Jersey. The state’s governor, Chris Christie, flew flags across New Jersey at half mast in her honor.

    The 48-year-old music icon died on February 11, a day before the Grammy Awards, in Los Angeles. She is expected to be buried on Sunday. (The official cause of death has not yet been confirmed.)

    Despite the singer’s well-documented struggles with substance abuse, on Saturday, there was very little talk of controversy during the largely upbeat, often humorous and emotional Home-Going ceremony held at New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston first sang in the choir as a child. It was attended by more than 1,500 mourners, including Oprah Winfrey, Mariah Carey, Kevin Costner, Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack and Whitney’s longtime friends, the Winans family.

    The ceremony largely underscored her deep Baptist roots and love of the gospel, whether through word or song. This was evidenced by a performance by Grammy-winning gospel star Donnie McClurkin, who sang one of Houston’s favorites, “Stand,” at the request of her family.

    Filmmaker Tyler Perry, who spoke early in the service, said that in conversations with Houston he learned that it was her faith in God that carried her through the darkest times of her life. “Say whatever you want,” Perry said. “God is for her. She is resting with the angels.”

    Gospel singer BeBe Winans, who caused ripples of laughter as he talked about the “crazy Whitney” he knew, wept as he sang the touching ballad “I Really Miss You,” a song he wrote about his deceased brother who also died at the age of 48.

  4. Rikyrah

    You deserve praise for an excellent post. Mad props!

  5. Marion Young says:

    Beautiful service…excellent job Rikyrah…love the commentary, SouthernGirl2…my heart is heavy and broken, but so grateful Whitney had a wonderful send off. Many, many tears. Yes, the world has been churched today!!!

    • Hi Marion!

      I stepped away from the computer for a moment. The World witnessed a Holy Ghost filled Service today. The Spirit of the Lord moved in that Church.

      • Marion Young says:

        Yes we did, SouthernGirl2! It took me way back to those church services I attended years ago. I don’t see that where I live now. The world needed to see this too understand where “soul” comes from, and folks needed to see it too to remind them where they need to come back to. Many profound messages were heard today. Whitney’s death was not in vain. Hopefully it was a wake up call for the world.

      • The Anointing fell and the presence of the Lord was ushered in. I watched it again & tears started falling all over again. May Whitney rest in the arms of the Lord…forever.

  6. dannie22 says:

    That was one of the most beautiful homegoings I have ever seen. Praise be to the Lord!

  7. This is the church as I know. This is what I have known all of my life. This is the way we worship and praise God.

  8. Whitney Houston casket being carried out while “I Will Always Love you” is playing.

    Good Bye, Whitney!!!!!!!!!!!

    ***Tears!** ***Tears!***

  9. Pastor Marvin Winans: “Salvation is free, but it ain’t cheap.”

    Truth! It will cost you everything!

  10. Pastor Winans quoting a Muslim: “He wished he had met Christ before he met the Christian”.

    My Lord! Some real stuff here.

  11. I am significant! AMEN!

    Pastor Winans taking us to Church today. Say Amen!

  12. Preach, Brotha! Preach the Gospel!

  13. Jueseppi B. says:

    trying something different

  14. Donna Brazile @donnabrazile:

    Pastor Marvin Winans is about to have the real church. This is going to be a moment folks.

  15. Jueseppi B. says:

    I have been so turned off by the coverage of Ms. Houston’s death that I am not watching her service.

  16. The Service for Whitney Houston is absolutely incredible! So Anointed, So Holy!

  17. Yes, Jesus Loves Me…

  18. Sheryl Kaye @sherylkaye

    Very emotional performance by R. Kelly singing “I Look To You.” From Whitney’s last album. This is perfect. Standing Ovation

  19. Mother Justice @MotherJustice:

    So thankful to Cissy Houston and Bobbi Kristina for sharing this very private heartbreaking moment with all of us. #RIP #WhitneyHouston

  20. Stevie Wonder performing…

    Ribbon In The Sky

  21. Clive Davis: “You wait for a voice like that for a lifetime.”

  22. Alicia Keys….

    Alicia Keys “Send Me An Angel”


  23. Thank you Lord that we do not have to be in a church building to \”have church\” we r having church in our home Bishop TD Jakes WhitneyCNN

  24. K. Elliott @KElliott4real:

    Black Folk will freestyle a gospel song right on the spot.. Don’t be trying to follow along in your hymm book #youwillgetlost!


  25. Kevin Costner speaking…

  26. Kim Burrell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sang! Sang!

    ….A Change Has Come!



  27. Pastor T.D. Jakes: “Death has not won. People that you love may leave you outwardly; but in your heart they never leave.

  28. The Houston family has been gracious enough to allow us to see the homegoing service for Whitney Houston.

    We are so grateful to the Houston family for inviting us to celebrate the life of Whitney with them!

  29. Bebe Winans: “She decided at the height of her career, she was gonna sing background for BeBe & CeCe!”

    Good story about Whitney, Bebe! I loved it!

    Sang, brotha!

  30. Clutch Magazine @ClutchMagazine:

    The black church is on display for ALL the world to see. We love it. Whitney is going home, y’all.

  31. Tyler Perry: “Before I could get words out to encourage Whitney, she would say, ‘But the Lord.’

  32. Glory to God! Hallelujah!

    Thank you, Jesus! Thank you!

  33. Whitney Houston’s Funeral: Live Blog

    12:24 p.m. ET: This was unexpected: Bobby Brown just left the funeral and drove off with his son Landon Brown.

  34. My Lord! My Lord!

    Sang, Donnie!


  35. Urban Cusp Magazine @UrbanCusp:

    This home going service says so much about who Whitney was, what shaped her, where she came from, and where she’s going.

  36. The Cybernegress @BabylonSista:

    Newark, NJ is taking the entire nation to church this morning.

  37. Thank you, Jesus! Thank you!


  38. Merciful Jesus!


  39. The Root @TheRoot247:

    Oprah Whitney and Gayle King just arrived at the church

  40. Brad Luck @BradLtv

    CNN reports Aretha Franklin is ill & will not perform at Whitney Houston’s funeral 2day but she is in attendance at the church.

  41. Oh, Rikyrah! The Post is so beautiful. You did an excellent job!

    Big Up!

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