- Chinese Death Star: The moon cited as the perfect launch pad for ballistic missiles
- Help wanted: Homeland Security plagued by vacancies at the top
- We are not amused: Queen’s protection officers warned to keep ‘sticky fingers’ off the royal cashews
- Unleash the crossbows: Gov. Scott Walker creates new hunting season
- Bubonic plague kills 20 in Madagascar
- G-20 diplomats fell for hacker attack promising nude photos of former French first lady Carla Bruni
- Minnesota guardsman charged with stealing private soldier data for fake IDs
- Florida appeals court rules universities can’t regulate guns
- Vladimir Putin defends Russian conservative values
- Tea Party Patriots call key GOP firing a declaration of war
Franklin says Houston’s mother raised her well
Question of the Day
NEW YORK (AP) - Aretha Franklin says Cissy Houston raised her daughter Whitney Houston well _ and that an interview where Franklin said parents need to make sure children “leave home prepared” was taken out of context.
Franklin released a statement Wednesday, four days after Houston’s funeral. She was expected to sing at the funeral in Newark, N.J., Houston’s hometown, but bowed out because of leg spasms she said she suffered after a concert at Radio City Music Hall the night before. She performed again at Radio City the night of Houston’s funeral, and paid tribute to Houston as “a very fine young lady.”
In an interview about Houston on NBC’s “Today” show last week, Al Roker asked Franklin about Houston’s superstardom.
Franklin said: “I think parents have to really talk to their children before they leave home … (that they) leave home prepared, really. She left home with all the right things.”
After Franklin didn’t attend the funeral, there were some reports that Houston’s mother was upset over Franklin’s comments and that Franklin was uninvited, a charge Franklin denies.
“Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years. I have four invitations and parking passes that were sent to me for the funeral,” Franklin said. “Cissy does not need ridiculous speculation and neither do I _ particularly at this time.”
Franklin also said her full statement _ “This is no reflection on Cissy or Nippy’s upbringing,” using a nickname for Houston _ wasn’t aired (a request for comment wasn’t immediately returned by the “Today” show).
“Knowing Cissy as well as I do, I know Whitney left home right and properly. I was generalizing and it was a well-intended statement for any young adult coming into the music industry,” she said. “I was not speaking of anyone specifically. “
Houston had fought substance abuse for years. She was found dead in a bathtub at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Feb. 11, the day before the Grammy Awards. A cause of death has yet to be determined.
Nekesa Mumbi Moody is the AP’s music editor. Follow her at http://www.twitter.com/nekesamumbi
By Matt Kibbe
The short-term deal will assure long-term overspending
- Obama's Afghanistan experts stumped on U.S. death toll, war costs during hearing
- Comma on!: Twitter erupts over Obama-Castro 'marriage'
- NAPOLITANO: A conspiracy so vast
- All-out war breaks out in GOP over budget pact
- Biden guarantees victory on immigration reform
- Obama takes 'selfie' at Mandela's funeral service
- Jane Fonda Foundation fails to make single contribution in 5 years: report
- White House improvises again on patchy Obamacare rollout
- MALCOLM/REIMER: Over-criminalization undermines respect for legal system
- GOP Rep. Tim Murphy rolls out mental health legislation
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Born in 1930 in rural Missouri, Charles Vandegriffe, Sr., brings his time and place to the Communities.
Columns from Voices around the World talking about the events, people, politics and social issues that concern us wherever, and whoever, we are.
Chef Mary Moran discusses the food we eat, where it comes from and what it does for us.
An informed and often humorous take on the world of advertising, public relations and social media. 100% Pure. Not from concentrate.
Extraordinary day at Redskins Park
White House pets gone wild!
Let it snow