1. MTO, It is a disgrace that on the day Black America buries our princess, while the whole world mourns, your top story shows a Kim Kardashian look-alike giving head. If anyone ever had any doubt that MTO has no class or no sense, now you have your proof.
2. "R Kelly was there?" He was not just there; his performance of "I Look to You" was the most moving and emotional in the entire service. And I am NOT a fan or R Kelly...I think he is a disgusting pervert. But his performance made me cry. His appearance was so classy and somber....he reminded me of Malcolm X. And he did not grandstand like some of the other singers did...he did not say a word when he came to the mic -- not even announcing that he had written the song for Whitney. He just started singing from his heart and soul. Now that's class.
3. It was disgraceful that Kim Burrell took it upon herself to sing "Change is Gonna Come" with altered lyrics rather than the song she was supposed to sing, "I Believe in You and Me." Whitney's family planned the service and selected the songs they wanted to hear; she was lucky that they asked her to sing and if she didn't want to sing that song she never should have agreed to do so. To suddenly make a change in the selection was tacky and thoughtless. "Change is Gonna Come" is a very heavy, somber song, and the service was supposed to be uplifting. And she didn't even sound that good! This was definitely one of the lowest parts of the service, and she should be ashamed of herself. I hope Cissy lets her have it. Yolanda Adams' performance of "I Love the Lord" on the NAACP Image Awards was incredible. That would have been a wonderful addition to the service and they could have left out Kim Burrell.
4. I am a huge Alicia Keys fan but her voice could have been more controlled. This was not one of her best performances. I also was not that impressed with Stevie (who was grandstanding a bit) or Donnie McClurkin.
5. BeBe Winans' voice was as amazing as ever and gave me chills. CeCe also sounded beautiful. It seemed inappropriate for Rev. Marvin Winans to use the occasion as a Winans reunion, although the Winans and Houston families seem very close, and the Winans sounded great.
6. Who the hell gives a eulogy and never mentions the name of the deceased?!? Rev. Winans did not eulogize Whitney, he merely preached a sermon that he could have given this Sunday or any other Sunday in his church. He was one of only a handful of people who are clergy and who had known Whitney for many years, and as such was in a unique position to eulogize her. He apparently had never done a eulogy before and no one bothered to tell him how to do it. It is obvious that Rev. Winans really wants to be a performer again and not a minister. Jesse would have given a good eulogy and they should have picked him instead. And why was Jesse up on the dais but never given the chance to say a word? Not even a *** prayer? Very disrespectful.
7. Tyler Perry, Kevin Kostner, Clive Davis, bodyguard Ray Watson and sister-in-law/manager Pat Houston gave the best tributes.
8. I sobbed like a baby when I Will Always Love You" was played at the end as her casket was lifted on the pallbearers' shoulders. It was as if the voice of an angel were coming down from the heavens.
9. The Houston family's treatment of Bobby Brown was appalling and no doubt upset Bobbi Kristina on the worst day of her life. He did not show up with an "entourage," as the media keeps reporting, but with his siblings - Whitneys former in-laws - and his children - Whitney's step-children and Bobbi Kristinas siblings. There were 1,500 seats in that church and if Bobby and his family needed 10 seats, they should have been provided. Whitney sang at his mother's funeral last year and she, Bobby and Bobbi Kristina were photographed leaving a restaurant after dinner only a few days before she died. Obviously the former spouses had made their peace. They were married for almost 20 years and even if the Houston family doesn't like him because of the way he treated Whitney during their marriage, that was a long time ago and he is the father of Whitney's only child. He and his family should have been allowed to sit with Bobbi ***. The Houstons did not behave like Christians. Bobby, on the the hand, showed class (for the first time ever) and respect for Whitney by leaving rather than creating a scene, and in the statement he released later.
10. Overall, a beautiful service. Kudos to Cissy for deciding to let the cameras in, and to Gov. Christie for standing firm on his decision to lower the flags to honor Whitney.