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July 3, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times
During Sunday's live telecast of the 2012 BET Awards, anticipation reigned, with questions filling Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. What would polarizing singer Chris Brown say? How would soul singer D'Angelo's highly awaited comeback performance fare? And how would BET pay tribute to fallen pop titan Whitney Houston, whose February death cast a shadow over the Grammys? The annual show, which started in 2001, is known for its over-the-top performances and drama onstage and last year pulled in 7.7 million viewers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
July 2, 2012 | By Todd Martens
Whitney Houston died on the eve of this year's Grammy Awards, and the sudden passing of one of the music industry's most recognizable and cherished voices cast a pall over the those proceedings. Sunday night's BET Awards, aided by the healing power of time, staged an extended and moving tribute to the fallen icon, one that celebrated Houston's career with a performance from her mother, Cissy, an acclaimed gospel singer herself. Attendees such as Kanye West, Beyonce and Soulja Boy were shown swelling up with tears throughout the segment.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 1, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
During Sunday's live telecast of the 2012 BET Awards, anticipation reigned, with questions filling Los Angeles' Shrine Auditorium. What would polarizing singer Chris Brown say? How would soul singer D'Angelo's highly awaited comeback performance fare? And how would BET pay tribute to fallen pop titan Whitney Houston, whose February death cast a shadow over the Grammys ? The annual show, which started in 2001, is known for its over-the-top performances and drama onstage and last year pulled in 7.7million viewers.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
When Whitney Houston passed away 24 hours before this year's Grammy Awards, producers of the telecast were forced to scramble to figure out the most appropriate way to honor the fallen pop star and remain sensitive to the news that had sent a crippling shock wave through the music industry. In the hours following the news, Grammy executive producer Ken Ehrlich and his team tapped former “American Idol” diva Jennifer Hudson for an understated yet poignant version of Houston's signature “I Will Always Love You” and show host, LL Cool J, began the ceremony with a semi-impromptu prayer.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Who got Whitney Houston started using drugs? Bobby Brown says it wasn't him, thank you very much. Houston's drug use started "way before" he entered the picture, he told Matt Lauer in an interview that will air this week on the “ Today ” show. "I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney," Brown said. "I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all. " He said that watching the reality show they did together in 2005, “Being Bobby Brown,” was enlightening.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 26, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
For Bobby Brown, a plea deal entered Wednesday in Van Nuys means that his recent DUI case is, for the most part, one for the books. Through his attorney, who appeared in L.A. Superior Court on his behalf, the singer pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence, L.A. Now reported. He'd found himself in trouble after a midday arrest in the San Fernando Valley on March 26. In addition to three years' informal probation, he was hit with a one-day jail sentence.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2012 | By Andrew Blankstein and Abby Sewell, Los Angeles Times
The coroner's investigation into the death of Whitney Houston came to a close Wednesday with a final autopsy report that described the singer submerged face-down in hot water in the bathtub of her Beverly Hills hotel suite with a unidentified white powdery residue left in a spoon on the bathroom counter. The report released Wednesday confirmed that the 48-year-old singer drowned in a bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. It concluded that Houston's death was accidental.
BUSINESS
April 2, 2012 | By Pat Benson
Oprah Winfrey's cable network is in trouble, entertainment business reporter Joe Flint says in this video. Created 15 months ago in partnership with cable television giant Discovery Communications, the Oprah Winfrey Network was expected to get off to a good start by tapping the 6 million fans who were watching Winfrey's talk show in syndication.  Instead, OWN is averaging just 259,000 viewers in prime time, according to Nielsen. Winfrey said on "CBS This Morning" that the channel has been much harder to get off the ground than she expected, reporter Meg James writes today on our sister blog, Company Town.
NEWS
March 22, 2012 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
The Los Angeles County Coroner's office reported Thursday that singer Whitney Houston's death at the Beverly Hills Hotel was an accidental drowning.  Cocaine use and heart disease were contributing factors in her death, officials said Thursday. “She may have had a heart attack” that rendered her unconscious, leading to her drowning, said Ed Winter , deputy chief of coroner investigations. Cocaine's negative effects on cardiac health are well-established.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2012 | By Stephen Ceasar, Los Angeles Times
The Los Angeles City Council called Tuesday for radio outlets to put an end to racist and sexist language on the airwaves. The resolution, passed on a 13-2 vote, is a symbolic statement decrying a recent comment by local KFI-AM (640) talk radio hosts John and Ken. The duo, John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, triggered protests when they referred to the late Grammy-winning singer Whitney Houston as a "crack ho" on the air. Though an original draft of the resolution focused specifically on the station and its parent company, Clear Channel Media, an amendment broadened the target to all local media outlets.
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