The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey will be the home of funeral services today for the late Whitney Houston. The church is where Houston first got attention for her voice. The funeral will be livestreamed via the A.P. starting at noon and over 70,000 people have already logged on to watch the day’s events. It was confirmed this week, after much speculation, that Houston’s ex husband singer Bobby Brown would in fact be attending services this morning. Other guests include Stevie Wonder, Kevin Costner, and her mentor Clive Davis. Newark Mayor Cory Booker (also set to attend) has been answering questions about the funeral on his Twitter account this morning. He even apologized to CNN’s Soledad O’Brien for having such tough security at the event. The New York Times’ Sarah Maslin Nir has reported that Whitney’s body has arrived to the funeral in a gold hearse.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on February 18, 2012