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Should Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G. be Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

I recently saw a comment online about why Whitney Houston and The Notorious B.I.G was not qualified to be inducted in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.  I wondered for a moment if I should be angered by this, and should I debate the origins of true Rock & Roll’s roots with the author of the post. I wanted to remind them of how the term Rock & Roll was created by a disc jockey by the name of Alan Freed, used to describe black R&B records that were of high energy. From the black roots of blues emanating from the local juke joints, to legendary stories of Robert Johnson selling his soul for a wicked lick on his well-worn guitar, rock’s origins could not be denied.

Rock & Roll is the love child of blues and the hard-rocking melodies of many different recordings of the early 1940’s and 50’s. The early rock and roll sound was created by Sister Rosetta Tharpe, a black woman who was born well over 100 years ago. Little Richard to Chuck Berry, from Bo Diddly to Jimi Hendrix, many of their white counterparts in this music genre owe a substantial amount of credit to these individuals. The Rolling Stones’ love for black music propelled them to super stardom, not to mention the millions of dollars Elvis Presley cultivated from early soul music. I though very carefully for a measured response that wouldn’t make me sound to preachy, after all I wanted to make my case solid in my statement.

Then I considered the segregation of black artist in the early 70’s and 80’s at the television award shows. Whenever an artist such as Michael Jackson and Prince would win it would be for best black single or best black artist of the year categories. Just look at some old footage from early 80’s clips on YouTube and you will see what I mean. As a child at that time, I was just so happy to see one of my favorite artist win, I didn’t take in the totality of the apparent segregation of music had been at that time.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has inducted every popular rock band from Led Zeppelin, Motley Crue, Aerosmith and countless others that they deem worthy of being beacons of light for the almighty throne of this genre. I mean, where would a place be for artists such as Hip Hop and R&B legends Run DMC and Parliament Funkadelic? Would we the have to take the time to create separate Halls of Fames for R&B and Hip Hop, knowing full well that those halls would not be so revered as such an institution as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Would these events get the same amount of airtime and promotion to garner the same amount of recognition deserving of a legendary artist?

Whitney Houston and Biggie Smalls may be not the standard examples of your typical hard rocking artist with waving guitars and crashing drums. But consider Rock & Roll’s origins and take a step back and think about what Rock& Roll music really is. The music is full of high energy, up tempo beats and emotional gravitas that make the souls and hearts of the listeners race. I concede that LL Cool J would look a little awkward standing next to Alice Cooper, but I’m quite sure both artist would respect what the other does in the long run.

It’s about appeasing the masses and making the fans satisfied with the resulting product. Music is what it is: music. The categorization of music is what holds up the most barriers, it’s become denominational not unlike church on a Sunday morning. We idolize our music gods and stand firm on our personal beliefs of what a good song should be and not for what it really is. Maybe would should remember the joy that songs can bring from any artist if it’s good and celebrate together. We owe that to the legends who gave a treasure of memories and good times. So, let hip hop and R&B artists in with no trepidation, but with confidence that being honored is one of the greatest things we can do for one another despite our tastes and beliefs.  

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Bobbi Christina’s Ex Boyfriend Nick Gordon Suffered Overdose Month Before Death

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Spiraling Nick Gordon suffered two suspected heroin overdoses in the space of a month and was homeless in the weeks preceding his death, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.

On the first occasion a loved one was able to revive Gordon by administering Narcan, an opioid antidote that reverses the effects of heroin and kickstarts the heart.

But luck ran out for the wayward former fiancé of the late Bobbi Kristina Brown when he once more overdosed in a central Orlando hotel room early on New Year’s Day and did not get medical assistance in time.

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Medical Examiners State ‘We Know How Bobbi Kristina Brown Really Died’

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Atlanta (CNN)Two months after Bobbi Kristina Brown died under a cloud of suspicion that led to accusations of wrongdoing, authorities in Georgia say they now know how she died — but they aren’t saying.

“The Fulton County Medical Examiner has classified the cause and manner of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s death,” the office said in a September 25 press release. “However, a Fulton County Superior Court Order dated September 25, 2015 has been received Sealing the Autopsy Report and ordering the Medical Examiner to not release any further information to the public.”

The only child of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown died in July, six months after being placed in a medically induced coma for injuries sustained at her suburban Atlanta home.

The 22-year-old was found January 31 in an eerily similar manner to how her music legend mother was discovered dead three years before: facedown and unresponsive in a bathtub full of water.

Speculation about what had happened began immediately, much of it swirling around boyfriend Nick Gordon.

Brown’s estate has filed a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Gordon, alleging he beat her after an all-night “cocaine and drinking binge,” before giving her a “toxic cocktail” that knocked her out, according to the suit.

Gordon has never been charged in relation to Brown’s death, and his legal team called the lawsuit “slanderous and meritless.”

In his first public remarks since his daughter’s death, Bobby Brown said in a talk show appearance this month that he is creating a center for victims of domestic violence in Bobbi Kistina’s memory.

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Bobbi Kristina Will Be Taken Off Life Support Tomorrow on Anniversary of Whitney’s Death

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Sadly, The Brown and Houston families have made the heart-wrenching decision to take Bobbi Kristina off of life-support tomorrow: which is the 3rd year anniversary of her mother, Whitney Houston’s death.

TMZ reports that on Sunday … Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mom, also wanted life support pulled on the anniversary to “bond mother and daughter for eternity.” We have not confirmed this, but the NY Post ran the story this AM.

Members of the Brown family are extremely emotional, sobbing over the decision but realizing it’s the right thing to do.

WRRR reported earlier that Bobbi Kristina was was found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home last week.

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Did Kelly Price Show Disrespect to Bobbi Kristina?

 

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R&B diva Kelly Price is hosting the Pre Grammy awards party this year, and the promoter of the last pre Grammy party where Whitney Houston last performed before she died, feels like Kelly is not showing respect to the Houston family.

Considering the condition of Whitney’s daughter, Bobbi Kristina, who is in a Atlanta hospital fighting for her life (see here), the promoter Jason Lee fired off on Instagram in a tirade aimed at Price.

Jason wrote:

In 2012 I was honored to have produced the event that has notably become the final performance and appearance of the late and great Whitney Houston. Hosting Whitney and her daughter Bobbi Kristina was such an amazing honor that I decided to keep the legacy of Whitney alive during the Grammy’s in an honor that has delivered beyond my expectations.
With the current news of Bobbi Kristina, out of respect for the family, I decided to cancel this year’s celebration – similar to how I felt Clive Davis should have done the night Whitney died.
It’s been brought to my attention several times from celebrity and industry friends, sponsors, and fans that the platform, FOR THE LOVE OF R&B that I’ve spent a lot of time, energy, and my own money into has been hijacked AGAIN by Kelly Price.

While I can understand that creativity and opportunities don’t always come to folks the way they come to me, I would at least expect a successful songwriter like Kelly Price to know how inappropriate or tasteless it is to steal someone else’s ideas and brand. It’s evidenced in her naming the event, “2nd Annual For The Love Of R&B” when it’s now the 4th Annual…. It’s clear to me that there is no consideration for me, Whitney’s legacy, or the hard work that has gone into preserving this platform but with the current crisis the family is in with Bobbi Kristina’s health you’d think this mean girl would cancel the party. However since there will most likely be a red carpet to keep her name in the news, Kelly Price, like Clive Davis will take a “the show must go on” attitude that delivers nothing less than the exploitation she’s looking for.

While I wish Kelly and I could have maintained a partnership to support R&B music where the throwback generation could be fused with the new aged more modern sound of this important generation, I didn’t think that she would stoop this low.

Kelly Price is a bully. Period. And if you ever saw her on R&B Divas just know that the person you saw is the same person who is having a party this year to “honor Whitney” while her daughter is fighting for her life.
DISGUSTING.
NOTE: THIS EVENT BEING HELD THIS YEAR TITLED FOR THE LOVE OF R&B IS NOT MY PARTY.