Archive | February, 2012

Jacksonville Musician Attends Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Posted on 25 February 2012 by The Florida Star Online

<em>Formerly played drums for Cissy and Whitney Houston</em>

<img class="wp-image-1597 alignnone" title="erics_brown_cissy_houston" src="" alt="" width="516" height="455" /><br clear=all><em>Erics Brown and Cissy Houston</em>

By Frances Calhoun Bradley
Photo by Erics Brown

Erics Brown was devastated when he heard of thedeath of friend, Whitney Houston, in her suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the eve of the GrammyAwards, February 11, 2012.

Brown, a Jacksonville native, played drums for Cissy and Whitney Houston for 23 years and 14 years, respectively, during the New Hope Baptist Church Gospel Choir’s Sunday radio broadcasts. He described his relationship with the Houstons as family-like, referring to the elder Houston as "mother" throughout the interview.

Brown received a phone call from a grieving Cissy Houston requesting his attendance at the funeral.  Only guests with invitations were allowed through the many checkpoints approaching the church, with security provided by Newark and military police through the area. Although Brown walked into the funeral with the family, he was asked to move to another area near Bishop T. D. Jakes and Rev. Jesse Jackson, when it was clear there was not enough seating for the immediate the family. A repast was held on the 22nd floor of the Newark Center, where guests were required to show repast tickets to gain entry.

According to Erics, an invitation to the funeral did not guarantee entry to the repast. He was seated at a table across from Whitney’s Bodyguard co-star, Kevin Costner and his wife.

Pictures were allowed at the repast (but not inside the church). Browns snapped many of the celebrities in attendance, i.e. Oprah, Gayle King, TylerPerry, Angela Bassett, Viveca A. Fox, Brandy, Derek Luke, and JenniferHudson.

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Trinidad and Tobago Kids Showcase Culture In Caribbean’s Premier Cultural Party

Posted on 25 February 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Before the adults hit the streets in an all out dancefest complete with African and Indian influences of one of the world’s most multi-ethnic nations, the children of Trinidad and Tobago took the stage to display culture, heritage and bright colors. Indigenous sounds of soca and steel pan drums were heard as children showcased national pride. Carnivalis one of the Caribbean’s most recognizable events which has spawned similar parades around the world including England, Canada and several US cities such as Miami and New York. (Photos by National Carnival Commission)

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Man Beats Son in the Middle of the Street in the Car

Posted on 25 February 2012 by The Florida Star Online

James Houston

An 86-year-old man was accused of beating his 15-year-old adopted son after parking the car in the middle of the road.

James Houston was driving a white Cadillac and witnesses say they saw him come to a complete stop in the middle of traffic. He then came out of the car and walked around to the passenger side of the vehicle. He opened the door and hit and kicked the passenger, who was his son. He then walked back around the car to return to his seat.

Police went after the Cadillac and pulled Houston over. The boy said that he and Houston got into an argument about money problems. He said Houston grabbed him and the boy pushed his hand away. That is when Houston got out of the car in the middle of the road and started punching him in the face. According to reports, there were some minor bruises on his face and Houston admitted to beating his son.

Houston was arrested and charged with battery.

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Who is the daddy?

Posted on 25 February 2012 by The Florida Star Online

The more important question is, who pays child support?

Mary and Phil were good friends since high Sschool and despite the fact that there was never a romantic relationship between them, they remained close and loyal to each other. When Mary was 20, she had a son by another man and Phil continued to stand byher side despite the fact that she vowed she would never reveal who the child’s father was. Rumor has it that the father was a prominent business man who was married and revealing his identity would create a scandal, but the real father wasnever named.

When the child was a year old Mary began dating Jimmy and a year later they got married. When Jimmy agreed to adopt the child, the child’s father needed to sign a consent for the adoption to proceed in Court. Being the loyal friend that he was, Phil falsely signed a consent to the adoption as if he was the child’s father. By th etime that DCF completed their investigation and background check, it was determined that Jimmy was not eligible for the adoption and the adoption was denied.

Mary and Jimmy got a divorce. Mary applied for support benefits from the state and at that point it was necessary to reveal a father to reimburse the state for support payments to the child. Because Phil did not want to disclose that he had falsely signed a consent claiming to be the father and committed fraud on the Court, hegot stuck with the child support payments. Oh, what a tangled web we weave.

Friendship and loyalty are important, but how far should it go?

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Man Charged with Three Felonies for Multiple Robberies

Posted on 25 February 2012 by The Florida Star Online

by Kevin Kim

Jaquez Roland

Police say Jaquez Roland, 34, pulled a gun out on a clerk in a hotel demanding money from a safe. When the clerk wasn’t able to open the safe, Roland tied his wrists and stole his wallet. Two weeks later, he broke into a home and stole an air conditioning unit while the resident was asleep in the room. Hours later that same day, Roland went to rob a liquor store with a gun. He tied the clerk’s wrist and legs and dragged her into a stock room and took money from the cash register and safe. Police were able to later identify the suspect and went to his home. Roland had told a woman in the home to tell the police that he wasn’t there. The officers talked to a pizza man who had just made a delivery to the house and showed them a receipt, which had Roland’s name on it. Roland was arrested and faces three felony charges including the robberies at the hotel and the liquor store. He is also charged with resisting arrest without violence and is being held on $429,000 bail.

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