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Posted on 10 December 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

Listen to this week IMPACT Radio Talk Show with Host: Clara McLaughlin

Guest: Senator Audrey Gibson and Jada Hunter, Deputy Director of Children of Inmates.

Tune in to IMPACT, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

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Posted on 02 December 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

wise Listen to this week IMPACT Radio Talk Show with Host: Clara McLaughlin

Guest(s) Rev. Marion Wise, New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist; Levi Williams, Florida Star Staff

Tune in to IMPACT, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

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Posted on 17 November 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

joan_paulaListen to Last week IMPACT Radio Talk Show with Host: Clara McLaughlin, Guest(s) – Joan Turner (Senior Thanksgiving Luncheon) and Paula Wright (Duval County, School Board)

Tune in to IMPACT, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

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Posted on 29 October 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

Vote-Counts_webListen to The Florida Star, Radio Talk Show “Impact” with Guest host; Pastor R.L. Gundy, this week topic: Why Vote?

Tune in to IMPACT, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm on WCGL 1360AM and online at

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Posted on 18 October 2014 by The Florida Star Web Editor

Former Lt. Governor (Florida) Jennifer Carroll Listen to this week IMPACT Radio Talk Show with Host: Clara McLaughlin, co-host: Opio Sokoni. Guest, Former Lt. Governor (Florida) Jennifer Carroll

Tune in to IMPACT, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm at

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2014 State of The Union Address in full

Posted on 30 January 2014 by Admin Arthia


As Prepared for Delivery –

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

Today in America, TContinue Reading

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57 ARRESTED: Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll Resigns

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia


Fmr Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer Caroll Resigns

As of Thursday, Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll’s official page was displaying ‘Page Not Found’ error. The page was most likely removed after she tendered her resignation on Wednesday – the same day 57 people connected to the Allied Veterans of the World, were arrested on charges related to racketeering and money laundering. It is further alleged TContinue Reading

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Brunswick NAACP Installs New Officers

Posted on 18 March 2013 by Admin Arthia

Brunswick NAACP’s President Dr. John Perry and Vice President Ron Stokely

The  NAACP officially began a new era in it’s Brunswick  branch, as elected officers were publicly sworn into office last week.  The installation ceremony was held on Sunday, March 10th at the Zion Baptist Church where the guest speaker was Rev. Antony Walk.

The installation charge  was give to Officers and Executive Board by the former President C A Lee. The charge was followed up by the

passing the torch of leadership to Dr. John Davis Perry II the newly installed president of the local branch.

Following his comunity greeting, Perry wasted no time declaring:  TContinue Reading

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VIDEO BOMBSHELL: Oprah learns who introduced Whitney Houston to drugs

Posted on 02 February 2013 by Admin Arthia

Cissy Houston tears up as her son Michael admits to Oprah that he feels responsible for the iconic singer’s death.

By Arthia Nixon
Florida/Georgia Star

Viewers of Oprah’s Next Chapter on OWN who expected to get a glimpse of Cissy Houston’s book chronicling her life with her late daughter were floored when her son Michael joined the interview and confessed to being the one who introduced his sister to drugs back in the 80’s.
After giving Oprah Winfrey a tour of her New Jersey home, discussing Whitney’s childhood and what getting the call that she died was like and even touching on her estranged relationship with Whitney’s daughter, Houston’s smiles turned to tears when Michael came on the set and stated that

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President Swears In For Second Term Using Bible That Belonged To First Lady’s Grandparents

Posted on 20 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts administers the oath of office to President Barack Obama during the official swearing-in ceremony in the Blue Room of the White House on Inauguration Day, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013. First Lady Michelle Obama, holding the Robinson family Bible, along with daughters Malia and Sasha, stand with the President. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

Today, in two separate, private ceremonies, President Obama and Vice President Biden were officially sworn into office, marking the start of the second term. (The Constitution mandates that the President takes the oath on January 20. Since that date falls on a Sunday this year, the public inauguration ceremony and festivities will take place tomorrow, January 21) TContinue Reading

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Jax Congresswoman Corrine Brown To Be Portrayed In Left To Die on LMN Debuting This Weekend

Posted on 18 January 2013 by Admin Arthia

LEFT:The real Tammi Chase-Wright with actress Michael Hyatt who plays Congresswoman Brown in Left To Die film. RIGHT: Congresswoman Corrine Brown

By Florida Star Staff

(Jacksonville, Florida) Congresswoman Corrine Brown is coming to the small screen. Jacksonville’s leading lady in politics will be portrayed by Michael Hyatt, an actress known for appearances on HBO series and her performance in Broadway’s Ragtime will play Corrine Brown in Left to Die.

The movie is set to debut on Lifetime Movie Network (LMN) this weekend.

Academy Award® and Screen Actors Guild® nominee and Emmy® and Golden Globe® winning actress Barbara Hershey (“Once Upon a Time”, “Black Swan”) stars in the Lifetime Original Movie “Left to Die” as Sandra Chase, an American mother of two wrongly sent to an

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SNEAK PEAK: Georgia Star’s Best of 2012

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Highlights of our Georgia Star 2012 year in review

Who made this year’s list of what was most talked about in Georgia for 2012? Our team highlights some of our more memorable stories.
When our paper hits newstands, you’ll see who broke a traditon at a church that stood for well over 100 years. You’ll also see who went from mom to momprenuer. You’ll recall which official got caught in scandal and what senior citizens did to fight back.
From Oprah to open house at the first female owned tertiary level institution, the NAACP to the RYCA’s, you’ll learn who gave south Georgia something to talk about this weekend in The Star!

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COPPA CLAUS IS COMIN’ TO TOWN: Police/Pastor Spreading Cheer In Hospitals And Jail In Glynn and Chatham Counties For Nearly 20 Years

Posted on 25 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

By ARTHIA NIXON, Florida/Georgia Star  

He’s making a list and checkin’ it twice,

His heart is real big and his blue suit is real nice,

Coppa Claus is comin’ to town!

Sure, those are not the original lyrics to the timeless holiday classic but after meeting Rev. Todd A. Rhodes, I am convinced that children of Savannah and Brunswick will be singing the aforementioned words. Why? TContinue Reading

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VIDEO: President Obama at Prayer Vigil for Connecticut Shooting Victims: “Newtown, You Are Not Alone”

Posted on 17 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Newtown High School

Newtown, Connecticut

8:37 P.M. EST

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you.  (Applause.)  Thank you, Governor.  To all the families, first responders, to the community of Newtown, clergy, guests — Scripture tells us:  “…do not lose heart.  Though outwardly we are wasting away…inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”

We gather here in memory of twenty beautiful children and six remarkable adults.  They lost their lives in a school that could have been any school; in a quiet town full of good and decent people that could be any town in America. TContinue Reading

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Brunswick Gives Thanks As Churches Step Up To Help Community For Thanksgiving

Posted on 02 December 2012 by Admin Arthia

Mark Baker, Pastor of Greater Works Than These Ministry Brunswick, GA stands in the center of volunteers assisting with the food outreach.


(BRUNSWICK) In the season and spirit of giving and being their brother’s keepers, Greater Works Than These Ministries did not wait until Thanksgiving to share with the community. This year, hundreds were fed as the result of the generosity extended as early as Sunday, leading up to the first true American holiday.

“There were literally hundreds of people who lined up and churches were there to assist,” said volunteer Fred Wrice. “Thank God they stepped in because based on the amount of people who came out, it is evident that we have to fill a void in the community. It literally brought tears to my eyes to see the amount of people who showed up on behalf of themselves and in some cases, on behalf of others who were physically unable to come and stand in the long lines.” TContinue Reading

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Strong Civil Rights Leader Dies

Posted on 17 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

State Representative Willye F. Dennis was born in Jacksonville, Duval County, Fla., March 14, 1926. She was a Democratic Member of the Florida House of Representatives’ 15th District, 1993-99. She resigned in 1999. She was a delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida in 1996. She is a member of the NAACP and Delta Sigma Theta.

Arrangements are entrusted to: Lewis-Smith Mortuary, Inc. (6665 New Kings Road, Jacksonville, Florida 32209).

Viewing/Visitation: Friday, March 17, 2012, St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church (3738 Winton Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32208) from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Services: Saturday, March 18, 2012, Bethel Baptist Institutional Church (215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202), 11:00 a.m.

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Angela Spears Moves Up in Mayor’s Office

Posted on 17 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

Angela Spears has been elevated to the role of Special Assistant to the Mayor for Community Engagement. In that role, Spears will assist Mayor Brown in his efforts to
engage citizens throughout Jacksonville on key community priorities. In July 2011, Spears was appointed as the mayor’s Deputy Director of Communications. She previously worked as a
television anchor and reporter in Jacksonville and in Waco, Texas.

During her journalism career, Spears won Associated Press awards for her reporting. She has also worked as a community liaison for DaVita Dialysis and a public information officer for the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office. Spears graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned a journalism degree in 1995.

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Public Notices and Invitations to Negotiate

Posted on 17 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl


Certified Concealed Weapon License (Permit) Course Satisfies Florida State Statute 790.06 for Application to Lawfully Carry a Concealed Weapon. 1 Hour Course, $35.00 by Appt. in Callahan, Nassau County, FL. Call Gary Belson (904) 491-8358 for Information.

“Certified Basic Pistol & Advanced Defense Tactics and How Not to Go To Jail Course,” 8 Hour Course Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM in Callahan, Nassau County, FL. CWP Training Certificate. Call Gary Belson (904) 491-8358 for information.

The First Coast Workforce Development, Inc., (DBA WorkSource), will release an Invitation-to- Negotiate on Monday, March 12, 2012 for Professional Employer Organizations to provide Human Resource and payroll/benefits services to be performed July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 with an annual option to renew for up to four years.

A copy of the request will be available beginning Monday, March 12, 2012 at or at 1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 250, Fleming Island, FL 32003. For additional information contact: D. Nevison 904/213-3800, x-2010. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT 11:00 AM (EST) April 16, 2012.

The First Coast Workforce Development, Inc., (DBA WorkSource), will release an Invitation-to-Negotiate on Monday, March 12, 2012 for Disaster Staffing Services to be performed July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013 with an annual option to renew through 2017.

A copy of the request will be available beginning Monday, March 12, 2012 at or at 1845 Town Center Blvd., Suite 250, Fleming Island, FL. 32003. For additional information contact: D. Nevison 904/213-3800, x-2010. DEADLINE TO SUBMIT 11:00 A.M. (EST) APRIL 2, 2012.

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Craigslist Killer Said He Did It For The Rush

Posted on 10 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

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Tiara Pool, 21, of Jacksonville, was found dead in her apartment in July 2010 after Jacksonville Fire and Rescue responded to a call when a friend went to her home and found her there.

Tiara was the mother of two sons. Her husband, a Navy Petty Officer, Michael Pool was deployed on a ship. Tiara was described by her sister-in-law as kind, ambitious and very smart. She was taking classes and truly concentrating on school.

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David Sparre, 20, of Waynesville, Georgia was found guilty of the murder. In fact, one month after a jury convicted him of first-degree murder, Sparre wrote a letter to his ex-girlfriend, stating that he planned the murder.

According to the letter, he travelled to Jacksonville with murder on his mind. He selected Tiara after responding to her Craiglist ad. In his letter, he stated that he stabbed her 89 times. “After she quit fighting, I titled her head and sliced her throat.”

Sparre said he had killed before as a gang initiation rite. However, he had never stabbed anyone and so he thought it would be a good rush, so he did it.
The jury voted 12-0 in favor of the death penalty for Sparre.

He will face the death penalty after the judge completes the sentencing phase of his trial at the end of March 2012.

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Prince Harry Tours The Bahamas And Jamaica For Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Posted on 10 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

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All the stops were pulled out last week when Britian’s Prince Harry visited The Bahamas and Jamaica for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Both countries are a part of the English speaking Caribbean and were until the 1970’s still under British rule.

The Prince had the opportunity to take part in several cultural events and followed in the footsteps of his mother, the late Princess Diana, by making it a priority to visit with the youth of the nations. Locals and tourists lined the streets and participated in several nationally recognized events to honor the young royal.

[captionpix imgsrc=”” width=”300″ captiontext=”Prince Harry showed that he is still carrying on his mother’s tradition of giving time to sick children by reading to the patients at the Bustamente Hospital, the only pediatric hospital in the Caribbean, located in Jamaica. He was joined by other dignitaries including the Governor-General who hosted a dinner in his honor. (Photo by JIS)”]

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Harlem Globetrotters Hoop It Up In Jacksonville With Spectacular Show

Posted on 10 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

By Farris Long

When it comes to major entertainment venues in the city, Jacksonville had three big choices on Friday night March 2- The Monster Truck Show, R&B artist Monica, and a performance by the world famous Harlem Globetrotters. Thousands of people of all cultures  filled the stands at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena to witness the legacy of the Harlem Globetrotters continue. The faces of all the kids, (and the kids at heart) lit up when the signature whistling sound of “Sweet Georgia Brown” played across the loud
speakers and the show began. Simply put, the mixture of athleticism, comedy, and theater rolled into one made it an excellent family friendly experience.

The show was filled with the tricks, antics, and thrills that families have come to love since the early 1920’s, when the team was founded. They have a rich history of dazzling audiences in over 180 countries around the world. The Globetrotters was at one time, the home to such NBA greats as Wilt Chamberlain and Meadowlark Lemon. Over the last two years, Jacksonville’s very own, E3 Business Group, under the leadership of executive director, Anthony Butler, has played a major role in various Globetrotters games .

“E3 is a national partner with the Harlem Globetrotters helping to expose the game to a more diverse audience,” said Butler. “Our goal is to send 5,000 children to see them nationwide. To date we have helped over 1000 children and their families enjoy the 2012 World Tour.”

If you would like to give a donation and help sponsor disadvantaged children across the country to enjoy this event please call the E3 office at the number below. With ticket prices as low as $20, it was surprising to see such a low turnout of African-Americans in attendance.

Jacksonville serves as the national headquarters and Center for Entrepreneur Development for the E3 Business Group, Inc.
E3 is a nonprofit support group for over 80 local and 400 nationally based aspiring entrepreneurs…Its mission is to educate,
encourage and empower entrepreneurs to succeed in business while giving back to their community. To find out more
about E3 call 888-525-2299 x119 .

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Florida Voting Laws Challenged by Justice Department

Posted on 10 March 2012 by Admin Cheryl

U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder has now voiced his opposition to Florida’s new voting laws that restricts voter registration drives and limits early voting.

According to reports, the Department of Justice filed court papers last week requesting a trial for new voting laws in Florida. The new laws could drastically disrupt the state’s primary election schedule. Mr. Holder said that Florida has not met its burden on behalf of its covered counties, that the two sets of proposed voting changes are entitled to preclearance under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act.

Florida is one of more than a dozen states that have passed recent legislation that requires voters to show state-issued photo identification at the polls, places restrictions on third-party voter registration groups such as the League of Women Voters, who, bcause of the new laws, are no longer pushing early voting.

One of the things that will truly affect voters is the requirement for a state ID. When applying for a state drivers license or ID, a female, for example, must show every name change from birth. So suppose you are an elderly lady and
have had more than one husband. You were born a Jones but now is a Johnson because you have lost three husbands. In this situation, you must provide proof of every name change since birth. This will require you to pay marriage and
death record fees. A serious disadvantage for a 70 year old.

The new regulations in Florida impose burdensome administrative requirements, onerously tight deadlines and heavy penalties for mishandling or not turning in voter registration forms on time. In addition, individuals who help people register to vote must be certified by the state and must submit each completed voter registration form within 48 hours as opposed to the 10 days previously allowed. The risks under the new laws include fines and criminal charges.

Prior to the 2008 presidential election, many churches held “Souls to the Polls Campaigns.” In this situation, the church would take vans and buses with their members and other church attendees to the polling places on the Sunday before Election. This would be the last day for early voting. Now, under the new laws, early voting on the Sunday prior to election day has been eliminated.

In 2008, Florida’s large Black and Latino population went out in masses to vote. Now many voter registration drives have ceased because of the new laws.

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First Inductees Into Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame Honored

Posted on 03 March 2012 by The Florida Star Online

The first three inductees into Florida’s Civil Rights Hall of Fame were named on February 29, 2012

Former Florida Senator Claude Denson Pepper (1900-1989), Mary McLeod Bethune (1875-1955), and Charles Kenzie Steele (1914-1980 were all inducted postmortem. Pepper sponsored the Equal Rights Amendment. Bethune created a school for black girls that later became Bethune-Cookman University. Steele protested segregation and helped organize the Tallahassee Bus Boycott.

Florida Representative Alan Williams sponsored the bill that created the state Civil Rights Hall of Fame. Florida is America’s first.

“The legacy built by these inductees is one we must carry today. We carry it now in our state’s history. We must carry it with everything that we do,” said Williams.

The text of the bill

Provides for establishment & location of Florida Civil Rights Hall of Fame; provides for selection of hall-of-fame members by Governor upon recommendations by Florida Commission on Human Relations; provides criteria for such recommendations; authorizes commission to set time periods for nomination & selection of hall-of-fame members; assigns responsibility for certain hall-of-fame costs.

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Jacksonville Hosts U.S. Conference of Mayors

Posted on 03 March 2012 by The Florida Star Online

Mayor Brown Leads Conference as Chair of the Metro Exports and Ports Task Force.

Mayors from across the county convened in downtown Jacksonville for a three day-conference on ports and exports. As Chair of the Metro Exports and Ports Task Force for the U.S. Conference of Mayors, Mayor Alvin Brown led several discussions on topics such as global competition for U.S. ports and port modernization.

“I think it has been good for the city to have the mayors come here and talk about an issue that is important not only for Jacksonville, but for cities all across the country,” said Mayor Brown. “It also speaks to the importance of focusing on the importance of ports and exports to put people back to work.”

Mayors, port officials, and city officials from more than 40 cities were represented. Mayors in attendance included Vice Chair of
the Metro Exports and Ports Task Force, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, Second Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors Scott Smith, Mayor of Mesa, and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Mayor Villaraigosa, who is also the president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, said he was impressed by Mayor Brown’s leadership at the conference.

“We want cities to understand the new markets are abroad. Eight out of ten markets, the growing economies, are not here,” said Mayor Villaraigosa. “They are in Asia, Latin America and other places. We have to take our goods, our American made goods, and sell them in those countries. That is going to be a big shot in the arm to our economy and Alvin Brown, your mayor, knows that.”

Paul Anderson, Chief Executive Officer for JAXPORT, said the conference will have a positive impact on Jacksonville and national ports.

“The (U.S. Conference of Mayors) understands the issue of infrastructure and the importance that will play in our country growing in a global marketplace,” said Anderson.

During the meeting, the U.S. Conference of Mayors unveiled a report that said exporting from metro areas has the potential to grow significantly by 2020. In Jacksonville, exports are expected to jump by 68 percent, from the $1.9 billion in market value recorded in 2010 to $3.2 billion projected in 2020.

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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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