Celebrity Friends Gather to Celebrate Whitney Houston's Life

Friends and family arrive at New Hope Baptist Church for Whitney Houston's homegoing service.

Posted: 02/18/2012 12:08 PM EST
Whitney Houston

All eyes are on Newark, New Jersey, this afternoon, as Whitney Houston's celebrity friends arrive at the star's funeral service at New Hope Baptist Church. Not since Whitney first found her voice within those walls as a child in the choir, have they resonated with so much star power. 

In attendance to celebrate their friend are cousin Dionne Warwick, Stevie WonderJennifer Hudson (who sang a fitting tribute to Houston at the Grammys on Sunday), Tyler Perry, Donnie McClurkinBrandy and brother Ray J, Bebe Winans, Cece WinansMarvin Winans, R. KellyLela Rochon (who starred with Houston in Waiting to Exhale) Kevin Costner (her co-star in The Bodyguard), mentor Clive Davis and Alicia Keys

Also in the revered space are Reverend Jesse Jackson, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Newark mayor Cory Booker, Al Sharpton and Michael Eric Dyson. Ex-husband Bobby Brown was there, but left after roughly five minutes. No word yet on what prompted his exit. 


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