Newark prays for Bobbi Kristina on Whitney Houston’s genocide anniversary

February 11, 2015 - Finding Carter

All we can do is crawl a heads in prayer.

Let’s stop wondering since and doubt what happened to Bobbi Kristina Brown on Jan. 31, when she was found face down in a bathtub in her home outward of Atlanta. She’s young, with a universe during her feet, and now walking this thin line between life and death.

It’s in a hands of a devout energy that childhood friends of Whitney Houston are sticking to right now, anticipating that a daughter of a late good thespian awakens from a medically prompted coma.

Pamela Hodge and Toni Gregory, both of Newark, are sisters who grew adult in East Orange with Houston, and they can’t trust they’re reliving this pain again, quite since it is so identical to a approach Houston died.

“What’s going on?” Gregory asks rhetorically. “We went by this with Whitney. It’s attack my family really hard.”

Houston’s genocide 3 years ago stays uninformed in Gregory’s mind, and now, she contingency face a probability that a same thing is function to Houston’s daughter. The tension is so tender that Gregory, who calls Houston her initial best friend, says she can’t even listen to her songs.

Remember Houston’s stirring delivery of a inhabitant anthem during a 1991 Super Bowl? Gregory has to travel divided from her table in Newark City Hall when a legislature plays “The Star-Spangled Banner” before a meetings.

“I still mangle down and cry,” she says.

In this Feb. 12, 2011 record photo, thespian Whitney Houston, left, and her daughter Bobbi Kristina arrive during a Pre-Grammy Gala Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis honoring David Geffen in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Whitney was family, like a sister from another mother. That’s how tighten they were.
Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mom, was “Aunt Cissy” and Houston’s father was “Uncle John.” And a Houston kids did a same with a Gregory household. They were family by choice, not by blood. That’s how most time they spent in any other’s house, vital opposite a travel from one another.

At Christmas, both families hid a other family’s gifts to keep a kids from anticipating a presents.

Houston’s goodies from her mom would be underneath a bed in a Gregory house, and a Gregory presents would be underneath a bed in a Houston home.

“The ones we found were for a Houstons and a ones a Houstons found were for us,” Gregory says.

Now, that’s story and that’s since this is so sad, since they feel so connected. And even yet they didn’t know Bobbi Kristina – they usually saw her as a baby – a sisters contend she’s family, too.

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“We wish God to work a miracle, that we know he can,” Hodge says. “It’s Heartbreaking. There’s zero we can do. The usually thing we can do …”

Her voice trails off. She is removing emotional. She’s meditative about a aged area in East Orange that they call Dodd Town and a abbreviation propagandize they attended – and how so many people have been overwhelmed by what’s happened to Houston’s usually child.

“People are praying for a family for sure,” she says. “All we can do is rest on God.”

Today is a anniversary of Houston’s death. It’s unbelievable, unthinkable. It was only yesterday, it seems, that a universe pronounced goodbye to a cocktail star who was famous as “Nippy” behind home.

Jacqueline Kimble, of Orange, shares a same thoughts when she recalls a family. As teenagers, she and Houston sang in a choir of Newark’s New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston’s wake was hold in 2012.

“My heart aches for them, that they would be put into another conditions where there’s a probability of losing another desired one, and someone so immature and vibrant,” Kimble says.

No one knows what to say. This is not a healthy sequence of things. This can’t be put into words.


Barry Carter: (973) 836-4925 or or or follow him on Twitter @BarryCarterSL

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