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Saturday’s funeral for Whitney Houston is expected to be made available for television and web streaming from the New Jersey church where she grew up, Houston’s publicist said Wednesday.
The services will be held at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark. However, the AP says there will be just one camera inside the church on Saturday.
The media will not be allowed inside the private service, which will start at 12 p.m.
Gospel singer Marvin Winans will give the eulogy at Whitney Houston’s funeral this Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, requested that Marvin be the one to say a few words, reports USA Today.
Marvin, a Grammy winner and the brother of gospel singer CeCe Winans, knew Whitney well and officiated her marriage to Bobby Brown in 1992. CeCe was also close with Whitney. They recorded the song, “Count on Me,” for the 1995 movie “Waiting to Exhale.”
The entire Winans family will attend the service, and when asked if there will be any performances, he said, “Whatever Momma Houston [Cissy] wants, that’s what she’s going to get,” Marvin said, according to USA Today.
Marvin said he last saw Whitney at the end of 2011 when she was in Detroit shooting scenes for the upcoming film “Sparkle.” Marvin, who’s also a pastor at Perfecting Church in Detroit, said Whitney attended his service when she was in town last year.
Aretha Franklin, Houston’s godmother, has been asked to sing at the funeral, which begins at noon, Franklin’s spokeswoman said.
Others confirmed on the guest list are Chaka Khan, Bebe & CeCe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, pop singer Darlene Love, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Ray J and Brandy. Houston’s cousin, singer Dionne Warwick, was in New Jersey helping the family with funeral arrangements, Warwick’s publicist said
As for Saturday, no wake will be held and there would be no public memorial. It’s an invitation-only funeral service headed up by Pastor Joe Carter, who knew Whitney for decades.
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