May 12, 2012 in City

Reality show planned with Houston family

From Wire Reports

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A reality show featuring Whitney Houston’s relatives, including daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown and mother Cissy Houston, is in the works.

Houston representative Kristen Foster confirmed the Lifetime show, “The Houston Family Chronicles,” on Friday.

It will focus on Pat Houston, sister-in-law and manager of the late singer. Pat Houston is also helping care for Whitney Houston’s only child, 19-year-old Bobby Kristina. The show promises to feature Bobbi Kristina and Cissy, as well as Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick, gospel singer CeCe Winans and other members of the Houston family.

Whitney Houston drowned in a bathtub in February at age 48.

2 charged with trying to extort singer

Two people have been charged with extortion after police detectives say they arrested the pair for trying to sell what they said was embarrassing information about Stevie Wonder.

The duo, Alpha Lorenzo Walker and his girlfriend, Tamara Eileen Diaz, have been jailed since their arrest on May 2. Both have pleaded not guilty and are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday for a hearing in which a judge will decide whether there is enough evidence for them to stand trial.

According to a felony complaint, Walker and Diaz attempted to obtain money from the Grammy-winning musician, who is identified by his birth name, Steveland Morris. An email message sent to Wonder’s studio was not immediately returned Friday.

Walker identifies himself as Wonder’s nephew and is being held without bail because of another case. Diaz’s bail is set at $95,000.

Kids with cancer like Clarkson video

A video featuring cancer-stricken children, their nurses, doctors and parents lip-synching and dancing to the popular Kelly Clarkson song “Stronger” has become an online sensation.

Clarkson said in her own video message to the children at Seattle Children’s Hospital that their performance was amazing.

The youngsters, many attached to IVs, dance along with parents and medical staff. One child even rides a bike through the hallways of the hematology oncology floor. The video is part of a creative arts program with cancer patients at the facility.

The kids’ video went online May 6.

The birthday bunch

Actress Millie Perkins is 74. Actress Linda Dano is 69. Singer-musician Steve Winwood is 64. Country singer Kix Brooks is 57. Actress Kim Greist is 54. Rock musician Eric Singer (KISS) is 54. Actor Ving Rhames is 53. Actress Vanessa A. Williams (“Melrose Place”) is 49. Actor Christian Campbell is 40.

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