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Whitney Houston Invite

It's NOT a Funeral

It's a 'Home Going' Service

2/17/2012 8:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Official Whitney Houston invitation... not a funeral... but rather a home going service.
Here's the official Whitney Houston invitation ... and  Whitney's family is not referring to the singer's burial ceremony as a "funeral" ... but rather a "home going service."

The invite -- obtained by TMZ -- reads, "With heartfelt gratitude, the Houston Family requests the honor of your presence at the home going service for Whitney Elizabeth Houston."

A "home going" service is more common in the black community and is usually more upbeat and positive than a typical funeral. The focus is to honor the deceased as they go "home" to Heaven to be with God.

As we previously reported, the ceremony at The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ will be a very exclusive affair ... with a guest list hand-selected by Whitney's family.

The event will begin at 12:00 PM EST -- with several of Houston's famous friends expected to participate in the service ... including Kevin Costner, Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin.

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Detroit    

Y'all make me sick...."Home Going" is a term we use in black community...Educate yourselves TMZ....Damn!

878 days ago
62.

Mary    

Her body is dead her spirit lives forever.
I am really starting to not like this show.

878 days ago
63.

Mary    

That's is news to your DUMB ASS TMZ!

878 days ago
64.

Bubbles The Chimp    

I can just see her now... sneaking down to Hell to buy a few crack rocks.

878 days ago
65.

Ratings Needed    

This 'private' service by invite only will be televised on CNN starting at noon E.T.

878 days ago
66.

janet    

Houston was broke. Clive Davis had been paying all of her bills but would not pay for her funeral. Jacksons never streamed lined his funeral and Houstons, they want this classy and respectful. Then why streamline it at all? Money. Nothing to do with fans. Her fans walked out of her concerts wanting their money back. There was no comeback for Houston, she destroyed her voice. She knew it.

15-20 years ago she was kickass, that was a long time ago. Like Jackson, she's still dead.


Gangbangers in Newark are loving this. Cops will be at the funeral and let the deals go down.

878 days ago
67.

ihrams    

"Home going" service? That's ebony and phonics.
Illiterate. "Going home" service would be proper
English.

Lazy Ebonics-speaking people.

They don't want to learn standard English and
join the mainstream.

878 days ago
68.

cdstudios    

watch me making USD50k every month on stock online. http://cdstudios.homelinux.net

878 days ago
69.

kay-kay    

she was a blessing to all and very gorgeous with a beautiful voice..we miss and love you very much witney..praying for all.

878 days ago
70.

CR     

For those who no little about the black experience and TMZ for printing this misinformed information. A so called funeral is always referred to as a home going service. Check your facts on the black experience!

878 days ago
71.

summer    

rip

878 days ago
72.

LiLa    

A going home service -- I like that.

878 days ago
73.

Wizard of Ahs    

It is "invitation"....NOT "invite". It seems no one at TMZ took English 101.

878 days ago
74.

MARSHA     

We all have issues it may not be drugs but it's something. stop talking about the next person lift them up in prayer hold them up thru the addiction no matter what it is. we all have them. the only thing is our life is not public so we get the chance to do what we want hide what we want from our friends and family. keep the Houston family in prayer...

878 days ago
75.

skully    

Going Home.....its not like she was on vacation......STUPID

878 days ago
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