You may or may not know, I interned for Radio-One Atlanta for about 8 months in 2008. Radio-One is one of the top urban radio stations in the southeast. If you’ve ever watched “Talk To Me” with Don Cheadle acting as ‘Petey Green’, you may also remember Daryl Hughes who along with Kathy Hughes essentially started Radio-One (they are also the owners of TV-One, if you’re wondering).
As one of the star, non-groupie interns, I was able to do some really cool things, met many celebrities and also worked as a producer of a show. But tonight, is about WHITNEY!!!‘Hot On The Runway’ is a star-studded fashion show! While models are walking the ‘Runway’ celebrities are performing and it’s just a huge party!!
In 2008, ‘Sexy Can I’ by Yung Berg and Ray J was Hot so of course they were a part of our show. I was graced with the job of being an artist runner. In other words, when it was time for an artist to perform, it was my job to escort them to the stage. You may think oh, I could do that…but celebrities can be, well celebrities and if you’re not careful you may misplace your artist. Rocko was in the bathroom when he was next on stage and we went crazy looking for him. To be honest, there were points in the show when it got down right hectic!!
Keeping my ‘run of the show’ handy, the easiest way to keep up with artists was to greet them as they came in and let them be familiar with you so when they saw you again they’d know it was time.
If you know me, you know I talk to EVERYBODY! and about almost anything! So as they came in I’d greet them or their associates; Hi. My name is Denyce. I’m with Radio-One and I’ll be letting you when it’s time for you to be on stage.
For whatever reason, I end up talking to this guy who says he’s Ray-J’s body guard (big dude) and as we’re standing there waiting on Ray-J and Yung Berg to get out of the car, we see people moving from one seat to another and at first I’m thinking to myself…WHAT are they doing in there?? Then I see…WHITNEY! and I’m like WOW so the rumors about Ray-J and Whitney are true.
When the time is right, they get out of the car and the crowd hits like a tornado…all I hear is, “Oh My God!! Is that Whitney!?! THAT is Whitney! People are pulling out camera’s left and right but we’re plowing through like an army!
We finally get to the stage and we’re casually standing around Whitney, (if you’ve ever been to compound you know they have rocks and the sort around the outside perimeter), she’s sitting on a rock, with her face in her hands and one of those 1980’s wigs she had to have found in her closet. Her uncle or cousin or somebody was there to make sure she was ok, so we ask her if she wants anything to drink for him and she says no. Of course, we’re all thinking about getting a picture, but the cousin says she doesn’t want anybody taking pictures of her. So Ravi and Rashidah (Promotions Manager and Assistant Manager) are like NO PICTURES of WHITNEY!!! NOBODY TAKE ANY; DON’T LET ANYBODY TAKE ANY PICTURES OF WHITNEY!!!
Desperate times call for desperate measures! It wasn’t like we had anything there to stop people from taking pictures of her but OURSELVES. When the word was given, the light bulb lit: stand in front of her and block people’s and camera’s view of her and that’s what we did. We stood there in front of Whitney as a fortress, making sure not to leave any crack of crease of a hole for people and their camera’s to see her. (Click the link to see http://bit.ly/lbCXY to read what SandraRose calls me the intern who blocked their cameras from taking a better picture of Whitney… a hoot)
You can imagine the task of getting them all back to the car once Ray-J finished performing. The army we were, again! Plowing through a sea of crazed people and their cameras. As soon as we managed to get clear of the chaos I asked Whitney (yes, we’re on a first name basis lol) if she was ok and as she said yes, she hugged me and said, “You must believe in the Lord!?”
As I hugged her back, I smiled and replied, “Yes!”
She got in the car and after some personal video footage was taken by Ray-J, Yung Berg and crew…they left and if I remember correctly the show was over.
People clowned me because I was super excited about being hugged by Whitney Houston. Some made jokes about her drug problem but at the end of the day…it was WHITNEY HOUSTON!!!
How many people can say they’ve gotten a hug from WHITNEY HOUSTON or met her period? I often wonder if asked, would she even remember the whole ordeal, but more importantly because I DID see her in that current state, I HAD to take a moment and give GOD the Glory for her rehabilitation! After seeing her that night, I can say she looked completely transformed on Oprah today.
In HONOR of Whitney Houston and with thanks to God, I’d like to share these scriptures and this story as a message, that I saw it first hand and if God can and will do it once He can and will do it again. He is not a respector of persons and just as Whitney has been delivered, so can you!!
14Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
6Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
13I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
I love you!! and God loves you more!! Love yourself enough to make a change!!