Monday, January 18, 2021

Spanish Singer Honors Whitney Houston – Oprah’s ‘Henrietta Lacks’ Pic Gets Premiere Date


*Former “American Idol” contestant Karen Rodriguez shared her Spanglish version of “I Will Always Love You” on Feb. 10, one day before the anniversary of Whitney Houston’s death.

“Whitney was graceful and elegant; her voice soared above the rest, never limited to one specific range, subject, or genre,” Rodriguez wrote on Facebook. “She broke down barriers and opened up doors previously unaccessible to female minority entertainers. And most importantly to me, she achieved success with raw and natural talent. No gimmicks. I hope you enjoy my homage to one of the greatest – Whitney, we will always love you!”

Houston recorded her rendition of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” in 1992 when she also starred in the film “The Bodyguard.” Rodriguez, who is currently a Roc Nation artist, mixed the ‘90s version with the Spanish version “Amor Siempre Tú, originally performed by Maggie Carles.

Have a listen to the song via the player above.

The Latina singer became a viral sensation after her Spanglish rendition of Adele’s “Hello” in 2015.

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Winfrey

HBO has set a premiere date for its presentation of “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” based on the book by Rebecca Skloot. Oprah Winfrey and Rose Byrne star in the film which is slated to debut Saturday, April 22, at 8 p.m. EST.

The biopic tells the story of Henrietta Lacks, the black woman whose cells — which were harvested without her permission as she lay dying from cancer in 1951 — led to the discovery of the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, and gene mapping, per EW.com.

Both the book and the film chronicle an investigation led by journalist Skloot and Lacks’ daughter, Deborah Lacks, to find out how her mother’s cancerous cells were harvested without authorization.

Henrietta’ cells ― known as HeLa ― changed the medical field forever.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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