February 17th, 2012
04:12 PM ET

Roberta Flack: 'hard to listen' to Whitney Houston's voice in her final days

Speaking for the first time since the death of her longtime friend Whitney Houston, Roberta Flack admitted it was "hard to listen" to Houston's damaged voice in a video recorded before her death–the magnificent instrument that catapulted Houston to fame as a teenager had been reduced, many believe, by years of addiction.

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February 17th, 2012
03:14 PM ET

Invest in yourself by asking the question 'what makes you special?'

No, everyone won't be as successful as LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman, whose companies and investments (including an early investment in Facebook) have made him, as of 2011, a billionaire. But Hoffman believes everyone can have more success–no matter what you do or where you do it.

"The key thing is for everyone to think very seriously about how they invest in themselves." No matter what your aspirations may be, Hoffman said in an I.D.E.A. interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, "invest in yourself. Take the notion that you are a business, you're the CEO of your own life, the entrepreneur of your own life very seriously."

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