Whitney Houston as Emma...

The old Sparkle took place in Harlem in 1958, this one in 1968. In her last and final film, Whitney Houston plays Emma a churchgoing mother of three daughters, who tirelessly objects to them perusing a career in the music business.

From left, Tika Sumpter, Carmen Ejogo and Jordin Sparks

American Idol winner ­Jordin Sparks, who plays Sparkle, struggles to become a star while overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. Her mother played by Houston, attempts to balance a new romance with music manager, Stix (Derek Luke) whilst dealing with the unexpected challenges as she and her two sisters (Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) struggle to become a Supremes-style girl group during the Motown-era.

Director: Salim Akil

Writers: Mara Brock Akil & Howard Rosenman

Cast: Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, CeeLo Green

Sparkle opens on Friday nationwide.


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