The much anticipated final film of Mrs. Whitney Houston debuts this Friday, August 17, 2012. I must say, I am a huge Whitney Houston fan and can’t wait to see her final performance. This movie was near and dear to her heart, over 20 years in the making. The film “Sparkle” is a remake of the original Sparkle released by Warner Bros. Pictures in 1976, starring Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee and Mary Alice, with songs produced by Curtis Mayfield. One song from the Sparkle soundtrack, “Something He Can Feel“, became a hit single for both Aretha Franklin (in 1976) and En Vogue (in 1992). I can still remember watching this movie over and over with my sisters. It was one of my favorites, and I’m sure that Whitney (co-producer) has done an excellent job with the remake.
The 2012 contemporary version stars Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Whitney Houston, Mike Epps, Cee Lo Green, Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter, Tamela Mann and Omari Hardwick. Sparkle features songs from the original film written by soul musician Curtis Mayfield as well as new compositions by R&B artist R. Kelly. Sparkle also marks Whitney Houston’s fifth and final feature film role; she died on February 11, 2012, three months after filming ended. The film will be dedicated to her memory.
Whitney holds a very special place in my heart and I’m sure I am one of millions of fans who claim the title of “her biggest fan!” I have every CD she has ever made, I even have old VHS tapes of every performance and show that she has been on. For me, her death was like losing a family member. She will be greatly missed, a talent like that only comes once in a lifetime. In addition to the Sparkle debut, the St. Louis History museum will do a tribute to Whitney Houston during Twilight Tuesday next week on August 21st at 6pm. Singer Cheryl Brown will perform some of her greatest hits on the front lawn of the Missouri History Museum at 6pm. This is a free concert and open to the public. I will be there…with my lawn chair…in the front row!Mills Properties Inc. Photos Courtesy of facebook, davidatlanta.com, and wikipedia