Sisters Are Doing It: Clark Sisters’ Biopic Finds Its Cast
Patrick Melon
Let the church say Amen! The eagerly anticipated Lifetime biopic based on the life and times of legendary gospel group The Clark Sisters is in the can, and has some superstar power behind it. Click HERE to get tickets for ESSENCE Festival 2019, celebrating 25 years of moving the culture forward! Telling the story of the five Clark sisters and their mother Mattie Moss Clark in The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel will be Aunjanue Ellis in the matriarch role with Christina Bell starring as Twinkie, c as Karen, Sheléa Frazier as Dorinda, Raven Goodwin as Denise and Angela Birchett as Jacky.
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Queen Latifah will join 2019 ESSENCE Festival headliners Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott who will each serve as producers for the upcoming television film, which will be directed by Christine Swanson. Based on a script by Sylvia L. Jones, the feature will detail the group’s humble beginnings and struggles before becoming the best-selling gospel group in the music world. The Clark Sisters, consisting of Twinkie Clark, Karen Clark Sheard, Dorinda Clark Cole, Denise Clark Bradford and Jacky Clark Chisolm, broke ground in contemporary gospel with their Top 20 R&B hit “You Brought The Sunshine” in 1983. After a breakup a decade later and successful solo careers, The Clark Sisters reunited in 2006 and swept the Grammy Awards with their 2008 opus Live…One Last Time. They were also honored at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival. The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel is expected to air in 2020.


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