Whitney Houston plays Jordin Sparks’ (Sparkle) mother in the remake of a 1976 movie that originally starred Lonette McKee and Irene Cara. "Whitney’s very motherly, very nurturing, very sweet. It’s been so much fun being around her,” Sparks tells ESSENCE.
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Houston plays Effie, a downtrodden single mother to a trio of singing sisters played by Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo.
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Sparkle (Sparks) and friend Stix (Derek Luke) chart out their dreams of musical success in a scene from the upcoming movie. It just so happens that Stix is in love with Sparkle.
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Sister to Sister
The Williams sisters (Tika Sumpter, Jordin Sparks, Carmen Ejogo), singing together since they were little girls in the church, soon realize that their dreams of success as a trio come at a heavy price for their family.
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