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TD Jakes Talks ‘Sparkle,’ Whitney Houston’s Last Movie


(T.D. Jakes and actor Mike Epps (L) chat in between scenes on the set of “Sparkle.”)


Evangelist T. D. Jakes’ latest foray into filmmaking includes the making of “Sparkle,” planned for release next week. The film will forever be known as Whitney Houston’s last performance in a movie before her untimely death last February.


Jakes was able to assemble not only Houston, but an ensemble of actors that includes American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, for the remake of the original 1976 film. Instead of the backdrop of Harlem in the late ’50s and early ’60s, Jakes’ movie is set in Detroit during the Motown era of the ’60s and early ’70s.


The story line includes a single mother (Houston) trying to raise her three daughters with biblical principles and values while they launch out on a musical career. Issues of moral compromise and career aspirations arise and cause conflict among the sisters and between the sisters and the mother.


Jakes, who is the pastor of The Potter’s House megachurch in Dallas, said in an exclusive interview that although the movie is not an overtly Christian film, “Sparkle” is “certainly laced with faith.”