Whitney Houston's turn as the mother of three sisters who encounter the downsides of fame in this month's "Sparkle" has been viewed as a performance that could have relaunched her career.
But in light of Houston's February death, it will be seen as the performance that "adds another diamond to her legacy," says Houston's co-star, Tika Sumpter ("Gossip Girl"; "Think Like A Man"), who portrays one of the late legend's on-screen daughters.
As host of the 2012 Grammy Awards, LL Cool J was at home preparing for the next night's ceremony when he got the February 11 call that Whitney Houston had died.
After hearing that, the rapper-turned-actor told CNN Monday, there was really only one thing he could do to move forward with the celebration of the best in music as the industry reeled from such a loss: to open the ceremony with a prayer.
If you've wondered how Whitney Houston's loved ones are coping with her recent death, Lifetime's going to show you: The network's picked up 10, hour-long episodes of a docu-series following members of Houston's family.
Tentatively called "The Houston Family Chronicles," the show will feature Whitney's daughter, Bobbi Kristina; the late entertainer's mother Cissy; her brother Gary and his wife Pat Houston, who was also Whitney's manager; and the couple's teen daughter, Rayah.
According to a statement from Lifetime, "The Houston Family Chronicles" will follow "Pat and her husband ... as they take on their greatest challenge, supporting and guiding Bobbi Kristina as she faces the world alone, without the one person she relied on the most, her mother."
It seems some Newark, New Jersey residents have a bone to pick with Whitney Houston’s family.
According to CNN affiliate CBS New York, the city's taxpayers aren't pleased with the more than $187,000 tab Newark picked up for police overtime during Houston’s funeral there in February.
Some residents say the late singer’s family should have paid for its own security at the New Hope Baptist Church, rather than have the city take on the overtime for close to 200 local police officers.
Producer T.D. Jakes was amazed by Whitney Houston's performance in this year's remake of the 1976 film "Sparkle," but unfortunately, the actress and singer herself won't be around to see it arrive in theaters.
Houston had just finished work on the movie, about a trio of sisters who have to face the difficulties that come along with fame as their singing careers take off in the Motown-era, when she passed away in February at the age of 48.
The film, loosely based on the story of The Supremes, centers on the musically gifted Sparkle, portrayed by "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks in the 2012 version. Sparkle is raised along with her two sisters (portrayed by Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter) by their single mother (Houston) in Detroit when the three begin to form a girl group.
Although Whitney Houston died of an accidental drowning on February 11, the coroner's report released last week notes that cocaine was a contributing factor - news that shouldn't be a huge surprise, says Houston's good friend Kim Burrell.
"To me, it's being presented like, 'Can you believe cocaine was in her system?!' I mean, the world saw her come out of rehab from being accused of that," the gospel singer tells HLN's "Showbiz Tonight" in an exclusive two-part interview airing Wednesday and Thursday.
Houston had openly struggled, Burrell continues, noting that the entertainer "did interviews about that. She admitted. Anybody could look at the interview she had with Oprah – the last one she had - and not be shocked that some kind of drug was in her system. She admitted to that, so it's just unfortunate that it was in there when she died."
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