Jordin Sparks Talks Whitney Houston & ‘Sparkle’

Jordin Sparks Talks Whitney Houston & 'Sparkle'

“American Idol” winner Jordin Sparks is still bubbling over about her movie “Sparkle”, in which she stars alongside the late, great Whitney Houston. On the topic of Aretha Franklin, she said, “I realized she sang the original soundtrack. Now she has to listen to our versions of us trying to make them as good as hers? It was just so crazy. I was like, I don’t know if I can handle this right now. But I heard that she said it was amazing. So as long as she liked it, what else is there to do?”

With regard to Whitney, she said, “Every interview, she’s sitting right here. Every premiere, everything that we do, I feel her.”

When speaking on the topic of her role in the movie, she said, “I memorized the script backwards and forwards. I knew my part. I knew everybody else’s parts, I knew everybody else’s lines. I knew entrances and exits. I had that script down pat. That was something that helped me because I’ve always been a words person.”

She went on to say, “I’m walking in going, ‘I can’t be horrible. I have to do an amazing job here or at least be good enough to where they can at least make me look better if I am bad.’ It was just that mind-set. When I was just like, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing’, they were like, ‘Okay, why don’t you try thinking about something this way or maybe just not emoting so much in your body language, but just make it come through your eyes’ — different things like that.”

When speaking of Whitney, she said, “She wanted to get to know us and she wanted to sit down with us and have conversations. She really loved getting to know people. She said hello to every single extra, all the time. She didn’t forget where she came from and she wasn’t ashamed of who she was or the life that she had lived. She’d be the first person to tell you that. Usually when you get to that level, most people get really guarded and private, and she was so open. She was very truthful and open about the fact that the parallels of this story were things that she had lived.”

She said, “She was the mother figure. She was Dee. She was Sparkle. She was Sister. All of those characters were Whitney. I think she was just really excited to tell a story she had lived.”

She added, “One thing Whitney did say to me once was ‘Believe in the talent you have. Believe in your gift.’ I think about that now. I know that if I work hard enough, if it’s something I really want to do, I can make it happen.”

Whitney Houston Remembered By Bobbi Kristina & Nick Gordon With Tattoos (PHOTO)

Whitney Houston Remembered By Bobbi Kristina & Nick Gordon With Tattoos (PHOTO)

On August 9th, Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown remembered her mother by getting a tattoo of her initials surrounded by birds. Bobbi and her former adoptive brother-turned-boyfriend Nick Gordon both got tattoos on their wrist [as seen in the above photo].

To commemorate what would have been Whitney’s 49th birthday, the duo hit up Inksomnia to get the ink by the shop’s owner, Mike Cummings. Mike said, “The doves have a spiritual connotation, flying free I suppose.”

Nick took to his official Twitter account to say, “Happy Birthday Mom. You will be forever missed.” Bobbi added, “Now your truly ALWAYS with us mommy (: we love you @nickgordon always&forever{<3} (sic).”

They were followed to the tattoo parlor by a camera crew for the filming of their reality show, “The Houston Chronicles”. The tattoo parlor’s owner said, “They were happy at times, and sad at others. When you would talk about their mom, they got sad, but we tried to keep their spirits up.”

What do you think of their new ink to celebrate Whitney Houston’s life? Let us know in the comments section below.

Cissy Houston Writing Whitney Houston Tell-All Book

Cissy Houston Writing Whitney Houston Tell-All Book

Whitney Houston’s mother Cissy is ready to tell all about her daughter’s life now that she’s gone. Cissy has announced plans to release her memoir about Whitney’s life and career prior to her February death.

Cissy released a statement saying, “In sharing our story in this book, I hope to give her fans something to treasure, the way we all treasured Whitney. We are still receiving thousands of letters each day from her fans, and I hope reading this book will provide a deeper understanding into my daughter’s true story.”

The book is being published by HarperCollins and is expected to be in book stores by February of 2013. The book’s release will coincide with the first year anniversary of Whitney’s untimely death at the age of 48-years-old.

Rihanna Denies Whitney Houston Biopic Rumors

Rihanna Denies Whitney Houston Biopic Rumors

Rihanna has previously said that she would give her entire life in order to play the late, great Whitney Houston in a biopic based on her life. Since, it has sparked rumors that Rihanna is set to play Whitney if a movie gets made about her life.

At the time, she said, “That would be something that I would have to give my entire life to do, because I would really want to pull it off.”

In a new interview with MTV, she dismissed the speculation. She said, “That’s just rumors. I never heard anything about that. That’s a huge, huge role, and whoever does it has to do a good job. My first song that I remember falling in love with was a Whitney Houston song: ‘I Will Always Love You’. It was really inspiring, and it made me develop a passion for music, so really, she’s partly responsible for me being here in this industry.”

Do you think Rihanna would do Whitney Houston justice if she were to portray her in a movie?

Bobby Brown Defends Performing After Whitney Houston’s Death

Bobby Brown Defends Performing After Whitney Houston's Death

Right after learning that Whitney Houston had died, her former husband Bobby Brown took to the stage to perform for his fans. Now, in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he has defended his decision to perform that day. He said that the only reason that he still performed because it’s what Whitney would have wanted.

He was scheduled to perform at the Landers Center in Mississippi on February 11th, but refused to cancel the show in order to grieve for Whitney. He was scrutinized by Whitney’s fans for continuing on with the show, despite her untimely passing on the same day.

In a new interview with Ellen on Wednesday, he said that he tried his best to get to Los Angeles the day of Whitney’s death, but performed instead out of respect for the iconic singer. He said, “I was in Mississippi performing and I got the call. Of course, I tried to get a flight. Tried to rent a jet. Whatever I had to do, but it was impossible. So I knew the best thing that she would want me to do was perform.”

He went on to say, “You know, we are performers. That’s what we did. That’s what we do. And she would want the best for me.”

Do you agree with his decision to perform instead of flying out to Los Angeles?