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Sparkle Producer T.D. Jakes: Whitney Houston Was ‘Swinging Upward’

As a producer of the upcoming Sparkle, T.D. Jakes was one of the last to work with Whitney Houston before her untimely death. In his Mediabistro So What Do You Do? interview, the pastor and bestselling author said the star was nothing but professional on set and delivered “a very believable performance” as the mother to the main character.

“I can say that the impression she left with me is that she was swinging upward, regaining her sense of who she was, that she was trying to really get her life back together and I, like many Americans, was rooting for her, that she would be able to do that,” Jakes said. “My personal thought was that Sparkle would be the beginning of many more films and opportunities for her to come, because I thought she was really rebounding, and I was shocked and hurt and disappointed that her life was cut away so soon.”

Jakes also discussed what role race plays in Hollywood, the controversy over Tyler Perry films, and how aspiring screenwriters can sell their first script.

Read the full interview in So What Do You Do, Bishop T.D. Jakes?

Andrea Hackett

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