The world lost a truly legendary entertainer when recording artist, actress and producer Whitney Houston passed away at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 11, 2012, only two days after taking the stage in Hollywood to sing "Jesus Loves Me" with soul singer Kelly Price. Houston appeared poised for a comeback when she met her untimely demise, having recently been wrapped on director Salim Akil's musical drama, Sparkle, in which she played the role of a single mother living in Detroit, Michigan, during the '60s, whose daughter, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), is a musical prodigy and rising star. The movie opens this Friday and it will be dedicated to Houston.
In anticipation of the movie's release, Reelz is airing a special titled Sparkle: The Tribute that profiles the life and death of "The Voice" and offers an exclusive behind the scenes look at the movie through interviews with Jordin Sparks and several of the other cast members, including the men of Sparkle (watch the sneak peek above). We also walk the red carpet with the stars as they premiere Sparkle in New York and even manage to get some dance moves from choreographer Fatima Robinson. more about Sparkle >>