Tika Sumpter Moves Arsenio to Tears With Whitney Houston Memories (VIDEO)

Former One Life to Live star Tika Sumpter dropped by The Arsenio Hall Show Thursday night to promote her new film Ride Along. The Haves and the Have Nots lead shared a tear-jerking memory of working with the late Whitney Houston on Sparkle. Sumpter recalled:

She played my mother, so that was the most amazing experience ever. That’s probably one of the biggest questions I’m asked is, ‘How was it working with Whitney?’ Whitney was everything. I’d kind of just be siting in a corner quiet and they’d be changing for the setup and she’s like, ‘You okay baby? Who do I need to talk to to make sure you’re alright?’ I’m like, ‘I’m good, I’m good!’ and she’d say, ‘I got you.’ So she was just like a mother, a motherly figure.

Watch Sumpter move Hall to tears below.

Tika Sumpter and Co-Stars ‘Sparkle’ on Cover of Ebony!


One Life to Live alum Tika Sumpter is proving to be one of Hollywood's rising stars. Since leaving the ABC sudser, she's done impressive turns on primetime (Gossip Girl, The Game) and on the big screen (Think Like a Man). The beauty's latest project is a remake of the classic Sparkle.

Sparkle tells the story of three sisters, Sparkle (Jordin Sparks), Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Delores (Sumpter), who rise to Supremes-esque fame, despite their mama's reservations. The movie marks the final onscreen performance of the late Whitney Houston, who appears as their disapproving mother, Emma. Peep Sumpter and her celluloid siblings on the cover of Ebony above and watch an interview the trio gave Global Grind after the jump!


Whitney Houston’s Ex Bobby Brown to Today’s Matt Lauer: “I’m Not The Reason She’s Gone”

In a Today exclusive, set to air Wednesday and Thursday, R&B singer Bobby Brown sat down with Matt Lauer. This is Brown's first interview since the death of his ex-wife Whitney Houston. For years, many have believed Brown was responsible for getting the late songbird/actress addicted to drugs, however the New Edition member says that wasn't the case. Brown stated:

I didn't get high [on narcotics] before I met Whitney. I smoked weed, I drank the beer, but no, I wasn't the one that got Whitney on drugs at all.

Check Out Tika Sumpter With The Late Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks in Trailer For Sparkle!


Sony Pictures has released the trailer for the highly-anticipated remake of the 1976 cult classic Sparkle. The movie marked the late Whitney Houston's film comeback, and turned out to be  the singer's final acting role.

Set in the 50's and 60's, Sparkle tells the tale of three sisters from Harlem who embark on a career in music. Houston plays Emma, the mother of the trio, which includes:  One Life to Live alum Tika Sumpter and  American Idol winner Jordan Sparks. Sparkle hits theatres Aug. 17.  Watch the trailer below!


Back in The Game? Oprah Secures Bobbi Kristina Brown Exclusive For OWN Series

Don't remove the adjective "mighty" from in front of my nickname for Oprah Winfrey just yet. On the heels of a hilarious turn on Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar night special, The Mighty O has snagged an exclusive interview with members of the late Whitney Houston's family—including Houston's daughter, Bobbi Kristina.The interview will air on Winfrey's cable network OWN, via her Oprah's Next Chapter vehicle, March 11 at 9 pm EST.

Will Oprah Replace The Late Whitney Houston as Savannah in Waiting to Exhale Sequel?


Whitney Houston's untimely and tragic death isn't derailing plans to bring the highly-anticipated sequel to one of her hit movies, Waiting to Exhale, to the big screen, and one of daytime television's biggest legends is being mentioned as a possible replacement for the late superstar!

In a new post up on New York Magazine's Vulture blog, Fox 2000 Pictures President Elizabeth Gabler revealed the studio plans to move forward with plans to adapt Terry McMillian's Getting to Happy, the 2010 sequel to her 1992 runaway best seller Waiting to Exhale. While Gabler stated they hadn't started talking to any actresses about filling Houston's designer shoes to portray unlucky-in-love TV producer Savannah Jackson, it isn't "inconceivable" to think of Oprah Winfrey. Say what? Say huh?