Sparkle

Sparkle is a movie starring Jordin Sparks and Whitney Houston. The story plot takes place in Detroit, 1968 when the Motown sound was sweeping the nation and girl groups were popular. Over their mother’s (Whitney Houston) objections, three beautiful sisters—Delores (Tika Sumpter), Sister (Carmen Ejogo) and Sparkle (Jordin Sparks) — takes the local music scene by storm. However, their dreams are bigger than Detroit.

Their manager, Stix (Derek Luke), is just as ambitious and will do whatever it takes to make it to the big time, even if it means using the girls—and his love for Sparkle—as the foundation of a new musical empire. Behind the music and lights, the recording industry is a ruthless and unforgiving place, just as Mama had warned her girls. Sister, with her good looks and voice, is the natural headliner of the trio, yet her complicated personal life threatens to overshadow her talent. Delores has her sights set on a different kind of life outside the spotlight. And Sparkle must push past her deepest fears to fulfill her destiny. The movie was a gentle reminder of the unbreakable bonds between family, the high price of fame, and what can happen when we dare to show the world how brightly we can sparkle.

The time I heard of the movie was around the passing of the great, Whitney Houston, I knew I was going to see. However, I didn't know what to expect. But after seeing the movie, I have become more passionate about fulfilling the destiny God has for my life.

I could relate to the main character, Sparkle- we have a lot of similarities. Like Sparkle, I also lived a sheltered life- grew up in the church, my parents were devout Christians, and for the most part, majority of our time was spent either in church or school. I dealt with a lot of insecurities in my life, feeling like I was never good enough, talented enough, etc. And like Sparkle, singing played a major role in my life, I have a dream and I dare to go against the odds in order to pursue it with the help of my manager, my husband.

The movie was so captivating from beginning to end; it left me wanting to see more. The emotional moment took place after the climax of the movie. The mother (Whitney Houston) is in church singing, "His Eye is on the Sparrow." Wow! It was not a dry eye in the place (I think my husband was even crying, sshhhh).

Even though she was playing a role, it appeared at that moment it was more than just a movie to Whitney- she was singing with her heart. It took me back to the days as a child when all I was consumed with was singing like Whitney. I listened to her songs, saw on t.v. and all I wanted was to sing like her. She made singing look flawless and easy; she had the face and voice of an angel. Standing in the mirror with a comb/pencil in my hand, I was determined to sing like her. She inspired and made me want to sing. To see her singing was an emotional moment for me because it symbolized a closing of that chapter in my life. The impact she have had on my singing career is invaluable and her legacy lives on. The movie did her justice. To the late great Whitney Houston, here's to you! You have influened so many people to follow their heart and pursue their dreams. You make us Sparkle!!!

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