Category : Celebrity

T.D. Jakes Hits The Red Carpet of “Sparkle”

(CelebNMusic247) T.D. Jakes hits the red carpet of “Sparkle.”

Producer T.D. Jakes joined family and friends on the red carpet to celebrate the opening weekend of the highly anticipated release of “Sparkle” which opens in theatres nationwide today.

T.D. Jakes said via press release:

“I am a huge fan of the original film, so when the opportunity came to be a part of the remake I jumped at the opportunity.”

 “Sparkle is a very inspiring movie which encourages people to believe in their dreams and fight for those dreams despite all adversities. It also shows the resilience of family, the diversity of families and what it really takes to hold a family together through the trials of life.”

Sparkle reunites Jakes with Director Salim Akil whom he worked with on the film, “Jumping The Broom,” which grossed more than $37 million domestically in 2011. Jakes anticipates “Sparkle” can accomplish similar success as the film, now based in Detroit, boasts a star-studded cast, including Jordin Sparks, Derek Luke, Mike Epps,Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and the late Whitney Houston.

Jakes added:

“Whitney’s family attended the premiere with us and I am excited to hear that they were truly happy with this project, which tragically became her last screen performance.”

“When Whitney sings ‘His Eye Is on the Sparrow‘ in the film, you really get a sense how much that song meant to her.”

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Spike Lee Talks “Red Hook Summer” and More

(CelebNMusic247) Spike Lee Talks With The Morning Riot About “Red Hook Summer” and More.

Spike Lee stops by WGCI‘s Tony Sculfield and the Morning Riot to discuss “Red Hook Summer”, which one of his films had the greatest impact, the state of black film, President Obama, why he won’t support the Brooklyn Nets, how Yao Ming brought Jeremy Lin to the Rockets and more.

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Nina Simone’s Daughter Says ‘Nina’ Is A Biopic Lie

(CelebNMusic247) Nina Simone‘s Daughter Says ‘Nina Is A Biopic Lie!

Apparently, Nina Simone’s family is unhappy with the upcoming film about their mother Nina Simone.

Word is, the screen play ‘Nina’ that revolves around a romantic relationship between Nina Simone and her assistant Clifton Henderson is unauthorized.

Nina’s daughter reveals in a letter that her mother’s alleged affair with Clifton NEVER happened because he was gay and was NEVER her mother’s lover.


Nina Simone’s daughter, Simone writes,

Greetings Nina Simone Lovers, Simone here.

I have read many of the comments am happy you all took the time to share your thoughts and feelings.

Here’s mine:

When the announcement initially hit the press with MJ Blige cast as Nina (about 6 yrs ago) I heard it along with everyone else. The story was written as a love story between my mother and her former nurse, Clifton Henderson and primarily takes place during the last 8 years of her life.

Please note, this project is unauthorized. The Nina Simone Estate was never asked permission nor invited to participate.

I have seen many names regarding who you think should play the role of Nina. Remember Angela Bassett as Tina Turner? SHE NAILED IT! Angela Bassett is an ACTRESS! And, we all know she lip synced along with Tina and did an amazing job. Personally, I prefer an actress to a singer. Just because a person is great at one does not mean they will be great at the other. If written, funded and CAST PROPERLY a movie about my mother will make an lasting imprint.

My vision of a movie about my mother includes SO many pivotal moments that are monumentally important towards relaying the journey of a woman whose journey began as a child prodigy born in North Carolina in the 1930’s…too many to list here but, trust when I say the tale will inspire through the sheer sharing of HOW Eunice Waymon became Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul renowned worldwide. How many of you know my mother’s FIRST love was classical music? Do you know the hours she practiced preparing to audition for the Curtis Institute of Music only to be rejected because of the color of her skin? **After my mother made her transition I accepted a diploma from that very same institute with a speech she began writing but was unable to finish prior to her death.** As a child, my mother was told her nose was too big and she was too dark yet she graduated valedictorian of her high school class – The Allen School for Girls – AND, skipped two grades. Nina was one of the most outspoken, prolifically gifted artists using the stage to speak out against racism during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960’s. Her friends included Betty Shabazz, Lorraine Hansberry (my godmother), Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Miriam Makeba, Stokely Carmichael, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens worldwide. Had she become a classical pianist, which was her dream….shattered, I doubt she would have found her true destiny. Nina Simone was a voice for her people and she spoke out HONESTLY, sang to us FROM HER SOUL, shared her joy, pain, anger and intelligence poetically in a style all her own. My mother stood up for justice, by any means necessary hahahaha YES, she was a revolutionary til the day she died. From Tragedy to Transcendence – MY VISION. The whole arc of her life which is inspirational, educational, entertaining and downright shocking at times is what needs to be told THE RIGHT WAY.

By the way:

Clifton Henderson was gay. He was not attracted to women. So, the truth is…Nina Simone and Clifton Henderson NEVER had a relationship other than a business one.

Please correct me, but isn’t a biopic the story of one’s life?

I have faith things will work out the right way and my mother’s real story will be told. For all she endured while here and all of the lives she has touched, she DESERVES to be remembered for who she truly was; not some made up love story from a former nurse/manager (now deceased) who sold his life rights because of his relationship to Nina Simone.

Ciao Y’All….Simone


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