Sparkle Tika Sumpter covers SHEEN magazine in the November/December 2012 issue. Her next project she stars with GabrielleUnion in BET’s “Being Mary Jane.”

Check out some of the good parts from the interview:

On being pleased with her career journey

“It feels good to be where I am now, but I still have a long way to go.  The jobs I have had have gotten me to this point, and I’m very excited about the journey ahead.”

On whether a husband & kids are in her future

“I want kids, but I won’t jump into a relationship because I am on a timeline. I don’t want to get married because someone said it was time. It
has to be right.”

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The movie ‘Sparkle’ came in a disappointing 5th place but did bring in $12 million…The move should make it’s money back but after loosing Whitney Houston and all the hype surrounding it, opening weekend had great expectations. Did you see the movie?…what did you think?

1. “The Expendables 2″ (Lionsgate/Millennium): Opened to $28.8 million.

2. “The Bourne Legacy” (Universal/Relativity): $17 million on its second weekend, down 55%. Domestic total: $69.6 million. $18.2 million overseas in 18 foreign markets. International total: $28.1 million.

3. “ParaNorman” (Focus/Laika): Opened to $14 million. $2 million overseas in nine foreign markets. International total: $7.6 million.

4. “The Campaign” (Warner Bros.): $13.4 million on its second weekend, down 50%. Domestic total: $51.7 million.

5. “Sparkle” (Sony): Opened to $12 million.

6. “The Dark Knight Rises” (Warner Bros./Legendary): $11.1 million on its fifth weekend, down 41%. Domestic total: $409.9 million.

7. “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” (Disney): Opened to $10.9 million on its first weekend, $15.2 million since its Wednesday debut.

8. “Hope Springs” (Sony/MGM/Mandate): $9.1 million on its second weekend, down 38%. Domestic total: $35.1 million.

9. “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” (Fox): $3.9 million on its third weekend, down 52%. Domestic total: $38.8 million. $866,815 overseas in five foreign markets. International total: $8.8 million.

10. “Total Recall” (Sony): $3.5 million on its third weekend, down 56%. Domestic total: $51.8 million. $19 million overseas in 53 foreign markets. International total: $58.2 million.]

It’s been 15 years since R. Kelly rote and produced “Be Careful” for a new artist at the time named Sparkle.  She fell off the face of the earth, but at 37 she is making her comeback working on a new album and dropped this new video called “So Bad.”

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The women of the the movie “Sparkle,” Carmen Ejogo, Jordin Sparks & Tika Sumpter, grace the cover of the September 2012 issue of EBONY magazine.

 “I think if Sparkle were here now, and a real person, we would be best friends. She’s been wanting [fame] her whole life. Music is all she thinks about; it’s all she has ever wanted to do…That’s how I felt when I was growing up,” says Jordin Sparks.

Bobbi Kristina wrote a letter to her mom about the movie saying:

Mom, I know that making the movie Sparkle meant everything to you.

You always told me and Nicholas and the family, “This is for you, this is for us, this is for the family. This is for you Bobbi Kris.” You told me that all the time. I’m so proud that you were able to finish making Sparkle before things happened. You did it for us. Mom, you had such a great time making the movie. You glowed throughout…you just glowed.

My mother being so happy was an absolutely beautiful thing for me to watch. I’m very proud of you.

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Whitney Houston’s rendition of “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” has been released from the movie Sparkle in theaters August 17.

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Whitney Houston and Jordin Sparks team up for the last song Houston will record for the movie ‘Sparkle’ called ‘Celebrate.’

The Sparkle movie remake is in theaters August 17th. This will be the last time Whitney Houston on the big screen.

CNN reports, legendary pop singer Whitney Houston was found dead Saturday at a Beverly Hills, California, hotel, officials said. She was 48.

The entertainer, whose incredible talent was discovered at an early age, was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. (6:55 p.m. ET) at the Beverly Hilton hotel despite resuscitation efforts, a police spokesman said.

Beverly Hills Police Lt. Mark Rosen said there were “no obvious signs of criminal intent” and that the cause of her death is being investigated.

Houston’s bodyguard found her body, said Courtney Barnes, publicist for hip-hop artist Ray J, who was dating the pop diva.

According to her official website, Houston sold more than 170 million albums, singles and videos. But she also struggled with addiction problems over the years.

Houston, whose hits included “The Greatest Love of All,” died on the eve of the 54th annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. She had performed as late as Thursday night at a pre-Grammy event in the area.

She was set to appear in this year’s “Sparkle,” a remake of the 1976 hit, which was loosely based on the story of The Supremes. It was her first movie role since 1996’s “The Preacher’s Wife.”

Aretha Franklin said,

“I just can’t talk about it now.  It’s so stunning and unbelievable. I couldn’t believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen.  My heart goes out to Cissy (Houston’s mother), her daughter Bobbi Kris, her family and Bobby (Brown).”

Dolly Parton, wrote

“I Will Always Love You,” said, “mine is only one of the millions of hearts broken over the death of Whitney Houston. I will always be grateful and in awe of the wonderful performance she did on my song and I can truly say from the bottom of my heart, ‘Whitney, I will always love you. You will be missed.'”

Quincy Jones, said he was

“absolutely heartbroken” by the news.

“She was a true original and a talent beyond compare,” he said.

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Tika Sumpter, in BET’s drama series The Game, takes on the role of Delores in the upcoming remake of Sparkle.

Global Grind caught up with Tika to talk about how it was working with Whitney Houston.

Since you’ve blown up on the scene you’ve become friends with everybody, what was it like to work with and be in the same room as Whitney Houston?

Oh my God! It was like a dream come true. My sisters, when they found out I got this part and Whitney was playing my mom…Whitney is like an idol to them and for me, I remember just watching her in her videos and staring at her and how beautiful she is, and her voice and everything.

It was so surreal to have her in the same room, joking around and dancing with us and laughing and talking about deep things sometimes or just hugging us and encouraging us. It was just so cool, I feel so happy to be a part of something that features Whitney in her first acting role in years. I’m excited to be a part of it and I loved every moment of being with Whitney.

You guys looked like a family on set.

Family, for real!

What’s one thing you learned about Whitney?

That she’s freaking funny as anything! She loves to have fun. She loves it. What I did love about Whitney was there was no ego, at all. If you’re Whitney Houston you kind of can (have an ego). I don’t care where you’ve been, you’re Whitney Houston. You can come in the room and say anything, but she had none of that in her at all, at all.

Not one moment of it, and I was blown away by her and her attitude and all the love. I have no reason to have an ego ever in my life if one of the premiere superstars of our day has absolutely no ego. She’s just nice to everybody, very nice to everybody and I took that with me. She’s a human being and I think we forget that, that people are just human and are just trying to get by everyday.