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With the long-anticipated movie Sparkle finally hitting theaters today, actress Tika Sumpter stopped by Hot 107.9 and spoke to Headkrack on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show.

Tika plays the character of Dolores, whose mother is played by Whitney Houston. In this exclusive interview, Tika shares what it was like working with Whitney Houston on the late singer’s last film. Houston had been trying to remake Sparkle for over 10 years.

“This is her baby,” said Sumpter.

In addition to Sparkle, Tika talked about starring in an upcoming sitcom called Being Mary Jane with Gabrielle Union.

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