actor: Whitney Houston

Sparkle (2012)

In Whitney Houston's last film she ironically plays a woman named Emma who had beaten substance abuse and raised a family despite a teen pregnancy. Sadly, the things she warned her daughters about in this film had a part in her recent death. But she shines with a screen presence in this movie as [...]

Its Black Entertainment

July 17, 2001

Dove Approved for Ages 12+

(12+) A fascinating, well-produced look at some of the great Black artists who paved the way for today’s newcomers. My only objection is the exclusion of Ethel Waters and Harry Bellefonte, who each contributed immensely to movie music. (Someday, check out Ethel Waters singing “Happiness is a [...]

Preachers Wife

December 17, 1996

Dove Approved for All Ages

An over-worked pastor gets help from a classy angel. In some ways it outshines the original, THE BISHOP’S WIFE, especially when it comes to proclaiming the gospel message (through songs), but it doesn’t surpass that Christmas classic when it comes to charm. Whitney is a one-note actress, but [...]


Biographical documentaries walk something of a tightrope. At their best, they may offer profound insights into the subject, alive or deceased, and dig a little deeper with the hope that we may understand these people more intimately. Yet at their worst, they may become too "standardized"; [...]