‘Sparkle’ Premiere Red Carpet

Posted on August 17, 2012

Darlings, it was the premiere of “Sparkle” and all the stars came out to do just that, some more than others.

Can we just say? Does anyone else find the ads for this movie a little weird? “Starring Jordin Sparks! Cee Lo Green! And Whitney Houston.” Excuse me, bitch? Shouldn’t that be “…And, in her final screen appearance, THE LEGENDARY WHITNEY HOUSTON?” Of course it should. Correct that promptly, people in charge.

Mkay, hit it, Sparklers!


Amber Riley

Big ol’ NO on those ridiculously unflattering shoes. As for the rest, we’ve seen better from her. That top does nothing for her and the color scheme is boring.


Be Be Winans

Nicely done. Exactly how an older man should dress if he’s trying to look both respectable and hot at the same time.


Nick Gordon and Bobbi Kristina Brown

His suit is cut very oddly. The jacket’s too long and the vest is too high. Bobbi K looks pretty good, all things considered. The shoes are silly, though.


Brely Evans

Honey, we love you for bringing the drama to the RC, but the general rule is crazy dress OR crazy shoes. Never both at the same time. Actually, let’s amend that. Never those shoes. Ever. Under any circumstances.


Carmen Ejogo

Pretty. A little droopy-looking, though.


Christina Milian

We don’t love the sleeves, but we think this is a pretty good way to go for a “Sparkle” premiere. She looks cute. Skirt’s too high.


Cicely Tyson

This is completely crazy (especially for August), but she’s a fucking legend and besides, you spend 40 years playing ancient maids and aged slaves and and see how YOU get dressed up when you get the chance.


Debra Martin Chase


That dress is SCARY.


 Salli Elise Richardson and Dondre Whitfield

Her dress is cute, if a little plain. We love his shoes but he appears to be wearing a Hefty bag as a shirt. But hey, at least he fills it out nicely.


Elise Neal

We’re not huge fans of side cutouts. They always look tacky no matter what. And this dress looks oddly twisted and askew on her.


Flex Alexander and Shanice Lorraine Wilson-Knox

 They both look adorable, although his jacket is too long.


Garcelle Beauvais

 Garcelle, we love ya, and you certainly have the bod for this dress, but this is lingerie.



It’s about time someone remembered the title of the movie is SPARKLE.

Love the hair.


Jenifer Lewis

 We absolutely hate sheer overlays, but this is actually a very cute and flattering dress on her. A shame about the shoes.


Jennia Fredrique

 It’s insanely attention-grabbing without being vulgar or tacky. It’s not our favorite dress, but she cuts quite a figure in it.


Jordin Sparks

 Gotta give it to her. She looks amazing.


LisaRay McCoy

 It’s not bad, but the headband takes it straight to Bridal Land.


Loretta Devine

 She looks adorable. Love the top. This is a huge improvement for her.


Michael Jai White

 Did he find that suit on the side of a road somewhere? That’s the only thing that could explain the complete lack of fit.


Naturi Naughton

 Killin’ it. Love the hair.


Omari Hardwick

We question gray loafers with a tuxedo, but we’re pretty sure all sartorial rules get tossed when the tuxedo is faux-croc.  Except for the shoes, we think he looks pretty sharp.


Ray J

 He’d be acceptable if he got those ridiculous pants hemmed.


Tika Sumpter

 Serving it the fuck UP, bitches.


Vivica A. Fox

 Don’t like the pinhead hair at all, but she looks good, otherwise.


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  • Kyle Crawford

    Please more Dondre Whitfield, please?

    • Jennifer Coleman

      Dondre and Salli are a super-hot couple. Her dress is cute but given her banging bod, a little more body-consciousness would be fine.
      There is a lot of hoochie-osity on this red carpet. Tlo, you are being too kind.I loathe the super high center split. And Ray-J needs to go chill in the basement for a few years.

      • MilaXX

         Ray J needs to take his nasty self back under the rock he came out from. He seriously creeps me out.

        • leilah

          Would that I could give each Ray J comment 1,000 likes….he’s just SLIMY….

        •  Didn’t realize how much he looks like Kanye. Kim really has a type, doesn’t she?

    • KrateBay


    • Dondre Whitfield is seriously over-dressed.  As in, he is dressed at all.  Very nice.

    • Did he play her brother in that episode of Eureka? Weird. 

    • e jerry powell

       Only so much of the man to go around…

  • I’m beginning to question their commitment to Sparkle (Motion).

    • Paigealicious

       Sparkle (Movie)

    •  I see what you did there…

  • Goddess Tika for the win!

    • snich11

      The Klingon Queen

    • agentilities

      Aside from the fact that I have no idea who she is, I concur! Tika for the win

    • AudreysMom

       next season of Ru Paul’s drag race contestants: take a note.

  • PastryGoddess

    Tika and Jordan for the win.

    Was there a glitter and sequin shortage?  Are the glitter fairies on strike?  Was there a mass epidemic that killed all the sequin makers?  This movie is SPARKLE for gods sake, I should be wearing sunglasses at this point

    • EXACTLY! But Jordin gets my vote. That dress looks like she damn well KNOWS she is the star of this here movie!

      • I like Jordin’s dress a lot, but strapless dresses almost always do that strange smooshy thing to the boob/underarm area, and this is no exception.

  • That is a “red” carpet where bad shoes go to die. WTF?

  • Sobaika

    I don’t know who Goapele is exactly, but she gets my vote.

    • She looks great! Also, she’s an awesome singer. Her most popular song to date is “Closer”.

    • Nicole Chubb

      Buy every album she has on iTunes this instant (esp her first album). You won’t regret it 🙂 Bonus – her hair is that fabulous every time she performs!

    • Seriously.  I look at these red carpet posts — not just this one — and I feel like I’m reading about some parallel universe’s red carpet, where everyone looks like someone I should recognize, but I have no idea who half of the people are or what they’re famous for.

  • Majority are a hot mess.  Vivica, slamming body aside, you’re at the age where the girls need some assistance. The color on Brely looks really good, but the dress needs some major editing…as do the shoes.

     Goapele for the win. 

    • LOL…I was thinking the same…Vivica, I know u had all that work done, but I think the implants are starting to droop! hoist those puppies please

    • Is it just me, or is Vivica starting to get facelift face?  Her face looks a little . . . pulled up.

      • lovelyivy

         Starting? She passed facelift face like 3 years back. Now she’s running straight into Jackson family territory.

  • G

    There is something very cheap and Walmarty about most of the looks these women are wearing.  Jordin is the exception.

  • theblondette

    Why are nearly everyone’s shoes awful in this?! 

    Tika Sumpter looks like the Evil Queen in an NC-17-rated Snow White, and I love it.

    •  Awful, AND two sizes too big.

  • theblondette

    Ha, I just said the same!

    Uh, I clicked reply under WendyD’s name so not sure what happened there… Carry on…

  • With a few exceptions, that’s a hellacious amount of tacky going on on that red carpet. 

    • Right? It’s like the CMAs up in here. 

      • Nothing beats the CMAs red carpet, though. Nothing.

        • leilah

          The Latin Grammys and Latin Billboard Music Awards red carpets come might damn close — if not a tie….

        • lovelyivy

          BET awards. They are equal offenders.

  • HomeOfficeGirl

    Interesting!!  Plenty of good and bad.  Jordan Sparks FTW!!  You go girl!!  Naturi Naughton runner up for the least offensive deployment of baby heads we’ve seen in a while.

    • Are Naturi Naughton and Brerly Evans the same person?

  • Loretta! She looks awesome! 

    • CrazyAuntie

      Love her, love her, love her!  And she’s over 60 – looks great!! 

  • afabulous50

    We need a separate category of stylist now – one that pairs shoes with outfits…OMG!

  • Squarah

    Team Loretta Divine. I just love her and her fabulously cray outfit.

  • Brely Evans:  If you have legs like hers (and I do), you should not wear a dress that is slit that high or open the slit to show off those legs.  There is a reason I do not wear shorts…from the knees down, I have decent legs; from the knees up, nobody needs to see that.

    Vivica Fox:  She looks cute but I wish she’d stop the botox or whatever she’s doing to her face.  She’s starting to look like Madame.

    • Pennymac

      She’s almost unrecognizable….

      • Pennymac

        And Also, Brely is entirely too proud of those heinous shoes. She’s parting the cooch curtian and showing them off, for cripes sake! 

        • formerlyAnon

           Well, nobody picks shoes like that because they feel neutral about them . . .

    • Her and Vanessa Williams need detox from botox.  

    • Adriana_Paula

      Aww, I like her thighs!

      •  It’s probably ’cause I don’t like mine that it bothers me so much, lol.

  • mshesterp

    Jordin looks freaking fantastic.  Vivica Fox’s face is scaring me.  

    Shanice! Aw, “I love your smile.”  Brings back memories.  She looks cute as a button.

    I actually think Garcelle Beauvais is pulling off that lingerie quite nicely.  It all fits!

    • HM3

      Agreed. Although I weep for Jordin’s right boob in that shot. Owtch.

    • kimmeister

      That’s THAT Shanice?  Wow, hello freshman year of high school!

    • lovelyivy

       A. I did not realize that was Shanice either! She is still adorable.

      B. I did NOT realize that she was married to Flex

      C. I did NOTATALL realize that Flex is a vampire, which is the only possible reason that the man does not appear to have aged a day since the 90’s!

  • colleenjanel

    Apparently no one knew what the dress code was. This looked like a black version of the Country Music Awards … Blue jeans and ball gowns! Personally, I think anything floor length is too dressy for a movie premiere.

    I’ve gotta give Cicely props! I kind of love her cuckoo dress … And she is OWNING it!!

  • imspinningaround

    What?! Garcelle Beauvais is killing. You. Hoes.  

  • meowing

    Wow, cast of thousands?  I also chuckle at these “movie” outings, just imagining greasy popcorn on these duds.

  • Jessica O’Connell

    Please tell me that I’m not the only one who thinks that LisaRay McCoy’s “dress” is tacky as hell?

    And definitely agree on the Whitney Houston billing. I don’t even like that she’s not listed first. This was her baby. She was trying to get this filmed for years and she’s WHITNEY-FUCKING-HOUSTON. What is wrong with these people?

    • MilaXX

       I think LisaRae is tacky as hell. Not to mention she can’t act to save her life.

    • You’re not the only one. I thought her dress screamed T A C K Y.

  • MilaXX

    I cannot wait to see this movie. Have to do some googling because I have questions. Perhaps some fellow BK’s can help with a few.
    ~ I am old enough to have seen the original I thought Irene Cara had a cameo in this. Did she not rate an RC pic?
    ~ Is that Shanice “I love your smile” with Flex?
    As for the style, there’s the good: Bee Bee Winans ( I’ll even forgive the jeans), Christina Milian, Salli Elise Richardso, Goapele, Jenifer Lewis, Jennia Fredrique ( little heavy on the eye shadow though), Jordin Sparks, Naturi Naughton,
    Tika Sumpter & Vivica Fox.
    The bad: Amber Riley, Bobbi Kristina Brown ( shoes make her feet look like Clydesdales), Brely Evans ( shoes ruin the look), Carmen Ejogo (saggy tits), Debra Martin Chase & Elise Neal.In catagories all their own: Lisa “I only wear white” Rae and Cecily Tyson (who was alos my choice to play Mags in the next Hunger Games sequel).The rest are in the “Meh” catagory mostly due to fit issues.

    Totally agree this should be introduced as “…And, in her final screen appearance, THE LEGENDARY WHITNEY HOUSTON”

    • Yes. Shanice “I Love Your Smile” has been with Flex for eons. I think they’re married, too.
      Yes. You’re correct on Dondre, as well. He was Vanessa’s boyfriend.

      • MilaXX

        I knew they had been together for a minute, but I got confused with all the additional names.
        I always get Dondre confused with the actor who played “Bud” even though they look nothing alike.

        Do you know why Irene Cara wasn’t there? I had thought for a minute there was talk of giving her a cameo in the film.

        • I have no idea about Irene Cara. I have never watched the original “Sparkle”.

          • MilaXX

            FYI – BET is airing the original this week.

    • Jessica O’Connell

      Cecily Tyson would have mad a GREAT Mags. Now that I think of it, I actually kind of pictured Mags to look like her. Oh well… Now if they would just tell us who the hell is playing Finnick…

  • TheOriginalLulu

    Amber Riley – I actually think the outfit is very pretty and flattering. The shoes, however, are hideous.
    Brely Evans – OMFG
    Cicely Tyson – OMFG!!!
    Jordin Sparks – Her boobs look positively tortured in that thing.
    Ray J. – He could probably have another pair of pants made with the extra material at the bottom.
    Tika Sumpter – She looks like she’d probably kick someone’s ass if they didn’t say she looks great. So I’m gonna say she looks great.


  • call_me_schmeg

    i was getting a bit disheartened but it got better with the scroll down. what’s the opposite to scroll-down fug?

    i don’t know who goapele is, but she’s looking mighty fantastic…

  • kikisayshi

    Okay first of all, Loretta Divine – love huh! Jordin Sparks looks freaking fantastic, but her boob looks twisted or something. Maybe it’s just the angle?

  • Pants_are_a_must

    LisaRay McCoy’s dress is “not bad”? How about ATROCIOUS? How about VEGAS? 

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Tika Sumpter takes this one. I’d give it to Jordin, but she looks again like breathing is a luxury.

  • mountainFashionista

    Is Bee Bee Winans wearing a seersucker jacket?  If so, props to him for making a great choice for an August movie premiere, but he should’ve paired it with more appropriate bottoms (linen or chino pants, summery shoes).  If he wants to avoid doing the ice cream suit thing, he’s going in the right direction, but as is, there’s a serious seasonal disconnect happening in his choices.

  • I’m guessing that this is what Tika Sumpter would have worn to the daytime Emmys, but for the fact that her One Life to Live role was complete and utter shite.

  • PinkLemon

    Jordin wins. “Sparkle”?….not to be confused with the legendary, “Glitter”? The plots are hilariously similar.

    • MilaXX

       Glitter wishes it could be as good as the original Sparkle was.

    • Town

       Sparkle 2012 is a remake of the 1976 Sparkle…if anything GLITTER copied Sparkle, not the other way around.

  • DaveinAlamitosBeach

    Debra Martin Chase’s dress is beyond fug.  Isn’t she the producer of the whole movie or something?  And I can’t deal with Garcelle’s tanlines on top.  Don’t they have makeup for that? Or you know, a different “dress?”

  • sherrietee

    Brely needs to go up a size.  No amount of Spanx is going to fix that.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    why wont white people go to black people’s movie premières? come on, people, isnt it time already?

    • Town

       One thing I have always liked about Eva Longoria is when she hosts Latin awards shows, she wears Latin designers to show off their handiwork.  I don’t understand why black celebrities couldn’t do the same thing on their own red carpets.  Surely somebody like a Tracy Reese could hook somebody up?

  • Sam

    Loretta Devine simply does not age. I do not understand it.

  • Sarah Thomas

    This makes me realize there’s a huge racist disparity in the amount of free couture given to white celebrities.

  • julnyes

    LisaRay looks hiddy and Ray J just needs to go away. Can he even be on my Irrational Celebrity Hate List when I don’t think he is actually a celebrity? Lets put him on my Irrational Celebrity Sibling Hate list instead.

  • How on earth does LisaRay McCoy get a “not bad”? She is wearing ice dancing lingerie.

  • Your caption for Cicely Tyson HAD ME ROLLING. OMWord, you guys are a trip.

    “This is completely crazy (especially for August), but she’s a fucking legend and besides, you spend 40 years playing ancient maids and aged slaves and and see how YOU get dressed up when you get the chance.”


  • GillianHolroyd

    huh. I like Cicely Tyson the best. She’s got that retro cocktail thing going on.

  • crash1212

    I adore Miss  Cicely Tyson, but am confused by her shoes.

  • RebeccaKW

    Omari Hardwick and Bee Bee Winans…you come sit by me.

  • Correction: that FACE is SCARY!

  • formerlyAnon

    Ms. Tyson & Ms. Fredrique for hogging the spotlight without sacrificing to the God(ess?) of Hoochie. Ms. Goapele for crowning a good look with hair that takes it up a notch. And Ms. Naughton for showing up looking GOOD.

    Amongst the fellas, Mr. Winans FTW, hands down. Serious honorable mention, in a damn-the-torpedos way, for a faux croc tux to Mr. Hardwick. I didn’t know they made such things.


  • VicksieDo

    Jordin is so much more of perfection than any of the others, you go girl.  Wow.

  • Vickiefantastico

    Bridal?!? Excuse me, gentlemen, but what kind of weddings have you been attending? Miss McCoy looks like she belongs at the International Porn Awards.

  • granddelusion

    Oh, Cicely, I love you!

  • mom2ab

    Most of them look like they got dressed at the mall-in the juniors department.  Fabrics look cheap, design is lacking and  fit is atrocious.  And lets not talk about the hideous shoes.   Disappointing to say the least.

  • HM3

    Jennifer Lewis’ shoes are about to fly off her feet. Two sizes too big, and ugly to boot (no pun intended).

  • PrunellaV

    Debra Martin Chase: Navy blue shroud with cutouts and rhinestones.

  • Ray J is never acceptable, hem or no hem.

  • I have an irrational (or IS it?) hatred of ruching and Debra’s dress is really pushing me over the edge here.

    • I can not stand ruching. I honestly believe it makes anything and everything look cheap.

  • librarygrrl64

    The very name of this movie sends me into uncontrollable giggles. It’s so…Corky-St-Clair-with-jazz-hands.

    • librarygrrl64

      That being said, total respect to BeBe Winans for the seersucker jacket.

  • jparker624

    If Cicely showed up at PR10 the judges would define her look as sophisticated office wear. From work wear to Sparkle fare.

  • I don’t even know who Goapele is, but dayum, she is rocking her look. The hair is so cool, and the tattoo is beautifully accentuated without being tacky. I don’t even know how one manages to look so awesome.
    Omari is adorable, and the grey shoes are cute. Live it up when you’re young and hot.
    Be Be looks so good. I love an exercise in graceful aging.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Jordin Sparks reminds me of when I saw the Supremes! All out glamour!!! I think I was in the 5th grade and it was at the Minnesota State Fair. Each of them drove up in their own white limo. You could actually see their diamonds, rhinestones and sequins glittering inside the limo. When they got out it was amazing. Sparkling white gowns, huge earrings and jewelry and beautiful smiles. And then they sang! My father said at the end of the show “That was great, but that girl (Diana Ross) needs to go out on her own. She’s a star.” And the next year she did.

  • unbornfawn

    Brely Evans look should be titled “Here’s my crotch, and here’s my hooves.”

  • emcat8

    Who is Bee Bee Winans and where has he been all my life? That is a fine man.

    • tinyredlocks

      BeBe Winans is a member of the great gospel family, The Winans. He usually sings with his sister, Cece-they’ve recorded several albums/cd’s together. He’s 50. And yes, that is one fine man.

  • hughman

    “Brely Evans we put you through the Dragulator and THIS IS HOW YOU LOOK! Your new name is CRAY-CRAY ALWAYS!”

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      my sonic orange slushie just shot out my nose.

    • LambeeBaby

       PERFECT! Can her Dragulator name be Mata Hoochie?

  • kimmeister

    Elise Neal’s undereye aqua eye liner is killing me.
    I happen to have a black faux-croc jacket and it is the best thing since sliced cheese, although head-to-toe would be a bit much.
    I never would have recognized Vivica in a million years had it not been for the caption.  Whoa.

  • Nicole Chubb

    I am sooooo happy to see Goapele on here! She’s my fave and she looks fab (per usual) 😀

  • snarkykitten

    LisaRay McCoy is taking it beyond bridal to honeymoon.

  • Noshmek

    Cicely Tyson in an outfit originally designed for Phyllis Diller in a Scoobie Doo Movie.  No. All she’s missing is the cigarette holder.

  • LinXGUA

    Well, this was fun. Lovely surprises! and surprises … 

  • leilah

    Agreed.  When TLo said, “Bridal Land”, I thought, “yeah, I guess strippers get married…”

    • LambeeBaby

      They prefer drive through Vegas weddings.

  • leilah

    It’s “BeBe” Winans.  “Bee Bee” is wrenching my nerves…

  • GTrain

    With the exception of Jordin, Loretta Divine and a couple others I think there was a whole lot of fug on that carpet. And some of those slits are just embarrassing.

  • whoever told Brely that dress looked good as is flat out lied to her. It needs so much editing (first edit: I don’t wanna see your lady bits if you move a millimetre) that it’s just painful.

  • margaret meyers

    Where’s the hologram of Michael Jackson?

  • margaret meyers

    Where’s the hologram of Michael Jackson?

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    Wow Vivica Fox has aged.  But I love Tyson’s dress.  It’s my favorite. She’s dressed like the characters from the old cartoon show The Jetsons.   Love it.

  • alyce1213

    I shouldn’t like Tika Sumpter’s dress — the combo of red, plunging, high slit, and shiny should be way too much, but damn it is gorgeous on her.  She is posing perfectly and owning it.  It’s my favorite of the bunch.

    Love Naturi Naughton’s and Viveca’s dresses, both very chic.  Nice to see Loretta Devine step it up a bit.Cicely Tyson looks fanfuckingtastic in that dress. Is it vintage? I would kill for the shoes — and she’s wearing a ribbon on one ankle! 

  • Who are all these people?! Jesus christ on a cracker…


  • Can someone please tell me who made Jenifer Lewis’s dress?  It looks good on her and I think it’d look even better on me. 😉

  • Judih1

    TLO – I just love you. Your comments are always SO right on. Love what you said about Cicely Tyson

  • lucasuk82

    re: LisaRay McCoy – I’m pretty sure Bridal-land doesn’t grant passports to those with sparkly soft-serve on their breasts.

  • bellafigura1

    Cicely Tyson looks incredible! I’m so brainwashed by the roles, I thought she was toothless and ancient in real life. The dress is wrong for her, I guess, but I kinda like it — tres 60s Courreges silhouette.

  • ccm800

    THis is simply one of the dead on ugliest red carpets showings I have EVER seen. Jeez Lawd have mercy!

  • mhleta

    I think Cicely Tyson played a lamp in my friend’s parents’ living room in the 60s.

  • Warrior89

    Omari Hardwick?  You can be my new boyfriend.  Otherwise, eww to most of these.  Vivica, hike up your twins.  

  • Do not like Amber Riley’s top at all.  And Bobbi K, bless her heart, looks like she’s going to favor her father rather than her mother.

  • teensmom99

    do not mean this to be catty, but all I can see when I looks at Jordin Sparks’s dress is how filthy it will be.  That white hen spilling all over the ground–OY!

  • Naturi gets the gold, she looks AMAZING.  Omari is not far behind.  Many of the others get “WTF??” reactions from me.  Love your comment about Cicely Tyson!!

  • quiltrx

    It must be said…Michael, you were SPAWN for fuck’s sake.  Get a damned suit that fits.

    And this seems like a “no I will wear the craziest shoes.” “no bitch, IMA wear the craziest shoes!”  contest.  And what is with all the cooter-curtain dresses?  Some folks look really great, but most look like they’re trying WAY too hard.

    • watchmeboogie

      > quiltrx said: “And what is with all the cooter-curtain dresses?”

      Cooter-curtain!! Bwahaha that’s great.

  • bitterk

    Tacky tack tacky.  Tika Sumpter and Jordin Sparks saved the night.  

  • pdquick

    Let us point out the Be Be Winans’s shoes appear to have been custom made with those narrow waists that look so fine. The jacket and shit or gasp-worthy, with the cross chain just so (If you’re into that). The jeans need an inch of hem, but there needs to be a category DAYUM equivalent to WERQ, and he needs to be in it. As for Miss Cicely Tyson she is a WERQ from the ankles up, and the as for the shoes, she’s Miss-goddamn-Cicely-fucking-Tyson, so bow down. It’s a WERQ.

  • wow…anyone else think Bobbi K looked like a prostitute?  A couple of the other ladies did as well.

  • Scarlet39

    This was one helluva confused red carpet

  • watchmeboogie

    Never mind her shoes, what in the world is going on with Brely Evans’s boobs in that thing?? They’re absolutely insane.

  • Zizi_N

    Tika Sumpter SLAYED every single person in this post! Good God!

  • Zizi_N

    Tika Sumpter SLAYED it! Good GOD!

  • Fred Vaughn

    Jenifer Lewis got love… Nothing else about this collection of pics matters!