The Stars Were Out at the NY Premiere of “Sparkle”

The ‘SPARKLE' cast make their NY debut at Tribeca Grand Hotel in Soho
(NEW YORK) August 15, 2012 –  Busy night in NYC last night! First,  Tri Star Pictures  hosted a red carpet screening of the upcoming ‘SPARKLE‘ film at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in Soho. The cast was on hand:  Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick, executive producer  Debra Martin Chase  and Sony Pictures SVP  DeVon Franklin. A slew of celebrities hit the carpet as well:  Russell Simmons, Gabby Sidibe, Olympic medalist Cullen Jones, Stephen Baldwin, Valerie Simpson, June Ambrose, Rutina Wesley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Q Parker, Adrienne Bailon, AJ Calloway  and pop/R&newcomer  Austin Brown.
‘SPARKLE' opens nationwide on August 17 –  
Photos: Jerome Shaw
             Carmen Ejogo, Jordin Sparks and Tika Sumpter                                                                   Mike Epps  
Zack 16    
                                          Derek Luke with wife Sophia                                                                                       Omari Hardwick  
                              Jordin Sparks                                       Gabby Sidibe and friend                                               Austin Brown  
                                  Debra Martin Chase                                                                                 June Ambrose  
                                              Russell Simmons                                                                                                                                                           Stephen Baldwin  
                                                        Cullen Jones                                                           S. Epatha Merkerson
                                                     Rutina Wesley                                                 Q Parker   and Jordin Sparks                         DeVon Franklin & AJ Calloway  
   Dotted Line (Orange)
And three blocks away at the BET Music Matters Showcase…    
                  Austin Brown tears up the stage at Santos Party House for the BET Music Matters Showcase.              
Austin Brown (who's the son of  Rebbie Jackson  and managed by  Jermaine Dupri) took the stage at Santos Party House after the  ‘SPARKLE'  premiere to perform his single “Menage a Trois” at the  BET Music Matters Showcase. Attendees such as  Angela Simmons, BET music exec  Kelly G  and  Sister 2 Sister‘s  Jamie Foster Brown  were on hand to check out the emerging artist. For more on Austin Brown, visit
Photos: Pete Monsanto
         Angela Simmons & Austin Brown                                 The main event.                         Austin performs ‘Menage a Trois'                                                                                      
Good times!  
              BET music exec Kelly G with Austin Brown                   Sister 2 Sister's Jamie Foster Brown and friends

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