Whitney Houston passed away six months before her longtime project “Sparkle” hit the big screen. Now, Jordin Sparks and her fellow cast mates are paying tribute to the legend.



Sparks told “Extra’s” Terri Seymour that she considers Whitney a mentor and that "one of the biggest things she taught me was never forget where you come from and always be humble."

Co-star Derek Luke called the film “Whitney’s last love song" and actor Michael Epps described it as “a big dedication to her from us -- from all of us that were in the film"

Carmen Ejogo said, "It's like the perfect last gift that she's given us because it's so much about her story and it's a celebration of her, ultimately."

Jordin, who won the sixth season of "American Idol," recalled Whitney’s giving nature, too. “She always wanted to see us shine. She wanted to give all of us the spotlight.”

The film follows the story of musical prodigy Sparkle (Sparks), a Detroit native trying to make a name for herself while dealing with struggles at home. Houston plays Sparkle’s single mom, Emma.

"Sparkle" opens nationwide Aug. 17. Watch the trailer!

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