Original 'Sparkle' Cast Member Shines Again

When dreams of a reunion tour with the original film's actors died, Lonette McKee devised a plan B.

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McKee, who currently teaches an acting workshop at the City College of New York, has a slew of upcoming music, film and TV projects, including an urban tragedy, Dream Street, which will serve as her directorial debut. "Sparkle was one of those magical moments in moviemaking history when all the elements came together," McKee concluded. Perhaps the new cast will soon be able to say the same thing.

N. Sheree Saunders is a New York City-based writer.

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