Tika Sumpter to Play Michelle Obama in New Film

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Actress Tika Sumpter has reportedly landed the role of Michelle Obama (née Robinson) in the upcoming film “Southside With You.”

According to published reports, the “Before Sunset” style film, will chronicle Barack and Michelle’s first date back in the summer of 1989, which included a mini-tour of the southside of Chicago, culminating in a late night showing of Spike Lee’s “Do the Right Thing.”
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Tika Sumpter Works the Black Film Festival

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Actress Tika Sumpter and the rest of the cast of Universal’s James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” hit up the Black Film Festival earlier to week to preview the film for fans and critics.

Tika plays the role of Yvonne Fair, a one-time back-up singer for Brown, who went on to record for Motown Records and also appeared in the film “Lady Sings the Blues” alongside Diana Ross.
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Tika Sumpter’s New Movie Role + Photo Shoot

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Actress Tika Sumpter appears on the inside pages of next month’s issue of Essence magazine, posing for an eight page spread showcasing this season’s host denim looks.

Tika, presently riding high off of the success of “The Haves and Have Nots,” is gearing up to promote two new films, the James Brown biopic “Get on Up” and “My Man is a Loser,” which is set to be released in select theaters and On Demand July 25th.

Speaking on her various roles, Tika calls her bad girl character Candace Young on “The Haves and Have Nots” one of her favorite characters to play, calling her “unforgettable” and “a joy to bring to life.”
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Tika Sumpter Joins ‘Sparkle’ Cast

Actresses Tika Sumpter and Carmen Ejogo are the latest names to be announced as stars of the upcoming ‘Sparkle’ remake by Salim and Mara Brock Akil.

Carmen, probably best known for her role as Alean in the HBO original movie Lackawanna Blues, will play the role of Sista, while Tika will take on the role of Delores.

Cee-Lo Green will play a singer who serves as the girl’s opening act.

The part of Stix Warren will be played by actor Derek Luke, with Jordin Sparks playing the role of Sparkle and Whitney Houston rounding out the cast as the girl’s mother.

Editor’s Note: Though I’m not fond of Derek Luke as Stix, the addition of Sumpter as Delores and Ejogo as Sista, is nothing short of brilliant.

Ejogo, wife of actor Jeffrey Wright, was amazing in Lackawanna Blues and is an excellent choice to play the role of Sista. Kudos to the Akils for bringing her on.

As for Sumpter, she is on fire due to her roles on ‘Gossip Girl’ and ‘The Game.’ No doubt ‘Sparkle’ will up her profile even more. FYI: I have gotten a peek at the script and it is a complete re-write. The Delores Sumpter will play is nothing like the one in the original.

Tika, Rutina & Naturi’s Glam Photo Shoot

Up and coming actresses Tika Sumpter (Gossip Girl), Rutina Wesley (True Blood), and Naturi Naughton (Playboy) are all featured in a 1970’s inspired photo shoot via the October issue of Essence Magazine.

The editorial was photographed by Tim Petersen, styled by Agnes Cammock and is meant to pay tribute to 1970’s TV sleuths such as ‘Get Christie Love.’