written by his wife, Mara Brock Akil. The leading ladies, who will play
sisters in the film, include Carmen Ejogo, Tika Sumpter and Jordin
She began her career modeling and appeared in commercials for Hewlett-Packard and Liz Claiborne‘s Curve fragrances. In 2004, she served as the co-host for the N network series Best Friend’s Date. The following year she landed the role of Layla Williamson on One Life to Live.
From January to May 2011, Sumpter appeared on Gossip Girl as Raina Thorpe, the daughter of Russell Thorpe and Chuck Bass/Nate’ former love interest.
She played singer Jason Derülo‘s girlfriend in the video for his song “It Girl“.
On September 12, 2011, it was announced that Sumpter would be playing one of the sister’s name Deloris in the music-themed film Sparkle alongside Jordin Sparks, Whitney Houston, Derek Luke & Carmen Ejogo. Sparkle is a remake of the 1976 film of the same name inspired by the story of The Supremes.
The remake was set in 1968 Detroit, during the rise of Motown. The
story will focus on the youngest sister, a music prodigy named Sparkle
Williams (Jordin Sparks), and her struggle to become a star while
overcoming issues that are tearing her family apart. R&B singer Aaliyah –
originally tapped to star as Sparkle however following her death in a
2001 plane crash, production on the film had been derailed, production
would have begun in 2002. Sparkle was filmed in the fall of 2011 over a two month period. The movie, starring both Sumpter will be released on August 17 in the United States. On May 21, 2012, “Celebrate“, the last song Whitney Houston recorded with Sparks, premiered at RyanSeacrest.com. The song is the first official single featured on the Sparkle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack album which Sumpter is apart of. The accompanying music video for Celebrate was filmed on May 30, 2012 and the video featured herself and the rest of her Sparkle cast mates .
|2009||Brooklyn’s Finest||Neighborhood Girl|
|2010||Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming||Niki|
|2011||What’s Your Number?||Jamie|
|Whisper Me a Lullaby||Emma||Post-production|
|2012||Think Like a Man||Dominic’s Girlfriend|
|2005–2011||One Life to Live||Layla Williamson||234 episodes
Role held: July 15, 2005 – January 24, 2011
Nominated – Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Daytime Drama (2008)
|2006||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Vegas||Episode 7.17 “Class“|
|2011||The Game||Jenna Rice||9 episodes|
|Gossip Girl||Raina Thorpe||Recurring cast (Season 4; 11 episodes)|
|2012||Being Mary Jane||TV series|
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suburban Maywood Saturday after the officer crashed his motorcycle
trying to avoid running into the man’s daughter, according to officials.
The officer was on a northbound motorcycle heading home about 10 p.m.
after his shift in a West Side police station and saw a 4-year-old girl
dart into the street in the 1100 block of South 1st Avenue, authorities
The officer ditched his bike but the bike hit the child and her
18-year-old cousin. The girl’s father, 26-year-old Christopher
Middleton, approached the officer yelling and screaming, authorities
said. He was inside a nearby restaurant when the accident happened, said
Larry Shapiro, a spokesman for the village of Maywood.” – Policemag
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