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From Cabin in the Sky to Red Hook Summer, these movies really took us to church.
Divine Order
Some might say a higher power is working through Sparkle, the forthcoming remake starring late R&B diva Whitney Houston and feature-film first-timer Jordin Sparks. In the movie, which opens Aug. 17, Houston plays the God-fearing mother to three daughters who hope to make it big in show business. But in what may seem like a divine twist, filmmaker Mara Brock-Akil unwittingly gave the church in Sparkle the same name (New Hope Baptist) as the church in Newark, N.J., where Houston honed her vocal chops and later had her funeral services.
The black church was an integral part in pivotal parts of the 1976 original as well. Watch Irene Cara belting out the hymn “Precious Lord.” The Root looks back here at other black church moments in film — from foot-stomping, choir-swaying dramatic turns to more satirical sanctified scenes.
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