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Lifetime Channel presents: ‘Whitney’ directed by Angela Bassett

Phinesse Demps | 1/15/2015, 6:40 a.m.
The Lifetime movie “Whitney,” is probably one of the most anticipated television events of 2015.
"Whitney" debuts on Lifetime on Saturday January 17 at 8 p.m. (Photo: Courtesy Lifetime)

The Lifetime movie “Whitney,” is probably one of the most anticipated television events of 2015. Everyone loves Whitney Houston. She is still an iconic figure in music and film. Yet people never really knew her or accepted the choices she made. One of those decisions was her marriage to Bobby Brown. Mainstream media hated the fact that she was involved with New Edition star Bobby Brown. Brown gets a lot of the blame for Houston’s downward spiral. Not saying he doesn’t deserve some criticism but Whitney Houston was her own person. Director Angela Bassett did a wonderful job of presenting the truth no matter how difficult it is for some to take.

Golden Globe® Award winner and Academy Award® nominee Angela Bassett makes her directorial debut with the Lifetime Original Movie "Whitney," featuring Yaya DaCosta (Lee Daniels’ "The Butler") in the lead role with Arlen Escarpeta ("Final Destination 5") alongside her as Bobby Brown. The music featured in the film includes Houston’s hits “The Greatest Love of All,” “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “I’m Every Woman” and “I Will Always Love You” as well as Brown’s “Every Little Step.”

The talented Grammy®-nominated Deborah Cox provides the vocals for DaCosta’s portrayal of Houston.

The film debuts on Lifetime on Saturday January 17 at 8 p.m. (EST). Following the movie’s premiere, Lifetime will air the hour-long documentary "Beyond the Headlines: Whitney Houston" at 10/9c, providing an in-depth look at the life and death of Houston. Make sure you checkout our Facebook Page: BOBC, to checkout the official movie trailer and comments from Angela Bassett about directing “Whitney.”

Phinesse Demps is a freelance writer for the Baltimore Times newspaper and several other media outlets. His column, Indie Soul appears each week in print and online. Demps is also co-owner of the online radio station, MySoulRadio.com. Follow him on Twitter:@lfpmedia.