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Yaya DaCosta Alafia Mimics Whitney Houston’s 1987 Album Cover in First-Look Photo From Biopic

Yaya DaCosta Alafia Mimics Whitney Houston's 1987 Album Cover in First-Look Photo From Biopic

Here’s your first look (above) at Yaya DaCosta Alafia as Whitney Houston in Angela Bassett’s upcoming directorial debut for the Lifetime network, courtesy of EW.

Obviously, it’s a mimic of the album cover of the late singer’s hit 1987 studio album (her 2nd) “Whitney” (see the original on the left).

DaCosta is joined in front of the camera by Arlen Escarpeta (as Bobby Brown) and Yolonda Ross (as Whitney Houston’s longtime good friend and assistant, who was also rumored to be her lesbian lover – Robyn Crawford).

The telepic will chronicle the headline-making partnership between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown – from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.

Bassett is directing the film, which is tentatively titled “Whitney Houston,” from a script penned by Shem Bitterman (“Betty & Coretta” – the Lifetime Original Movie that Bassett starred in last year). 

Larry Sanitsky (who produced “Betty & Coretta”) will do the same for “Whitney Houston.”

It’s scheduled to debut in 2015.

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John Lindsay

I'm happy to see this project come to the screen, and equally happy to see Angela Bassett, an accomplished talent in her own right, making her first outing behind the camera as a director. It seem that when Jodie Foster and others made their debut (directing) there was no criticism…so why now?? In addition, lets not forget that Bassett studied her craft at the Yale School of Drama, receiving a Masters in theatre arts. Bassett was also in a graduating class that was filled with credible peers from both the theatre, technical, writing and producers, of which, many are doing their thing "successfully" today on many of the cable programming being aired currently. Lastly, Bassett, is also nominated for a Prime time Emmy award this year as well, competing with some very notable and remarkable actors.

Ol Skool

"Angela Bassett can overact brushing her teeth"

Well, at least that's what an S&A writer said. Who? Hint: There's no shame in this writer's game and he could pass for most folk's great granddaddy.

Anyway, if what he says is true, I wonder how that translates to her directing skills? Well, there's not a better place for Ms. Bassett's directorial debut than the Lifetime channel, its audience doesn't require much depth.

Monique A Williams

Happy for YaYa! Ms. Bassett did good with this casting. Yes. She did good!

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