Photo credit: Jerome Shaw

Written by | Ray Cornelius

The cast of the up-coming movie “Sparkle” was all smiles last night at the red carpet premiere in NYC.

Tri Star Pictures hosted the movie screening at Soho’s Tribeca Grand Hotel.  “Sparkle” cast members Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari Hardwick and executive producer Debra Martin Chase were on hand for the evening’s festivities.

A number of celebrities came out  to celebrate with the cast including: hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, actress Gabby Sidibe, legendary songwriter Valerie Simpson, style maven June Ambrose, actress S. Epatha Merkenson, 112’s Q Parker and more!

After the movie, guests were treated to an exclusive performance by Austin Brown at the Santos Party House. Brown, who is the son of Rebbie Jackson, performed his new single “Ménage a Trios” as part of the BET Music Matters Showcase. Brown is also managed by super music producer Jermaine Dupri.

Sister2Sister’s Jamie Foster Brown was there along with Angela Simmons and BET music exec Kelly G.

Check out these photos courtesy of Jerome Shaw and Pete Monsanto:

Carmen Ejogo, Jordin Sparks, Tika Sumpter

Debra Martin Chase

June Ambrose

Q Parker of 112

Russell Simmons

S. Epatha Merkenson

 Valerie Simpson

Austin Brown

 Jamie Foster Brown and friends

“Sparkle” opens in theaters this Friday, August 17!