Busy night in NYC last night! First,Â TriÂ Star PicturesÂ hosted a red carpet screening of the upcoming â€˜SPARKLEâ€™ film at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in Soho. The cast was on hand:Â Jordin Sparks, Mike Epps, Carmen Ejogo, Derek Luke, Tika Sumpter, Omari HardwickÂ and executive producerÂ Debra Martin Chase.
A slew of celebrities hit the carpet as well: Russell Simmons, Gabby Sidibe,Â Olympic medalistÂ Cullen Jones, Steven Baldwin, Valerie Simpson, June Ambrose, Rutina Wesley, S. Epatha Merkerson, Q Parker, Adrienne Bailon,Â and pop/R&B newcomerÂ Austin Brown.Â Â Attendees such asÂ Angela Simmons, BET music execKelly GÂ andÂ Sister 2 Sisterâ€™sÂ Jamie Foster BrownÂ were on hand to check out the emerging artist. For more on Austin Brown,Â visitÂ www.austinbrown.com.
And speaking ofÂ Austin Brown, the â€œBackpack Kidsâ€ singer (whoâ€™s the son ofÂ Rebbie JacksonÂ and managed byJermaine Dupri) took the stage at Santos Party House after the â€˜SPARKLEâ€™ premiere to perform his single â€œMenage a Troisâ€ at theÂ BET Music Matters Showcase.