Growing up one of my favorite movies was "Sparkle", starring Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Phillip Michael Thomas, Dwan Smith and Dorian Harewood. My sisters and I have watched that movie so many times, we probably can recite the script, word for word.
I paid homage to some of my favorite actors/actresses from the movie by naming some of my characters in "Brooklyn's Song" after them. For example, Brooklyn's best friend is named Lonette.
Let me know if you recognize any of the other actors' names in the book.