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Starring: Naomi Ackie, Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders, Tamara Tunie, Nafessa Williams, Clarke Peters
Bio-musical drama directed by Kasi Lemmons. Based on the life and music of pop icon Whitney Houston (Naomi Ackie), I Wanna Dance with Somebody (2022) tracks her life in New Jersey as choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time.
We’ll add the best quotes once the movie is released and we’ve had a chance to watch it, but for now, here’s a small selection.
Cissy Houston: My voice is gone.
Whitney Houston: What?
Cissy Houston: You start the show tonight. No talking back. I’m your mother.
Clive Davis: I might have just heard the greatest voice of her generation.
Clive Davis: What’s your name again?
Whitney Houston: Whitney Elizabeth Houston.
Whitney Houston: Maybe.
Clive Davis: Maybe? It’s got to have a hook.
Whitney Houston: A hook?
Clive Davis: Yeah.
Whitney Houston: I’ll give it a hook.
Whitney Houston: My dream, sing what I want to sing. Be how I want to be. Reach as big an audience as I can.
Interviewer: A common criticism of you, your music isn’t black enough.
Whitney Houston: Look, I don’t know how to sing black, and I don’t know how to sing white either. I know how to sing.