In addition, good casting and introducing newer faces was an important feature of the film, something that did not take too much of the budget.
There were over 2,000 young ladies who auditioned for the role of Sparkle; Irene Cara ended up with the role and was just 17 when she was cast, she would become the film's breakout star as she went on to do films like Fame.
The late 1960s to early 1970s consisted of soul music which tied in with historical macro events such as: Middle Civil Rights Movement, Great Society, Vietnam War, and Black Power. Some influential artists during this time were James Brown, The Supremes, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder. Finally, the middle to late 1970s consisted of disco which was essentially peppy dance music.
Stand out artists include Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, and Donna Summer.
CLG had an impressive first split with its new roster with a record of 13 - 5 and going on to beat Liquid 3-2 in the semifinals and beat TSM 3-2 in the finals where they then qualified for MSI.
This film not only "recreates the magic of a special period in American history, but it explores the impact of Harlem's musical and social culture on the rest of the world," as well as the linkages to black power.
The film stars Irene Cara, Philip Michael Thomas, Lonette Mc Kee, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood, and Tony King.
She even has an entire album called "Sparkle." The other songs in the film were written by Curtis Mayfield. While analyzing gender and sexuality, the Black female protagonists in this film can easily be compared to the women in (Cleopatra Jones) and (Coffy).
Unlike these films, Sparkle’s protagonists do not come out on top in the same way as Cleo and Coffy do.