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TV One working on a Bobbi Kristina movie with Demetria McKinney as Whitney

This was posted Wednesday, February 15, 2017 by Rodney Ho on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

TheJasmineBrand broke a story this week that TV One is working on a biopic film about Whitney Houston's late daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.

TV One confirmed to me this morning that this is indeed the case but the network has not yet released any details in terms of who is involved.

Bobbi Kristina passed in 2015 after being found unresponsive in a bathtub and passed a few months later. Her death was eerily similar to that of her mother in 2012.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 12: Singer Whitney Houston (L) and Bobbi Kristina Brown arrives at the 2011 Pre-GRAMMY Gala and Salute To Industry Icons Honoring David Geffen at Beverly Hilton on February 12, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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Actress Demetria McKinney, who has appeared on "Real Housewives of Atlanta" and "Tyler Perry's House of Payne," revealed she was playing Whitney Houston and released a statement explaining why she is involved after some social media backlash:

“I have the utmost respect for Whitney Houston and those who have followed me through the years know that. I am NOT an opportunistic person and wouldn’t post, do, say, or be a part of anything that would diminish the light that she is nor the light of her life: BK. That’s part of the problem, we get emotionally charged over things we do not know or have a full understanding of. Even a criminal is innocent until proven guy so it’s only right that If a biopic is made and you choose to watch it, you pass judgement [sic] then…Whitney was very protective of her baby girl. And loved her dearly as we saw on being Bobby Brown. Whitney had people she trusted to show and tell that story and I think that once people understand the heart behind the biopic if one is made, the opinion will shift. People are all on here speaking about things they haven’t seen. They haven’t been privy to the conversations and care taken in the process of something like that done by people who TRULY KNEW and LOVE her and her family… I would love for people to put the soap box down until they see what’s to be. That’s all. Wish u an awesome day!”

The Jasmine Brand added that  Vivica Fox has been cast as Pat Houston, who helped raise Bobbi Kristina in Johns Creek.

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