Lonette McKee

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Lonette Rita McKee[1][2] (born July 22, 1954)[3] is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Sister Williams in the original 1976 musical-drama film Sparkle. McKee also had notable roles in such movies as The Cotton Club, Jungle Fever, ATL, and Honey.


  • It was a project where all the elements aligned to create a classic and that’s what happens with quality projects. We don’t have a whole lot of quality projects made, especially for Black films.
  • For me to know Aretha Franklin did the soundtrack, I loved it and did not have a problem with it. Of course in retrospect we know the audience was so hyper-devoted to the original and would have loved to hear us do an album or CD on it. It is what it is and I was very thrilled that Aretha did it, frankly.
  • We have to especially in these times. We are all living in very hard times and they are particularly hard for people of color I really think it is important we have some dreams we aspire to. You have to set a goal where you want to go before you know where you’re going. I feel like we all are entitled to dream big and eventually one day they will happen.


  1. Gilbert Valarie C., Women and Mixed Race Representation in Film, McFarland, Incorporated, Publishers, 2021
  2. Library of Congress, Catalog of Copyright Entries Third series, Library of Congress. Copyright Office, 1971
  3. Who Sang what on Broadway, 1866–1996: The singers (L-Z) - Ann M. Savage (ed), Women's Rights: Reflections in Popular Culture – The Women of Brewster's Place (1989)
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