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5 Ways Yaya DaCosta Became Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston Biopic: How Yaya DaCosta Became The Singer

Originally posted 01/17/2015 07:40PM

Whitney Houston is one of the most recognizable singers in the history of music, so Yaya DaCosta did not take it lightly when she was cast to portray the icon in the Lifetime movie Whitney.

"I initially wanted to become her exactly. I was just set to do everything in my power to make the audience almost forget that they weren't really watching Whitney," the former America's Next Top Model contestant, 32, tells PEOPLE. "But then I realized that I only had a few days to prepare. It was more important to try and capture her essence than to go crazy because that could have come across as a mockery."

So just how did DaCosta capture Houston's essence?

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Whitney Houston's Mother on Biopic: 'I'm Glad the Lifetime Project Is Finished'

Whitney Houston's Mother Speaks Out: 'I'm Glad the Lifetime Project Is Finished'

Originally posted 01/17/2015 09:25AM

With the Lifetime biopic Whitney set to air Saturday, Cissy Houston, the mother of the iconic singer, who died in 2012, is speaking out about the TV movie that was made without the family's cooperation.

"I'm glad the Lifetime project is finished," Cissy Houston tells PEOPLE. "I hope from now on her fans will keep her child, [Bobbi Kristina Brown], in their prayers, and I hope people will let my child rest."

Adds a Houston family friend: "The family is not happy about this project. Bobby [Brown] and Whitney had a complicated relationship. I don't even think their loved ones understood it. So, for people who didn't know them to take on what, to some extent, dishonors them – and their relationship – that is the most hurtful."

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YaYa Dacosta Channels Whitney Houston in the Studio in New Lifetime Clip (VIDEO)

Originally posted 12/24/2014 09:05AM

Lifetime's new Angela Bassett-directed Whitney Houston biopic Whitney is slated for a January debut, and clips from the film are already beginning to show.

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Watch the Trailer for Lifetime's Whitney Houston Biopic

Originally posted 12/06/2014 04:10PM



Whitney Houston's iconic life and career is coming to Lifetime in January, and the trailer is finally here.

Whitney is the directorial debut for Oscar-nominated actress Angela Bassett, who worked with Houston on Waiting to Exhale in 1995.

The film stars Harlem native Yaya DaCosta, 32, as the singer, who died in February 2012. DaCosta got her start on cycle 3 of America's Next Top Model in 2004. She has since gone on to do films such as 2006's Take the Lead with Antonio Banderas, and 2013's The Butler.

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DaNica Shirey Sings Whitney Houston and Wows Clive Davis on The Voice

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DaNica Shirey Sings Whitney Houston and Wows Clive Davis on The Voice

Originally posted 11/25/2014 08:10AM

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It was dream-scenario Monday night for Team Pharrell star DaNica Shirey on The Voice.

She sang a few bars of Whitney Houston's "I Have Nothing" to the late icon's longtime mentor, Clive Davis, who met with the Top 10 singers and gave Shirey high praise – after she sweetly confided that she'd written an 11th grade biography about Davis's life. And she'd learned to sing Whitney on a karaoke machine her late father bought her when she was 8.

Awww.

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'Godfather of House Music' Frankie Knuckles Has Died

House Music Pioneer Frankie Knuckles Has Died

Originally posted 04/01/2014 12:15PM

Frankie Knuckles, one of the pioneers of house music, died at his Chicago home on Monday afternoon, his longtime business partner, Frederick Dunson, confirmed to The Chicago Tribune. He was 59.

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Cop Claims Retaliation for Complaints About Colleague in Whitney Houston Case

Cop Claims Retaliation for Complaints About Colleague in Whitney Houston Case

Originally posted 03/12/2014 07:00AM

A Beverly Hills police sergeant is suing the city, claiming he has been harassed and denied promotions since alleging another officer made inappropriate comments about Whitney Houston's body at the death scene.

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PHOTO: Bobbi Kristina Brown Defends Slimmer Frame | Bobbi Kristina Brown

Bobbi Kristina Brown Defends Slimmer Frame

Originally posted 03/11/2014 06:00PM

To those who fear Bobbi Kristina Brown is too skinny, she – and her husband – have a few choice words in reaction.

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Watch: The 9 Greatest Super Bowl Moments That Had Nothing to Do with Football | Super Bowl, Super Bowl XLVIII, Super Bowl, Beyonce Knowles

Watch: The 9 Greatest Super Bowl Moments That Had Nothing to Do with Football

Originally posted 02/02/2014 11:00AM

Rumor has it that the Super Bowl is all about the NFL, but the frenzied sharing of 2014's game day ads says otherwise. In the days following the famous scrimmage, it's often the moments that have little to do with football that prompt the most discussion.

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