is a little bit generous. It was an amazing opportunity. I’ve been a fan of hers my entire life. I actually bumped in to her my first day on set. I almost knocked her down. My first reaction was that I wanted to take a photo, but I didn’t because I didn’t want to be a groupie. I thought I would have that opportunity later at the red carpet premiere. I’ll never have that opportunity now. It’s something that I’ll always remember. It’s something that I will always apply moving forward. When you meet somebody, you should just never take it for granted. We as humans in this world of twitter and social media we tear people down and we have such a tendency to give people their flowers when they are no longer breathing. So I’ll never take for granted somebody’s time. If I could go back I would have told her how much I loved her and how much she means to me and how much her music and her movies inspired me. I won’t get that opportunity again but I’ll be sure to do that moving forward.
EBONY: What is your role like in "Sparkle" and what’s next for you in your career?
TJ: I play the club owner slash greasy promoter. I have a super duper funny scene with Cee-Lo Green. We actually open up the film. It’s a lot of fun. The movie is pretty closely based off the original with some really fun new twist. Battle of the year is the next film that stars Chris Brown, Laz Alonso, Josh Holloway, and my man Sway. We shot it in France. People are going to love it. Beyond that I got some really big surprises for you guys. Right now I’m so focused on charity. I think I might take another trip back to Haiti. I even want to go to Africa for the first time. I really want to grow as a philanthropist and grow as a man.