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Did Whitney Houston Warn Rihanna Not to appear in Tyler Perry Films?

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by Barry Burch Jr.

Influence can sometimes extend beyond the grave.  This is allegedly the case when it comes to Whitney Houston’s apparent influence on Rihanna, according to  Though the “Umbrella” singer debuted on the big screen in 2012 in the movie “Battleship,” she reportedly has kept away from Tyler Perry based on advice that she received from the late singer.

According to sources, Perry has wanted Rihanna to star in one of his romantic comedies for a very long time; however, the pop star has been avoiding him like the plague.  The alleged reason behind Rihanna’s not wanting to appear in the director’s movies has to do with something Houston once shared with her: Tyler’s films are for African-American has-beens, as reported by

A source told that, “Although Tyler has been courting Rihanna for a year and a half, hoping to build a movie around her; she has rejected the idea.”

The source added, “Rihanna has pointedly avoided meeting with him!”

The source also revealed that just before Houston’s death, she and Rihanna met briefly at a party.  The two discussed Tyler Perry movies, and Houston reportedly warned Rihanna about appearing in them.

“Whitney put her off Tyler by warning her bluntly that ‘Tyler’s films are for fading black stars, not rising ones,’” said the source.  “Rihanna so respected Whitney because in addition to being one of the biggest pop stars ever, she starred in hit movies such as The Bodyguard.
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While Rihanna may respect Houston’s opinion greatly, she, too, knows that sticking to blockbuster films with lots of action is not a bad idea.

“She’s ruling out doing a Tyler Perry-style romantic comedy because she thinks she works better in action roles, playing the tough girl,” the source said.

B. Scott himself was allegedly in attendance at the said party, according to his site.  The story is at least true to that extent.  Whether the conversation about Tyler Perry movies ever occurred is nearly impossible to confirm.

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