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Langston’s Hughes’ Black Nativity Turned Film Set to Premiere Nov. 27th

Posted by Jessica Gold on 11/07 at 06:50 PM

On Sunday, my TV just happened to be on while I was doing my homework, and the commercial for Black Nativity appeared across my screen. I automatically stopped doing my homework, and my eyes were glued to the TV because the film looks like it’s going to be really good.

Black Nativity stars: Jennifer Hudson, Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, Nas and many more. The screenplay for the original musical was written by the renowned Langston Hughes, but the 2013 film version was written and directed by Kasi Lemmons.

Black Nativity premiered Off-Broadway on December 11,1961 and had an all-black cast. This latest version of Black Nativity musical drama turned film retells the Nativity story by singing traditional Christmas carols with a Gospel twist, but some songs were written specifically for the play and the movie.

It is set to release on the day before Thanksgiving (November 27). It tells the story of a single mother (Jennifer Hudson) from Baltimore who cannot afford to provide for her son (Jacob Latimore) any longer. Hudson sends Latimore to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents played by Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. According to the trailer, the film will focus on Latimore’s intense journey of both good and bad with lots of singing and performing added in the mix.

The film is rated PG, so it could be a prefect family outing during the holiday season.

Want to check out the trailer? Click below:

{name} Author: Jessica Gold
Bio: Jessica Gold is a senior at the Pennsylvania State University. She is majoring in Print Journalism with double minors in African-American Studies and Sociology. Gold has a love for fashion, style and culture, and plans to work her way through the magazine industry after graduation. Her dream job is to become a writer/editor for Essence, but her ultimate goal is to create her own publication that incorporates multiculturalism in various arenas. She has hopes of achieving this by the time she is 30.

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