Black Nativity

(2013)

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs’ rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.

Two ‘Black Nativity’ Featurettes

Two ‘Black Nativity’ Featurettes

The beloved Langston Hughes stage play comes to life on the silver screen for the first time in Black Nativity. This contemporary adaptation follows a single mother (Jennifer Hudson) who sends her son (Jacob Latimore) to spend the holidays with his grandparents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett), whom he's never met. Fox Searchlight Pictures has released two featurettes for this drama, the first of which focuses on the music with director Kasi Lemmons and recording artist/producer Raphael Saadiq. The second video features several cast members such as Forest Whitaker, Jacob Latimore, Angela Bassett, Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson and more. This musical arrives just in time for the holiday season, hitting theaters November 27.

Black Nativity was released November 27th, 2013.

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Second ‘Black Nativity’ Trailer

Second ‘Black Nativity’ Trailer

Langston Hughes' beloved holiday story comes to life on the big screen in Black Nativity, with the second trailer for this musical starring Jennifer Hudson. Watch as a struggling single mother sends her son (Jacob Latimore) to live with the grandparents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) he has never met during the Chsitams season. Tyrese Gibson and Mary J. Blige co-star in director Kasi Lemmons' look at the true meaning of love and family, arriving in theaters November 27.

Black Nativity was released November 27th, 2013.

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‘Black Nativity’ Trailer Starring Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige

‘Black Nativity’ Trailer Starring Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige

A struggling family comes together during the holiday season in the first trailer for Black Nativity, directed by Kasi Lemmons (The Caveman's Valentine). Jennifer Hudson stars as a single mother who sends her son (Jacob Latimore) to spend Christmas with the grandparents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) he's never met. A modern-day adaptation of Langston Hughes' critically-acclaimed play, Black Nativity hits theaters November 27 and co-stars Tyrese Gibson, Mary J. Blige, and Nasir Jones.

Black Nativity was released November 27th, 2013.

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‘Black Nativity’ Photos with Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson

‘Black Nativity’ Photos with Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson

New photos from Kasi Lemmons' musical comedy Black Nativity have surfaced featuring Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson. The film is based on a play by Langston Hughes and centers on a street-wise teenager (Jacob Latimore) from Baltimore determined to return to his mother after being sent to his estranged relatives for the Christmas season. On his journey, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Take a look as Jennifer Hudson celebrates the Christmas spirit in these latest images that also feature Forest Whitaker and Mary J. Blige.

Black Nativity was released November 27th, 2013.

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‘Black Nativity’ Gets Thanksgiving 2013 Release Date

‘Black Nativity’ Gets Thanksgiving 2013 Release Date

Fox Searchlight Pictures has announced today that their upcoming musical Black Nativity will receive a Thanksgiving release on November 27, 2013. As of now, the Disney animated comedy Frozen is the only other movie opening on that date. The Weinstein Company's Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom debuts two days later on November 29. Here's the official plot synopsis for Black Nativity.

In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama Black Nativity follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family.

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Tyrese Gibson Joins ‘Black Nativity’

Tyrese Gibson Joins ‘Black Nativity’

Tyrese Gibson has signed on to star in Black Nativity for writer-director Kasi Lemmons. We reported in November that Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson, and Angela Bassett have joined the cast.

The project is based on the Langston Hughes libretto that was adapted into a Broadway musical in 1961. The story follows a young boy from Baltimore, who spends Christmas in Harlem with the grandparents he has never met. The boy learns about the importance of family through his grandfather's Christmas Eve sermon. Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett are playing the boy's grandparents, with Jennifer Hudson portraying his mother, who had a falling out with her father years ago. No details were given regarding Tyrese Gibson's character, but it is believed that this will be the first time the actor sings on film.

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Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson Join ‘Black Nativity’

Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson Join ‘Black Nativity’

Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson have signed on to star in the musical adaptation Black Nativity for director Kasi Lemmons.

The story is adapted from the Langston Hughes libretto that was turned into a Broadway musical in 1961. The plot follows a Baltimore teenage boy who is sent to Harlem to spend Christmas with the grandparents he never met. Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett will play the boy's grandparents, with Jennifer Hudson playing the single mother who had a falling out with her reverend father after becoming pregnant. Forest Whitaker is also set to play multiple characters during the nativity sequence.

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