‘Black Nativity’ Images Bring Focus to Jennifer Hudson and Mary J. Blige

Could we have another musical in contention this year?

black nativityWe are getting ready to cross over into the second half of the year. Many things will kick into high-gear in the next few weeks like marketing from studios, trailers and posters galore, and many of us that are anticipating certain films, getting ready to talk about them more. One film that is sitting pretty high on my must-see list for the second half of 2013 is Kasi Lemmons’ Black Nativity starring Oscar-winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson along with Oscar-nominee Angela Bassett. Other stars that include Grammy Winner Mary J. Blige, Tyrese Gibson, and Nas are also on board.

If many of you are unaware, Kasi Lemmons, who is best known for directing Eve’s Bayou (1997) and Talk to Me (2007), is slowly becoming a force among female directors working today. Black Nativity looks to be something different and even if it isn’t an awards player for the Oscars, it will be a breath of fresh air for the contemporary musical in film. Also, I absolutely worship Angela Bassett and will sing her praises until they make up for her erroneous loss for What’s Love Got to Do With It? (1993).

The film’s synopsis reads as follows:

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.

Check out the images below and discuss its chances in the comments.  The film is set to be released November 27, 2013 in US theaters.


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Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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Maybe a new Christmas classic? Such a great cast, and I’m happy to see Kasi Lemons directing. I haven’t seen the stage play, but from what I’ve read about it, it only has a very loose narrative. I’ll be interested in seeing how they scripted the story.


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