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Black Nativity (2013)

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A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.

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Reverend Cornell Cobbs
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Street Prophet (Isaiah) (as Nasir Jones)
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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. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Drama | Family | Music | Musical

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Rated PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation. | See all certifications »

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27 November 2013 (USA)  »

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Black Nativity - Um Espectáculo de Natal  »

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$17,500,000 (estimated)

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$3,669,530 (USA) (29 November 2013)

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$7,017,178 (USA) (10 January 2014)
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Angela Bassett plays a preacher's wife in this film. In 1996, her "Waiting to Exhale" co-star Whitney Houston played the title role in "The Preacher's Wife". The preacher in that film was played by Courteney B. Vance, Bassett's real-life husband. See more »

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Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Lady Gaga (2013) See more »

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He Loves Me Still
Written by Raphael Saadiq, Taura Stinson and Darien Dorsey
Performed by Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson
Arranged by Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
Additional Vocal Production by Taura Stinson, Harvey Mason Jr. and Monet Owens
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4 April 2014 | by (Raleigh, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I really would have given it a higher rating but I wasn't 100% crazy about all of the singing. I loved the story line and the cast was phenomenal. Overall everyone did a really good job with the acting and singing. So many of my favorites in one film is really a treat. I will be telling everyone I know about this movie.It should be watched by all who value family and faith. This situation plagues many minority homes. Holding on to the anger, hurt of misunderstandings for years when it can be fixed with communication, respect, honesty and forgiveness.I wasn't sure about whether it would be good in the beginning but very pleased I stuck it out and even got my hubby-to-be to watch it with me and he liked it also.


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I'm white and I think the title's fine very_adorkable
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