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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.

Director:

Kasi Lemmons

Writers:

Langston Hughes (based on the play by), Kasi Lemmons (written for the screen by)
2 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Forest Whitaker ... Reverend Cornell Cobbs
Angela Bassett ... Aretha Cobbs
Jennifer Hudson ... Naima
Tyrese Gibson ... Loot / Tyson
Jacob Latimore ... Langston
Mary J. Blige ... Angel
Nas ... Street Prophet (Isaiah) (as Nasir Jones)
Vondie Curtis-Hall ... Pawnbroker (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Luke James ... Jo-Jo / Joseph
Grace Gibson Grace Gibson ... Maria / Mary
Rotimi ... Officer Butch McDaniels
J. Mallory McCree ... Kyle
Henry Hunter Hall ... Snoopy (as H. Hunter Hall)
Michael Dale ... Innkeeper
Doug Willen ... Chic Man
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | Family | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Nativity - Um Espectáculo de Natal See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,669,530, 1 December 2013, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$7,017,178, 10 January 2014
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | Datasat

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 »


Soundtracks

Jesus Is On the Mainline
Traditional
Performed by Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker
Arranged by Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson
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BLACK Nativity
9 December 2013 | by jordaxxxSee all my reviews

For one I can't believe such racial titles and movies are even allowed these days. Secondly - the same cast/crew that did this movies past movies have bombed beyond belief so - WHY is everyone shocked?

This is certainly no surprise.

Let's actually take a moment to analyze this...

1) The obviously unnecessary racist title - REALLY guys? The very ones always stating "let the past go", etc is the ones who keep bringing it up and even throwing into the title of a movie - major shock there. Where's Asian Nativity, Caucasian Nativity? Oh that's right, that would be a law suit.

2)Casting - Jennifer Hudson? PUKE!!!! she can't even sing much less act. Mary J? SAME THING hahahaha she has what 2 good songs and trying to act? PUKE AGAIN!!!! and yeah the list goes on and on.

Just reason after reason for disaster on this abomination of a wannabe movie.


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