‘Black Nativity’ Trailer: Jennifer Hudson Sings Christmas Carols

Published 1 year ago by

Langston, a street-smart black teen from Baltimore, knows little to nothing about his grandparents, who have never been a part of his life (having fallen-out with his single-mom some years before). Economic hardship results in Langston and his mom being evicted from their home, so the former ends up journeying to New York to spend the Christmas holiday season with his estranged grandfather and his wife.

It doesn’t take so long for Langston to buckle under the strict rules imposted by his grandpa (who is a reverend), which eventually leads the frustrated young man to attempt and flee back to Baltimore. However, along the way, Langston makes new friends who – along with some divine intervention – teach him vital lessons about family, faith, and healing from the past, as illustrated through the soulful music and story of the Black Nativity.

American R&B recording artist and actor Jacob O’Neal Latimer Jr. plays Langston in the film Black Nativity, which is based on the stage musical created by the 20th century black culture innovator, Langston Hughes. The film’s all-black primary cast includes Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker (The Butler), Angela Bassett (Olympus Has Fallen), Tyrese Gibson (Fast & Furious 6), Mary J. Blige (Rock of Ages) and Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls).

black nativity trailer Black Nativity Trailer: Jennifer Hudson Sings Christmas Carols

The Black Nativity teaser trailer is here, and it provides a sneak peek at the film’s cast – with an emphasis on (no surprise) Latimer and Hudson – performing original songs and tweaked renditions of staple Christmas carols. It seems an interesting mix of gospel and R&B, but we’ll see how musical purists feel about this cinematic interpretation of Hughes’ show. At the least, Black Nativity‘s clean visual design and standard vocal recording approach ought to be less divisive than director Tom Hooper’s use of cinéma vérité techniques on Les Misérables.

Black Nativity was adapted for the big screen and directed by Kasi Lemmons, the actress/writer/director whose filmmaking body of work includes the Southern period drama Eve’s Bayou and true-story based Talk to Me. Both of those movies tend to be cited as being underrated by the online film critic/blogger community, so perhaps Black Nativity will be the project that brings Lemmons more attention and the wider acclaim that many feel she deserves.

_____

Black Nativity opens in U.S. theaters on November 27th, 2013.

Source: Fox Searchlight

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:
TAGS: Black Nativity

5 Comments

Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to Gravatar.com and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.


If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it.

  1. Finally a movie I can take my mom to!!

  2. wow…when does White Nativity come out?

    • oh please leave. People get so uptight when something like this comes out. You guys fail to realize that almost every movie has a predominately white cast. There are plenty of “White Nativity” movies out there.

      • Which makes it all the crazier that we don’t have more black, white and other race actors in movies together. Especially since a lot of latinos and white people listen to R&B these days and that music dominates the charts so….

        I wouldn’t have responded because I usually don’t care but the comments reminded me that an all black cast just seems to be exclusive more than more mainstream movies. Almost like some people of certain races (not just black but others too) hate to feel like minorities but then revel in being a minority.

        I mean, lets face it. The biggest movie juggernaut in the world is Bollywood and they’ve had more than just Indian actors in the last decade alone so it’s weird that it’s slightly less profit-making sibling Hollywood is still acting like it’s the Southern US in the 1950s.

  3. God bless above pictured guys, I advise you all good celebrities preach Gospel of Jesus also because He is gonna come soon.If you wana help in poor Churches I can give you the addresses to send them literature and Holy Bible. KL Angora

Be Social, Follow Us!!