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Black Nativity Details


Director Kasi Lemmons updates Langston Hughes' acclaimed play for the screen in this inspirational musical drama with a positive spiritual message. Langston (Jacob Latimore) is a street-smart Baltimore teen who lives with his single mother Naima (Jennifer Hudson). It's Christmas, and this year Jordan is traveling to New York City for a stay with his distant relatives Reverend Cornell (Forest Whitaker) and Aretha Cobbs (Angela Bassett). When Reverent Cornell's strict rules prove too oppressive for the rebellious teen to handle, however, Jordan decides he'd rather spend the holidays with his mother, and embarks on an eye-opening journey that teaches him the true importance of faith and family. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:November 27, 2013


Forest Whitaker
as Reverend Cornell Cobbs
Angela Bassett
as Aretha Cobbs
Tyrese Gibson
as Loot/Tyson
Mary J. Blige
as Angel
Nasir Jones
as Street Prophet (Isaiah)
Jennifer Hudson
as Naima
Vondie Curtis-Hall
as Pawnbroker


Kasi Lemmons
Galt Niederhoffer
Celine Rattray
William Horberg
Langston Hughes
Play Author
Kasi Lemmons
Anastas Michos
Raphael Saadiq
Composer (Music Score)
Laura Karpman
Composer (Music Score)
Terilyn A. Shropshire
Kristi Zea
Production Designer
Bergen Swanson
John O'Grady
Associate Producer
Trudie Styler
Executive Producer
Joy Goodwin
Executive Producer
T.D. Jakes
Executive Producer
Diane Lederman
Set Decorator
Adam Escott
First Assistant Director
Gerard Sava
Camera Operator
William Sarokin
Sound Mixer
Eric J. Robertson
Visual Effects Supervisor
Bergen Swanson
Unit Production Manager
Manny Siverio
Stunts Coordinator
Raphael Saadiq
Music Producer
Erin Hicks
Department Head Hair
Laura Karpman
Music Producer
Danielle Blumstein
Production Supervisor
Sean Garnhart
Re-Recording Mixer
Lewis Goldstein
Supervising Sound Editor
Lewis Goldstein
Re-Recording Mixer
Anita Gibson
Department Head Makeup
Nicholas Vanderpool
Second Assistant Director