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FIRST LOOK: Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Angela Bassett & More in “Black Nativity”

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Black people + Jesus = Box Office Gold!

At least that’s what Fox Searchlight is hoping with their upcoming film Black Nativity.

Black Nativity, due out Nov. 27, is based on a half-century-old Langston Hughes stage production. Think: a chocolate Miracle on 34th Street. The film centers around the story of the birth of Jesus which is woven into a compelling modern tale of family life in the big city as a single Baltimore mother (Jennifer Hudson) falls on hard times and must send her son (newcomer Jacob Latimore, 16) to Harlem to stay with her parents (Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett) during the holidays.

The music performed in the movie musical will include R&B, gospel, and also rap; and Mary J. Blige will, with her blonde curly ‘fro, plays a guardian angel to star Jacob Latimore’s character, Langston; and both Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett do their own singing in the film, with Jennifer Hudson saying that they both can carry a tune.

Jazz and blues great Terence Blanchard is composing the film’s score, while Raphael Saadiq is writing music for it. Looking for a bit of eye candy in this Christ-focused flick? Don’t worry! Tyrese Gibson, Luke James, singer and rapper Nas round out the cast.

Fox Searchlight has set a release date for Kasi Lemmons’ Black Nativity for November 27, 2013.

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