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First Trailer For 'Black Nativity' Sings Its Way Onto Your Computer Screen...

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 30, 2013 9:22 PM
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It debuted tonight during the BET Awards broadcast. Here's the first trailer for Fox Searchlight's Black Nativity, directed by Kasi Lemmons, which is set for a November 272013 release.

The story centers on a young black teen from Baltimore, who is sent to Harlem by his mother to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged grandparents. The boy then learns the real meaning of faith and family when his grandfather delivers a Christmas Eve sermon and "a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story."

The film stars Jacob Latimore, Forest WhitakerAngela Bassett, and Jennifer Hudson, in a work that's based on Langston Hughes' Broadway gospel musical.

Mary J. BligeTyrese GibsonLuke James, and Nas round out the cast. 

Terence Blanchard is the film score's composer, while Raphael Saadiq wrote music for it.

Check out the official first trailer below, along with some still images:

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  • Alan | July 1, 2013 4:25 PMReply

    Wish I had a small cut of the business this is going to do. I could fund all three of the shorts I'm filming this summer...

  • TamiSawyer | July 1, 2013 10:31 AMReply

    Having seen Black Nativity performed so well on stage more than once, I was really unmoved by this trailer.

  • sergio | July 1, 2013 9:38 AMReply

    I was thinking yesterday that I'm really looking forward to see Mad Max 4: Fury Road next year. After seeing this trailer now I REALLY can't wait to see Fury Road

  • MonBienCherAmi | July 1, 2013 2:49 AMReply

    Somehow reminds me of Red Hook Summer.

  • Darkan | July 1, 2013 12:26 PM

    That ain't saying much. Mary J Blige though with the wig tho..? If I saw an angel looking like that I would run to the ends of the earth!!!!

  • sosgemini | June 30, 2013 10:51 PMReply

    As a huge Kasi fan, I hope this trailer isn't reflective of the tone of the film. I hate folks who judge a film by it's trailer but this beast leaves me cold.

  • JEFTCG | July 1, 2013 2:47 AM

    Agreed. Here's to hoping they saved the best for the theater.

  • No | June 30, 2013 11:07 PM

    Hmmmm. This doesn't look particularly appealing: it has a lot of built-in Afro-kitsch.

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