The Black Nativity, the season’s newest holiday film, boldly displays the true meaning of faith and forgiveness. The musically delightful drama is a modern-day retelling of Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes’ 1961 play “The Birth of Christ.”
The Black Nativity, which released Wednesday nationwide, is set in the streets of Harlem, N.Y. The film centers on Langston (played by singer Jacob Latimore) who is sent to live with his estranged grandparents for the holidays. His mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson), has not talked with her parents in 15 years, but was forced to send her son to live with them after she fell on hard financial times.
Langston’s grandfather, the Rev. Cornell Cobbs (played by Forest Whitaker), has kept a shameful secret that he has been trying to overcome for years. As the film unfolds, you understand that this secret has caused his daughter, Niama, to move to Baltimore and rob Langston the opportunity to know his extended family.
Black Nativity’ Unapologetically Sings Praise To Jesus Christ was originally published on praisecleveland.com
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