A Quick Review of Black Nativity

Black Nativity (courtesy of Fox Searchlight)

Happy Thanksgiving MMT Family!  Also wishing a happy holiday to those celebrating Hanukkah!  I am very thankful always for family, friends and faith, and for the exciting interviews and movie screenings I’ve been able to experience this past year.  I was able to screen the holiday film Black Nativity last week, and although it was a bit clichéd I did enjoy the movie.

The Kasi Lemmon’s directed/written (screenplay) Black Nativity is a contemporary adaptation of an original play written by the great poet/writer/activist Langston Hughes. The story follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a stubborn teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother (Jennifer Hudson), as he travels to New York City and spends Christmas with his estranged grandparents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett).  Themes of revelation, healing and forgiveness abound, and although several moments are predictable, these themes keep the audience invested through the ending.

With both Whitaker and Bassett on board, you know the film has some performance power; although I must tell you this film was in one of my faves, Jennifer Hudson’s, lane.  She stole the show with her musical numbers.  And there were some great moments with actor/singer Tyrese Gibson, singer Luke James, rapper Nasir Jones (NAS) and the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul” herself Mary J. Blige.

With a PG rating and 93 minute running time, Black Nativity is a great pick for the family Thanksgiving outing.  You can get more info about the film and get ticket/showtime info here.

Alright family, I know this was a super short one but I gotta go check on my macaroni and cheese! 🙂

Until next thought, Thomasena


  1. Hi Lady,
    Happy Thanksgiving and have a wonderful day. This film sounds like another good, wholesome family film. So when it comes out on DVD I will definitely invest and purchase it.

    You have really had a good year, and I am personally very proud to know you. Keep up the good work and never stop moving forward. Who knows, maybe next year, I’ll be writing you about my own success with my book.

    Take care.


    1. Hey Patricia! Always great to hear from you, and I so look forward to purchasing your book when you’re done 🙂 I must admit, although I enjoyed Black Nativity, it’s probably one I wouldn’t buy to watch over and over, unlike Dreamgirls for instance. But it is a great film for family viewing. Thanks for sharing your comments and look forward to touching base soon!


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