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Black Nativity stars shine in Harlem

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 01:20

Nov 18 - The cast of the new holiday film celebrate the film's opening at the Apollo Theater. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: America poet Langston Hughes' play "Black Nativity" has been reimagined as a new feature film musical of the same name. An all-star cast including Forest Whitaker, Angela Basset and Jennifer Hudson come together to tell the modern story of a Hughes' popular work. In the movie Hudson plays the 'down on her luck' daughter of Basset and Whitaker who sends her son to live with her estranged parents. Hudson, who is best known for her Academy Award winning role in "Dreamgirls," wasn't looking for another musical movie, but said the story made her change her mind. "Once I saw all the different elements from music to family to the holidays. All of that in it and I was like ok, you'll got me, I definitely want to be a part of telling this story," Hudson said. Both Bassett and Whitaker had the chance to show off their pipes in the movie. Bassett, who has never sang professionally before, said it was both awesome and stressful. "I mean I had to duet with Jennifer Hudson. Oh please, just singing was enough of a, you know, nerve inducing. But to sing a song with her, I mean, she's amazing." "Black Nativity" is set in modern day Harlem and to celebrate the opening the red carpet was rolled out at the Apollo Theater. Executive producer Trudie Styler, and also wife of musician Sting, was proud to debut the film in the historic neighborhood: "We're so proud to be at the Apollo tonight we can't tell you. We're really - we feel very privileged." The film will hit U.S. theaters on November 27th.

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Black Nativity stars shine in Harlem

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 01:20