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Black Nativity (2013)

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A street-wise teen from Baltimore who has been raised by a single mother travels to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives, where he embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey.



(based on the play by), (written for the screen by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Street Prophet (Isaiah) (as Nasir Jones)
Pawnbroker (as Vondie Curtis Hall)
Grace Gibson ...
Officer Butch McDaniels
Henry Hunter Hall ...
Snoopy (as H. Hunter Hall)
Chic Man


In a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes' celebrated play, the holiday musical drama BLACK NATIVITY follows Langston (Jacob Latimore), a street-wise teen from Baltimore raised by a single mother, as he journeys to New York City to spend the Christmas holiday with his estranged relatives Reverend Cornell and Aretha Cobbs (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett). Unwilling to live by the imposing Reverend Cobbs' rules, a frustrated Langston is determined to return home to his mother, Naima (Jennifer Hudson). Langston embarks on a surprising and inspirational journey and along with his new friends, and a little divine intervention, he discovers the true meaning of faith, healing, and family. Written by Fox Searchlight

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Drama | Family | Music | Musical

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic material, language and a menacing situation. | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Black Nativity - Um Espectáculo de Natal  »

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Box Office


$17,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,669,530 (USA) (1 December 2013)


$7,017,178 (USA) (10 January 2014)

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2.35 : 1
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Hush Child (Get You Through This Silent Night)
Written by Kasi Lemmons, Taylor Gordon and Taura Stinson
Performed by Jennifer Hudson, Jacob Latimore, Luke James and Grace Gibson
Arranged by Raphael Saadiq, Taylor Gordon and Doobie Powell
Additional Vocal Production by Taura Stinson and Harvey Mason Jr.
(Contains an interpolation of "Silent Night", Music by Franz Gruber and Lyrics by Joseph Mohr )
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Very Happy With This Production
4 April 2014 | by (Raleigh, North Carolina) – See all my reviews

I really would have given it a higher rating but I wasn't 100% crazy about all of the singing. I loved the story line and the cast was phenomenal. Overall everyone did a really good job with the acting and singing. So many of my favorites in one film is really a treat. I will be telling everyone I know about this movie.It should be watched by all who value family and faith. This situation plagues many minority homes. Holding on to the anger, hurt of misunderstandings for years when it can be fixed with communication, respect, honesty and forgiveness.I wasn't sure about whether it would be good in the beginning but very pleased I stuck it out and even got my hubby-to-be to watch it with me and he liked it also.

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