Black Nativity

November 27th 2013
  • Drama/Musical,
  • PG,
  • 93 min,
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Cast: Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese Gibson, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Nas, Jacob Latimore, Rotimi, Kevin Cannon, Samantha Gelnaw, Alexander Blaise, Chris Nuñez, Volieda Webb, Efraiem Hanna, Steven Rosa, Henry Hunter Hall, Naeem Uzimann, Iris Taylor, Tommy Bayiokos, Ebony J Lewis, J. Mallory-McCree, Mihran Slougian, Marcia M Francis, Michael McFadden, José Báez, Mike Malvagno
  • Director: Kasi Lemmons
  • Writers: Kasi Lemmons, Langston Hughes
  • Producers: William Horberg, Galt Niederhoffer, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler
  • Co Producer: Bergen Swanson
  • Executive Producer: Joy Goodwin
  • Art Direction: Doug Huszti
  • Casting: Tracy 'Twinkie' Bird
  • Costume Design: Gersha Phillips
  • D.O.P.: Anastas N. Michos
  • Editor: Terilyn A. Shropshire
  • Makeup: Anita Gibson
  • Musics: Laura Karpman, Raphael Saadiq
  • Production Design: Kristi Zea
  • Set Decoration: Diane Lederman


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.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: New York City, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Thematic material, language and a menacing situation
  • Production Budget: $10 million
  • Production Companies: Maven Pictures
  • Production Schedule: 29 January 2013 - April 2013

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 6 December 2013: UK
  • 5 June 2014: Germany