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It may be Thanksgiving week across the country but the Christmas holiday has arrived in theatres a month early. “Black Nativity,” the holiday musical based on an original play by Langston Hughes and starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Tyrese and Jacob Latimore is out today.

The film offers a healing story of music and faith anchored solidly in the black Christian faith. It’s no wonder that Bishop T.D. Jakes was one of the film’s executive producers. He’s quickly developing another career as a filmmaker producing several films that are based in Christian principles.

“I don’t think there is a movie project that I’ve been involved in that I’m more proud of, “Jakes told Skip Cheatham, sitting in for Tom Joyner this week. “It turned out amazingly well and I think people are going to absolutely love it and walk away inspired.”

Using actors from the secular world as opposed to a host of gospel stars will surely help the box office receipts, but it may also bring more people into the theaters than would ordinarily go. And that’s obviously not a bad thing for Jakes, who is known not only to his followers but to many outside Christian circles as well.

T.D. Jakes: ‘Black Nativity’ Is Not Just A Movie, It’s an Experience  was originally published on

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