‘Black Nativity’ Mixes The Old With New Hip-Hop Flare

The film and musical, Black Nativity, is packed with a major star-studded cast and, with the exception of Tyler Perry’s upcoming A Madea Christmas, is one of few holiday options this season. While musicals aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, Black Nativity, an adaptation of Langston Hughes’ famous retelling of the birth of Christ, is a mashup between the old and the new. Rather than dating the flick, director Kasi Lemmons brings a little newschool, hip-hop flare and street flavor to the screenplay, which also premiered as an Off-Broadway play in the 1960s. Lemmons’ version is fresh and forward-thinking, with the help ...

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