Black Nativity

Theatrical Release: November 27, 2013
DVD Release: April 15, 2014
Black Nativity


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.

Dove Review

The Christmas season is a time of redemption and forgiveness. This compelling story is a modern day musical version of the Nativity that not only tells of Jesus’ birth but also portrays a family that needs to be reborn through accepting forgiveness for the mistakes that they have made in the past. With the wonderful voices of Angela Bassett and Jennifer Hudson the songs convey many of the feelings of the characters in this charming family film.

In troubled times a young boy is sent off to his grandparents’ home to meet them for the first time. Little does he know that this turn of events will bring great changes to his life. He encounters many things and tries to find the answers as to why his family is estranged. But to his amazement all around him his Christmas wishes are granted through a miracle in the heart of Harlem.

This is a charming musical that reveals the true meaning of Christmas. We are pleased to award this film the Dove “Family-Approved” Seal for ages 12 and over.

Content Description

Sex: Woman pregnant at a young age; comments about being pregnant and making wrong choices.
Language: D-3; written on a wall is "Xmas sucks"; all references to the Lord, God and Jesus made in reverence.
Violence: Young person steals young man's bag; young boy accused of stealing man's wallet; young boy is bullied in jail; young man takes money and watch from grandfather's desk; young man takes gun and points it at a man; boy tries to rob a pawn shop.
Drugs: Comment about drug dealers and mom working in a bar.
Nudity: None
Other: Disrespectful attitudes; growing up without a father; not forgiving others and making bad choices in life.


Company: 20th Century Fox Home Ent.
Writer: Langston Hughes & Kasi Lemmons
Director: Kasi Lemmons
Producer: T.D. Jakes
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 93 min.
Industry Rating: PG
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe