With the holidays nearly several flips away on the calendar comes director Kasi Lemmons’ Black Nativity. The tearjerking musical drama, based off Langston Hughes’ original play, wrangles an A-List cast comprised of Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese Gibson and Jacob Latimore, in a story that depicts a family’s unbreakable bond.
“I would say the story of this film means a lot to me because it brings family together,” says musical producer Raphael Saadiq. “And sometimes theres a lot of trails and tribulations with families and everybody comes together through music which I think is very beautiful to me.”
The inspirational family film follows the reflective journey of a Baltimore teen (Latimore), whose mother is struggling to make ends meet and sends him to Harlem to spend Christmas with his estranged grandparents. One of the movie’s many high notes is a duet with Bassett and Hudson called “He Still Loves Me.” Despite not being in the same room while filming, both Hollywood starlets were able to capture the emotion of finding light through darkness.
Watch them discuss the record below before Black Nativity touches down in theaters on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 27.