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'Black Nativity' Something New, Something Authentic

The story of Jesus' birth is taking center stage as a modern-day, gospel musical. Producer Bishop T.D. Jakes. said it demonstrates that families often fight to stay together through troubling times. Read Transcript


REPORTER: JENNIFER HUDSON

BRINGS HER BIG VOICE BACK TO THE

BIG SCREEN FOR BLACK NATIVITY.

YOU WON AN AWARD WINNING WHY DID

YOU COME BACK?

IT IS THE FAMILY ASPECT,

MUSIC, THE CHURCH ROOTS IN IT.

JUST THE FACT THAT I FEEL LIKE

WE DON'T HAVE ENOUGH FILMS THAT

BRINGS FAMILIES TOGETHER, LEAST

NOT TODAY.

I WANT TO BE A PART OF BRINGING

IT BACK.

WE HAVE BEEN EVICTED?

I THOUGHT YOU WERE GOING TO WORK

IT OUT WITH THE BANK.

I HAVE BEEN WORKING HARD.

REPORTER: HUDSON PLAYS A

SINGLE MOTHER SEPARATED FROM HER

PARENTS TRYING TO RAISE A

TEENAGE SON, LANGSTON.

HE IS JUST, HE TRIES NOT TO

SHOW EMOTION BUT IT IS THERE.

REPORTER: R&B SINGER AND

DISNEY STAR PLAYS LANGSTON.

I AM SPEAKING WITH MY FACE.

THAT WAS ONE OF THE BIGGEST

CHALLENGES.

WHAT HELPS ME IS HAVING A GREAT

CAST.

I WAS TOLD TO EXPECT MY

GRANDSON.

TROUBLE AT HOME FORCES

LANGSTON TO SPEND CHRISTMAS WITH

GRANDPARENTS HE HAS NEVER MET.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOU,

GRANDMA.

[LAUGHTER

[LAUGHTER].

SO MANY OTHER WAYS YOU CAN

DESCRIBE HER BEFORE YOU GET TO

GRANDMA.

REPORTER: STORY UNFOLDS IN

MODERN DAY HARLEM.

MANY TAKE PLACE AT ST. LUKE'S

EPISCOPAL CHURCH WHERE HIS

GRANDFATHER IS PASTOR.

I WANT TO TELL JESUS IN YOUR

TIME OF TROUBLE.

REVEREND CORNELL COBS LEADS A

FLOCK BUT STRUGGLES TO HOLD HIS

FAMILY TOGETHER.

I THINK IT IS TYPICAL OF WHAT

IT IS REALLY LIKE.

YOU PLAY OUT A SCENARIO IN THE

PULPIT THAT ARE DEALS.

YOU GO HOME AND LIVE IN YOUR

REALITIES.

IT IS SO FAR BRIDGING THE GAP.

REPORTER: THAT IS WHY TD

JAMES SIGNED ON AS PRODUCER WITH

LEMONS.

LEMONS WROTE AND DIRECTED THE

MOST EMOTIONAL WORK OF HER

CAREER.

MY SISTER DIED IN THE PROCESS

OF WORKING ON IT.

THAT WAS AN EXTREMELY HARD LOSS.

I DIDN'T KNOW NOT JUST THAT I

WAS NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO

WRITE AGAIN BUT HOW I WAS GOING

TO MOVE FORWARD WITH THAT LOSS.

SOME HOW, I PUT ALL MY FEELINGS

INTO THE PIECE IN A WAY I CAN'T

QUITE DESCRIBE.

IT IS VERY PERSONAL.

REPORTER: THERE WAS A RICH

HISTORY BEHIND THIS BIG SCREEN

PRODUCTION.

IT WAS FIRST PLAYED IN 1961 OFF

BROADWAY.

SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A

MOTHERLESS CHILD.

REPORTER: THIS ADAPTATION IS

FILLED WITH UNFORGETTABLE MUSIC.

AND CASEY LEMONS SAYS.

FOR ME IT CONTAINED HUMAN

QUESTIONS.

HOW DO YOU KEEP GOING?

HOW DO YOU KEEP BELIEVING WHEN

SO MUCH BAD HAS HAPPENED.

HOW DO YOU KEEP HAVING FAITH?

THE ANSWER I PUT INTO THE

SCRIPT, PROOF OF GOD'S GRACE IS

ALL AROUND YOU.

REPORTER: EPHRAIM GRAHAM, CBN

NEWS, NEW YORK.

EMBED THIS VIDEO


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