Black Nativity

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Drama, Family, Music
Director(s): Kasi Lemmons
Production: Fox Searchlight
  2 wins & 5 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min

Sweet little Jesus boy

Silent night

You'll get through the night

I heard that

when a mother bestows

a name on her child,

she reveals her hope.

Mine named me Langston,

like the poet, Langston Hughes.

She had great hope for me.

But whatever dreams she had before...

...they got

deferred in Baltimore.

Been me and her since my

first steps on this earth.

My daddy went MIA

after my birth.

I used to envy happy

families on the street.

After a while,

I chose not to see.

Got to stay strong

for Mom and me.

Unanswered prayers

make you weak.

This right

here is a cold, cold town

I don't know why I'm here

Or where I am going anymore

Mama tried to save me

from the street war

But I don't need no savior

Yo, I'm good

Yeah, we 'bout to ride hard

I know I'm young,

but sometimes I feel old

Things I need

can't be bought or sold

A mother's love

or a father's name

Nothing heavier than

the weight of shame

I flip my collar

so they can't see

The tears fallin'

down inside of me

Got to roll out,

got things to do

Lace up, head up,

foot down, move

Walk like you've got a purpose

I can't let them see me nervous

'Cause this right here

is the coldest town

You can't let it bring you down

This is my Christmas story.

Yo, yo, yo.

Hey, Ma.

What took you so long?

I ran into Kyle and Snoop.

What's wrong?

We've been evicted?

I thought you were working

it out with the bank.

We'd rent it back.

It's hard to get

that much together.

So we got to move?

Where will we live, Ma?

Why didn't you tell me?

I can help you.

Help me?

You got $5,000?

That's what they want before Christmas.

So you're just letting

them throw us out?

You have no idea

what I had to do

just to keep a roof over your

head for the past 15 years.

Making sure you got clothes

and you're fed. I did that!

And I'm letting them

kick us out?

It's Naima.

I need you to take

Langston for the holidays.

I'm putting him

on the 10 A.M. bus.

He gets into

Times Square at 1:15.

He'll have this number

and your address.

I hope you get this message.

Who was on the phone?

You're sending me away?

To spend the holidays

with your grandparents.

My grandparents?

I don't even know them.

They live in Harlem.

What about you?

I got to work.

We barely see each other.

So you're sending me off to strangers?

They're not strangers.

At Christmas?

No. I ain't going.

I ain't leaving you alone.

If I know you're safe,

I'll be okay.

I'll come get you

as soon as I can.


I'm just thinking about what's best for you.

I've done everything I can.


This love in my heart

Is all I have left

That's not enough

But it's my best

So I'll set you free

Pray that you'll fly

And come back to me

Better than I

You've got my mother's eyes

And you've got my father's hands

And Mama can't teach you Things

you can only learn from a man

Our hearts beat in sync so

I'm gonna be off beat

Until the day

you come back to me

In the meantime

I'll be wishing on stars

Praying for change

And mending my heart

In the meantime

I'll cry myself awake

'Cause there's no testament

Without a test of faith



I look in your eyes

And I see myself

But you're so much better

Be someone else

'Cause I let you down

It's time you get up

And fight for yourself

'Cause I messed things up

You've got my attitude and

You've got your daddy's blues

I want you to see

Love can be faithful and true

Our hearts beat in sync so

I'm gonna be off beat

And hope someday

Is sooner than we think

In the meantime

We'll be wishing on stars

Praying for change

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Langston Hughes

James Mercer Langston Hughes (February 1, 1902 – May 22, 1967) was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance in New York City. He famously wrote about the period that "the negro was in vogue", which was later paraphrased as "when Harlem was in vogue". more…

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