Lifetime to premiere biopic on life of gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson

Lifetime to premiere biopic on life of gospel music legend Mahalia Jackson

Lifetime has released the trailer for her highly anticipated evangelical biography, “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia”, which will showcase the singer’s influence in gospel music and a pioneer in the field of civil rights.

The film is directed by Tony Award-winning Tony Leone and features an impressive roster of Broadway stars.

Grammy Award winning actress Danielle Brooks in Orange Is the New Black will play gospel legend Jackson. The actors also include Joaquina Kalukango (“Slave Play”), Jason Dirden (“Fences”), Olivia Washington (“The Butler”), and Rob Demery (“Lovecraft Country”).

The first show is at 8 pm. ET / PT on April 3, the movie follows Dirden as Russell Roberts, “the broken pastor and music lover who falls in love with Mahalia when they first met in the late 1940’s,” as the movie description reads. “Kalukango takes on the role of Mildred, the talented and acclaimed pianist in Mahalia. It depicts Washington Estelle, piano teacher Mahalia meeting in the church who has become her life-long friend, and stars Demery as an influential civil rights leader.”

The trailer showcases both Jackson’s belief and passion for equality during the civil rights era.

“All these white people tell me how cool I am, and then they want to get angry when I buy a house in their neighborhood,” Brooks is heard saying Jackson in the trailer for her biography. Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, “Watch a movie that shows the singer’s influence on ginger music and a pioneer in civil rights.”

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Directed by Tony Award-winning Tony Leone, the film is an impressive list of Broadway stars.

Grammy Award winning actress Danielle Brooks in Orange Is the New Black will play gospel legend Jackson. Jason Durden (“Fences”), Olivia Washington (“Butler”), and Rob Demery (“Lovecraft Country”).

The first show is at 8 pm. ET / PT on April 3, the movie follows Dirden as Russell Roberts, “the broken pastor and music lover who falls in love with Mahalia when they first met in the late 1940’s,” as the movie description reads. “Kalukango takes on the role of Mildred, the talented and acclaimed pianist in Mahalia. It portrays Washington Estelle, piano teacher Mahalia meeting in church, and stars Demery as an influential civil rights leader.”

The trailer introduces the Civilized Age.

“All these white people tell me how cool I am, and then they want to go crazy when I buy a house in their area,” Brooks was heard saying Jackson in the clip.

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In another line, she says: “Dear God, your gift was not my voice; your gift was my goal!”

In another line, she says: “Dear God, your gift was not my voice; your gift was my goal!”

“Mahalia” was produced by Rock’n Robin Productions and Lincoln Square Productions. The script was written by Bettina Giloa and Todd Creedler.

Born in New Orleans, Jackson is now one of the most revered gospel singers in U.S. history. Her music led many with the Gospel message during the civil rights movement. Jackson’s hit song “Move on Up a Little Higher” sold millions of copies, gaining her international notoriety. Jackson’s gift granted her a seat at the table during racial segregation and brought mixed audiences to performances at Carnegie Hall and John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball.

Jackson, a granddaughter of slaves, used her voice in 1963 alongside Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in hopes that her music would encourage and inspire racial equality. Throughout her career, the self-taught performer was pressured to record secular music, but she never veered from her Gospel path. Jackson died at age 60 of heart disease in 1972.

Source: ChristianPost