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“You can bring anybody. That’s the great thing about the movie. It’s something the whole family will enjoy but yet it’s not something that grown people will have to endure while the young people watch it. When you have starpower like Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett on the stage with Jennifer Hudson, Tyrese and Mary J. Blige with a very powerful newcomer like Jacob Latimore. I told people this is not a movie, it’s an experience and you really won’t understand it until you go see it.”

Writer/director Kasi Lemmons adapted the movie for the big screen. Lemmons, who also wrote and directed “Eve’s Bayou” has been working on the movie for years and it was her project even more than Jakes’ who came on after it was completed. He says he was just awed by it and wanted to be a part of it.

“I just wanted an opportunity to work with the cast and work with Kasi and so many wonderful people who were involved in it,” Jakes says. “But when it saw the final cut on the big screen, I was awed. I appreciate that I am blessed to be able to work with that kind of star power and those kind of giftings to project the message of our core values of family that survive adversity and have faith even under fire.”

“Black Nativity” is out in theaters today. You can also catch Bishop Jakes on BET on his talk show “Mind, Body and Soul” airing at 12 noon on Sundays.

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