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‘Mahalia’ Star Danielle Brooks On Bringing The Life And Struggles Of Mahalia Jackson To Light: “She Was Our Royalty; She Was The Queen Of Gospel”

Growing up as the daughter of a deacon and a minister, church and gospel music has had a major influence on Danielle Brooks. After her breakout role in Orange is the New Black, Brooks combined her passions for acting and singing in The Color Purple on Broadway. But Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia takes her back to her roots to play the legendary gospel singer and activist Mahalia Jackson. As both the star and co-executive producer, Brooks made it her goal to tell the story of everything Mahalia overcame in her life to become the legend that had inspired Brooks as a child.
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For Danielle Brooks, Playing Mahalia Jackson Was a "God-Ordained, Universe-Sent Type Thing"

From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, Mahalia Jackson called out to a young Martin Luther King Jr. before his legendary “I Have a Dream” speech. On that hot day in 1963, she not only changed the direction of King’s address, but also changed the trajectory of history forever. Known as the voice of the civil rights movement, the legendary gospel singer has been ever present in shaping the soundtrack of change. From her support of the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott to singing the national anthem at John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball in 1961, Jackson has used her voice to spread gospel music to international stages and audiences around the world. This month, her story finally came to the screen in Lifetime’s new film Mahalia, produced by Robin Roberts.
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SC Governors School grad Danielle Brooks channels gospel legend Mahalia Jackson in new film

She grew up right here in the Upstate and graduated from the SC Governors School for the Arts and Humanities in Greenville before going to Julliard, Broadway and beyond. Grammy and Screen Actors Guild award winner Danielle Brooks talked with Your Carolina’s Jamarcus Gaston about her latest role channeling gospel legend Mahalia Jackson and offered some advice to area young people who have their dreams set on Hollywood.

Mahalia Jackson children: Did the singer adopt John as her son?

While Mahalia Jackson did not have any children of her own, she raised a child named John. Their relationship is examined in the new Lifetime biopic, Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. The singer, born 26 October 1911 in New Orleans, is widely regarded as one of the most influential vocalists of...
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Mahalia Jackson: 5 Things To Know About The Gospel Legend At The Center Of Lifetime Movie

Danielle Brooks is playing the great Mahalia Jackson in the Lifetime biopic that airs April 3. Here are 5 key facts about the iconic gospel singer. Lifetime continues its streak of biopics with Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, which premieres April 3 at 8 p.m. ET. Orange Is The New Black alum Danielle Brooks stars as Mahalia Jackson, who is one of the most revered gospel figures in U.S. history. The film, executive produced by Robin Roberts, chronicles Mahalia’s rise to fame and her impact on the music industry and the civil rights movement.

10 Things To Know About The Queen Of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson, Ahead Of Her Lifetime Movie

Danielle Brooks portrays the Civil Rights Icon in the TV biopic. Although strictly a gospel singer during her time, Mahalia Jackson set the tone for gospel music and paved the way— in some instances providing literal mentorship— for household names and modern-day artists, who sing both secular and gospel songs. On April 3, Lifetime will premier Robin Roberts presents: Mahalia, a biopic on the iconic singer staring Danielle Brooks, that gives an inside look into the complexities of the life of the legend, which few know much about.
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Georgians shape Lifetime’s new Mahalia Jackson movie

‘Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Jackson’ debuts Saturday, April 3. Last year, Lifetime scored ratings gold with “The Clark Sisters: First Ladies of Gospel” about Detroit’s legendary musical family. And now, the TV network is back again with “Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia Jackson” celebrating the gospel icon of all icons. The first-ever film on the music giant’s life, it stars Augusta-born, South Carolina-raised Danielle Brooks, better known as Taystee from “Orange Is the New Black,” and is directed by Atlanta’s own Kenny Leon. “Good Morning America” broadcaster Robin Roberts, an Atlanta TV anchor and radio host early in her career, is the executive producer.
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Political Rewind: Director Kenny Leon On The Singular Talent Of Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson

Friday on Political Rewind: a conversation with one of the most respected and beloved artists to come out of the Atlanta theater community. Kenny Leon is a Tony award-winning director of Broadway theater, filmmaker and director of several prime time television shows. His work often illuminates the social issues of our day, and seeks to bring us together across racial, religious and political divides.

Mark Burford – ‘Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field’

Mark Burford – Mahalia Jackson and the Black Gospel Field. (Oxford University Press, 496pp., £22.99. Book review by Chris Parker) Although this is the fourth published study of “the world’s greatest gospel singer” Mahalia Jackson, it is the first to address, thoroughly and objectively, the singer in the context delineated by the (carefully chosen) words after the “and” in its title. Mark Burford, unlike Jackson’s previous biographers, is an academic (Associate Professor of Music at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, where he is chair of the American Studies programme), so he is able to paint a portrait not only of the singer herself, but also of her position in post-WW2 American society. As he himself puts it: “Jackson was expected to represent black gospel music at its best and most genuine, though there was an implicit expectation that she would in fact represent on many levels: African American cultural history, the United States’ Judeo-Christian heritage, black respectability politics, the American Dream”. Accordingly, in addition to the familiar received truths about Jackson’s life – the “rags to riches” story of a poor New Orleanian from a shotgun shack becoming a national figure and singing at Carnegie Hall despite never learning to read music or compromising her Christian faith – Burford’s meticulously constructed study also investigates the “Black”, the “Gospel” and the “field” elements of its title.
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The sounds of Sundance: Mavis Staples and Mahalia Jackson soar in ‘Summer of Soul’

Midway through “Summer of Soul,” the new Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson-directed documentary that premieres Thursday at the Sundance Film Festival, a dashing, dashiki-wearing Jesse Jackson steps to the microphone. It’s 1969, and the young reverend is appearing in New York City before about 50,000 people at Mount Morris Park as part of the Harlem Cultural Festival. Behind Jackson awaits bandleader Ben Branch, gospel legend Mahalia Jackson, rising young belter Mavis Staples and others.
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Singer Ledisi To Play Gospel Music Icon & Martin Luther King Jr. Companion Mahalia Jackson In ‘Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story’

EXCLUSIVE: R&B recording artist Ledisi (Selma, American Soul) is set to play legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in the biopic, Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story. Columbus Short (ABC’s Scandal, Stomp the Yard) will take on the role of Martin Luther King Jr., a close friend of Jackson’s. Janet Hubert (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) and Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Walking Dead, The Steve Harvey Show) also co-star.
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Robin Roberts unveils trailer for Mahalia Jackson biopic (video)

“Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will be releasing a biopic about legendary gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. Roberts premiered the trailer for the film, Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, on “GMA” Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, and announced that the project will air Saturday, April 3, on Lifetime. Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia...