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      Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia

      2021 1 hr. 45 min. Drama Biography Music List
      Reviews 75% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Influential gospel singer Mahalia Jackson rises to fame in the 1940s and performs at numerous rallies during the civil rights movement. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 20 Buy Now

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      Kirsten W The music was amazing. It was nice to see a biopic about Mahalia. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/23/24 Full Review Wolfram A Danielle Brooks is outstanding Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/19/24 Full Review Dane B. M I'm an atheist. And I am a huge fan of Mahalia Jackson. And in this movie I became a believer in Mahalia Jackson through the heaven-sent voice of Danielle Brooks. She brings to life the incredible voice of this gospel great. Her acting and voice give this movie a boost to the heavens above. Stunning. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/05/24 Full Review Alexa M Incredible music and an important story to tell. The writing was disappointing and a lot of the acting wasn't up to the task, but Danielle Brooks, Joaquina Kalukango and Olivia Washington stole the show. Danielle deserves awards for her performance. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Mahalia Jackson (Grammy award wining singer and Orange Is the New Black actress Danielle Brooks) became the Queen of Gospel as well as the voice of the civil rights movement. With a four decade career, Jackson was one of the reasons why gospel blues became so important to black churches throughout the U.S. And more importantly, during a time when racial segregation existed, she sold an estimated 22 million records and performed in front of black and white audiences. The granddaughter of former slaces, Jackson was born into poverty in New Orleans. The church and music was her salvation, which is why she always wanted to deliver the Word of the Lord through her music. After years of being a singer anywhere she could find a place to sing, including funerals and churches, her recording of "Move On Up a Little Higher" reached number two on the Billboard charts. She did that without singing secular music, something she stuck to for her entire career. With a story by Bettina Gilois (who also wrote Bessie, a movie about Jackson's inspiration Bessie Smith) and a teleplay by Todd Kreidler, this tells the life story of Jackson in a very dynamic way. It's directed by Kenny Leon, who directed the Hairspray Live! and The Wiz Live! TV movies. The moments with Dr. Martin Luther King (Rob Demery) are very moving, particularly when he asks her to sing a song that he loves at his funeral, should he die before her. Of course, he did, and the moments where we see how Jackson was part of the civil rights movement should remind us that this was only sixty years ago. While a Lifetime movie, this could have played theaters. For a subject that I wouldn't think I'd enjoy, I can't believe how much I was moved by this movie. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review james t Better than Respect. Audio quality is brethtaking. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/08/21 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Melanie McFarland Salon.com Thanks to Brooks' resolute performance and Kenny Leon's sturdy directing style, Mahalia successfully argues for our attention. Apr 6, 2021 Full Review Carla Renata The Curvy Film Critic Danielle Brooks and Joaquina Kalukango make you wanna download the whole Mahalia Jackson catalog...yesterday. Spectacular performances, direction and production design all around!!! Apr 6, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Influential gospel singer Mahalia Jackson rises to fame in the 1940s and performs at numerous rallies during the civil rights movement.
      Director
      Kenny Leon
      Executive Producer
      Robin Roberts, Linda Berman
      Screenwriter
      Bettina Gilois, Todd Kreidler
      Production Co
      Front Street Pictures
      Genre
      Drama, Biography, Music
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Apr 4, 2021
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