Jill Scott has been tapped to play the Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson in the upcoming big screen movie ‘Mahalia!’
The upcoming film is being executive produced by Queen Latifah, Dr. Holly Carter and Jamie Foxx.
Mahalia! is based on the novel Mahalia Jackson by Darlene Donloe.
Mahalia Jackson started singing as a child at Mount Moriah Baptist Church in New Orleans and went on to become one of the most revered gospel figures of all time. She worked with “the father of gospel music” Thomas A. Dorsey and also sang at the 1963 March on Washington at the request of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
I can’t wait for this! If it’s anything like The Clark Sisters it’s going to be EPIC!
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