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Kasi Lemmons

No silent night

No silent night

Writer-director Kasi Lemmons hasn't had a feature in theaters since 2007's "Talk to Me," a vibrant biopic that told the story of radio DJ Petey Greene. That film was all about the power of words. Lemmons' new film, "Black Nativity," concerns good deeds and great songs, as it struggles to find a cinematic home for the 1961 Langston Hughes "gospel-song-play" setting of the Nativity story. For decades, "Black Nativity" has proven a mighty annual savior for many an African-American theater company. This is not a set-in-stone text, and the material encourages interpreters to find their own blend of spirituals and gospel standards. Lemmons...

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