‘Orange is the New Black’ Star Danielle Brooks To Portray Mahalia Jackson in Gospel Icon’s Biopic

Published: Monday 3rd Aug 2020 by Rashad

She’s known by many as the Queen of Gospel, but getting Mahalia Jackson‘s storied life adapted into movie form has been nothing but a royal pain.

The previously planned biopic, which pegged powerhouse singer Fantasia to assume the role of Jackson, was reportedly halted due to unfavorable news in the GRAMMY winner’s personal life (click here to read more). Since then, the film’s hit a number of bumps on production’s road including financing, the Gospel legend’s family members causing delays, actresses tapped for the title being dismissed, and more.

However, after seeing the success of The Clark Sisters biopic on Lifetime (click here to read more), resident ‘Good Morning America’ anchor Robin Roberts has taken up the charge of bringing Jackson’s life to the small screen.

See how inside:


“Jackson’s life story will be told in an upcoming Lifetime TV movie as part of a new four-film deal the cable network has signed with journalist and Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who will continue the “Robin Roberts Presents” banner through the partnership.

Singer-actress Danielle Brooks has been tapped to play the legendary gospel singer and civil rights activist, with Kenny Leon (American Son) set to direct Robin Roberts Presents: The Mahalia Jackson Story.”


As of time reported, no tentative release date has been attached to the project.

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  1. Dc August 3, 2020


  2. Tori August 3, 2020

    Lifetime is going to try and milk the success of The Clark Sisters movie by pushing out Gospel theme movies now. The only thing theyre forgetting is The Clark Sisters movie has been in production for 20 years, they had high profile producers who know the industry and more importantly know The Clark Sisters personally and they WEREN’T going to let Lifetime mess this up. Also, the Clark Sister have a huge fanbase who were literally threatening Lifetime everyday not to mess this up. Their movie was destined to be a hit, with or without Lifetime. Lifetime will not be able to duplicate that success without the same formula and their going to have to reintroduce Mahalia to a complete unaware generation and thats another task itself.

  3. Misty Knight August 3, 2020

    Danielle Brooks was a Tony nominee for The Color Purple musical. She graduated from Julliard for Drama. She defines BLACK EXCELLENCE.

  4. Ev August 3, 2020

    I thought it was Issa Rae..

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