First Look: Lifetime’s ‘The Mahalia Jackson Story’ [starring Danielle Brooks]

Published: Thursday 21st Jan 2021 by Rashad

Over the next year, pioneering Gospel singer Mahalia Jackson will be the subject of three different biopics – an undertaking set to see Jill Scott, Ledisi, and ‘Orange is the New Black’ star Danielle Brooks portray the titular character in those respective films.

As the latter was the first announced (like we reported here), it will be the first unveiled.

Due Easter weekend 2021, the Lifetime made-for-TV movie was produced by EMMY-nominated newscaster Robin Roberts and will chronicle Jackson’s humble beginnings in the Jim Crow South to her performances on some of the most important stages in the world – groundbreaking efforts that led to her being dubbed the “Mother of Gospel Music.”

Look inside to see the film’s first look.


‘The Mahalia Jackson Story’ airs on Lifetime Saturday, April 3 at 8/7c.

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  1. Popdem tagz January 21, 2021

    Oh yes I’m so ready for this it’s about time & long overdue the legacy of Mahalia Jackson gets the attention she deserves!! Also Jazmine Sullivan would’ve been GREAT for this role but I’m here for Dannielle also I will be watching for sure 🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾

  2. Tori January 21, 2021

    It’s weird. It’s off in a way but I am interested in the film. Maybe it’s the actress herself but Lifetime may have went backwards a few steps on this one.

  3. Your Name January 21, 2021

    How is it a first look when they didn’t show anything?

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