If you grew up in a Black household, you probably woke up Sunday mornings to the smell of Sunday dinner cooking and to the captivating voice of Mahalia Jackson.

Lifetime and Robin Roberts's production company, "Rockin Robin" have teamed up to retell the story of Black Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson, and we couldn't be more excited and appreciative.

The movie will star Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black, Broadway’s The Color Purple) as the iconic gospel legend and civil rights activist while Tony winner Kenny Leon (Broadway’s A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Lifetime’s Steel Magnolias) will direct.

Mahalia is one of the most revered gospel figure in U.S. History. Born in New Orleans, she began singing at an early age, and came into the revelation that gift wasn't singing, per se, it was purpose.... A purpose that would fuse her music with the civil rights movement.

The classic that I can recall getting the most play at my house growing up was "Move On Up A Little Higher". This record sold millions and skyrocketed her to International fame and  opened the door for her to perform in front of a racially integrated audience at the prestigious Carnegie Hall and at John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball. Talk about destiny and purpose by way of gift!

Check out the Mahalia Jackson Story trailer below.

Don't miss The Mahalia Jackson Story this Saturday, April 3.

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