mahalia jackson

‘Mahalia’: Danielle Brooks Used Her Voice In The Writers Room To Make Sure A Pivotal Scene Was Kept In The Movie

The film premieres on Lifetime April 3 at 8 PM ET.
Singer Mahalia Jackson singing at reception in hotel.  (Photo by Don Cravens/The LIFE Images Collection via Getty Images/Getty Images)

Watch The Powerful Trailer For The Mahalia Jackson Biopic Produced By Robin Roberts

Danielle Brooks brings her to life in the Lifetime film.

‘Orange Is The New Black’ Star Danielle Brooks To Play Mahalia Jackson In Biopic

The film will be produced by Robin Roberts.

Ledisi on Selma: I Was Proud and Afraid to Play Mahalia Jackson

The Grammy nominee on playing the legendary gospel singer.

This Day in Black History: Sept. 2, 1946

Award-winning musician Billy Preston was born in Houston.
The Chicago Move and a Burgeoning Career - In 1927 at the age of 16, Mahalia Jackson moved to Chicago, Illinois. She worked as a domestic in homes in Chicago, but still satiated her passion for music by joining the Greater Salem Baptist Church Choir. Her powerful contralto voice was distinctive from early on, and found her work as a soloist in the city. She began touring with the Prince Johnson singers throughout the city.(Photo: Douglas Miller/Keystone/Getty Images)

This Day in Black History: Jan. 20, 1961

Mahalia Jackson performed at Kennedy's inaugural ball.
The Mother of Gospel Music - Mahalia Jackson's powerful contralto brought saints to their knees and had angels rejoicing at the gates of heaven! Pioneering gospel through her blend of traditional Baptist spiritual and soulful blues, Ms. Jackson's music would influence generations of singers to come. Her voice is one of the most distinctive and celebrated of our time. Let's take a look back at the life of a woman who's voice was truly touched by God. (Photo: AP/File)

This Day in Black History: Oct. 26, 1911

Mahalia Jackson was born on Oct, 26, 1911.