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Tribute To Mahalia Jackson

Joshua Nelson - Make a Joyful Noise: A Tribute to MAHALIA JACKSON at the Central Park SummerStage - New York City, NY, United States - Saturday 22nd June 2013

Mahalia Jackson and Joshua Nelson
Mahalia Jackson and Joshua Nelson
Mahalia Jackson and Joshua Nelson
Mahalia Jackson and Joshua Nelson
Mahalia Jackson and Joshua Nelson

Fantasia Barrino Denies Pregnancy Delayed Film Production


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Singer/actress Fantasia Barrino has hit back at reports suggesting she derailed production on the upcoming biopic of gospel great MAHALIA JACKSON by hiding her pregnancy from filmmakers.

The former American Idol star was set to begin shooting the movie, titled Mahalia!, this year (11), but the start date has been postponed to January (12) following the news Barrino is expecting her second child.

It was alleged that Barrino had kept her baby news secret from producers until recently - but she insists that wasn't the case and blames financial problems for holding up the movie.

In a chat with U.S. TV presenter Wendy Williams, she says, "There were no contracts signed, and there was no set date and time (when I agreed to the role). I began to gain the weight (to portray Jackson), I began to study her. And then they called us back in January and said the investors had backed out. So they were waiting on investors.

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Mahalia Jackson Film Delayed Over Fantasia Barrino Pregnancy


Fantasia Barrino MAHALIA JACKSON

Filming on Fantasia Barrino's upcoming biopic of gospel great MAHALIA JACKSON has been delayed following the singer's pregnancy announcement.

The former American Idol champion was due to begin shooting the film, titled Mahalia!, this year (11), but producers have now pushed back the start date until after the birth of her baby.

Barrino, who has not named the father of her child, is due to give birth in late December (11) and is expected to start work on the project in January (12), according to New York Post gossip column Page Six.

Fantasia Barrino Pregnant But Father Remains Unknown


Fantasia Barrino American Idol MAHALIA JACKSON

Fantasia Barrino, the R&B singer and Broadway actress best known for winning American Idol season three, has announced she is expecting her second child. Barrino confirmed the news during a charity event in Jacksonville over the weekend.

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Billy Preston Dead At 59


Billy Preston Beatles Rolling Stones MAHALIA JACKSON Little Richard

Legendary keyboard player Billy Preston has died after a lengthy battle with kidney problems. He was 59. Preston, who performed with both THE Beatles and the Rolling Stones, has been in a coma in a care facility since late last year (05) and was taken to hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona on Saturday (04JUN06) when his condition turned critical. He passed away earlier today (06JUN06). The rocker had battled chronic kidney failure and underwent a transplant in 2002, but the organ failed and he has been on dialysis treatments ever since, according to his longtime manager JOYCE MOORE. In a statement, Moore insists Preston's death was peaceful and painless: "He had a really beautiful passing." Preston was a child prodigy on the organ and piano and began his career at the tender age of 10, playing keyboards for gospel great MAHALIA JACKSON in the mid-1950s. Just a few years later he was touring with another piano great, Little Richard, before becoming a renowned session organist and pianist, appearing on classic albums, like the Beatles' LET IT BE. He also enjoyed his own hits with tunes like OUTTA SPACE, NOTHING FROM NOTHING and WITH YOU I'M BORN AGAIN - a duet with SYREETA WRIGHT. He won a Grammy Award in 1973 for Outta Space.

'Black Woodstock' Footage To Be Released


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Lost footage of a 1969 Harlem, New York music festival, dubbed the Black Woodstock, is to be released after more than 35 years. Shot and promoted by legendary TV director HAL TULCHIN, the Harlem Music Festival footage features artists such as MAHALIA JACKSON, Bb King and SLY + The Family Stone. The lost footage is being edited into a concert movie, HARLEM '69, so it can be shown at next year's (07) Sundance Film Festival. The event was hosted by REVD JESSE JACKSON and security was provided by members of African-American activists the Black Panthers. Tulchin reportedly planned to sell his footage for a US TV special which never materialised, but some European broadcasters did pick up the material. The lost footage came to the attention of filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, who are the brains behind the new film, after clips from the concert appeared on a recent NINA SIMONE CD/DVD release. Simone performed at the festival.

Latifah Eyes Up Bailey + Jackson Biopics


Queen Latifah Chicago MAHALIA JACKSON

Queen Latifah is keen to get into biopics in a bid to win an OSCAR.

The rapper-turned-actress, who was Oscar-nominated for her role in Chicago, is looking to play singers MAHALIA JACKSON and PEARL BAILEY in upcoming movies.

And, while she awaits a script for a planned Jackson project, she admits she's the perfect choice to play PORGY + BESS star Bailey.

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