Danielle Brooks will be playing the role of Mahalia Jackson, a gospel singer and civil rights activist in the latest lifetime movie. The 30-year-old actress will be starring in the biopic Robin Roberts: Presents: The Mahalia Jackson Story. The newest film will be recounting how Mahalia Jackson became one of the most celebrated gospel singers in the history of the U.S. This article will be covering the details of Danielle Brooks playing the role of the activist.
She was an activist in the civil rights movement and also performed at the March 1963 on Washington. Kenny Leon, the American Son, will be directing The Mahalia Jackson Story. Earlier, Leon collaborated on a 2019 production with Brooks of Much Ado About Nothing at Shakespeare in the New York Park.
Tanya Lopez, acquisition of Lifetime EVP of movies, original and limited series, said that if she has had the privilege of working with Kenny on Robin Roberts and Steel Magnolias on Stolen by My Mother, she is ecstatic to have them join the forces to work together on the particular project.
Danielle Brooks will be playing Mahalia Jackson.
She added that adding Danielle Brooks as Mahalia Jackson is like icing on the cake. The team is focussed on celebrating Mahalia’s legacy and reintroducing her to the world. The world needs her spirit more than ever.
Talking about the production, The Mahalia Jackson Story is the first project to merge four-film deal of Roberts with Lifetime. Linda Berman and Roberts will executively produce the film.
Danielle Brooks is very well known for playing the role of Tasha Taystee Jefferson on the Netflix series, and Orange Is the New Black. The show ended last year in July after completing seven seasons.