"With a career spanning over 40 years, Mahalia Jackson rose to international stardom, rightfully earning the title of "Queen of Gospel." Her vast discography and powerhouse performances made her the voice of the civil rights movement, inspiring iconic activists and singers for generations — from Martin Luther King, Jr. to Aretha Franklin— and she hoped that her music and singing for racially integrated audiences would encourage racial equality and real change." That is the official description for Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, now available on DVD from Lionsgate, which has provided NewTechReview with a DVD copy for review.
As a musician, I really love watching movies that present the lives of famous musicians, especially those from the past. To me, today's music just doesn't have the same heart and soul. Of course, this inspirational story isn't just about the music and career of Mahalia Jackson, it also presents her life outside the concert hall. She started out from very humble beginnings during the first half of the 20th century, but her music took her to new heights. This film covers her story from 1923 to the time just before her death in 1972. GRAMMY Award-winning singer- actress Danielle Brooks provides very moving and wonderful portrayal of Mahalia with musical performances that will definitely move your spirit.
Today, Mahalia is remembered for her role in supporting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., singing "We Shall Overcome" at civil rights rallies, using her wealth to support the cause and famously whispering to MLK Jr. "Tell them about the dream, Martin," before King delivered his most famous speech.
Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia is presented on DVD in 16x9 (1.78.1) aspect ratio with English 2.0 Dolby Audio and English subtitles. It would have been nice to have audio presented in surround, but the soundtrack will still move you because it's all about the music. Musicians, music lovers, and fans alike will definitely enjoy this film.
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