, 2022-12-25 02:00:00,
The holidays are a time for peace, joy, love for all, and family and togetherness, no matter your walk of life. For millions of families around the world, African American entertainers have already become an integral part of the festive cheer, with the voices of Nat King Cole and Mariah Carey synonymous with the warmth and love of Christmas celebrations.
In film and television, though, Christmas entertainment—be it Hollywood classics from decades ago or festive favorites from more recent times—has been dominated by white casts. While that trend is slowly changing, many great Christmas movies focusing on Black characters continue to be overlooked: plenty of these films are classics!
‘A Diva’s Christmas Carol’ (2000)
One of the more inventive spins on Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, A Diva’s Christmas Carol follows Ebony Scrooge (Vanessa Williams), a cold-hearted pop star unable to get into the Christmas spirit. That is until she is visited by four ghosts who show her the error of her ways and set her on the right path.
Implementing Bob Cratchett (Brian McNamara) as her underpaid agent and having former bandmate Marli Jacob (Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas) confront Ebony about her immorality, the film has plenty of fun re-imagining Dickens’ story where necessary. It doesn’t alter it to the point of stripping any of the plot’s…
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