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Courtesy of LifetimeJoaquina Kalukango starred alongside Danielle Brooks in the Mahalia Jackson biopic, Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia, which aired Saturday night on Lifetime. While Brooks took on the role of the legendary gospel singer and activist, Kalukango plays Jackson’s loyal piano-playing friend. Kalukango said their longtime friendship played a part in their on-camera chemistry.  “It was absolutely essential,” says Kalukango. “We’ve known each other since we were […]

Courtesy of LifetimeDanielle Brooks stars as revered gospel singer and civil right activist Mahalia Jackson in Lifetime’s Robin Roberts Presents: Mahalia. Brooks, whose vocals are also heard throughout the film, tells ABC Audio that her interest in portraying the gospel star came as the result of separate conversations with two respected singers: Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Holliday. “They said, ‘You […]


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