In late Sept. 2022, Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story closed a multi-year licensing deal with Hulu and Multicom Entertainment Group in conjunction with Locomotive Entertainment (Simon Barnes and Mili Cumic) (UK) and is now premiering on Hulu. Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story is a poignant look into the life and rise of the Queen of Gospel, Mahalia Jackson (Ledisi). Grammy Award Winner Ledisi brings Mahalia’s fight for freedom into the spotlight while depicting Mahalia’s own personal search for love. Set in New Orleans, LA, this provocative story covers over five decades of Mahalia’s life and explores the tumultuous relationship Mahalia shared with her mother’s older sister Aunt Duke (Janet Hubert), legally named “Mahala,” Mahalia’s namesake after Mahalia’s mother unexpectedly passes away. Mahalia’s life experiences a resurgence when at 16 she moves to Chicago, IL, with her mother’s sister, Aunt Hannah.
Mahalia uses those broken years to lean on her faith and her unshakable bond with God as a catalyst to inspire the world. The film explores Mahalia’s unbreakable relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Columbus Short) and her integral role in the Civil Rights Movement. Writer and executive producer Ericka Nicole Malone says, “When I originally wrote Remember Me: The Mahalia Jackson Story, I never imagined the world would embrace it the way it has. I am elated for audiences to see the remarkable work that went behind this film in celebrating and honoring our national treasure Mahalia Jackson, played by a musical icon, in my view, Ledisi. Denise Dowse was a phenomenal director, and I’m incredibly honored to see our vision for this film come to life.”
The film is written and Executive Produced by Ericka Nicole Malone, Co-Executive Produced by Phillip E. Robinson (Ericka Nicole Malone Entertainment), produced by Vince Allen (Illicit, Sister Code) and directed by Denise Dowse (Ray, The Resident). The film stars 2021 Grammy winner Ledisi (Selma, Pose), a 13-time Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist with a career spanning almost two decades. She’s garnered three Soul Train Music Awards, an NAACP Theatre Award and 10 NAACP Image Award nominations. The film also co-stars Columbus Short (Stomp The Yard, Cadillac Records) as MLK, Keith David (Greenleaf), Janet Hubert (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, AMC’s Demascus), Wendy Raquel Robinson (The Game), Vanessa Estelle Williams (Soul Food, 9-1-1), Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls), and Corbin Bleu (High School Musical).