Atlanta native Jacob Latimore, co-star of the upcoming holiday movie “Black Nativity,” visited Tri-Cities High School in East Point on Nov. 10.
Latimore spent about an hour talking to approximately 300 students at the esteemed performing arts school which boasts alumni such as Kandi Burruss, Andre 3000, Big Boi and Kenan Thompson.
Latimore talked about his professional beginnings and his career plans for the future. He told the students that he’s gone from a hopeful kid much like each of them, to the professional singer and actor he is today. As a triple-threat, Jacob was able to impart advice and guidance to the students who aspire to careers as singers, dancers, and actors.
The film’s trailer was presented during the assembly and Jacob talked about his experience making the movie, which opens Nov. 27.
He worked on the film with Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND), Academy Award nominee Angela Bassett (WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT), Grammy Award nominee Tyrese Gibson (BABY BOY), Grammy Award winner Mary J. Blige (ROCK OF AGES), Grammy Award nominee Nasir Jones (BLOOD DIAMOND) and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (DREAMGIRLS). He said they are all superstars he feels he can look up to and learn from.
Towards the end of the assembly, Latimore conducted an impromptu session where several students sang for him, on the spot, after which he offered constructive criticism and words of encouragement.
(Photo: Atlanta’s Jacob Latimore sings with co-stars Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson and Forest Whitaker in a scene from their new movie “Black Nativity,” which opens Nov. 27.)