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Fantasia Barrino's Pregnancy Puts Mahalia Jackson Biopic In Jeopardy

Former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino is causing some unforeseen controversy between her pregnancy and her starring role in Mahalia! Fantasia seemed like the natural choice to play the Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson. After Barrino was confirmed for the role she began gaining weight but the weight gain was reportedly due to the role – or that’s what Barrino’s rep stated.

Two months later and Fantasia confirms she is pregnant with her on and off boyfriend Antwaun Cook – who is still legally married to his wife Paula Cook.

Reportedly family members of the Mahalia Jackson estate are offended by Barrino’s choices.

“The family thinks if Fantasia plays the role, it’s going to sully the name of Mahalia,” says executive producer Adrian Taylor to NY Post. “They think she’s got the wrong image, having a child out of wedlock.”

In addition to the image issue, Fantasia’s pregnancy is causing a scheduling conflict with the film’s original due date. Director Euzhan Palcy may be forced out due to the conflicts.

The film may be saved with Barrino if she will agree to promptly begin filming in January after her due date of December 27th. The head of the estate tells NY Post he’s not aware of the family’s objections stating, “I’m not really aware of any objections that the heirs have to the casting of Fantasia. I understand that they were getting ready to film and that she is pregnant, and I don’t know who is she pregnant by.”

Missy Elliott is reportedly the next stand in actress for the biopic.

WOW! Do you think Fantasia should gracefully bow out of the role?

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2 thoughts on “Fantasia Barrino's Pregnancy Puts Mahalia Jackson Biopic In Jeopardy

  1. BUZUZU says:


  2. jebrise says:

    I wish Fantasia congratulations on her new baby. She should probably get a new image consultant and fire Brian as he has led her down the wrong path, but her choices in men, but his ability to not get Fantasia the billing she deserves. I saw her in April and she should not be opening for Kem (not that Kem is not a good artist), but we are talking about “Tasia who has the best talent there even after winning idol she is a true raw talent that deserves better recognition than she gets, but because she does not have the right people around her to guide her, she lacks and continues to substandard work. At this point, I am willing to bet her father Joseph Barrino, Sr. could help her and he has openly stated if he were involved in her career she would be a legend I believe him because father managers do better than mother managers with the exception of Usher, Kris Kardashian and sonya Norwood. Have that baby Fantasia, fire Brian, hire a real image consultant and get your career back on track where it belongs. Even Jennifer Hudson gets top billing. Fantasia is never invited to anything to perform at any national award shoes, only substandard shows. After the color purple, Fantasia is supposed to be on top of her game and at the top where she belongs. I am still your fan girl, but need you to get it together ASAP. You are too talented to let this keep you down. We are praying for you little mama and we love you.

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