For Colored Girls : A Tyler Perry Film That Doesn’t Effeminize Black Men
You’ve seen them; those Tyler Perry stage plays turned into movies showcasing all the problems Black people have. You know who Madea is; the man dressed as the grandma who’s quick to pull out her gun. Weeell, here’s something new because the others were, let’s say … predictable. This is different. The story line is deep, the characters are complicated, this is … "For Colored Girls".
Are we not tired to tears of the constant films, starring people of color, that shamelessly effeminize Black men? Yes, it may be a bit amusing from time to time but it gets old very quickly. Tyler Perry is changing all of that and it’s about time. He has broadened his scope and surprised many with his adaptation of the 1975 stage play by Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf. The 1975 version of the play is a choreopoem which illustrates the inward and outward struggles of women of color in the 20th century.
Tyler Perry has revised the play into a movie with individual women portraying one of the characters represented in the original collection of poetry published in 1997. Each woman’s role reveals diverse yet similar issues that impact women in general and especially women of color.
The film is scheduled for release on November 5, 2010. The all-star cast includes Phylicia Rashad (The best TV mom ever), Kerry Washington, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, and Macy Gray.
It’d be an understatement if I told you I’m excited. I’m stoked and will be purchasing my ticket to the theatre early so be on the lookout for my film review. Tyler Perry, please don’t let us down.
The official trailer is below, check it out, comment and let me know what you think. Is it worth the price of a movie ticket or not? Talk to me.
“Brown braided woman with big legs and full lips … become yourself” ~Gilda (Played by Phylicia Rashad), For Colored Girls