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Chills! “For Colored Girls” Directed by Tyler Perry

Here is the official trailer for the film “For Colored Girls,” based off of Ntozake Shange’s award-winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

The original play/choreopoem is one of my favorites. It has a strong message, addresses pressing issues, and was creatively powerful. I must admit, I cringed at the idea that Tyler Perry had gotten his hands on such a treasure. However, this cast, this trailer, these chills, have convinced me that this will be an amazing movie and experience for the audience.

The cast includes Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Kerry Washington, Phylicia Rashad, Whoopi Goldberg, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose and many more!! Sick right?!

Although I go back and forth with my feelings about Tyler Perry, he gives amazing, under-recognized, under-appreciated black actresses a platform to maximize and demonstrate their talents. Kudos to you Tyler Perry!

Check out the trailer!


2 Responses to “Chills! “For Colored Girls” Directed by Tyler Perry”

  1. Yeah this movie looks promising.
    Tyler Perry does receive a lot of slack, but I think this will be along the same lines as his production of Precious, which was a staaaark contrast from his Medea films.

  2. I remain pretty skeptical. My understanding is that his and Oprah’s inclusion in being named producers of Precious was moreso to garner name recognition and harness a larger audience than it was to have anything to do with the film’s creative process. No doubt, having his and her names’ attached to the project made the film a greater fiscal success than it would have been without them, but I don’t think they had as much to do with making the film as they did selling it. Aren’t there any black female directors who would have been able to do the project? My experience in viewing Perry’s movies is that women are depicted in an anti-feminist light, perpetually disempowered and stereotypically portrayed. My understanding of this play is that is more a message of defiance, women defying their preconscribed roles and asserting themselves, whereas the trailor seems to more leave them as victims. Who knows though. It does have an awesome cast of underappreciated talent which could compensate for Perry’s shortcomings in his previous representations of black women in particular. Excited to see it!

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