Tyler Perry’s screen adaptation, For Colored Girls, of Ntozake Shange’s play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf was released in theaters today. Last year, brought Precious–this year brings Shange’s play on screen.
Time and time again, Hollywood needs to satisfy its high of dehumanizing the image of the Black man, and it always receives its buzz from various media outlets, whether that be music, television, news, or as in this case, films, preferably directed by Tyler Perry. Out of all of the novels and plays with substance and a multi-dimensional message for Black people, why Shange’s play? Something to think about. Ntozake Shange who describes herself as a Black feminist, released the play in 1975. The play was then published as a book in 1977. The play won various awards, including the Obie Awards, Off-Broadway Theater Awards presented by New York’s newspaper, The Village Voice, to theater artists and groups.
Although the situations presented in the play and movie are real life scenarios that many women face, particularly Black women, these are not the ONLY situations they experience. One size does not fit all. Why always the same self-defeating, sad, depressing movies about Black people?