For Colored Girls Only
“For Colored Girls Only” isn’t actually for colored girls only. It is a movie pretty much every woman of any race can relate too. It is most certainly one of the best movies I have ever seen. I have barely sat through a movie emotionally so connected as I did with this one. And if you haven’t seen it yet, you should take out the time to watch it!!
YEAR FILM MADE: 2010 LENGTH OF FILM 95min.
PRODUCER Tyler Perry
DIRECTOR: Tyler Perry Story By: Ntozake Shange
$19,497,324 (USA) (7 November 2010) (2127 Screens)
$37,721,949 (USA) (16 January 2011)
What is the film about?
Retaining the play’s poetic style, the film’s lead cast consists of nine African-American women, seven of whom are based on the play’s seven characters only known by color (“Lady in Red”, “Lady in black “Lady in Yellow”, etc.). Like its source material, each character deals with a different personal conflict, such as love, abandonment, rape, infidelity, and abortion. The characters are represented by a color: Jo/Red (Janet Jackson), Juanita/Green (Loretta Devine), Yasmine/Yellow (Anika Noni Rose), Tangie/Orange (Thandie Newton), Alice/White (Whoopi Goldberg), Gilda/Gray (Phylicia Rashad), Crystal/Brown (Kimberly Elise), Nyla/Purple (Tessa Thompson), and Kelly/Blue (Kerry Washington). Each of their stories is different, but the characters interact within each other’s lives.
The movie is based on Ntozake Shange’s play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” Each of the poems deal with intense issues that particularly impact women in a thought-provoking commentary on what it means to be a female of color in the world
List of the Cast:
- Janet Jackson as Joanna Bradmore / Lady in Red
- Loretta Devine as Juanita Sims / Lady in Green
- Anika Noni Rose as Yasmine / Lady in Yellow
- Thandie Newton as Tangie Adrose / Lady in Orange
- Whoopi Goldberg as Alice Adrose / Lady in White
- Phylicia Rashad as Gilda / Lady in Gray
- Kimberly Elise as Crystal Wallace / Lady in Brown
- Tessa Thompson as Nyla Adrose / Lady in Purple
- Kerry Washington as Kelly Watkins / Lady in Blue
- Macy Gray as Rose
My Favorite Character
My favorite character in the movie is definitely Janet Jackson as Jo/Red. Personally, I think she symbolizes a strong independent woman on the outside, but on the inside she is easily breakable, which no one around her really notices. I admire the character because I want to be a strong independent woman myself and a business woman who everybody respects for doing business with them (even though I wouldn’t be able to be so mean to people). She seems like a person people would like least because of the way she treats people, but then after you find out more about her and her story you get a feeling of why she acts the way she does. My favorite quote of her in the movie is: “Save your “sorry.” One thing I don’t need are anymore apologies. I got sorry greeting me at the front door. You can keep yours. I don’t know what to do with them… I can’t even… I have to throw some away. I can’t even get to the clothes in my closet for all the sorries. I’m not even sorry about you being sorry.”
I also really like Anika Noni Rose as Yazmin / yellow. I know girls who had been raped and her story just reminds me of how awful things like that are. Also it shows how rapes can destroy somebody who seemed so happy and full of love for live. I just wrote a research paper about domestic violence and sexual abuse in my English class, which is another reason why I am so fascinated by her character. The actress portrays the situation really well in my opinion.
Ntozake Shange: Ntozake Shange born October 18, 1948, is an American playwright, and poet. As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism.
Shange is best known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
She also wrote Betsey Brown, a novel about an African American girl who runs away from home. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Fund, and a Pushcart Prize. Shange lives in Brooklyn. In 1975, Shange moved to New York City, where in that year her first and most well-known play was produced—For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. First produced Off-Broadway, the play soon moved on to Broadway at the Booth Theater and won a number of awards, including the Obie Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, and the AUDELCO Award. This play, her most famous work, was a 20-part poem that chronicled the lives of Black women in the United States. The poem was eventually made into the stage play, was then published in book form in 1977, then made into a movie in 2010 (For Colored Girls, directed by Tyler Perry). Since then, Shange has written a number of successful plays, including an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage and Her Children (1980), which won an Obie Award.
In 2003, Shange wrote and oversaw the production of Lavender Lizards and Lilac Landmines: Layla’s Dream while serving as a visiting artist at the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Individual poems, essays, and short stories of hers have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies, including The Black Scholar, Yardbird, MS, Essence Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, VIBE, and Third-World Women.
Tyler Perry: As an actor, writer, producer, and director of films and stage plays, the New Orleans-born Tyler Perry began his career as a dramatist in 1992. When inspired by Oprah Winfrey to channel his creativity through writing, Perry put pen to paper as a method of healing the wounds that lingered from a painful childhood. His first production, entitled I Know I’ve Been Changed, hit the stage to rapturous reviews in 1997, and following a collaborative period with Bishop T.D. Jakes that resulted in the plays Woman, Thou Art Loosed and Behind Closed Doors, Perry flew solo to create cantankerous 68-year-old grandmother Mabel “Madea” Simmons (whom Perry played, in full drag) in I Can Do Bad All by Myself around 2000 A slew of Madea-based projects were quick to follow, and shortly thereafter Perry joined Grammy Award-winner Kelly Price for the play Why Did I Get Married?. His plays garnered countless fans thanks to Perry’s trademark practice of releasing them on home video. Throughout this period, many credited Perry with resuscitating (and reinventing) African-American theater; in the process, Perry’s first eight plays reportedly earned a cumulative gross of over 75 million dollars in ticket and video sales.
Perry didn’t fully enter the public spotlight, however, until he cropped up in mid-2005 with the oddball A-lister Diary of a Mad Black Woman, self-adapted from his own hit play. This story of an African-American woman Helen McCarter ( Kimberly Elise) struggling to rebound after a painful separation, whose life is invaded (in more ways than one) by the obnoxious, loudmouthed, chainsaw-wielding (!) Madea, Diary — a bizarre combination of domestic melodrama, violent, racially-oriented farce, and Christian proselytizing — understandably left many critics running for the exit, but, of course, ticket buyers prevailed. The film scored with its intended African-American audience and grossed a healthy 50 million dollars (it ranked as number one at the box office during February 2005), leading to an early 2006 sequel, Madea’s Family Reunion, this one written and directed by Perry.
Either because Perry’s talent had matured within a year or because the press had grown accustomed to the playwright-cum-filmmaker’s defiantly unconventional style, critics were slightly kinder about the sophomore Madea outing, which benefits from finely-felt supporting turns by the legendary Cicely Tyson and Maya Angelou. Like its predecessor, Reunion struck box office gold, and even topped Diary’s net, reeling in an estimated 63.3 million dollars in international grosses. Perry then scrapped the Madea character for a tertiary cinematic outing, Tyler Perry’s Daddy’s Little Girls. This romantic dramedy concerns Monty ( Idris Elba), a financially strapped African-American mechanic who loses custody of his children to his drug-pushing ex-wife, and then falls in love with the beautiful attorney ( Gabrielle Union) whom he hires to get the children back. Currently single, Perry lives on a sprawling ranch outside of Atlanta. – Jason Buchanan, Rovi
What is a Chorepoem?
A choreopoem is a form of dramatic expression that combines poetry and dance. The term was first coined in 1975 by Ntozake Shange in a description of her work, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Shange’s attempt to depart from traditional western poetry and storytelling resulted in a new art form that doesn’t contain specific plot elements or characters, but instead focuses on creating an emotional response from the audience
What was the original title of the play?
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf
A helpful definition of the words Feminist and Womanist
Before the definition I want to mention a link to Stayceyann Chin “Feminist or a Womanist”. It’s great. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQOmyebFVV8
Womanist: Womanists are black women who are, in a traditional communal sense, concerned very much with both black women and black men. Men, and their welfare, are sometimes claimed to be a higher priority to womanists than to feminists. Some feminists consider this a subversion of the feminist critique of androcentrism and corrective/constructive focus on women
“White” feminism (as it is sometimes referred to by Womanists) is also called upon to remember that black women (and all women of minority race/ethnicity and/or low socio-economic status) were ignored and silenced by “white” feminism through its second wave, and they continue to be in the third wave
A Feminist or Feminism is both an intellectual commitment and a political movement that seeks justice for women and the end of sexism in all forms. However, there are many different kinds of feminism. Feminists disagree about what sexism consists in, and what exactly ought to be done about it; they disagree about what it means to be a woman or a man and what social and political implications gender has or should have. Nonetheless, motivated by the quest for social justice, feminist inquiry provides a wide range of perspectives on social, cultural, economic, and political phenomena. Important topics for feminist theory and politics include: the body, class and work, disability, the family, globalization, human rights, popular culture, race and racism, reproduction, science, the self, sex work, human trafficking, and sexuality. Extended discussion of these topics is included in the sub-entries to feminism in this encyclopedia.