Wednesday, November 3, 2010

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf

I can't quite put into words my excitement surrounding the release of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf. Written by Ntozake Shange, the screenplay is added to the roster of Tyler Perry. Initially, I was worried how this partnership would work, but the reviews I've read so far are positive.

You see, I have a certain affinity for the "Sorry" piece in this beautiful work of literature. It was introduced to me in high school, just a few years after it's release in '97, during a summer theatre workshop. I began performing the piece then, as directed by a beautiful actress who taught me a lot of the meaning being that monologue. My obsession grew as I continued to better understand the weight of the writing.

For Colored Girls isn't just a pretty work of art or another published book sitting on shelves at Borders. It's a game changer.

As I listen to Janelle Monae's Without A Fight, I am fighting not to say something cliche like how I truly believe this is a book that has influced, inspired, and affected the lives of many black women, myself included. Oops, said it. Oh well.

For Colored Girls hits theatres this Friday, November 5th. I'm thrilled, and am looking forward to seeing it with the group of strong and beautiful women I love to call my friends. I hope you get to do the same.

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