Tyler Perry’s movie For Colored Girls, based on Ntozake Shange’s 1975 play (with the much longer title For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf), opens tomorrow and is drawing heat.

The new People magazine says it “…fuels a dangerous fallacy that black women are perpetual victims and black men border on villainous,” but that “black women will see it in droves.”

The Los Angeles Times says,

Anticipation…has been building for months, especially among African American women; many are planning informal opening-weekend viewing parties. Given the pedigree of the play and the film’s high-caliber cast, some observers predict the movie may have a cultural influence similar to 1995’s Waiting to Exhale, which became a touchstone of female bonding and grossed about $67 million in the U.S.

The cast is definitely high-caliber, featuring a who’s who of African American women, including Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, and Phylicia Rashad.

For a high-def version of the trailer, go to the film’s official web site.


The movie was moved up from it’s original January release date, to qualify it for the Oscars, leaving the publisher to scramble to get the tie-in out in time. It was released on Monday.

For colored girls who have considered suicide/When the rainbow is enuf
Ntozake Shange
Retail Price: $12.00
Paperback: 112 pages
Publisher: Scribner – (2010-11-02)
ISBN / EAN: 1439186812 / 9781439186817

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