As I shared with you several weeks ago, I submitted a piece for the 2014 Chicago Listen to Your Mother show. And while I was going to wait until closer to Mother's Day to share it with you, a recent episode of Oprah's "Lifeclass" and the release of Tyler Perry's new movie, ...more
A few months ago, I saw an advertisement for Tyler Perry's newest movie, Temptation, and was intrigued. I'm by no means what one might call a Tyler Perry fan; I've openly criticized his portrayal of women in most of his movies and the plays upon which they are based. I find his tendency to portray women as emotionally unstable and in perpetual need of salvation either by their religious faith or by a Prince Charming-type annoying.
Call it being a tad sensitive because of the recent reviews by non-Black (and male) reviewers who have written about For Colored Girls, the movie that was based on the legendary play by Ntozake Shange, or call it simply being sick and of subjective thinking presented as fact: If y’all don’t agree with me there is something wrong with you.
You know I thug 'em, f$#@! 'em, love 'em, leave 'em Cause I don't f#@!n' need 'em Take 'em out the hood Keep 'em looking good But I don't f#@!n' feed em First time they fuss I'm breezin' Talking 'bout what's the reasons I'm a pimp in every sense of the word, bitch--------------------...more
What I saw in the theater the day "For Colored Girls" opened were women who had come not for love of the Broadway play on which the film was based -- poet and playwright Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" -- but for love of Tyler Perry, the man who had given them Madea. Perry's version of Shange's play is not the best movie I've ever seen, but neither is it the worst. It is not the most moving, nor did it leave me cold.
I first became aware of the buzz about Sapphire's debut novel Push in 1995 or 1996. The novel gained attention for its distressing storyline but possibly more because the novelist received a $500,000 advance, a sum unheard of in those days for a first novel. Well, unheard of except that another writer that year had received even more, Jacquelyn Mitchard.