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for colored girls

A and I went to see this movie today in our cherished and long-awaited free time sans kid. I had been wanting to see this film because it was based on the choreopoem by Ms. Shange, who went to my alma mater (go Barnard!), though we both had reservations because it was by Tyler Perry (another post for another day).

I am so glad we did.

This film felt like snatching off the scab of a wound, a wound that had been deep and hidden for such a long time. The wound beneath the strong black woman persona. The naked and vulnerable truth about ALL that we negotiate over generations, in our individual lives, in the world. I had read (and even taught) this work in the past, but somehow seeing it now, I truly got it.

Critics maintain that this is yet another black male-bashing film. But to me it isn’t. It’s about how we negotiate to survive. And the underlying pain. And the sometimes bad choices. And the way that we surpress our hurt and betrayal. And the ways that we accept and settle so that we can be seen as woman, as feminine, as valid, as worthy.

I cried throughout the entire movie.

Not only because of our collective hurt. But because we have some responsibility in our own pain AND in our healing, as Gilda says to the Lady in Brown.

A asked me did I think that this story was particular to “colored girls” and to be truthful I don’t know. I’ve only been a colored girl. And this story resonated in my soul.

So far, it gets two thumbs up for me. I want to share this story with my own daughter one day, though I’d give my life to prevent her from “colored girl pain.” I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD because this will be a permanent part of my collection, next to The Color Purple, Daughters of the Dust, and so many other treasures.

Bravo Mr. Perry.

[A better commentary of what I’m trying to say]


One comment on “for colored girls

  1. Berneta
    November 26, 2010

    “A asked me did I think that this story was particular to “colored girls” and to be truthful I don’t know. I’ve only been a colored girl. And this story resonated in my soul.”

    I love that. That is essentially my response as well. Loretta Devine’s story and Anika Noni Rose’s story (though I’ve never been raped) resonated with me so much. I cried and I smiled and I laughed and I cried. It is that kind of movie.

    Do I think (as many black female critics say) it might have been better had a black WOMAN made it? Maybe. It depends on the black woman, honestly. If Kasi Lemons (Eve’s Bayou) had gotten it, hell yeah it would have been better: it probably would have left me feeling more triumphant and less saddened by the end. But she is a very particular kind of black woman director, and I have more faith in her THAN I have in other black women directors (see Just Wright or Something New; both done by the same black female director, and I daresay we probably wouldn’t have wanted this woman to get her hands on For Colored Girls).

    Anyway, I love your post! It’s personal, and you definitely captured my feelings about this film.


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