For Colored Girls

A picture of the cast of Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf has been released.

I first saw the picture in the current issue of Essence Magazine. The film is one of those once in a blue moon releases that features black actresses in starring roles. The cast includes Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Phylicia Rashad, Kimberly Elise and Tessa Thompson.

The movie is based on the play by Ntozake Shange.  The play has appeared on and off Broadway.  For Colored Girls was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play and won an Obie Award in 1977.

Tyler Perry wrote, produced and directed the movie. And that’s where the controversy begins. When it was first announced that this movie would be in Tyler Perry’s hands some folks weren’t happy. Some black folks have a problem with Tyler’s films so they’re expecting the worse with For Colored Girls. Lionsgate, which is releasing the film has changed the release date from January 2011 to November 2010.  Looks like Lionsgate is thinking about awards season.

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