Wednesday, May 4, 2011

For Coloured Girls

One day, I was listening to some songs on Jango website. Heard a song by Janelle Monae and was curious to know more about her so I checked out her website. While doing that, I came across the movie "For Colored Girls" soundtrack advertisment on her website. The movie "For Colored Girls" was directed and executive produced by Tyler Perry, who is also did "Madea's Family Reunion ", "Diary of a Mad Black Woman" and "Why Did I Get Married? Part 1 and 2" which I really like. So I was looking forward to watching it....

Last week, I finally watched the movie. Touching and so real...I'd say. Some people saw the movie as biased, that it only favored women and put men in the bad light. I disagree with that because one of the characters, Lady Blue's husband portrayed, a loving and supportive husband. Some saw the movie as racist, because it only potrayed Black African-American women. Well, to me the movie is portaying every race because every woman, irrespective of color and race, go through almost the same experience.

The movie was captured from a poetic book, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" written by Ntozake Shange. Retaining the play's poetic style, the film's lead cast consists of nine African-American women, seven of whom are based on the play's seven characters only known by color e.g "Lady in Red", "Lady in Blue", "Lady in Yellow", etc.

Just like the book, each of the character deals with a different personal conflict, such as love, abandonment, rape, infidelity, and abortion. The characters are represented by a color: Jo/Red (Janet Jackson), Juanita/Green (Loretta Devine), Yasmine/Yellow (Anika Noni Rose), Tangie/Orange (Thandie Newton), Alice/White (Whoopi Goldberg), Gilda/Gray (Phylicia Rashad), Crystal/Brown (Kimberly Elise), Nyla/Purple (Tessa Thompson), and Kelly/Blue (Kerry Washington). Each of their stories are different, but the characters interact within each other's lives.

Each of these women in the movie taught me something:
Blue Lady taught me the craving a woman has to have her own "fruit of the womb"...the longingness to be a mother.
Brown Lady's story really touched me....I wept. It taught me that women know how to love deeply....but that every woman needs to let go and let God before it's too late.
Red Lady taught me that even when a woman portrays a "masculine hyper-competitive" charcater, she also has a "feminine vulnerability" that craves to be loved by a man.
White Lady taught me that every woman needs spirituality but that she needs to learn to love herself and her creator.
Purple Lady taught me the "youthfulness" in every woman...but that though every woman has a bright future ahead of her she should be careful that her "youthfullness" doesn't steal her future.
Orange Lady taught me the power of womanhood and her sexuality...that it's meant to be a woman's pride and not a tool for destruction.
Green Lady taught me that every woman craves for "her man" but that she shouldn't let the man's lust steal her joy of being happy with herself....with or without a man.
Yellow Lady taught me that every woman has a passion that she'd love to share with the one she loves....but that she should be cautious...not everyone (man) may share her passion...because they (he) may have other "passions" he is aiming for...So beware of who you share it with!
Gray Lady taught me that every woman has a past. But how she deals with it in the present would determing how she would end up in the future. She also taught me that every woman needs to reach out to one another....Sisterhood matters alot!

Despite people's negative and positive review on this movie....I still say "kudos" to Tyler Perry. The movie inspired me. My favourite soundtrack is "Four Women" written and sang by Nina Simone featuring Laura Izibor & Ledisi. Here's the video.


" For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf" written by Ntozake Shang