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(The Root) — When the showing of Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” ended Tuesday evening at the White House, first lady Michelle Obama got up and told the 50 guests she hoped they enjoyed it. But those who had come from around the country to share the experience “were just sitting there. I don’t think they knew how to respond to it,” Shirley Poole, who had arrived from New York, told Journal-isms.  It was mostly a crowd of black women, said E. Faye Williams, though two or three men and some white women were also present. “Most people cried throughout,” said Williams, who is national chair of the National Congress of Black Women. “For the majority of the film, you could see that the stories would be very painful. It’s meant for black women, and almost all black women could identify with at least one of the women in the picture. . . . The first lady is a black woman. I’m sure she can relate.” Indeed, Obama gave everyone a hug on the way out.

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