Our Favorite Movies Adapted From Black Books

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For Colored Girls

In 2010, Tyler Perry’s big screen adaption of the landmark stage play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange was released. His take, like the original, navigated the conflicts, struggles and abuses of a group of black women with poetic panache, but may have failed to do so with the same emotionality as its source material. When asked her thoughts on Perry’s adaptation, Shange admits that she was concerned about his “characterizations of women as plastic” (aren’t we all?), but believes “he did a very fine job”, though she also said she wouldn’t call the film “finished.”

“I found god in myself and I loved her I loved her fiercely”

-Shange, For Colored Girls

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