Tyler Perry’s latest movie “For Colored Girls”, recreated from the book of poems and stage play by Ntozake Shange “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbows Is Enuff”, raked in $20.1 million and claimed the #3 spot despite opening in fewer movie theaters across the nation. And with much success comes criticism.
The movie has sparked some controversy over its portrayal of how black women are treated by black men. Although, the movie attempts to touch on sensitive topics such as physical, emotional and sexual abuse, promiscuity, abortion, religion, men on the “down low”, sexually transmitted diseases, monogamy, and mental health, for many, the movie portrays black women are wounded and victimized by the black men in their lives. Doing very little in provided a positive outlook on the way black men and women relate to one another.
There was one character, however, that reminded us that yes there are loving and supportive men who do know how to treat the women in their lives with respect.
Here’s what Perry had to say on adding actor Hill Harper to the film,“The biggest add-on for me was Hill Harper’s character because I thought it was very important to show a different side of what a black man is. I just didn’t want there to be these images of who we are as black men without showing that there are black men that love their wives, that take care of them and are faithful and are good people, so his character was very important to me.”
One interesting fact? Shange’s original play, traveling from Berkeley, California, to off-off Broadway, then to off-Broadway, and then finally Broadway in 1976, was made up of 20 poems, recited by seven female characters that are only known by a color, such as Lady in Red or Lady in Blue; colors of the/ rainbow….
Sound off! What are your thoughts?
Do you think the movie portrays black men in a negative light? Black women?
According to Star Magazine, a concert-goer recently reported that following one of the Glow In The Dark tour stops, Kanye West and Rihanna were spotted having a make out session at an after party. She stated, “Rihanna was sitting on Kanye’s lap, singing along to the music. Before long, the two were full-on kissing each other. People were shocked. After a while, Rihanna must have realized people were watching, because she had her security escort her back to the dressing room.”
I don’t believe it, don’t wanna believe it, and ain’t gonna believe it! And that’s all I have to say on the matter!
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It looks like the Homosexuals are getting their very own Superhead! Former MTV executive Terrence Dean (pictured left) is blowing the lid off of a Gay/DL subculture silently festering within the confines of hip hop in a new book entitled Hiding In Hip Hop: On The Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood. Terrence will out the lifestyles of prominent gay celebrities of color from hip hop to Hollywood in the book. Unlike Superhead, Dean protects the identities of the people in his book by using pseudonyms.
Here are some highlights from the book:
Dean is at Keenan Ivore Wayans’ Birthday party. There were two male celebrity actors standing a few feet in front of us. They didn’t notice us because the club was dark. Both men are young and very attractive and have starred in some comedic and dramatic films. One of the actors “Junior”, is a tall, muscular, brown-skin brother who got his start in television and is known for comedic roles in films. He never married but he has a couple of children with a girlfriend. The other dark-skin actor, “Fritz”, has been in a few movies and has starred in a popular television drama. The two are obviously a gay couple, which surprises Dean, although he says there has been much speculation about “Junior.”
Former MTV Executive Terrence Dean’s book Hiding in Hip Hop:On the Down Low in the Entertainment Industry from Music to Hollywood has tongues waging as its descriptive pages takes you through the secretive lives of homosexuality in Hip Hop. Although Dean is careful not to reveal any names there have been a few names circulating as to who the main characters Corey and Eli are. Dean also brings to light a few female RnB and rappers who are also on the “DL”, has he says. Again, he is careful not to reveal any names as to whom these women are. Dean explains, “This book is filled with intrigue, sexy celebrity partners, abundance of drugs, and of course, the down low/say men and celebrities in the entertainment industry….This book is my voice, your voice, and many other voices of people who love Hip Hop, the black church, the black community, our families–our uncles, aunts, brothers, and sisters who are gay, or on the down low”.
A few names to have been maentioned are Queen Latifah, Missy Elliot, Alicia Keys, Tashiena Arnold, Usher, Diddy etc. Understandably no one has come out to dispute and acknowledge these allegations but I’m guessing there is more to come of this story.