“It was all I had but bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical dilemma/ I haven’t conquered yet.” ~Lady In Yellow
“Ever since I realized there waz someone callt/ a colored girl an evil woman a bitch or a nag/ i been tryin not to be that & leave bitterness/ in somebody else’s cup.” ~Lady In Orange
“Poetry is not a Luxury!” ~Audre Lorde
I could go on and on with my favorite lines from “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow Is Enuf,” but I’ll stop here… for now. I’m actually already tired of talking about Tyler Perry’s adaptation and it’s only been out for a week, but by today’s Box Office standings, I think these rapid-fire rants and raves will be smoldering out real soon. I have no misgivings, angst or regrets. I’ve learned a great deal from all of my convos about the book and the movie and am absolutely grateful for each and every one! I learned some things about myself, about my grrrls and about Black art. It’s been relentless, satisfying, exhausting, inspiring and disappointing, but it’s time I move on. I don’t know about the rest of y’all, but I’m exiting stage left for other parts of this vast brown braided girl, colored folk, political, fantastical, beleaguered beautiful Black frontier. I’m ready to say goodbye like I never have before. So here’s a recap of some of my favorite reviews, thoughts and critiques:
Stefanie Kelly’s brave and bombastic telling of what the book meant to her mom and how it in turned figured into her life and why the movie fell so short.
Thembisa Mshaka’s look at the more technical aspects of the “For Colored Girls” like the score and set design. She also goes deep on Nzingha Stewart’s plight as the 1st director of FCG.
Helena Andrews wonderful Q&A with her mom about the film is humorous, engaging and quite enlightening.
Salamishah Tillet’s well thought out Black feminist reading of FCG and how pain and pleasure are revealed is damn smart.
How many of y’all remember Erykah Badu’s Bag Lady? It’s Shange inspired from first frame to closing credits. I just love myself some Badu! And oh yeah while you check this vid please leave your favorite lines from the choreopoem. To top of my FCG experience I’m going to see Ntozake Shange tonight at The Nuyorican Poets Café and it will truly be a wrap after that!