a new work and a reprise

Felicia Lee speaks to Ntozake Shange and her sister, Ifa Bayeza, about their new co-written family saga Some Sing, Some Cry. Lee also talks to Shange about Tyler Perry’s film adaptation of For Colored Girls:

“For years, filmmakers talked about a movie version, but it came about courtesy of Mr. Perry, the writer and director of a successful string of films (and television series) about African-American life that some observers have criticized as clichéd and racially stereotypical. Much of his work has featured Mr. Perry in drag as the saucy matriarch Madea. Ms. Shange said she explicitly told Mr. Perry that Madea could not be in ‘Colored Girls’.”

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About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at Ms.blog, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

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