kimberly elise on "for colored girls"

Actress opens up about Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’
by Nedra Rhone

When Kimberly Elise first arrived in Hollywood, all of her jobs were on sitcoms. When she trained on stage, it was comedy. But after a star turn in the mid-’90s gangsta film “Set It Off,” it seemed Elise couldn’t shake the drama.

“I would love to be in a comedy,” she said. “Some people just gravitate to the dramatic roles I play.”

That’s not likely to change given her latest project — a starring role in “For Colored Girls,” a film adapted and directed by Atlanta’s Tyler Perry. The film opens Friday.

Elise was just a kid in 1976 when a strangely titled production began winding its way through the theater circuit. From California to New York, to off-Broadway and finally, to the Great White Way, “For Colored Girls Who’ve Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf” was like nothing the theater establishment had ever seen.

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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, 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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