black feminism and tyler perry

Check out these two provocative and different black feminist approaches to Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls by Penn professor, scholar, and activist Salamishah Tillet and author and Duke University professor Mark Anthony Neal:

Black Feminism, Tyler Perry Style
by Salamishah Tillet

Leave it to Tyler Perry, a man best known for playing Madea, a modern-day Mammy, to try to redefine black feminism for the mainstream.

Perry admits that he didn’t know much about Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, but that didn’t stop him from taking on this black feminist bible nevertheless.

continue reading @ The Root

Has Tyler Perry Found a Voice within Black Feminism? by Mark Anthony Neal

Despite many predictions, Tyler Perry’s screen adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s ‘For Colored Girls’ was not a debacle. The film was by far, the most nuanced and accomplished film in Perry’s oeuvre, owing much to the power and genius of Shange’s original work, the most consummate cast that Perry has worked with, and perhaps all those days on the set watching Lee Daniels at work filming ‘Precious’. ‘For Colored Girls’ may represent Tyler Perry, perhaps finally, finding his own cinematic voice.

Continue reading @ The Loop 21


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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