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.
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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.
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