Friday, September 17, 2010

For Colored Girls: I Found God in Myself

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Ntozake Shange

Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Janet Jackson, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Macy Gray, and Loretta Devine are coming to you soon in the upcoming film, For Colored Girls, directed by Tyler Perry, with a screenplay by Perry (based upon the groundbreaking play by Ntozake Shange, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf). I guess after seeing the film, viewers will decide if Shange's play -- which appeared on Broadway 35 years ago, and around the world on so many stages since then -- should have been enough.

Ntozake Shange's name means: She who comes with her own things.

lady in brown

dark phrases of womanhood
of never havin been a girl
half-notes scattered without rhythm/
no tune/ distraught laughter fallin over a black girl's shoulder
it's funny/ it's hysterical
the melody-less-ness of her dance
don't tell nobody don't tell a soul
she's dancin on beer cans & shingles

Click here to see the trailer for the film.

(I can't tell you how much this play means to me, so if Tyler Perry has messed this one up, I may have to go looking for him.)

i found God in myself and i loved her/i loved her fiercely

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Lisa,
I saw the preview of this movie and I really want to see it.

Auntie T

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Hey Auntie T,

I just hope it lives up to Ntozake Shange's intentions and genius. Her play is a MASTERPIECE and should be treated as such. If T. Perry doesn't come through with flying COLORS, he'll break a lot of hearts -- including mine.

Lisa

Anonymous said...

Let’s hope he does.

Auntie T

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Amen!

Anonymous said...

I just found your blog, it's tender.
Check out a poet named Sonia Sanchez and thanks for the movie preview I can't wait to see it.

*peace*

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

I love that description of my blog: "tender"
Thank you so much!

I know the poetry of Sonia Sanchez very well. I count her up there as one of the greats!!
Peace to you too.
alicia

Anonymous said...

Hello,

Just wanted you to know.....
Ms. Shange has commissioned a special song that has been included in the soundtrack for "For Colored Girls".
It is entitled: "I Found God In Myself - Ntozake's Song"
performed by M. Nahadr.

www.NtozakeShange.org
Check IMDB soundtrack listing for the movie.

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Oh boy!!! That's wonderful news. Thanks for sending the link and the info. about the song. I'm sooo looking forward to seeing the movie. I just pray that it does justice to Ms. Shange's genius of a play.
Many thanks!
Alicia

Anonymous said...

Wow all I can say is that you are a great writer! Where can I contact you if I want to hire you?

Alicia Michele Benjamin said...

Thanks! You may contact me at: Ramalicia@aol.com.
Alicia

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