No Thanks To Tyler Perry’s, “For Colors Girls
No thanks, to Tyler Perry’s new movie, “For Colors Girls”. It really is nothing new, and, it’s just another movie in the bucket for black male bashing, which always has been, since the black man’s arrival, from the shores of Africa. Some of the characters in the film were accurate descriptions of several African American men, but, there should have been a balance of both decent and not so decent black men. The movie spent too much time on the negative perceptions of black men and very little time on positive black men. However, I assumed that Mr. Perry, was keeping the movie in line with the play, ” When Colored Girls Commit Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf “. A play that I saw many years ago. Nevertheless, the film will probably make Mr. Perry millions, because there is a large poupation in our society, who feed off such movies, especially in the African American community, which brings me to a few questions. Why are the vast majority of movies produced or directed by African Americans, have the tendency to always focus on relationships? Can African American producers and directors think outside the box? Do African American producers and directors, believe that if they make a film outside of black male and black female relationships, it would not be a hit at the theaters? Denzel Washington and John Singleton, have directed a few films that did not focus on black male and black female conflict. Denzel directed “Antwone Fisher”, and ” The Great Debaters”, and, John Singleton directed, “Rosewood”, and ” Higher Learning”. I saw all four movies, and, they were not just entertaining, but, they were also very educational. Another question that I would like to raise is, what is the obsession with male actors wanting to dress up in drag? It seems to me, if a man is constantly dressing up like a woman, that spirit will eventually over take him. The late black comedian, Flip Wilson dressed in drag, as Geraldine, but, he had to because opportunities, for black male actors were not as available as they are today. Black men during Flip’s era, had to take the parts that they could get, or else, be without a job. This, however, is not the case for black male actors in our present culture. Maybe, male actors dressing up in drag, is just a popular thing to do, in the theater business. However, black men are not the only ones who have acted in films as drag queens. There are other males actors from different racial and ethnic backgrounds, who have done so as well. (See my articles on, ” The Effemination Of Males ” and ” The Diary Of A. M. B.M.). ” For Colored Girls “, is a film that will cause a great deal of debate, both in and outside the African American community.
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