The Reel Critic Interviews: Thandie Newton on “For Colored Girls”

Fact: The film For Colored Girls is coming November 5 to every probable theater near you.

Fact: Written, directed and produced by Tyler Perry and starring a bevy of Black actresses that are no less than powerful.

Fact: Taken from a beacon in African American literature entitled, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange*.

Fun Fact: *say N-toe-zauk-kay and then say Shong-ay

As a writer and a “lil colored girl for which the rainbow was more than enuf”, I stand as one of the people who are nervous about this film being guided by Tyler Perry.   No need to lay out the reasons, we all have them.  I’m nervous.  This is a serious piece of Black culture and the lady Shange carries  Tony, Emmy and Grammy nominations behind this serious piece of Black history.   I’m just saying… I wanna be surprised.

The cast is filled with strong backs that can carry lightweights (no naming names)… and we love the mix of Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Macy Gray and Thandie Newton.

You’d have to almost purposefully mess up to mess this up.

Tyler – please… surprise me.  Make me feel it.  Let me know that Brown and Madea weren’t done in vain…
I want you to win Tyler Perry.  But you gotta earn this one, or they(we) are gonna eat you.


That said… we turn our gaze to our favorite movie critic – Reggie Ponder, The Reel Critic.  I’ve had the pleasure of working with Reggie on press junkets and I love the way he gets people to really open up.  Sometimes, you catch beautiful moments like this one…when artists truly ARE artists in their expressions.

Reggie interviewed the lovely Thandie Newton about For Colored Girls, and when you watch… you can see how she feels about participating in something so powerful.  These are the moments I gain respect for artists… when it’s real you can feel it.  This almost makes me feel less nervous…

Yeah well, we’ll see.  November 5 – For Colored Girls will be up for the checking.

Great part 1 interview – I’m looking forward to sharing part 2 with you guys once it’s in my inbox.

As always… smashing work Mr. Ponder.


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