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Editors Note

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

It seems that with every new month, I’m personally faced with the desire to ‘move on up’; forward, to progress in all aspects. This means continually setting new goals and striving to achieve them. Where am I getting with this, you ask, well, each month I look forward to making this magazine something greater. It’s slowly taking form, we might not be ‘movin on up to a New York deluxe apartment on the East side’ like George and Weezy, but I have played with the thought of seeing AfroElle in greater places.

Mangoes and Lemon

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Mangoes and Lemonade is a website that is dedicated to sharing information and resources that can help people of Haiti, while serving as a reference place for those who are interested in getting involved with relief of sorts. My vision is to continue building the site and allow it to grow into a more effective tool over time.

Cover Story:A Jill of All Trades

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

A phenomenal woman to me is one that has a great purpose; she is passionate, compassionate, humble, caring and giving. She exudes a beauty that reflects great values, wisdom and strength. She is one that will use her influence to bring about positive change. She is a servant.

Featured Couple:Jonathon and Amy Mauritz

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Amy Ohen and Jonathon Mauritz met at a coffee shop. When asked what her first impression of Jonathon was, Amy says she thought Jonathon was a college frat boy. “I was surprised that he was flirting with me because I was minding my own business studying in my comfy sweatpants and t-shirt. I was definitely not looking my finest.

In The Kitchen With Yolis Green Living

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

I started eating plant-based diet in 2001. At the time, I wanted to impress a guy I was dating with my culinary skills and converting foods I loved to eat into vegan meals, it soon became second nature to me. Over a few months, I noticed some significant changes just from choosing differently in what I consumed. Lost a lot of weight, had fewer allergies, and my cramps disappeared. I acknowledged that my results were payoff of eliminating dairy from my diet.

Sisterpreneurs;Emily and Irene Wasonga

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

Love’s Hangover is the name of a boutique jewelry store in Noblesville, IN co-owned by two sisters; Emily and Irene Wasonga. Born and raised in Kenya and living partly in Botswana; the two are now making their dreams come true with their jewelry business that started out as hobby in their teenage years.

Fashionista;Christine Neptune

Posted by Editor On Mar - 14 - 2011

I try to master the "boyfriend look". Baggy shirts, sweatshirts, men's button up's and such. I might not have a boyfriend but taking my brother's clothes work just as well. I like the mystery it brings behind it, people wonder and question me if I'm a tomboy.

Review: For Colored Girls

Posted by AfroElle On 11:05 AM

Tyler Perry, acclaimed director of several movies including the sequel 'Why Did I Get Married', has done it again, this time trying to reinvent his voice directing ‘For Coloured Girls’, a movie adaptation of 62 year old playwright and novelist Ntozake Shange’s award winning 1975 stage play 'for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enough.' While Ntozake’s play consists of seven different women from various points across the country, reciting“dark phrases of womanhood” in the form of poetry, dance and music, Perry’s film connects the lives of nine women living in a New York Harlem apartment building.

For Coloured Girls’ cast includes some of the best actresses in America, with Janet Jackson who plays Jo an icy fashion editrix, Kimberly Elise as Crystal, a working mother in an abusive marriage, Kerry Washington playing Kelly a social worker to Crystal’s kids and others including Whoopi Goldberg (Alice); a religious fanatic, Thandie Newton as Tangie , Gilda (Phylisia Rashad) the building manager, Loretta Devine and Anika Noni Rose.

The plot includes various situations surrounding Ntozake’s play affecting women in genral, from homicide, rape to domestic abuse and abortion . Perry finds a way of showing the different struggles of each of these women living in one building and how they come together to help each other in their tragedies. 

Perry's attempt to adapt Ntozake's play was awaited with eager anticipation and has been received with mixed reviews. While some critics have compared the movie with the play concluding that the movie had fallen short, others, say Perry’s work should not be critiqued based on the original play. Some critics say they are tired of the stereotypes that demean uplifted black relationships and ‘coloreds’ while others conclude that Perry ‘For Coloured Girls’ was brilliant in portraying the struggles of not just the black woman but of women of all races.

I'm yet to watch this widely talked about movie, have you? We would like to hear your views, was it a hit or miss, share with us what you think.


1 Response to "Review: For Colored Girls"

  1. Bee Said,

    You have to watch this movie to see that all the critiques are wrong about it. I personally have not read the play or knew that the movie was an adaptation of the play. I think that the movie captures the struggles all black women have to face accurately. I felt in tune with the film since I know someone who has gone one or more of the issues addressed and I have also similarly gone through some of the issues. The spoken word kind of echo to the film is a new aspect in film making, at least for me. Of cause the film has a few short comings, it is rather too long and presents a couple of hi cups but over all it gets a thumbs up from me. All I can say is that this is a must watch film for all black women. If you don;t feel empowered at the end of it, you probably missed the point.


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