The great black hope

There seems to be this hope around any “major” new black film that this one is going to be the one. We have to go out and support this movie because, just maybe, the box office receipts for this film can usher in a new wave of Hollywood produced black cinema. Head Honchos at studios will finally be willing to green-light more movies that tell our stories.

By our stories I mean movies featuring plots that revolve around fully fleshed out, nuanced black characters. (The characters are actually written as black in the script–and not just a generic role filled in by a black actor.)

Is For Colored Girls going to be the one? Probably not.

I assume that after the success of Precious, a movie that he had no hand in actually writing/directing/creating, Perry wants his own shot at Oscar glory and critical acclaim. Can’t blame him for wanting to prove himself–all artists want to grow. Maybe he will pull it off, though early reviews suggest otherwise…

Think I’ll do my part by buying and reading the book. Don’t have any interest in seeing the film, even though some of the posters do look like they could be for a horror movie…

Published by Tawanna

Sometimes writer, most times editor. Lover of mysteries and 70s/80s horror movies. Author of The Next Girl (short story collection) and The Closet Case (mystery).

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