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Seems Tyler Perry had enough of “Internet chatter” and critics doubting his ability to properly translate Ntozake Shange’s celebrated choreopoem “For Colored Girls” onto the big screen. The writer and director took to the Web to write a letter assuring fans of the acclaimed play that he treated it with “sensitivity.”

Perry says, “Believe me, I know that this is sensitive material and I handled it that way.” The “Madea” star says if you don’t believe him, see the film for yourself when it hits theaters November 5th.

The letter is half “For Colored Girls” promo, and half self-induced horn tooting. Perry continues, “Never in the history of a feature film has there been an ensemble of this many Black women. That alone is worth celebrating.”

Check out the letter for yourself. Let us know your thoughts!

We are only a little more than 3 weeks out from FOR COLORED GIRLS, which
opens on November 5th. Wow, time is flying! I wanted to talk to you for
just a second about this film. There has been a lot of Internet chatter
about me doing this film. I’ve heard everything from, “I’m glad he’s doing
it!”, to “How dare he touch this!”. If you don’t believe me see
for yourself on November 5th.

If you know anything about the book or play, FOR COLORED GIRLS WHO HAVE
CONSIDERED SUICIDE WHEN THE RAINBOW IS ENUF, which is what my film is
based on, then you know that it is one of the most powerful literary works
of this century. But, if you know it, you are also thinking like I was,
“How can I make this into a movie?”

After reading the play a thousand times and listening to these poems a
million times, it hit me. There was only one way to approach it. So what
I did was, I put these characters in the situations around the poems, so
that they could speak the dialogue of the book without it sounding like a
poem. And I have to tell you, I wasn’t sure that it could be done. But,
after listening to Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Macy
Gray, Kimberly Elise, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine,
Anika Noni Rose and Janet Jackson say these words it was awesomely
seemless.

The stories are about eight women who live in NYC and we follow them
through their lives; follow them through loving, losing, giving too much
of themselves, being hurt and betrayed, but most of all, we follow each of
these women as they find love for themselves.

This movie is powerful. It is incredible. The performances in it are
astonishing, but most of all this film will leave you lifted.

I don’t know if you know this either, but never in the history of a
feature film has there been an ensemble of this many black women. That
alone is worth celebrating. I hope you are planning to see it on November
5th.

By the way, you don’t have to be a colored girl to be able to relate to
and enjoy this movie.

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  • amust see I saw the play on broadway years ago, and loved it glad to see TP bringing it to the big screen and to see my some of my favorite actors loretta devine , terry washington getting roles , and telling our stories , which is well over do grab a few of your sistahs and make a date nov 5th and go see for colored girls

  • Denise

    To the most honorable, Mr.Tyler Perry: Not only is the movie phenomenal, it is so rich, so substantive. We’re going to see it again & again. We love the truth;it’s life education; the messages,the poems,acting, cast,etc..Tyler & For Colored Girls Cast, play writer must be the recipient of the most highest awards in EVERY category!! Most of all, millions have so many similar life experiences & can relate but don’t have the answers nor know how to heal from sooo!! many years & layers of pain. Tyler, we honor you for telling your own life story while being so transparent on The Oprah Show. The world is proud of you for bringing forward your truth so that many millions of men & boys can openly discuss their experiences, seek help, stop the cycle of abusing others & prayerfully began their own journey to healing. May you lay the foundation for millions of abuse survivors to heal. Tyler, please check Regal24Movie
    IT’S BECOME APPARENT REGAL 24 CIINEMAS @ SHALLOWFORD REPEATEDLY CONSISTENTLY REFUSE TO PROVIDE AFRICAN AMERICAN ALL CAST FEMALE MOVIES ENOUGH TIME SLOTS SPECIFICALLY ON BIG OPENING WEEKENDS.
    One more extremely important fact: Regal 24 [email protected] Rd.Atlanta,GA ONLY had 3 time slots to show For Colored Girls..during the opening weekend!! while AMC Southlake 24 Movie theater showed the move approx.20 various time slots the opening weekend. Never will we go to Regal 24 theaters again. Regal 24 @ Shallowford did pulled the same stunt the opening weekend of Dream Girls.
    Tyler, I hope you buy out the Regal24Shallowford theaters & own your own cable,TV broadcasting stations to compete with COMCAST