10 Black Women’s Book-to-Film Adaptations*

Here are Black women’s book-to-film adaptations you may be able to appreciate…enjoy!
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I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (book 1969/tv miniseres 1979)
The Color Purple by Alice Walker (book 1982/film 1985)
Waiting to Exhale by Terry McMillan (book 1992/film 1995)
Beloved by Toni Morrison (book 1987/film 1998)
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (book 1937/tv miniseries 2005)
PUSH by Sapphire (book 1996/film titled Precious, 2009)
Orange Mint and Honey by Carleen Brice (book 2008/film title Sins of the Mother, 2010 )
for colored girls by Ntosake Shange (book 1975/film 2010)
Miracle’s Boys by Jacqueline Woodson (book 2001/tv miniseries 2012)
Addicted by Zane (book 1999/film 2014)
*Post Revision: Utter shame on me for leaving out one of my favorite books and one of my family’s favorite films: National Book Award-winning The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor (book 1982/tv miniseries 1989). One peril of a very thankful challenge like National Blog Posting Month is pressure and speediness, so we shall chalk this major oversight up to that…do read that book/see that film if you can!
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3 thoughts on “10 Black Women’s Book-to-Film Adaptations*

    • Thanks for reading! Yes, Carleen’s book and movie as well as Miracle’s Boys are lesser known because they appeared on television. Not the big screen. I have also revised the post to correct a major, major boo boo: the omission of Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, also a television miniseries but a very successful and oft-repeated one. Blessings, Kalisha


      • Ah I LOVE The Women of Brewster Place! Great addition…the book and t.v. series are classics.

        I also really liked Linden Hills by Gloria Naylor. Would love to see that adapted for film, but I wonder if some of the subtleties (and weird stuff like the necrophilia) would get left out?


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