Today, Zora Neale Hurston's spirit is 124 years old.
Chances are, Hollywood producers will find a way to turn young Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai's triumphant story I Am Malala into a movie sooner than we all learn to pronounce her last name. In the meantime, here are five women’s true-to-life tales you can read on the page and then see onscreen: 1. The Diary of Anne Frank … Continue reading Stories of Dynamic Women In Print and On Screen (Part One)
BlogHer.com, sponsor and spearheader of National Blog Posting Month, features my post "Important and Troubling Book-to-Film Issues in My Favorite Movies: 'The Color Purple' and 'Beloved.'
I remember when The Color Purple movie came out in 1986. To have a beautiful and serious movie, that was not about Blacks killing each other or acting stupid but truly featured the story and amazing acting, was a big event. Oprah Winfrey was already a sort of star, and the other actors were people we knew as well. … Continue reading *On The Color Purple and Beloved film adaptations…
Black women can certainly tell a story. And where others are more subdued or might strain unto artificial performance and nearly-rehearsed expression, such embellishments to a tale are attributes we can't help but deliver automatically. While the privileged classes were fortunate enough to bask in the glamour of the novel and epic poems they created using the … Continue reading Black Woman Gossip (Or, Ten Great Black Women’s Story Collections)