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In 1974, Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf” made its stage debut, combining poetry, dance and music, and most significantly, placing the black female experience center stage. In lyrical, honest, angry, funny and tender language, Shange’s “colored girls” evoked the feelings woven into the fabric of black female life in America. Within two years, the play became a Broadway sensation, won an Obie and Tony Award, and would eventually be produced in regional theaters throughout the country. Now, thirty six years later, filmmaker Tyler Perry adapts this landmark work for the big screen, integrating the vivid language of Shange’s poems into a contemporary narrative that explores what it means to be a woman of color - and a woman of any color - in this world.

FOR COLORED GIRLS weaves together the stories of nine different women – Jo, Tangie, Crystal, Gilda, Kelly, Juanita, Yasmine, Nyla and Alice – as they move into and out of one another’s existences; some are well known to one another, others are as yet strangers. Crises, heartbreaks and crimes will ultimately bring these nine women fully into the same orbit where they will find commonality and understanding. Each will speak her truth as never before. And each will know that she is complete as a human being, glorious and divine in all her colors.

Lionsgate and TPS present a 34th Street Films / Lionsgate production. FOR COLORED GIRLS stars Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Hill Harper, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington and Whoopi Goldberg. FOR COLORED GIRLS is written for the screen and directed by Tyler Perry, and based on the stage play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf’ written by Ntozake Shange. The film is produced by Tyler Perry, Paul Hall and Roger M. Bobb.

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  • susieq falmouth

    icannot belive the father dropped the kids on the street

  • Rain South Africa

    This movie made me cry, it is the best movie i've ever seen. Tyler you are a brilliant man. Stay blessed. Sending lots of love your way.

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  • Tifonda Washington, D.C.

    Wow..this was one of your BEST movies ever to be written. I loved the cast of the movie and each and everyone played their part to the fullest. GOD has shined upon you (Tyler). This was a story about nine different women in different situations, circumstances, etc. It just shows us how life can really be for others. I can appreciate the meaning behind this movie because we as STRONG BLACK WOMEN have to stand strong, TRUST IN GOD, and don't let anybody take that away from us. Thank you so much for sharing this story with us. GOD Bless you more and more as time permits. Love ya!

  • Brittany johnson los angeles,ca

    i love ALL of your plays ......we all need a lil madea in our life..#loveyaalwaystyler

  • Liza lee harris lebanon,oregon

    i love you,and all of your movies even the movies i have not seen yet!my 4 children said hi and they love your movies also.

  • Andrea Oklahoma

    I fell in love with this movie. It made me cry. A very good ending,..

  • Shannon Virginia

    I just recently watched this terrific movie. I loved all of the actress and their unique stories and their reasons to keep on living. Having a close friend that did pass away at her own hands I felt all of their pain. And just like them I found a way to keep her in my thoughts very day and to live for her through me.

  • Maamie Yaa Ghana

    this movie is really touching, i just love it!

  • Valerie Dallas, Texas

    This was one of my favorite movies by Tyler Perry. Touching and tear jerking. A great combination!

  • sanda alabama

    i love this movie. as a woman, i can relate to the feelings these women potrayed. i am glad you didn't sugar coat any of the story lines. your movies really tell a real-life story. thank you tyler perry.

  • shakia jacksonville

    This movie was so touching. I like the way, you showed what is actually happening in people lives today, with real life situations. That's what really made this movie.

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