For Colored Girls (Netflix)
For Colored Girls is Tyler Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. It contains a series of interlocking stories that mainly focus on the struggles that black women face. The film features an ensemble cast that includes Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Kerry Washington, and Thandie Newton.
Why It’s A Good Option For Tessa Thompson Fans: Thompson plays Nyla aka Lady in Purple. Her vignette explores an unwanted and unplanned pregnancy. Her story also ties with her familial issues and dysfunctional relationship with her mother and sister, played by Newton and Goldberg. For Colored Girls is a very dark drama that explores topics of sexual abuse, child endangerment, STDs, murder, domestic violence, and more, so it’s not a fun, lighthearted film. However, it’s an interesting movie because of the performances by the all-star cast and the poetic style.
Stream it on Netflix here.