I’m not much of a movie goer and don’t pay attention to what is playing or coming out soon. I don’t have a television so I don’t see commercials. So when I got an email asking if I would like an audiobook book of For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange I was thrilled that I would finally get to hear this amazing choreopoem that I had only ever read. And the I find out it has been made into a movie with a star-studded cast and my knees have gone all weak.
Here is a little excerpt from the poem to give you a taste:
i’ve lost it
touch wit reality/ i don’t know who’s doing it
i thot i waz but i waz so stupid i waz able to be hurt
&that’s not real/ not anymore/ i shd be immune/ if i’m
still alive & that’s what waz discussin/ how i am still
alive & my dependency on other livin beins for love
i survive on intimacy & tomorrow/ that’s all i’ve got goin
& the music waz like smack & you knew abt that
& still refused my dance waz not enuf/ & it waz all i had
but bein alive & bein a woman & bein colored is a metaphysical
dilemma/ i havent conquered yet/ do you see the point
my spirit is too ancient to understand the separation of
soul & gender/ my love is too delicate to have thrown
back on my face
Here is a video of Thandie Newton talking about recording the audiobook. Newton is also one of the actors in the movie.
I’ll let you know how the audiobook is. With school in progress I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it out to see the movie. Thank goodness for DVDs!