Several African-American women are getting on with their lives. Each woman faces struggles, challenges and difficult issues …
- Crystal (played by Kimberly Elise) lives in a long-term but brutally violent relationship with Beau (by Michael Ealy)
- Jo (by Janet Jackson) is a very successful businesswoman whose husband Carl (by Omari Hardwick) feels emasculated by her success
- Juanita (by Loretta Devine) works in community health services and is trying to keep a relationship together with unfaithful Frank (by Richard Lawson)
- Rose (by Macy Gray) is alcohol dependent and provides back-street abortions
- Tangie (by Thandie Newton) and Nyla (by Tessa Tompson) are sisters with a difficult relationship, compounded by the presence of their deeply religious mother Alice (by Whoopi Goldberg)
- Yasmine (by Anika Noni Rose) is a dance teacher whose heart sings when she dances – she feels trusting enough to embark on a relationship with Bill (by Khalil Kain)
- Kelly (by Kerry Washington) is a child protection social worker who yearns for her own children with her husband Donald (by Hill Harper)
- Gilda (by Phylicia Rashad) is an apartment building owner who lives on site and worries about the welfare of her tenants.
As the story progresses, each woman’s life is depicted and the difficulties unfold. As each woman faces the utter horror of the events in her world, they find the strength from somewhere to continue – rather than give up when things seem at their desperate worst.
This movie is based on Ntozake Shange‘s play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf”, a series of 20 poems that express the obstacles African-American women face in their lives. In the movie, each poem is depicted by an intense and often confronting scenario, with a supporting narrative to relate what it means to be a woman of colour in today’s world. At the conclusion, the women do find each other and gain strength from that. It is a hugely powerful movie with some very confronting events and every performance is outstanding.
In 2011, this movie was the recipient of several BET (Black Entertainment Television) and Black Reel Awards.
Made in 2011. Directed by Tyler Perry