By Florence Anthony
After seeing “For Colored Girls” at the New York Premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre, there is no way to describe or define the genius of Tyler Perry. How this man, a mere mortal, took Ntozake Shange’s acclaimed stage play and turned it into one of the most epic films of my time, is beyond me. Not to mention the fact that he put all of those African-American actresses to work together, including icons like Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad and Janet Jackson, is unbelievable. He wove Ntozake’s poetry into prolific dialogue, and took her women and brought the men we never actually saw onstage in the play to life. While the women’s tales are harrowing, and we would probably rather escape the men who harmed them, the men are real, and exist everyday. At a time when Black America needs something to lift us up out of unemployment, incarceration, hunger and poverty, with Kimberly Elise’s character in “For Colored Girls,” we see that the end of the rainbow can be found no matter how hard it rains in life. Be at the theatre bright and early on November 5.
Speaking of Janet Jackson, who attended the premiere and after-party at the Plaza Hotel with her nephew Austin Brown, Reebie’s son, late last week, In Touch Weekly, reported that Janet and Wissam Al Mana, are engaged. However, during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” the fabulous lady said it’s not true. The singer-turned-actress explained: “He’s a very private man, so I don’t talk about our relationship,” adding: “I’m not engaged, I will say that.” The two have been dating since they met last spring at Fashion Week in Paris. So, why did he reportedly give Jan a 15 carat ring?
Things are heating up for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund’s 23rd Anniversary Awards Dinner on November 1. The event will be hosted by Niecy Nash and Anthony Anderson with a sure-to-be showstopping performance by Patti LaBelle and new R&B sensation Laura Izibor. My main girl, Omarosa will also be in the house, along with Tony Award winning “For Colored Girls” stand-out Anika Noni Rose. If you can’t make it or score a $250 ticket, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund is accepting text donations at 50555 directly from any mobile device.
Actress Gabrielle Union invited the paparazzi into the surgery room at Millenium Laser Eye Center in Sunrise, Florida, recently. Lasik improves vision dramatically in qualified patients by reshaping the cornea using a laser. According to reports, Gabby’s costs were reduced in exchange for providing valuable advertising to the clinic.
Best known for her roles as Aunt Helen on “The Jamie Foxx Show” and Auntie Rae on “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” Ellia English, now adds to her credit the title “recording artist,” with the release of her first hit single “That’s What Faith Is/You Gotta Believe It,” from her upcoming album, “Still Believe.” Says Ellia: “I was singing before I was acting. I knew that one day I wanted to record an album: