Ntozake Shange’s 'for colored girls…' is a cathartic classic - New York Amsterdam News

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The play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” is a catharsis for Black women! It shares the attributes of Black women–their love, their sacrifice, their devotion, their support of family and each other.

The play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” is a catharsis for Black women! It shares the attributes of Black women–their love, their sacrifice, their devotion, their support of family and each other.

Ntozake Shange’s play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” is a catharsis for Black women! It shares the attributes of Black women–their love, their sacrifice, their devotion, their support of family and each other, but also their feeling of being marginalized and abused. It speaks of Black women not being […]

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Franklin photo Ntozake Shange’s play “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” is a catharsis for Black women! It shares the attributes of Black women–their love, their sacrifice, their devotion, their support of family and each other, but also their feeling of being marginalized and abused.It speaks of Black women not being able to hear their voice, but in doing so, allows you very poignantly to hear their voice! Black women get to be seen at all the points of their existence.Obesity is a disease.You get to experience their childhood innocence and then the cruelty that the world holds for them.She became a Park Ranger at 85 after working as a writer, singer, and civil rights activist.Through seven characters only referred to as the Lady in Red, the Lady in Yellow, the Lady in Brown, the Lady in Green, the Lady in Purple, the Lady in Blue and the Lady in Orange we hear stories of unrequited love, betrayal, rape, seduction, indifference and murder! Black women and their self-esteem are commodities devalued by the world, especially by Black men.Living in “food deserts,” or locations that lack grocery stores where residents can easily obtain healthy foods, can also contribute to obesity.The depth of Shange’s voice is bottomless! Black girls and women are connected through the ancestors and hold a bond which rejuvenates and sustains us through the worse things that can happen in life.

Sitting in that audience with my 19-year-old Jasmine and hearing these extraordinary actresses speak the timeless words of Shange was an emotionally overwhelming experience.While Lofton works to help patients lose weight, she takes a more nuanced approach to the use of the body mass index (BMI) as a main determinant of health.Hazel M.Often my daughter and I found ourselves crying, sometimes cheers, sometimes agreeing with the resilience of our Sisters and indulging in their moments of reflection and joy.There was a moment when the entire theatre burst out in sounds of affirmations and anticipation when the Lady in Green began a well-known and beloved monologue “somebody almost walked off with all of my stuff.A BMI that’s 30 or higher is classified as obese.” That monologue is a woman sharing how her man breaking up with her, almost cost her to lose herself—everything that is a part of her being and identity.And, what was worst of all, he didn’t even realize he had it.“If a patient’s BMI is 27, but their health is good, they feel great and they have a normal cardiac exam, I treat them as an individual and tell them they’re doing OK even if the BMI table says they’re overweight.

She was tearing herself down and losing her essence and was the only one experiencing this life-altering event! But, thank God she came to her senses before it was too late.I love how this production has Black women proclaiming that they love their men on purpose, they are not sorry and they don’t need to hear the Black men telling them how sorry they are for hurting them, cheating on them, lying to them.That’s why her approach to weight loss looks at a woman’s entire lifestyle, which includes her weight loss goals, current health conditions, financial resources, medications, work-life balance, and any history of trauma, anxiety or depression.They call these particular Black men out and it’s a healing feeling.Another moment that happens in this play is of course the horrific story told by the Lady in Red at the end.Sometimes, the desire to gain weight to obtain a curvier body type that is often praised in Black communities can contribute to obesity, she said.The story of Crystal who loved Bo Willie, a love that was to have a very traumatic journey and stunningly tragic end.

At the end of this production I could not speak, I was overwhelmed with emotions that only allowed my eyes to water up, but the tears would not be release.“That’s a factor for many Black women that can’t be adjusted, but it’s important to look at the environmental and physiological factors that we can adjust.I could clap uncontrollably, but I wanted to shout and nothing would come.Thank God my daughter shouted, screamed, cried and clapped loud enough for us both.Jay Ell Alexander is CEO of Black Girls Run , an organization launched in 2009 to combat the obesity epidemic by encouraging and motivating Black women to practice a healthy lifestyle.This cast of Ladies is absolutely unforgettable! Kenita R.Miller is astounding as the Lady in Red; Okwui Okpokwasili is moving as the Lady in Green; Stacey Sargeant is sizzling as the Lady in Blue; D.S.

Woods is dynamite as the Lady in Yellow; Tendayi Kuumba is daunting as the Lady in Brown; Amara Granderson is tremendous as the Lady in Orange and Alexandria Wailes is remarkable as the Lady in Purple—signing her feelings and having other ladies speak the words.This ensemble has a connection that comes across the footlights of the stage and connects with the audience as well.They stay because of the community and sisterhood.We could feel everything they conveyed and often there were audience affirmations, anger and shock.What was also marvelous about this production being on Broadway is how Shange’s play bought so many Black people to the Great White Way.“Whatever size you are, we have a place for you.Our beautiful people were out in droves and the rest of the audience was a lovely mixture of races.

But, everyone felt the pain, joy, uncertainty, sorrow and connection of the Black woman.com/kali9 Bariatrically Blessed , offers support for people who’ve had or are considering bariatric surgery, or who just want to live a healthier lifestyle.Camille A.Brown’s staging of this classic show was absolutely brilliant and brought it into this century.She’s no longer diabetic and has reduced the amount of medication needed to manage her hypertension.These ladies are not in dresses, but wear comfortable dance attire.They dance in the forms of praise, hip hop and use dance as a means to express and cleanse themselves.She works out five days a week and has developed a love for cycling and dancing.

Brown as the choreographer and director has taken this already powerful work to a new unimagined level of power! “for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf” is playing at the Booth Theatre at 222 W 45th Street.Please, all my Sistas go and experience this production, you will feel something that will overwhelm you, inspire you and sustain you! Related.“I think as a community, though, we’re heightening our awareness about health.

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