Sunday, March 4, 2012

TO MY NAY-SAY FRIENDS OF TYLER PERRY AND FOR COLORED GIRLS.


Blow it out your ass! Yeah, that's what I said, find a clue and some toilet paper.

Well carey,"Tyler Perry is a Black dysfunction porn pimp. He thinks that because he's so dysfunctional that all Black people are as well. I think Oprah falls into this category too"

Is that right? Well let me tell you a thang or two. I get so tired of negros that watch a movie, and then cry about how it makes "us" look. Give me a freaking break! First, it's a damn movie, okay. It's one story in time. It's one of a thousand avenues in which one could draw a conclusion and/or opinion on any number of topics including race, sexual abuse, or rather or not the Miami Heat will win the NBA Championship. Depending on who you ask, it's highly probably a mega-ton of thoughts will follow.

And please excuse me, did I miss the memo? When did the mystical "ambiguous" other folks (eye in the sky) ever love us? I mean, did I miss the call that said we've been loved for the last 200 years? If there was no such doctrine, then why (NOW?) are some folks concerned with how a movie (one movie) projects a black face, or highlights real issues within our community?

Come on, if a person gets their core knowledge from a damn movie and uses that "limited" knowledge to draw a conclusion based solely from that source, THAT person is an idiot! Consequently, if someone worries about that fool's opinion, then hey, what does that say about them? If you talk to a fool long enough, there will soon be two fools talking - and arguing - talking about absolutely nothing.

So Tyler Perry portrays the black man as an evil usurper of woman. Really... how so, and even though, so.... and? And what, those monsters don't exist? Spare me, Tyler Perry didn't create those brutal men, look out your window, or look in your family tree. Please, lets keep this real. Who's fooling who?

Listen, personally I do not think Tyler Perry is a great director. But that opinion is not based on the subject matter in his films. Why should it? And now we have some folks attacking the man's character because some of his films include abused women and whorish men. Lordy lordy, we don't want that to get out. The general public can't handle that new (news). What will they think of us now? Do you hear me.... nothing has changed because there's nothing to change.

Didn't the same freaks come out at night when "Precious" landed. Didn't I hear the same black zombies and mammy rags cry foul? Sure I did. In fact, I wrote a song about it. Here it goes...



The greatest show on earth. The most super-fabulous, splenderocious, Mega-magnanimous event of the year. Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you Ray "Jamie Fox" Charles vs Mary "Mo’nique" Jones. Tyler Perry and the man that raped the woman in For Colored Girls.



But first, let’s get the preliminary fights out of the way.



I am still alive. I mean, I watched the movies "Precious" and "Ray" and For Colored Girls, and I am still here. That must make me a special kind of survivor - huh? I don’t feel compelled to shoot heroin or rape my daughter, so I must be special. My white neighbors still wave at me as they pass by. I don’t know what they are saying in their homes, nor do I care.

A Precious lived down the street from me. The rumors and whispers surrounding the father of her children have stood the test of time. We called her father, Icewater.


The other day I passed by the welfare office. I spotted several "Mo`niques" exchanging Newport cigarettes. I knew some of them – I waved and kept driving.

I know several women that have been brutalized by the hands of men. In fact, last year, one was murdered by the hands of her lover. And check this, ol'boy had done it before. After doing a ten year bit, he got out and did it again. Now he's doing life.

Let me continue. Last week I accompanied my granddaughter to her school. Ms. Cornrolls, the schools receptionist , greeted me with a smile. I returned the favor and threw in a hug.

I’ve coached teenage thugs. I know their mothers and fathers.

I am still alive. "Precious" and "Ray" and "For Colored Girls" are movies. Can we move forwards?

Did Mo`nique kill the part of Precious Jones!? Did she not waver in that role? Wasn’t she the epitome of every abusive mother in the world. How about Kimberly Elise in FCG? Did she bring her A-game or what? Thandie Newton might not get an Oscar nod for her performance but she was the best whorish tramp that I've seen in some time. But wait, they were black women in despair, so we can't champion their roles, can we?

Jamie Fox was Ray Charles. While watching "Ray" I witnessed Jamie morph into Ray Charles, one of the greatest R & B singers of all time. And remember, Ray Charles was a heroin addict. I wonder how many people bought a trey bag after watching that movie?

In every detail, Mo`nique captured my vision of the quintessential angry, hostile, vicious, manipulative, cunning and insecure women. She took me there. And wait, Ray Charles was a womanizer. I wonder what the white man thinks about that. Well, no I don't. Again, I could care less about their views of us. I mean, why should I? They will continue to do what they've always done. That is, let us hang ourselves, while they sit back, and wait, to pickup the trash.

I understand Ray Charles addiction to heroin. I also understand the resentment Mary Jones had for her daughter, however, I do not condone either’s behavior. Yet, I am sure neither individual signed up for that road of ignorance. Therefore, I refuse to convict them for their character flaws or lay total blame at their feet, nor that of Lee Daniels, the director of Precious. Mary Jones said "I did what my mother told me".

I few days ago, a friend of mine told me that Mr. So-n-So was a good man. I asked her how she knew that. She paused, then said "well, he had a good job and tired to show his son’s how to be men". I asked her if she’d ever been in his house. She said it was a dirty mess. She went on to say there were rumors of him abusing his wife. Rumors mind you, but she did notice his wife’s soft steps when in the company of her husband. My friend was married to this man’s son. She said he was the worst SOB she’d ever known. He abused her for 30 years. Opps, I shouldn't talk about that, right?

Mo `nique (Mary Jones) did what her mother told her. She pointed a finger at Precious and said, "It’s this bitches fault, she made [my man] leave. She let him have her. She made him leave, who else is gonna love me!?". That damn Lee Daniels and Tyler Perry, they're always throwing that mess in our face, right? Wrong, the mess was already in our face, some folks just don't want to look at it.

Jamie Fox’s portrayal of Ray Charles was one of the best performance I `ve seen in my lifetime.
The scene in the welfare office with Mariah Carey (Ms. Weiss) and Precious was grand theater. Mo `nique’s acting in that scene was probably the best performance that I `ve ever witnessed by a black actress. No, not probably, it was the best performance I ‘ve ever seen. I’d argue against any contenders.

Tyler Perry's latest effort may not be Oscar worthy, and truthfully, it's not. However, much of the criticism is pointed in the wrong direction. But really, and more importantly, what can we REALLY do to change the minds of those that love to swim in negativity? Think about that.


And think about why I didn't give my overall review of For Colored Girls? Well, I'll tell you. This morning I talked about this movie for about 3 hours. I got strung out debating this movie with the poet laureate of our city. Really, that's her official title. So I had my hands full. Then my daughter called and it was on again. So I was worn out. But if you ask me a few questions, I can't tell a lie.


When it's all said and done, black directors make movies they feel are relevant to their personal agendas and those of their targeted audience (which is generally black). White people have nothing to do with it. Negroes need to move past their paranoiac race fantasies of persecution and see reality for it is. And listen, the Negroes who were upset about Chris Rocks movie were embarrassed that non-whites would now know the astringent details of the difficulty of grooming and managing black hair (as if they didn’t already know!). Outside of the deep rooted shame and self loathing of their natural hair, there is no sane reason for Negroes to protest such movie as Precious, FCG and Good Hair. I personally heard two black women bitterly complain that Rock had “exposed black women’s secrets” (I know…I know, as pathetic as that sounds -I actually heard them say it!). Same can be said for the movie Precious. It was a hard core gritty story about a young black woman’s tragic life. All the trappings and characters in the movie are real and black America is filled with legions of Negroes who are carbon copies of every single character in this movie. So why all the histrionics and temper tantrums about situations, behavior and characters that are pandemic in black America? Makes no sense to me.

30 comments:

Francis L. Holland said...

"
Blow it out your ass! Yeah, that's what I said, find a clue and some toilet paper."


HAHAHA!!! I sense some strong feelings here.

I love Tyler Perry's movies and plays. They're hilarious and moving and made from one Black person's perspective, which perspective I happen to share in a lot of instances.

In white movies about Blacks in church, Blacks are just the happy "N's", singing and loving the Lord. It took Tyler Perry on Oprah to tell us that while his mother sang with joy in the choir loft, other people were beating her child (Tyler Perry) silly and raping him when he was ten years old.

The unfortunate reality is that all of that happens. I, myself, felt like a fraud and a hypocrite up in the choir loft, singing that God had saved me when I really was imagining hanging myself by the neck from the railings of the upper pews.

I agree with the blogger here that Tyler tells the story of ONE Black family or two, and it's up to each of us to look into our own families and see whether what Tyler says resounds in a personal way.

I think we should all applaud Tyler Perry and Oprah for finding a way to tell their personal stories and make a heap of cash while doing so. These are two Black people turning their own family pathology into a lucrative franchise.

That's a whole lot better than drinking and drugging about what happened to us, which unfortunately are much more common responses to childhoods full of hurt and pain.

Do you think Oprah and Tyler Perry make us look bad in the eyes of white people who never liked us anyway? America loves the mighty green dollar and anyone who has a few looks pretty good to all of us, regardless of our skin color.

It's not merely Black people who make Oprah book club picks into best selling books. And Oprah's endorsement of Barack Obama (which she might be coming to regret) didn't hurt President Obama in Iowa or anywhere else.

jjbrock said...

Carey I actually like Tyler Perry movies and shows....the fact that he's a Christian and he has always made movies and plays dealing with faith....for a mostly Christian audience...is one of the reason I was a little taken back with the content of this movie...I have read some great reviews of the movie and some not so great.

Most likely I probable won't get to see this movie...cussing,nudity and violence is not what I look for in a movie....I don't care who's staring in it...but by the same token I don't knock no one else who want to view it.

I admire and applaud Tyler for all his wonderful work...I can truly understand why he made this movie and why he's moving in the direction he's going.

""Tyler Perry's latest effort may not be Oscar worthy, and truthfully, it's not"" I read a couple of reviews Carey that thought differently.

Moanerplicity said...

Oh, that Carey! :-)

We can agree to disagree, & that's more than cool, bruh.

Is it wrong to want to see MYSELF represented in a way that CELEBRATES me? That doesn't seem like such a far-fetched pipedream when a black man is calling the shots. Does it, Carey?

It would be fantastic to affirm that this brother has gotten it RIGHT & has told our stories w/ dignity, in beauteous hues & in multifaceted splendor. However, tends NOT to be the case.

When I speak of US being reflected, I don't mean in a bright pristine light where we're seen as perfect & everything is wonderful. That would be a fantasy. But has he REALLY given insight or conquered the true concept of complexity when we're painted w/ one broad brush that negates the diversity of us?

People are quick to state how Shange's orig work was NOT intended to be a love note to black men. Understood. FCG is essentially about the primal pain of love gone wrong & how that unifies others under the same umbrella of heartbreak, brought on by black men. I get it. For the most part it was a WOMAN'S tale & those men were phantoms referred to, their behaviors alluded to & this could have been brought to the film, as is & still carried weight. Those phantom/men were heartbreakers, NOT evil dark skinned demons, w/ no redeeming qualities. THAT's Perry's signature heavy-handedness.

In FCG MORE men were added, given behaviors & new evil expolits never mentioned in the orig. i.e.: the Janet Jackson storyline. That was TP throwing HIS stuff into a dramatic mix. The orig FCG never suffered from a lack of drama.

Why the necessity on TP's part to add even more? Ansa: To either consciously or subconsciously cast yet one more dark cloud over the depiction of black men. A TP specialty.

Have you NOT noticed the upstanding black men in TP's films happen to be of a similar ilk: bronze matinee idols; caramel-skinned cats w/ curly/ str8 hair, who resemble models? It's always THEM who possess the moral fiber, charm, decency, backbone, the good christian ethic. Have you not noticed that 9 times out of
10, the no-good, violent, disturbed, crazy, abusive, slimy mofos ultimately have darker skin? Have you not picked up on this being a constant THEME in his films?

And who was the one male saving grace in FCG? The cop (not in the original text), played by a bronze-skinned Hill Harper.

As a black man, that OFFENDS me.


Note to TP: WORK IT OUT, bruh!

Whatever happened to a BALANCED reality? TP obviously considers himself an artist. Well, as an artist, then dammit, EVOLVE! It's part of the gig!

For all those who sing his praises even as they watch essentially the same story, w/ different faces repeatedly, there's a growing portion of us, not haters, but who note this disturbingly monolithic strain running throughout his narratives. It's those folks, myself included, who are saying: STOP bringing the same ole ish to the table (screen) & expect those of us who have eyes & a conscience to except these character assasinations as our TRUTH!

We are far more intelligent, have far more depth, are not ALL charter members of this sobbing school of negrohood that he depicts. Our spirits are far more expectant of something greater, larger, something more illuminating (from those who assign themselves to tell OUR stories), & we have far more colors than the dangerously limited ones he only chooses to show.


Ironic, the parts of FCG I took personal exception to, were the elements he himself chose to add...& thus, sadly, The Perryization of the African-American Male continues.


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benzbaby said...

this is a great post!

as I was reading it I was formulating my response. By the time I got to the end I could have written a book...

That first line is priceless!

Big Mark 243 said...

You did it again, Carey. Another read worth the time it takes to read and to absorb the information and a discussion worth being a part of.

Personally, I think that TP is just that, TP. He has succeed far beyond his talents but not his dreams and expectations. Now, I haven't and it is doubtful that I will see FCG, for subjective reasons that I won't trouble you with. Yet I still think that there is room for me to chime in about this topic.

One of the things about the African American identity is that it is in a constant state of flux. From non-human chattle, we can now look to an African-American President to see that societal advances we have made, collectively.

Do movies really define us to others? I don't think so, certainly not as much as in the 70's and the Blackplotation era. The kinds of things that define us as a people are closely related to the kind of things that define ALL people to one another. The struggle we have is our own insecurity.

The movies mentioned are more than films... they touch the rarefied are of pieces of art and therefore are representative of a larger world than the narrow one that 'our people' who are chastened by the charaterizations you mentioned here.

I will never forget what occured watching 'Antwone Fisher'. Sure, there were tears and I was in the Metro, so there were plenty of 'us' in the audience. What made the event memorable was that it was a WHITE WOMAN, for who the story must have meant so much to, who started the waterworks in the theater. Something in a BLACK MAN's story touched HER so deeply, that it was beyond the human element... it was personal.

I think that African Americans are the ones who don't want these stories told, because they may not be ready to blend into society. 'clink, clink' (my two cents!!)

CareyCarey said...

I am not worthy. I mean, this post has brought out the big hitters, and I might have my hands full. Check that, I do have my hands full.

Well, first, the highly respected Mr Holland flew in from Brazil. He's pretty good, he even threw in a few jabs at Obama and Oprah (I love both of them).

Then Ms, Ann came by to represent The Old Black Church. She loves Tyler's films and his christain message, but she said she doesn't like to see black naked booty running across her screen. She left the door open for the wordsmith Mr Moan.

That's one of my boys, so he stayed awhile. And man, he dropped a book.

Then the intelligent young man from Detroit came through the door to drop his wisdom. Big Mark is always a challenge. He brought a totally new perspective to the conversation.

Benzbaby said yawl made him speechless.

Now I am left to wonder how I address these Kings (and Queen) with pens and great minds?

Did I bite off more than I can chew?

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Cary:

I loved this post and thank you for writing it. In my book this topic was long overdue.

Reggie said...

Funny.....very funny!!!

I honestly don't care for the brother's movies. I respect his right to turn a coin, just like I respect anyone's right to do so and I wish him the best. I also wish he'd make better movies.

Still I respect your opinion, particularly since you always back up your opinions with at least some form of logic.

I'm gonna laugh at this post for at least an hour or so.

uglyblackjohn said...

Man...
I can't stand TP's movies - there is just nothing there for me.
I really don't care what others think of us I only care when many of US start to think that this behavior is acceptable and the norm.

I won't pay to see any of his films and I don't watch his television shows.
Why would I - I see enough ignorance in my daily life.

Traci Lavette said...

I appreciated this post/review very much. I actually saw the movie and before I went, I'd heard mostly good things about it. In fact, it was to the point that I was thinking "damn does EVERYBODY love this film?" It wasn't until I began visiting other people's blogs that I heard the bashing (for lack of a better word).

Personally, I related to the movie and at least one of the characters helped me to understand something that I'd dealt with in my past. Where I was never able to put it into words and just lived it, when she spoke it on the screen, it hit me.

All those women, collectively, symbolized one woman that could be ANY woman.

What I will say/am proud to say is that, we as Black women tend to tackle our shit head on and are unafraid of admitting and confronting issues...while 'other' women are quicker to take to the bottle, the pills, or simply give up. We are the shit! And he (Tyler) portrays that. This I can appreciate.

I don't think that it will get any type of Oscar nod, but if Kimberly Elise doesn't get one, I think I will have to write the Academy myself. She played that part flawlessly. I'll be so happy when they (Hollywood) stop sleeping on her!

CareyCarey said...

Maybe it's time for me to jump in and make something perfectly clear. For all of you that think the men are the targets in this movie, they are not. There's only one man that's really a villian. And, he's only in the movie for about five minutes. The other man was damaged. He returned from the war. He brought home his mental problems that the war created.

The movie centers on women that need to check THEIR game, and/or find themselves. They are the ones that are lost or out of control.

Homosexuality is introduced, but that's been approved and accepted by millions. So some of yawl need to re-check your thinking.

CareyCarey said...

@ Traci, THANK YOU!

Your comment brought it home. I believe many people listened to the misleading words of Tyler's haters, and consequently missed the point of this movie. It's about self-discovery.

"All those women, collectively, symbolized one woman that could be ANY woman"

Yep, I agree.

Solomon said...

You said it all right there Carey.

It sure is funny how Tyler's haters like to try and tell anyone that appreciates his films about the films and from the things I've heard said it is clear most of them have never even seen the film.

They just seem to hate him so much they will say and do anything to persuade others not to even bother buying a ticket because TP is full of sh!t.

Well I guess that's what haters do.

CareyCarey said...

My man Solomon, you don't "talk" a lot, but when you do, you say "a lot"

"most of them have never even seen the film... Well I guess that's what haters do"

That's exactly what haters do. They voice their opinion without any supporting evidence to backup their words.

One fool said this... "T.P. has again proven that he can take "Step&Fetchit" principles and make money in the 21st century"

It's obvious he didn't even see the movie. So it's time for me to hit him with my best shot... "Blow it out your ass! Yeah, that's what I said, find a clue and some toilet paper"

CareyCarey said...

@ Moanerplicity, your words were captivating. You caught the essence of this film... "FCG is essentially about the primal pain of love gone wrong & how that unifies others under the same umbrella of heartbreak, brought on by black men. I get it. For the most part it was a WOMAN'S tale"


but then, you walked over yourself...

"Those phantom/men were heartbreakers, NOT evil dark skinned demons, w/ no redeeming qualities. THAT's Perry's signature heavy-handedness"

Excuse me, but what "men" are you talking about? There was only one man that committed a crime. And he was only in the movie for 5 minutes. And who was looking at the color of their skin? Moan, that's some mess and you know it.

@ Francis L. Holland, I know you didn't say this... "I think we should all applaud Tyler Perry and Oprah for finding a way to tell their personal stories and make a heap of cash while doing so. These are two Black people turning their own family pathology into a lucrative franchise"

Francis, that's some more mess that you can't support! First, what does Oprah have to do with this, and how does FCG reflect Tyler's life? Give me a freakin break. Did you see the movie?!

@ Benzbaby, drop your book, I want to hear it, and I think others do too.

@ Big Mark, you gave me much to think about... "I think that African Americans are the ones who don't want these stories told, because they may not be ready to blend into society" Huuum...

@ Reggie, if you're done laughing, tell me what's so funny?

@ UglyblackJohn, would you please explain the following... "I only care when many of US start to think that this behavior is acceptable and the norm"

Excuse me UBJ, but didn't you say you have not seen the film? So what "behaviors" are you talking about? What should we NOT accept? Come on man, that's a porous opinion. And very faulty! You can do better than that.

@Ms Brock, check out the film, I think you will be pleasantly surprised.

@ Granny, THANKS. You're quietness surprises me?

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A.Smith said...

I take the same issue with critiques of his film based on "Why can't we ever be seen in a good light" way of thinking as I always do, plus one that's special for this movie.

1. We don't go support movies that show us in a good light. Otherwise, those movies would be on the big screen. You want more movies like that, go see those.

2. TP is telling someone's story. Just like with Precious -- that is someone's story and it is worth being told.

3. TP made a play into a movie. A woman wrote this play, she wrote the skeleton of what would become the movie, not Tyler. Critique his directing skills, his casting skills or his screenplay writing skills but don't critique the story.

4. Hating on a TP film just because TP is affiliated with it is so 2007. Stop it.

Loved your post, Carey. His film deserves some critiques for sure, but not just because some people don't like his earlier works. I tire, I do, of black folks thinking every movie with a predominantly black cast has to reflect their life's story. Would I like to see more stuff on TV and the movies that look more like what I've experienced? Hells yeah, but I will never knock someone else's story getting told because it happens to be different from mine.

Moanerplicity said...

Ummm... Carey,

I certainly hope you're lumping me in w/ the 'haters', as I went outta my way to state what was GOOD about the film, & had to actually DELETE (& redelete & keep on ON deleting) much of my comment in order to fit w/in this forum.

The point is, for anyone who has viewed TP films, to NOT see that bad/evil black men happen to be a recurring theme in them, I challenge you or anyone else to prove that to be a fallacy.


You wrote:

"Excuse me, but what "men" are you talking about? There was only one man that committed a crime."

Since I never used the word 'crime', should I take that to mean that you don't find beating up on women, or putting their lives in jeopardy (via your sexual exploits outside the marriage), as ill deeds? One can have a rotten- to-the-core character, an evil disposition, be completely integrity-free & honesty-free & still not be considered a 'criminal' by the legal definition.


Evil is as evil does.

Also, since in my elongated comment, I was speaking not only on this film, in particular, but the series of films TP has written, produced & directed, I stand by my opinion on the overall poisonous images he continues to project of black men.

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Anonymous said...

It also shows that many people don't READ. "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf" was a play written in the '70s by Ntozake Shange. The fact that its message still rings true today is only proof that we as a people need to stop blaming other cultures, stop acting like nothing's wrong and address this hot mess!

Traci Lavette said...

Just wanted to throw in a piece by Michael Ealy, on the topic of men's treatment in FCG:

"ESSENCE.com: You've expressed that you want to set the record straight about how Black men are portrayed in "For Colored Girls." What does setting the record straight mean?

MICHAEL EALY: I think that if you say this movie is male bashing, you're not looking at the bigger picture. Yeah there are some men with problems in the piece and if you did notice, yes, Hill Harper is one good man. But this is a play by women, by a woman. And it's not like Tyler [Perry] or anyone else wrote the script that had all these men with problems. In my opinion the bigger picture is that the issues that were applicable in the mid '70s when the play was on Broadway, are still plaguing our women and our children right now. The bigger issue is that the piece is timeless. And if you're a man who is handling your business then you know this doesn't apply to you. This isn't a film that showcases men; this is a film that showcases the triumph of our women."

uglyblackjohn said...

I check in on a group of elderly blind women most days. Most days each of them watches the judge shows or a Tyler perry movie.
I've seen most Tyler Perry movies at least ten times.

It doesn't matter that others limit us to these stereotypes - what matters is when we limit ourselves to them.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, i've seen some TP movies.... on BOOTLEG!I have never been able to stomach or sit through any of his films or shows full length.I no longer subject myself to such filth.

I hate cRap music and I hate all things Tyler Perry related for the same reason I hate and have always hated cRap.
Tyler Perry movies are the new cRap.
To the person that said we don't support positive movies about black people speak for your damn self!I got Akeelah and the Bee FROM THE STORE.There's also plenty of tv shows that have black castmembers who are shown in a positive light.Thankfully.


TP, not to be mistaken with Tyler Perry aka Mandea, as in that's a Man Dea!

Lil Bit said...

Carey Carey,
Preach on, my brother. In keeping things in context, All I have to say is, "IT'S ONLY A MOVIE".

cocolamala said...

why drive by the welfare office and identify black women standing outside with Tyler Perry characters? especially a despicable one like Precious' mother? collecting public assistance does not mean you are abusing your family members...that's why we meen a broad range of portrayals of african americans in mass media outlets. i don't think tyler perry is too strong on broad range though.

CareyCarey said...

Lil Bit, was I preaching *smile*

@ anon, come on man, show your face and lets talk alittle.

@ Traci, thanks for stopping back by, I used your last words @ another blog. Yep, I copied it.

@ Cocolamala, now that's an interesting name. Welcome, I don't believe we've met? How did you find my mumble abode?

I see you caught the reference to the women at the welfare office. That was exactly my point, just because someone is on assistance does not mean that are "bad" people. Thanks for stopping by and do come back.

Temple said...

CareyCarey--
Your OP is dated Oct. 8, 2011, but the comments are dated Nov. 2010 (just wanted to mention this as it caused me minor confusion).

Just want to say that I haven't yet seen the movie, but I did read the book when I was a very young & therefore naive woman making my way in a world very unlike my blessedly sheltered family & extended family background.

My father was forced by my step-mama to see this movie, "against his wishes & his determination to prove her wrong" (his words) he enjoyed it & recommended it to his kids. Which explains why I will be sure to view it ASAHP (as soon as humanly possible). But more immediately. I will send him your post & I know he will very much enjoy your thoughts.

CareyCarey said...

Hello Temple,

Sorry for the confusion. I very seldom write in my blog these days. I do however rotate certain posts that I believe are still relevant. The date changes when I do so.

I am pleased that you enjoyed this post and do pass it on b/c I am always open for further discussion. Btw, I am surprised that you've never seen the movie? Movies are one of my passions. Then again, if you're from the DC area maybe you have more thangs to do that better occupies your time.

GrannyStandingforTruth said...

Cary, I am so glad that you did a repeat of the post. As I said before, it was long overdue. Blacks should be glad that black man was able to rise from homelessness and become a success over night. Most importantly, Tyler Perry reached back and gave black actors that were unemployed a job and even gave new actors a break. Not only that,he makes people laugh and does have a good message in his plays and movies to inspire and uplift their spirit and in times like this people need that. Laughter is good medicine for the soul and there is healing in laughter. He has reached back and given to the community. How many other black folks out there have did that? What has Spike Lee done lately for the black community?

Anonymous said...

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