The mission of The Department of Afro-American Research Arts and Culture to identify the global significance of the creative contributions pioneered by an international diaspora of Blackness
The Department of Afro American Research, Arts, and Culture's Archive is a subdivision of DAARAC that digitally preserves Afro American films. On this website, you may browse our archive that consists of film posters, screenshots, and movie synopsis. All information provided here is for research and reference purposes. We do not host full-length films on this website.

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Sunday, May 14, 2023

For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf (1982, TV Movie)

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf" (1982) was a Broadway play aired on PBS and originally premiered in 1976 as a theatre piece by the playwriter Ntozake Shange. The stageplay's style is a "choreopoem," a form of dramatic expression combining poetry, dance, music, and song. Shange tells the story of several black women's experiences in a world where they must deal with many adversities while understanding their inner selves. Each monologue is unique for the women's expressing their truths. Some topics include maternity, sexuality, abortion, abuse, trauma, love, relationships, and sisterhood.

The play stars an incredible cast of actresses, which include Ntozake Shange, Lynn Whitfield, Alfred Woodard, Carol Maillard, Crystal Lilly, Laurie Carlos, and Trazana Beverley. At the time, most of these actresses were primarily in theatre. Woodard was the only one of the few with previous experience in film and television.

Overall this film offers an emotional experience of tough topics are many black women experience worldwide. 

Director: Oz Scott
Writer: Ntozake Shange

Starring Ntozake Shange, Lynn Whitfield, Alfred Woodard, Carol Maillard, Crystal Lilly, Laurie Carlos, Trazana Beverley, Roger Hill, Sarita Allen, Gregory T. Daniel, Charles Weldon, Brent Jennings

This explosive, vivid "choreopoem" illuminates the story and struggle of black women in America. The seven women share their exuberance for life and their ability to begin again, no matter how ridiculous the odds.