Hill Harper Is the Most Positive Black Man in America

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Only Harper could emerge from Tyler Perry's remix of For Colored Girls unscathed:


The male characters other than Hill Harper's police detective are all sick cartoons, existing only to perpetuate horrors on the women. In Perry's peculiar view, though, the women often collaborate in their victimhood. They invite the stranger into the home or let men stay when they clearly should go.

This dude is "Captain Save A Nubian Princess." All kidding aside, I just watched Why Did I Get Married last night, which is funny (if unintentionally) and entertaining. Tasha Smith was pretty awesome. Moreover, I think black folks have the right to escapism. I don't think it's Tyler Perry's fault that we don't have more Love Jones.

Still, it seems that Colored Girls would always need someone who could create compelling characters, and resolve story-telling problems. Like why a woman would get back-alley abortion. In 2010. In Manhattan. Not saying it doesn't happen ever, but the film would have to do the work of explaining why. That kind of nuts and bolts story-telling has never been Perry's strength. 

I guess I should add that the review isn't very kind.
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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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