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Janet Jackson: 'For Colored Girls' Premiere!

Janet Jackson: 'For Colored Girls' Premiere!

Janet Jackson (in Haider Ackermann) comes out to support the premiere of For Colored Girls at the Ziegfeld Theatre on Monday (October 25) in New York City.

The 44-year-old actress stars as one of the characters represented in a collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular. The other women include Loretta Devine, Kerry Washington, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, and many others.

“I wanted this to be my career … I’m finally living out my childhood dream,” Janet told ET about the start of her acting career.

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# 1

She was on Good Times, Different Strokes and Fame so this really isn’t the start of her acting career! Either way I have always loved her smile. I will be going to see For Colored Girls when it comes out.

# 2

that’s a racist title.

# 3

Love Janet! Beautiful!

# 4

Janet looks beautiful, it’s nice that she took her nephew austin with her.

# 5

Love her hair. Her neck looks very old. Her face is a botoxed wonder.

# 6

Damd good actress, I always thought she was going to miss her calling singing to me was not herthing.

# 7

love her hair, that whole look.

# 8

@ okay

how is it a racist title?…the play is called “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow was enuf”! It was TOO long Tyler Perry made it short!

Besides movies have practically a 95% white cast!…why are u complaining about the title! I see white people on TV everyday in commercials, ad’s, movies, tv shows etc.

Minorties are NOT popular!!!

# 9
karen white @ 10/26/2010 at 7:53 pm

LOVE JANET JACKSON, SHE IS A WONDERFUL ACTRESS, BACK IN GAME, GO GET THEM JANET, LOVE HER STYLE

@saw it: I have to partly disagree with you and agree with “okay” commenter. The title by itself “For coloured girls” without the context given, imeediately suggests segregation. It initially appears as if the film is only for African American women, which just puts up barriers and is disencouraging and wards off other races. Just imagine the backlash if a film was created with the title “For white girls”. It would not be accepted, it would imeediately be seen as racist. You have to look at it from two perspectives and cannot afford to cast judgement with double standards.
This is coming from someone of Afro-Carribean descent.

The short hair does nothing for her. She’s no Halle and her face is too big for that extreme cut.

I guess no one takes Literature classes in college anymore. For Colored Girls is the quintessential play about black women written by a black woman. It is a revolutionary piece of fiction and one of the most famous plays ever written. You cannot change the title. That would be like changing the title of “Romeo and Juliet”. It is a classic play. I am fearful that Tyler Perry may ruin it but we’ll see. Janet looks great.

The reason they called it “For Colored Girls” only is because this became the “nickname of the play. No one bothered to refer to the long name because all you had to do was say the first 3 words in literary circles and everyone knew what you were referring to. It is a brilliant idea. It’s like Oprah. No one uses her last name anymore. Just Oprah. It has become part of a mass consciousness. Literature. Read up on it people. Hello?

@crystal:
I know right! And Austin is so cute! I can’t wait for his album to come out. Austin Brown FTW!

@Ms Bar Jolie Gaga:

I agree. No one reads anymore. No sense of history. No sense.

She looks absolutely beautiful!! Flawless.

Too many Tyler movies with the same actors and depressing drama. This seems to be just another one. The only character I ever liked was Madea. But this title is just racist. He couldn’t clean it up even if it is from a play or poem or book. This is just getting crazy. I’m Dominican/African and I can see it’s just not right. I’m just getting tired of the segragation and if your black watch this and if your mexican listen to this or white do this. Stop making **** for groups of people and make it for everyone. You might be making that small group of people feel closer to each other but your making everyone else outcast them. Just stop the hate!

bananagirl @ 11/01/2010 at 8:11 pm

@shalenda:
I have to agree with Shalenda. (Madea is hilarious!) But seriously, just stop the hate.

I am a elementary teacher. I my class I have children of 3-4 different races. They don’t care what color everyone else is. They just enjoy each other. Is equality really so bad? Do we have to pass the negatives of our cultural past onto our children? Do we want them to bring into the future what so many have tried to put into the past?

I agree with @stranger in Tokyo, if the title had been “For White Girls” there would have been all kinds of backlash from any group that isn’t white. I understand that is part of the title of the play, but many things are changed and adapted for the big screen. You would think that they would have changed the titles. But no one is making us go see this movie, and I as a white woman am somewhat intrigued by the previews, but am a little put off by the title. I’m not saying I will or won’t see the movie, I just feel like the movie was not intended for myself.

B2Cautious @ 11/06/2010 at 4:58 pm

Wow! It always amazes me the comments that people write. I agree with some of the comments, disagree with others and simply is amazed by the comments regarding racism. As a Black Woman, I know the history of the story as I not only have experienced first hand a lot of what is depicted in the original play and now the movie, I also remembered what was going on in the world when the play was written. The play was printed in 1975 (yes, I have the book in my lap as I am typing this).

Although written over 35 years ago, a lot of what is depicted in the movie based on the book is still applicable today. Racism for African Americans appears to have improved only in the sense that it is now more covert. I personally would prefer to know my enemy and that he/she doesn’t like me than to pretend they do openly and then bash me behind close doors.

Like several of the comments, please take not only a literature class, but also take a multi-cultural pluralism class and hopefully you will learn first hand more about AFrican American history and you will learn about your own in the process.

Yes Janet Jackson is beautiful (with long hair, short hair or no hair) so don’t hate learn to appreciate! Madea in my opinion is always way over the top.

just a thought @ 11/08/2010 at 9:11 am

@Stranger in Tokyo: First, review your thoughts before posting to make sure they are coherent. Second, have your every heard of the movie “Single White Female”? How many viewers were turned off because of the title. I wasn’t and I am not white. Movies are for entertainment, not for being politically correct.

Single White Female refers to one person, who one would assume the story is about.

For Colored Girls implies that this movie is for black women only.

I have Bachelor’s Degree in English, and I’ve never heard of this play before. I’m not saying that because I have the degree I should know everything that is important in the literary world, I’m far from it. But what I am saying is that there are a lot of people who have never heard of this play.

I honestly was turned off from it, and angered by the double standard that this title allows. (As someone pointed out earlier, a title of “For White Women” would cause outrage.) I actually was so angry that I just googled the title, and found this thread. So I am glad to see there is some historical basis for the title. That said, I think it was foolish for Perry to name the movie this way. Had I not done the work to google this, I would not have learned he wasn’t a racist, marketing movies only to black women.

I have to wonder if they did no market research on the title. They had to realize the title would be offensive in this day and age.

when i first heard of the title i was a bit turned off from it for some of the same reasons that were expressed, the whole racial thing(i am black mind you). however, i got some reviews from friends of mine who saw the movie and decided to watch it to determine for myself what the movie was about and whether the title was justified.

i think now that the title of the movie speaks in no way and should not i n any way form or fashion cause racial tensions as the movie was an adaptation of a book which if the title was changed the essence of what the book means and spoke about would be lost. what other name should they have called it? really?

also, the issues portrayed in the movie are meant to be race specific, although other races do suffer the same kind of situations.

i think that in the world today for people to see a movie title and be turned off becasue it has a racial slant is ridiculous and does show that in the many years since the great racial divide has been done away with that there are still persons out there who subscribe to this racial division.

for the information of those who subscribe to the statement taht they should have used another name for the movie, i must bring to your attention the fact that in today’s society, yes 2010, the cast of most mainstream television shoes are predominantly white, the issues addressed are predominantly white and most times when black or colored persons are used in those programmes they are mostly depicted in a negative light with maybe one or two colored persons actually breaking the mold so to speak.

as well, soap operas, the popular ones and even the not so popular ones are based on middle to upper class family atrusctures and there are hardly any if any at all colored persons in this circle. but i still watched them because i enjoyed them and never did i once dwell onthe fact that colored persons are rarely portrayed in a positive light on mainstream television.

it is high time that we forget the race thing and understand that we all have blood in our veins that is red and that the same things that affect one race will also affect another.

i do apologise for the typos in the above comment. i was typing while also having lunch so some letters got into words that obviously didn’t belong.

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