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On “The Color Purple”

On “The Color Purple”

Post Series: For the Culture
  • 1.On “The Color Purple”

Our community viewed the new musical together.

                     Feel what you feel. Honor that. If it is only traumatic for you, acknowledge and address that. If you only see oppression and conspiracy plots, steer clear of it and sort through it in your private think tanks. You don’t want the listeners listening.
                     But, know there are many others of us that see the God in it and in everything as Alice Walker has taught us to do. We see wholeness on the other side of brokenness; restoration after depletion. We see the inexplicable power of Black womanhood and sisterhood and how it is a salve for every wound. We see the adolescence of the revolutionary act of Black love in this country and how it shaped and mended our communities when White supremacy works so hard to unravel us. We see the critical importance of griots and oral traditions, music and creators, and joy that cannot be robbed by man. We feel empowered, exuberant, seen, heard, felt, loved, embraced by “The Color Purple.”
                     We have our traumas too. We know what it means to be marred from marching in the trenches of trauma. This masterpiece, in its many forms, has been a guide to help us navigate through them. How do you forgive for your benefit alone? How do you love others without losing yourself? How do you create freedom in your mind and spirit in the midst of bondage? How do you heal and believe in the existence of God when you are writhing in the belly of despair? “The Color Purple” answers these queries for many of us.
                      The inevitability of the darkness of emotions is not only necessary, but fruitful according to this series of posthumous diaries. Out of pain, the birth of beauty springs. We don’t dance, sing, laugh, love, live like we do without a warrior’s wound. We stand pointe on the chasm between humor and horror. That’s how we laugh ourselves to tears and cry ourselves to peace. We’re all out here living and longing for It, and for some of us, the multi-woven tales of “The Color Purple” show us It’s within our frail grasps.
                       We recognize that our experience may not be the same for you, and we are not trying to project our sentiments onto you. So, we ask that you see that we exist too. We, the lovers of Black literature, womanist writers, and theater; we’re here and we are reveling in the divine beauty that is the color purple.

I created personalized gifts for each attendee to our community screening of “The Color Purple.”

                         Community: The collective coming together for the same purpose of elevating the members of it and all they impact.
Everywhere we live, we become a part of it or create it. Last night, we came together to celebrate Umoja and the beautiful cinematic masterpiece that has done more healing than harm for us present, and it was sensational. The conversations it sparked are still resonating with me.
Happy Color Purple Season and Happy Kwanzaa!
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