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The Color Purple

Young Celie, Desreta Jackson Says Colorism Made Her Leave Hollywood After ‘The Color Purple’

The Grio | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices

Desreta Jackson is best known for playing the young version of Celie Johnson, opposite Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey in Steven Spi...

Happy 60th birthday, Whoopi Goldberg! Our Favorite Quotes from the Actress

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

On November 13th, Whoopi Goldberg turned 60. The actress, producer and The View co-host got her first Oscar nomination when she made her film debut in The Color Purple. And she's one of those rare people to have won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, Daytime Emmy, Grammy and a Tony.

Becoming Shug Avery: How Jennifer Hudson Stepped Into A Role She Never Imagined | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices

Jennifer Hudson is already an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner.  But now she's gunning for a Tony Award.  Entertainment journali...

Alice Walker Dishes On Broadway Revival Of 'The Color Purple'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.02.2015 | Black Voices

This month, Alice Walker's classic 1982 novel, "The Color Purple," will once again make its way to the Broadway stage, this time directed by Tony win...

Will Diversity on Broadway Attract New Audiences?

Victor Legrá | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Victor Legrá

Diversity on stage will give people of different backgrounds a reason to explore forms of entertainment new to them. Audiences want to relate to characters that look and sound like them.

"WeHo Reads: Banned Books" Brings Together Literature, Art and Film

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

When the left and right agree on something, it's time to realize that books, art and ideas, even if we disagree with them, are vital to our growth as individuals and as a society.

Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along -- a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant.

Banning Books in the 21st Century

Steven Petite | Posted 05.07.2015 | Books
Steven Petite

Literature is a wonderful and integral part of the human experience. Books have the power to teach us about ourselves and the world around us. They can open up doors to new ideas, new outlooks, and fresh experiences.

Banning Books Doesn't Work

Carl Fillichio | Posted 11.26.2014 | Books
Carl Fillichio

Although attempts to ban books are very disappointing, the reasons behind why people have tried to do so are worth exploring and create an excellent starting point for discussion and debate among readers.

From Biz Markie to Buzz Aldrin, Featuring Betty Who and LaToya London: My Crazy Week

Elizabeth Ann Thompson | Posted 09.26.2014 | Black Voices
Elizabeth Ann Thompson

My week started out on Sunday with a hundred mile drive from Monterey, California to San Francisco to participate in the AIDS Walk.

Boston LGBTQ Communities Divided on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Irene Monroe | Posted 09.27.2014 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

At a recent protest rally on the streets of Boston, just one of many that I've seen personally, watched on TV and read about, members of our community went at each other's throats, demonstrating not only how we're not monolithic when it comes to passion and politics but how LGBTQs are inextricably tied to world events.

Hit Songwriter Allee Willis Celebrates Her Life & Music in Badeya, Baby!

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.02.2013 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Grammy winning songwriting machine, Allee Willis, composer of dozens of musical favorites spanning nearly 40 years of pop culture will be performing her acclaimed multi-media, hit-packed spectacular, Badeya, Baby! for two nights.

WATCH: The Bane of Banned Books

Bill Moyers | Posted 12.01.2012 | Books
Bill Moyers

Even in this modern day and age, some folks in communities across America are saying: "No. That Book ISN'T For You" and for reasons that have nothing to do with the community, the school, or the reader -- and everything to do with prejudice.

America America: Conversations With BeBe Winans and Al Jarreau, Plus "Ask Renman"

Mike Ragogna | Posted 09.04.2012 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna


Alice Walker Won't Allow Hebrew Translation Of 'Color Purple'

Posted 06.19.2012 | Books

Alice Walker is protesting Israel's treatment of the Palestinians by refusing permission for an Israeli publisher to translate her most famous book, "...

Remembering Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple

Sheril Antonio | Posted 05.15.2012 | Entertainment
Sheril Antonio

While I am not usually nostalgic about the past, nor am I prone to "the-good-old-days" talk there is something important about The Color Purple and the decades that would follow its release.

The Oscars, Once Again, Leave Blacks the Color Purple

Brian Ross | Posted 05.01.2012 | Black Voices
Brian Ross

The Oscars are known for many odd customs and bits of superstition, but American Blacks best know the Color Purple Curse. Viola Davis was upset by the veteran Meryl Streep at the Oscars, even though Davis had won the Screen Actors Guild award days earlier.

George Lucas vs. Hollywood Racism: Who Will Prevail?

Christian Piatt | Posted 03.13.2012 | Entertainment
Christian Piatt

Lucas himself noted that this was perhaps the first major "all black action film" ever made. He pointed out that few with African Americans playing all major roles ever made it to wide distribution, save for the frugally produced work of Tyler Perry.

'The Color Purple' Released As eBook

AP | By HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.20.2011 | Black Voices

NEW YORK -- Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1983 and still a widely taught and talked about novel, is finally coming out...

`The Color Purple' Released As An E-Book

AP | HILLEL ITALIE | Posted 11.20.2011 | Black Voices

NEW YORK — Alice Walker's "The Color Purple," a Pulitzer Prize winner in 1983 and still a widely taught and talked about novel, is finally coming ou...

Alice Walker: Israel And America Are Terrorist States

Foreign Policy | Posted 08.24.2011 | Books

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker will join the flotilla of ships next week that will try to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Str...

Is Oprah Headed To Broadway?

The Theater Loop | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts

Oprah Winfrey has long said she would love to return to acting. But as her iconic, Chicago-based talk show approaches its final episode, Winfrey clear...

Tribute to Whoopi Goldberg and African-American Actors -- Why We Need Black and Women's History Months

Beverly Wettenstein | Posted 06.11.2011 | Media
Beverly Wettenstein

I was appalled by the Academy's egregious "oversight," omitting Goldberg from their Oscars retrospective. For the record, she has appeared in over 50 films.

Why Isn't the Oprah Winfrey Network More Diverse?

Cocoa Popps | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Cocoa Popps

Winfrey, you have won. So let us all enjoy your victory by providing programming that reflects and respects the ethnic diversity of the world in which we live.

Please Don't Feed the Narcissist: The Fantasia Barrino Follies

Melody Breyer-Grell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Melody Breyer-Grell

Here I am, writing another piece regarding an American Idol spawn, and hating myself for it.