2. For Colored Girls
The Premise: Seven women in various stages of life and love all converge with each other in either their personal and professional lives and encounter life-changing experiences. Based on the Tony award winning choreopoem by Ntzoke Shange For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow was Enuf.
The Payoff: The all-star and severly underused in Hollywood black actress cast of Thandie Newton, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington Whoopi Goldberg and Phylicia Rashad make this movie moment completely worthwhile. And while for some this controversial movie adaptation directed by Tyler Perry was too down-trodden and joyless, had negative portrayals of black men and others found the switch from poetry monologues to Perry’s modern dialogue to jarring, For Colored Girls remains the media mogul’s best directorial effort to date.