Fantasia Barrino on Healing, Celie and THE COLOR PURPLE – Bonnie Laufer interviews

The latest version of The Color Purple to hit the big screen is based on the stage musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. The story involves the traumatic struggles of a young African American woman living in the South during the early 1900s. The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, and Fantasia Barrino in her film debut as the lead character, Celie. Bonnie Laufer caught up with Fantasia Barrino to talk about her big screen debut and how it differs from the stage performance.

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BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER – Review by Martha K Baker

“Barbara Lee speaks for me!” That’s the chant that resounds at Lee’s rallies. Her constituents in California’s 13th District, covering Berkeley and Oakland, support her because she supports them. As Van Jones says in this finely filmed biodoc, “She’s not a normal politician: she helps people who need help, not who can help her.”

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BARBARA LEE: SPEAKING TRUTH TO POWER – Review by Lois Alter Mark

This documentary about Barbara Lee, the highest ranking Black woman in Congress, is so inspiring, I -expect a future President of the US to one day say she was motivated to run for office after watching it. Directed by Abby Ginzberg, the film features an eclectic group of celebrities, including Danny Glover, Van Jones, Alice Walker, and politicians from the late John Lewis to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Cory Booker, all singing the praises of the California Congresswoman who has been fighting for racial and economic justice for more than two decades.

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