Mary the Borderstan Movie Fan’s column on movies runs every two weeks. Mary Burgan is a retired professor of English and association executive. Her previous reviews are listed at the end of this post. You can contact Mary by email.
I went to see For Colored Girls partly because I had been wondering about the films of Tyler Perry. An African-American friend from my church choir got so carried away praising his movies to me last summer that I resolved to investigate them.
I saw his posters at theaters. And when I went to the Cineplex, I noticed lots of black customers at the ticket counter, and I realized that they were going to the latest Tyler Perry film.
Meanwhile, in the auditoriums where I was heading to see the latest George Clooney or Meryl Streep flick, there were hardly any African-Americans in the audience. My choir friend made me see that despite all our efforts toward diversity in America, we tend to segregate ourselves as movie audiences.
Tyler Perry is one of the most prolific and popular film-makers in the country, but very few white people know about his movies.