Nichelle Nichols inspires Whoopi Goldberg to become an actress because she was the first black woman Whoopi’d ever seen on tv that wasn’t playing a maid.
Whoopi gets her career launched by starring in The Color Purple.
Lupita Nyong’o was inspired to become an actress after watching The Color Purple because she was finally watching a film with people who looked like her.
So just to be clear, An African communications officer (who Nichelle never would’ve played if not for MLKJ encouraging her about representation) inspired the lead actress in the best black film of all time (which was based off a book written by a black womanist) where the women carried the weight of the film, which led to an African actress to get the role in a high profile film, directed, written by and starring black folk before even graduating school and now has the most nominations I’ve ever seen from someone so inexperienced.
But by all means, keep making racist powerpoints about how representation has no affect on anyone just because you don’t see color.
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"It just shows you how important it is represent everyone in our profession." (x)
in the latest installment of ‘when epic shows happen while nuri is not in town,’ a new interpretation of the color purple is playing in my old neighborhood in london. whyyyyyyyyy. rumblings are starting about a larger run possibly on broadway and/or the west end, and while i hope both happen, my fingers are crossed a little harder for the west end. sometime during 2014.
Yo, I can’t even quantify the depth of my Sofia feels.
The Color Purple | 1985
i bought this gorgeous product of literary genius a few weeks ago at the massive going-out-of-business sale borders is having. i meant to snap some pics and share awhile ago, but every time i went to do it, i’d end up just staring. maybe it’s just me - and the fact that the color purple has been my favorite book since i was too young to understand it all - but i think this thing is gorgeous. i didn’t even know a reprint had been done of it. i cherish all of my books, hard cover and softback, biography to comic, dog-eared to pristine, but this one just somersaulted onto the top of my list. i’m reminded of treasure every time i glance at it. i just, i approve on so many levels. i get the chance to ogle at beautiful design, revisit my favorite yet again (just started a reread today) and finally get around to reading the temple of my familiar. all for an affordable price.
"If it is true that it is what we run from that chases us, then The Color Purple (this color that is always a surprise but is everywhere in nature) is the book that ran me down while I sat with my back to it in a field. Without the Great Mystery’s word coming from any Sunday sermon or through any human mouth, there I heard and saw it moving in beauty across the grassy hills.” ~ Alice Walker, Preface
cover design by michaela sullivan.
cover art by ray fenwick.