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J’Nara Corbin Guest Blogging: Somewhere Over The Rainbow

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 3:25 pm.

Poetry is my second language. Prior to moving to New York, I had the pleasure of performing spoken word at Fuzzy Wednesdays, an open mic night in my hometown in Virginia. I was living my own personal version of Love Jones, all while trying to get my hands on anything written by my poetic sheroes. My introduction to Ntozake Shange was met with mild hesitation. I had heard nothing but praise for Colored Girls; however, seeing the word “suicide” in the title was quite daunting. My sheroes didn’t use words like suicide! They all would surely side with Chris Rock’s comedic satire: “If you haven’t contemplated murder, you ain’t been in love!” But, challenging myself, I began reading the tales of the rainbow and officially bowed down to Shange’s genius.

Once I heard word of Tyler Perry heading up to Harlem this past summer to shoot the exterior scenes for the film adaptation of For Colored Girls, I knew it would be a must-see flick. The movie is in theaters tomorrow, but I had a chance to get an advanced sneak peek a few weeks back. Just a few seats away was Sherri Shepherd of The View!

I was fully engrossed in the emotional commotion onscreen and the shameless sobs coming from Sherri. I wish I could remember all of the rhymes that pointed out pearls of wisdom wrapped in poetry. I do remember finally allowing my tears to fall freely while listening to Loretta Devine recite the line, “After you put my heart in the bottom of your shoe, you just walked back to where you hurt…and I didn’t have nothing.” I have been there and don’t plan on going back!

The real place to be was at the Lehmann Maupin Gallery for Tim Palen’s Living Portraits Exhibit. Janet Jackson played hostess with other ladies in the building including Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine and Thandie Newton. I stood in awe surrounded by “superstars” that simply gathered as a newfound family, openly welcoming newcomers such as myself.

The conversations continued the next day during the press conference. You couldn’t help but feel the pride Tyler Perry held for the actors. Whether they played victim or villain, the reward was a red carpet premiere at the Ziegfeld Theatre and a party at the Plaza! Now, there ain’t no party like a Tyler Perry party — if you don’t believe me, feel free to ask Chris Tucker, Sugar Shane Mosley, Niecy Nash, Estelle, Macy Gray or any of the countless celebs who were in the building.

All of the mixing, mingling, and media duties meshed together in a brilliant blur that left me with an even clearer picture of my future. One woman’s decision to write exquisite words that eventually became For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf is still inspiring girls of color over 30 years later. I now see that dreams may be lived out loud and revered in vivid multicolor. The sky is the limit and my rainbow will be seen in all its splendor.

For Colored Girls is in theatres tomorrow.

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EXCLUSIVE: New Pics of ‘For Colored Girls’

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 12:00 am. got an exclusive look at the latest images from Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, which is in theaters Friday, November 5th. The film is based on the iconic 1974 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.

The movie is directed and written by Tyler Perry with a powerhouse cast that includes Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington and Macy Gray. It’s one of the biggest cast of Black actresses since Oprah Winfrey’s Women of Brewster Place in 1989.

Check out the exclusive images below!

Thandie Newton as Tangie, a role that was originally for Mariah Carey.

Oscar-winner Whoopi Goldberg as Alice, a religious woman and the mother of Thandie Newton’s character.

The legendary Janet Jackson as Jo.

Are you excited to see For Colored Girls?

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‘For Colored Girls’ Trailer

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, September 17, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Tyler Perry is pumping out a movie a year, but his next film is probably the most anticipated. For Colored Girls is officially in theaters November 5th and the trailer hit the web. In case you don’t already know, the For Colored Girls cast includes Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson and Thandie Newton.

Check out the trailer!

Are you looking forward to For Colored Girls?

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This Day in Film: Poetic Justice

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, July 23, 2010 at 9:26 am.

Exactly 17 years ago today, Poetic Justice opened in theaters nationwide.  At the time, urban dramas were all the rage due to films like John Singleton’s Boyz N The Hood Poetic Justice was Singleton’s first movie since the Oscar-nominated blockbuster and this time he was armed with some celebrity heavyweights – Janet Jackson and 2Pac.

Janet played a poet named Justice, who was struggling with grief when she comes across a cocky post office clerk named Lucky. Soon, she is on a ride up the Cali coast with his best friend and her best friend, played by the true standout in the film, Regina King.

Poetic Justice was picked apart by critics, but it still ended up grossing over $27 million at the box office and received an Oscar nod for Best Original Song for Janet’s “Again.”

Check out the clip below of 2Pac talking about Poetic Justice.

2PAC – Behind the Scenes – Poetic Justice
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Movie Review: Why Did I Get Married Too?

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 at 11:45 am.

whydidigetmarriedSummary: Four married couples reunite in the Bahamas for their annual retreat. In true Tyler Perry style, comical and over-the-top drama ensues, forcing the couples to examine their relationships.

Review: Sequels for romantic comedies are as risky as sequels for horror films. If the chemistry works the first time, it’s hard to match it twice, especially in films where every possible plot line has been squeezed out of the genre. Tyler Perry’s first Why Did I Get Married? is critically his best film. While Why Did I Get Married Too? shows progression in his work, the movie does not equal the wit and cohesiveness as the first.

What’s missing most in Married Too? is the polish of the 2007 version. The structure of the original, regardless of complaints from critics, helped move the film forward with sharp commentary on love. This time around, Perry relies on lengthy improvised scenes that seemed misplaced and at times poorly shot. Perry is attempting to create a family-like intimacy, but several scenes resembled rehearsal footage.

A signature of Perry’s work is several plots packed into one movie. Here, we have financial issues, emotional cheating, verbal abuse, cell phone drama, cancer, divorce, death and more. By the end, some of the premises are completely dropped or tied up with one or two closing lines. Some trimming of the script, especially for a movie that clocked in at two hours, would’ve made Married Too? a much more solid movie, driving home the central point, which is the resiliency of love and wanting to make a relationship work.

Acting-wise, Janet Jackson proves again she does have the chops (the emotional scene with Janet crying on the steps and the three other girls consoling her, tops anything in a Sex and the City movie), but I would like to see her skills in a better script.  Jill Scott, Malik Yoba, Sharon Leal, Tasha Smith (sometimes her boisterous hollering didn’t translate as well in this sequel, but Smith’s charisma is still infectious) and the rest of the cast clearly gave their best, but that wow factor just didn’t happen for the characters in 2010.

Regardless, there are several moments in the film. There are laughs, some thought-provoking lines, you are entertained more than you are not — and Cicely Tyson.  Any reason to see her on screen is worth it.

Perry doesn’t pander to critics. His intent is to make positive films about Black family life without violence, sex, or drugs. Some filmmakers like to push buttons and make the earth move, like a Spike Lee or Lee Daniels. Perry’s morals and values, regardless of art, will always come first.

Why Did I Get Married Too? is in theaters now.

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‘Why Did I Get Married 3′?

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, April 12, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Why-Did-I-Get-Married-TooWhy Did I Get Married Too? has only been in the theaters for a couple weeks and there is already talk of third installment.  Tasha Smith, who played the boisterous Angela, told that there is a strong possibility for Janet Jackson, Jill Scott and Tasha to reunite.

“I know that Tyler said that he feels that there’s one more in there. And, you know, knowing the ending… It would be great to get an opportunity to talk about these characters and play them again. I don’t know anything about ‘3,’ though. Tyler hasn’t given me any clue as to where he could go. I just hope he does it in Paris!”

Why Did I Get Married T00? has already grossed over 48 million dollars at the box office.

Would you want to see a third installment?


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Jackson Talks Perry’s Help During Grief

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 10:03 am.

janetjackson_tylerperryTyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? is in theaters this Friday.  During the press rounds yesterday, Tyler Perry and the legendary Janet Jackson spoke to Meredith Viera on The Today Show.  In the interview, Jackson says Perry was one of the first people to call her when her brother, Michael Jackson, died.  He even postponed production on the film.

In the movie, Jackson is definitely channeling some heavy emotions.  Check out the interview below and a clip from the movie.

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‘Why Did I Get Married Too?’ Trailer

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, November 12, 2009 at 1:35 am.


Why Did Get Married Too? doesn’t hit theaters until April, but the teaser trailer has made its way to the internet. The original cast is back, including Janet Jackson for her NAACP Image Award winning role as Patricia Agnew.

Check out the trailer!

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Keyshia Cole in Tyler Perry film?

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 12:00 am.

keyshiacoleRumor has it Keyshia Cole might have a role in Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? starring Janet Jackson. Some sites are reporting that Cole is playing the role of Jada in the movie.  Why Did I Get Married Too? is due in theaters April 2010.

In other news, Janet Jackson officially has a Twitter account and although she only has two tweets, she did mention she just wrapped filming on Why Did I Get Married Too? Her account read: ‘I just finished working on the film, ‘Why Did I Get Married Too.’ I’m looking forward to getting started on my new album!’

2010 just might be the comeback year for Janet Jackson.  Last year there were some troubles with her tour, her record label and then there was the death of her brother, the late-great Michael Jackson.  We look forward to a Janet comeback!

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The Michael Jackson Movie

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 12:00 am.

A biopic about Michael Jackson is a Hollywood must.  The potential film has A-list and Oscar written all over it.  The story of the pop icon is full of highs, lows, success, drama and a climatic ending.  Well, of course we need a cast and here is what I propose for the MJ story — I am sure the movie is already in the works and Steven Spielberg is trying to buy the rights!

Young Michael Jackson: Tristan Wilds
tristanmichaelTristan has made a name for himself in movies like The Secret Life of Bees and his role on 90210. Wilds could capture the essence of an ethnic Michael on the rise, battling insecurities and achieving incredible success.

Older Michael Jackson: Evan RossrossjacksonWho else? Ross can act and he has personal experience with the King of Pop. Plus, there is an uncanny resemblance to Michael post the Bad era. Fans could trust Ross to not sensationalize Michael’s memory, but still be authentic.

Lisa Marie Presley: Megan Fox


The current Hollywood “it” girl, Fox has the look and sass to play the rock ‘n roll princess, Lisa Marie Presley. Presley was Jackson’s ex-wife and often talked about how she wanted to save Michael.

Janet Jackson: Zoe Saldana
janetzoeSaldana is an excellent actress; give her a script and she can make it work. I’d love to see her as another iconic figure, Janet Jackson, who has made a name for herself outside of her brother’s name.  She has the look, sex appeal and compassion to play the youngest Jackson.

La Toya Jackson: Mariah Carey
marialatoyaCarey has proven herself as a good actress with the upcoming Precious and she is even doing drag in her new video. I could easily see Carey as the controversial La Toya, who always wanted to be a star but fell short of the glory.

Katherine Jackson: Oprah Winfrey


You might’ve forgot this but Oprah is an Oscar nominee and she can act. If you don’t believe me add The Color Purple or Women of Brewster Place to your Nextflix ASAP. Winfrey could wrap herself in the compassion that makes up Mother Jackson — although the Grand O would have to tone down that slave accent. You know she loves to do that in all her films!

Jermaine Jackson: Jamie Foxx
jermainejamieJamie would need to be in this movie in some capacity and I see him as Jermaine, who has always stepped up in controversy. He has been the family spokesman in the hardest times and has battled the media when they have torn his family to pieces.

Joe Jackson: Ving Rhames
vingjoeLike many people, Michael had a complex relationship with his father. The King of Pop revealed there was child abuse, but he would later resolve his relationship with his father and often talked about how much he loved him.  Rhames would give a respectable performance as Joe Jackson.

Debbie Rowe: Rosie O’Donnell
rosieroweMichael’s baby mama should be played by none other than Rosie O’Donnell.  Slap a wig on Ro and you got Debbie Rowe!

Who would you like to see in a movie about Michael Jackson?

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