“The Color Purple” opens on Broadway tomorrow night! Starring Jennifer Hudson as “Shug Avery,” the all around female entertainer performed a segment of the show, on “The Late Show” after taking the couch with Stephen Colbert on Monday night.
Noted author and scholar Ethel Morgan Smith sat down with the Museum Of UnCut Funk and shared her thoughts on some of the greatest female writers during the Black Arts Movement and her personal stories growing up in the South and living and studying in Germany. Smith captures her experiences in her self published books From Whence Cometh My Help: The African American Community at Hollins College and Reflections of the Other: Being Black in Germany. Our interview with Ethel is below. Thank you Ethel.
To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the original publication and to herald its place as a seminal work in the American literary tradition, The Jerome L. Greene Performance Space at WNYC and WQXR presented a multiplatform exploration of the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God.
It’s hard to fathom that The Color Purple is 30 years old already. I read the book in my Black literature class in college. I have watched the movie so many times that I can recite all of the lines by heart…like many Black women can and do every time. I saw the broadway play three times. I can’t think of another piece of work that has made me cry, over and over again, across multiple formats. Here are some comments from Alice Walker on the 30th anniversary of The Color Purple.