My IT&LY Hairfashion experience was truly epic and amazing on many levels. Not only did I get to go to Vegas and enjoy the VIP experience, not only did I get my hair done by an award winning stylist…but I got to meet and interview and bond with some of the most incredibly accomplished hairstylists in the world.
Who is this wonderful man that I’m hugging? His name is Kenneth Walker – please click this link for his IMDB credentials.
Kenneth cut his teeth in the hairstyling business on the set of 227, when he was handpicked by Marla Gibbs. Since then he has found a place in Hollywood and works with some of our finest talents – he’s worked with Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Will Smith – he’s been hairstylist on films like The Pelican Brief, Philadelphia, Fallen, Antoine Fisher, Hostage, Ali, Hitch, Akeelah and the Bee, and his latest film, For Colored Girls, gave him the opportunity to work with Tyler Perry.
I’ve read so many negative things online about this film – and the criticism is based on the cast, the posters, the trailer and the fact that Tyler Perry directed this film. Some of the criticism has been amusing, some of it pointed, some of it predictable. I’ve mostly kept my opinions to myself, for two reasons.
#1 – I’m not a big fan of Tyler Perry’s style of comedy. I know many people who are, and many who absolutely can’t stand his stuff. I’m not at all mad at anyone who is a fan of his, but in general his films aren’t my cup of tea.
Also #2 – I can’t claim a longstanding deep historical connection with For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf – I grew up in Trinidad, so to be honest I am far more likely to have read a classic work of British or Caribbean literature, than many of the books you grew up reading and studying here. The way that I’m most familiar with Ntozake Shange’s work is through performances I’ve seen online of her poetry. So please also take that into consideration (and try not to judge me too harshly, please).
Having made that preface, I’m gonna go on the record right now as saying I plan to see For Colored Girls. And I gotta agree with Gina McCauley’s article for BV On Money there: “The most essential talent required to be a filmmaker is getting the film made. And Tyler Perry has that talent.” I admire his entrepreneural skill. I can’t knock the hustle.
I already was planning to support For Colored Girls at the box office, for the strength of this cast alone. And THEN – I interviewed Kenneth Walker, who is just a compelling conversationalist. Please watch this interview, where he elaborates about his opinions and experiences as someone who was actually there on the set, working with Tyler Perry, and touching the heads of every woman in the cast.
I got so caught up in the rapture I said YES to this lovely man, when he asked if I’d seen the play. I haven’t. But I will see the movie. And I hope it does well at the box office.
My memory card became suddenly full in the middle of interviewing Kenneth, so this is just part one of the interview, expect more clips soon! – but our conversation went on. And he continued to say about this film he was so proud to work on, “I pray that people will be open enough to embrace it and see that this is what is happening right now.”
What are your thoughts? Will you see For Colored Girls? Or not?