Kyra Kyles on why Tyler Perry's 'For Colored Girls' is irking some audiences

November 12, 2010

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Kimberly Elise and Michael Ealy have an abusive relationship in 'For Colored Girls.'

Many folks have weighed in on "For Colored Girls" since it opened last week. The film has gotten its share of praise and director Tyler Perry seems well on his way to another box office success. But there has been lots of controversy over how the film depicts black men and conveys the original play’s feminist message.

 

Perry carries a lot of baggage to any film he makes and black audiences in particular are divided over whether his films provide good roles for black actors or traffic in harmful stereotypes.

To learn more about reaction to the film Eight Forty-Eight spoke to Kyra Kyles. Kyles is a columnist with The Chicago Tribune’s RedEye.  She writes "The Kyle Files," which examines issues through the prism of pop culture.