The cast of “The Color Purple” musical remake is celebrating the women from the original 1985 Oscar-nominated film.
Essence unveiled the cover shot by Mickalene Thomas in a celebratory Instagram post shared on Tuesday, October 17. They also noted the interview was conducted in May before the start of the ongoing SAG-AFTRA strike.
“This is what it looks like when you put sisterhood, talent, and joy in one room!” they captioned the post.
During the shoot, things got real when Oprah, who starred as Sofia in the original and executive produced the musical remake, asked the ladies “What would you say to the women who played your characters in the original 1985 cast of The Color Purple?”
“I would say thank you, Ms. Whoopi Goldberg, for not being afraid to play Celie. For being honest,” Fantasia said. “Thank you for paving the way for girls like myself.”
Taraji followed up with her personal message to Margaret Avery who played the iconic Shug Avery in the 1985 original.
“I would say to Margaret Avery: You taught me how to be sexy and how to see myself as a fully realized sexy woman,” Henson said.
“This industry can do a job on you and give you some insecurities. And when I found Ms. Shug Avery, she just made me feel like a woman. I was the one who always covered up. I didn’t feel right in my body. So to see this beautiful Black woman on the screen made me feel seen.”
H.E.R. shared a special ode to Rae Dawn Chong, the Canadian-American actress who introduced the role of Squeak in the original film.
“Ms. Rae Dawn Chong, thank you for giving me an opportunity to show myself,” H.E.R. said.
“A lot of people know me and my music, but they don’t really know me. They’re getting to see me: Who I am, having fun and feeling empowered.”
“I just want to thank you, Ms. Oprah, for surrendering to God and his plan for your life,” Brooks said. You have shown me how to do that.”
She continued. “Thank you for laying the blueprint for Sofia—because I know that she’s changed your life, and I can feel that mine is about to shift, too. Thank you for leaving space for me but also being there, to hold my hand and answer that phone call when I needed you. You have been such a light, such a beautiful soul.”
“The Color Purple” remake of the Tony Award-nominated Broadway musical hits theaters on Christmas Day.
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Source: Black Enterprise