Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I don't know about you ...

... but I'm so proud of the awesome cast for "A Raisin in the Sun." They all did an outstanding job. I trust all of you have seen the black and white version starring Sidney Poiter and Ruby Dee. If you haven't make it a Blockbuster weekend and I guarantee you won't regret it.
The play was written by Lorraine Hansberry and based on the Langston Hughes poem, "A Dream Deferred." It's the story of Walter Lee Younger, a colored man who works as a chauffeur, his wife Ruth who works as a domestic, his mother Lena who is also a domestic, his sister Beneatha a college student and his son Travis.
It is a great story of struggle and perseverance and above all, keeping a family together through tough times. I just love the story. I'm glad that the producers decided to redo it so that the story will be seen by a whole new generation of folks, particularly folks of color. Don't get me wrong, I think our Caucasian counterparts should see it too because it is a great piece of work, but I think it has a deeper meaning for those people of color. Just my opinion.
Here's the trailer:

The updated version of this story boasts an all-star cast with Sean Combs, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and Audra McDonald. They all did a phenomenal job. I was pleasantly surprised at Puffy/Diddy/Poppa Diddy Pop. I was so looking for him to zone out on some of the scenes. I must say, he plays a very convincing a--hole.
Nah, but he did do a wonderful job of playing Walter Lee. I was also wowed by Phylicia Rashad.I must admit, I put her in a box. What do you expect? I was only used to seeing her in sitcoms until I saw "Old Settler" on PBS. I have to say, the woman is bad! I am so ready for them to put that out on DVD, it was just an awesome piece of work and I hope the Hollywood producers were paying attention to what happened last night. I haven't heard anything about the ratings but I'm sure it was highly rated after all of the promotion that was done. Plus, it was network TV's obligatory Black History Month story to be told this year.
At any rate, rent the older black and white version and then buy the newer colorized version. Shoot, buy both of 'em, I don't care as long as you see 'em.

4 comments:

Eb the Celeb said...

Diddy? Not so much...

Eb the Celeb said...

and even fell asleep on the damn thing around 10 o'clock so didnt find it to interesting either...

but I may have to catch it again when I dont have the itis and I may have a different viewpoint! LOL!

Smarty Jones said...

Ebbbbbbb, say it isn't so. LoL. OK, Diddy wasn't Oscar material but he wasn't suck-tacular either. I had to stay tuned to see what he would do with the part. He has gotten significantly better than he used to be.

TravelDiva said...

Yeah, everyone acted circles around poor diddy. but i haven't seen it all yet, have it on the dvr though.

The females on the cast are amazing though!