Kerry Washington in Capitol File Mag
Beautiful actress Kerry Washington is this month’s cover subject on Capitol File Magazine. I think she’s incredibly hot. Like the black Angelina Jolie 🙂 Inside the issue, she discusses her role in ‘For Colored Girls’ which is a great film by Tyler Perry. Try to watch it if you can. The cast includes Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, Michael Ealy, Macy Gray and Omari Hardwick.
The film is based on For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf written by Ntozake Shange, which is a series of 20 poems. Shange’s poetry expresses the many struggles and obstacles that African-American women face throughout their lives. It is performed by a cast of seven women characters, each of whom is known only by a color: “Lady in Yellow,” “Lady in Purple,” etc. The poems deal with love, abandonment, rape, and abortion, embodied by each woman’s story, e.g. Lady in Blue’s visceral account of a woman who chooses to have an abortion, and Lady in Red’s tale of domestic violence. The end of the play brings together all of the women for “a laying on of hands,” in which Shange evokes the power of womanhood as the Lady in Red begins the mantra “I found God in myself/and I loved her/I loved her fiercely.”
You can read an excerpt from Kerry’s interview and see more pics of her after the break.
On her childhood:
“From a very young age, the subjects at the dining room table were affirmative action, sexuality education, low-income housing, education reform—the pros and the cons, the ideological histories, the sociopolitical contexts.”
On For Colored Girls:
“That play is such an important part of the American canon, but also of the canon for women of color. A lot of us have a For Colored Girls poem in our back pocket, the way you’d have a Shakespeare monologue in your back pocket.”
On being an actress:
“I don’t think of it in terms of being difficult. There are much more difficult jobs than mine, like running the State Department! My job does not compare to Hillary Clinton’s.”
“It’s very easy to go along with the stereotypes we have in our minds of various political groups or people who identify with various groups,” She added “I think we tend to forget people’s humanity and make assumptions about who they are based on a political belief that they ascribe to.” Source