This is a big one, folks. It is straight-up miraculous I’ve never used this blog to broadcast my bizarrely intense obsession with The Color Purple. I recently got to write “Fanmail” over at TDF Stages about LaChanze, the actress who solidified that obsession into a crucial cornerstone of my teenage years. Check it out!
As a small white boy from Honolulu, I always had difficulty explaining my obsession with The Color Purple. I suppose it started with Alice Walker’s graceful writing in the book, and intensified when I watched Whoopi Goldberg’s and Oprah Winfrey’s powerful performances in the movie. But my fervor truly ignited when, on a rare trip to New York City, I saw the Broadway musical The Color Purple with my father and grandfather. And it was LaChanze, lighting up the stage in her Tony Award-winning role as the downtrodden Celie, who captivated my 16-year-old soul completely.