As you can imagine, teaching five classes and trying to get Beyond Baby Mamas off the ground is leaving me precious little time to update my personal blog–but I do have two entries in the works: one about love, one about motherhood. So stay tuned; I’m hoping to get to both before the end of the week.
In the meantime, I haven’t abandoned writing altogether. I wrote about Lifetime’s adaptation of Steel Magnolias for Postbourgie. It went live about an hour ago:
In recreating Steel Magnolias with an all-black cast, director Kenny Leon has underestimated the one thing that made a character like Shelby work: unchecked entitlement. As sweet a girl as she may be, the original Shelby was propelled her though life with jet propulsion; she would not be denied. That kind of entitlement is difficult to recreate within a black community, especially in the deep South. Historically, unchecked entitlement was a luxury blacks couldn’t afford. Even in black families whose money, status, and property dated back for generations, the kind of privilege that allowed Shelby to imagine herself as untouchable- — even by death —just doesn’t quite translate.
Read the rest of the review here.