Stacia Reviews: Kenny Leon’s ‘Steel Magnolias.’

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.

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