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July 3, 2015

An Open Letter to Black Women About Mental Health

I was raised to be a strong, black woman who could handle her own emotions -- not ask someone to help me sort them out. How dare I need treatment for feeling worthless and for being bullied when I come from a lineage of ancestors who used strength and endurance as a way to survive?

Google Apologizes For Tagging Photos Of Black People As ‘Gorillas'

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George Takei: Clarence Thomas Is A 'Clown In Blackface'

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This Year's Essence Festival Is Taking A Bold Approach To Declare Black Lives Matter

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Political Activists Throw Blood Back In Christopher Columbus' Face

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Black Woman's 'Lynching' Arrest Sparks Debate Over California Law

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Ferguson Prosecutor Accused Of Misconduct Is Still Doing Her Thing

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Who In God's Name Could Be Burning Black Churches?

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Thousands Of Black Students Attend Schools Honoring Racist Leaders

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Rihanna's '#BBHMM' Video Is Brilliant, Terrifying, Complicated

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These Are The Last Remaining Followers Of African American Spiritual Leader Father Divine

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This Is Why Americans Have No Idea What Really Happens In Prisons

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Prosecutor Offers Deal To Charged Cleveland Police Supervisors

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Celebrating Missy Elliott's 44th Birthday With 14 Of Her Flyest Videos

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94 Times Black Churches Have Been Violently Attacked

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5-Year-Old Girl Wows Audience With Her Adorable Rendition Of 'Frozen' Song

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Fire At Black Church In South Carolina Is Latest In String Of Blazes

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Unretouched Portraits Illustrate 19 Bare, Bold And Beautiful Women

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Teen Gives Valedictorian Speech At School Where Dad Is Custodian, Thanks Him For Sacrifices

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Africa Twitter Campaign Shatters Stereotypes, Lets People Tell Their Own Stories

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US Police On Track To Kill 1,100 People This Year

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Misty Copeland On Stepping Out From Behind The Other Swans

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MLK Statue Will Soon Stand Outside Of Georgia's Statehouse

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R&B Singer Kem On His Battle Overcoming Addiction

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Gary Younge: Summer Is Here And Somewhere In America, A Black Man Is About To Be Killed

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Report: Intimidating Police Tactics In Ferguson Incited More Unrest

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Misty Copeland Becomes First Black Female Principal In American Ballet Theatre History

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Obama's Overtime Reforms, Explained

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Discover The LGBTQ Archive That's Helping To Make Black Queer Lives Matter

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21 Signs You Might Be The 'Real Racist'

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Washington University Made An Effort To Increase Diversity, And It Worked

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Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

'The Color Purple' – Where Are They Now?
After achieving worldwide acclaim with box office hits 'Jaws' (1975) and 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' (1982), Steven Spielberg hit a milestone when he directed the film adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, 'The Color Purple,' in 1985. Featuring an array of new talent, including Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey and Akosua Busia, as well as veterans Danny Glover, Laurence Fishburne and Margaret Avery, the film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including best picture, best actress for Goldberg and best supporting actress for both Avery and Winfrey. It did not win any. The film follows the life of Celie Johnson (played by Goldberg), a young black girl growing up in the early 1900s. The first time we see Celie, she is 14 and pregnant by her father. We stay with her for the next 30 years of her tough life. Twenty-five years after the film debuted in theaters, Black Voices wanted to take a look at some of the actors who starred in this film and what's happened in their lives since making the cinematic masterpiece.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Whoopi Goldberg
Long before her acting career started, this gifted New York City native had a successful run as a comedian, appearing in a one-woman Broadway show titled 'The Spook Show.' Her performance impressed director Steven Spielberg, and he cast Goldberg, who had never done a film, as the movie's main character. Playing Celie Johnson, a downtrodden black woman in the South, earned Goldberg an Academy Award nomination for best actress and her first Golden Globe. Five years later, she would win a second Golden Globe and an Oscar for best supporting actress for her role opposite Patrick Swayze in the blockbuster film 'Ghost.' Goldberg is currently moderator and co-host of the Emmy Award winning talk show 'The View.'

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Akosua Busia
Making her film debut in the role of Nettie Harris in 'The Color Purple,' Akosua Busia would appear in her then-husband John Singleton's 'Rosewood' and work as one of three co-writers on the screen adaptation of Toni Morrison's novel 'Beloved,' which starred Oprah Winfrey and Thandie Newton, in 1998. In 2003, the Ghanaian actress appeared in Antoine Fuqua's 'Tears of the Sun.' Her most recent film credit includes the 2007 film 'Ascension Day,' which marked her directorial debut.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Alice Walker
Alice Walker wrote 'Purple' in 1982, becoming the first black woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction and also the first black woman to win the National Book Award. The acclaimed novel would be adapted for the big screen in 1985 and directed by Steven Spielberg. Walker, who hails from Eatonton, Ga., would go on to write several other novels and receive many accolades. After giving her blessing to Broadway producer Scott Sanders, Walker saw a new incarnation of her most cherished work when 'Purple' opened to critical reviews on The Great White Way in 2005. The following year, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver inducted Walker into the California Hall of Fame.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Andraé Crouch
Famed gospel singer Andraé Crouch was already a household name by the time he gained critical acclaim for the historically detailed music he composed and arranged for the 1985 film 'The Color Purple.' The Los Angeles native and eight-time Grammy Award winner also worked on 'The Lion King' and also wrote the song 'You Will Be There,' which was featured in the film 'Free Willy.' In 2004, Crouch became one of only three gospel musicians honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2009, the San Francisco native paid a moving tribute to late, great music icon Michael Jackson during an internationally-televised memorial tribute.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Oprah Winfrey
Also making her film debut in the Quincy Jones-produced film adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel was this Kosciusko, Miss., native, who was in her early years as a Chicago talk show host. Oprah Winfrey's role as Sofia, the strong-willed housewife of Harpo, earned her an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress. She would go to star and produce other films, including 'The Women of Brewster Place,' and 'Beloved,' before coming back to co-produce a Broadway musical of 'Purple' in late 2005. Known as one of the most influential (and richest) woman in the world, Winfrey announced that after 20-plus years on television, 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' will end on September 2011.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Laurence Fishburne
Acting since age 12, Larry Fishburne (as he was once known) has worked in television, films and theater. By the time he was cast in the minor role of Swain in 'The Color Purple,' the Augusta, Ga., native had already made memorable films such as 'Cornbread, Earl and Me,' 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Rumble Fish.' After a recurring role as Cowboy Curtis in the CBS children's television show 'Pee-wee's Playhouse,' Fishburne stepped up his game in the film world by playing Dap in Spike Lee's second theatrical release 'School Daze.' He would later win a Tony Award for his stage performance in the August Wilson play 'Two Trains Running' before receiving worldwide acclaim as Morpheus, the hacker mentor of Neo, in the 1999 blockbuster science fiction film 'The Matrix' and its two sequels. Married to actress Gina Torres, Fishburne recently co-starred in the action film 'Armored' with Columbus Short and will appear in 'Predators,' a sequel to the 1987 classic action film 'Predator.' He also stars on the hit TV series 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Margaret Avery
For her incredible performance as the spirited Blues singer Shug in 'The Color Purple,' Margaret Avery was rewarded with an Oscar nomination for best supporting actress. The Mangum, Okla., who already was seen in 'Hell Up in Harlem' with Fred Williamson, 'The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh' (with NBA legend Julius Erving) and 'Which Way is Up?' (with Richard Pryor), has since made numerous TV guest appearances. In 2008, Avery played Mama Jenkins in 'Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,' opposite Martin Lawrence and James Earl Jones, and Sarah Brown in Tyler Perry's 'Meet the Browns,' which starred Angela Bassett and Rick Fox.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Rae Dawn Chong
After appearing in the rap film 'Beat Street' in 1984, Rae Dawn Chong would later take on the smaller role of Squeak in 'The Color Purple.' From there, the Canadian actress and daughter of comedian-actor Tommy Chong starred opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in the action film 'Commando' and in 'Soul Man' with C. Thomas Howell. Chong later married and divorced Howell. Her most recent big-screen film role was in the drama 'Constellation,' opposite Hill Harper and Gabrielle Union.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

Steven Spielberg
Before winning an Academy Award for best picture for 'Schindler's List' and two best director Oscars for that film and 'Saving Private Ryan,' Steven Spielberg was no stranger to Oscar nominations. His 1985 'Color Purple' had been nominated for 11 Academy Awards, including best picture. It did not win any. Though some criticized him – a white man – for taking on such a heavy project about the black experience, the Cincinnati native won his first Directors Guild of America Award for 'Purple.' Spielberg, along with David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg, formed the studio DreamWorks in 1997. Returning to the directing world, he last helmed 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull,' reuniting with Harrison Ford.

Where Are They Now? - The Color Purple

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