#TBT Diary of A Mad Black Woman

When I was in The Lion King, one of my good girlfriends loved these plays featuring a character named  Madea from a then unknown actor/producer Tyler Perry.  Millions of people across the country came out to see Madea and one of the first of many to be adapted to the big screen was Diary of a Mad Black Woman.  It starred Kimberly Elise, Cecily Tyson, Shemar Moore, Steve Harris and Tyler Perry as Madea.

It basically follows the journey of a black woman who is mad as hell about the way she has been treated by men until she meets "the one" who changes everything.  The film garnered NAACP Image Awards for both Cicely Tyson and Kimberly Elise and grossed over 55 Million proving to Hollywood for the first time in a long time that films starring black actors was a force to reckoned with at the box office.

Perry, now has multiple shows on television being showcased on Oprah Winfrey's channel OWN and include The Have and Have Nots, Love Thy Neighbor and several others on the grid to debut.

Take a look back at Diary of A Mad Black Woman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1zjWNnchvN4

Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!

RIP MAYA ANGELOU

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"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song"Maya Angelou

Being a girl from St. Louis, one of the first things I did when I arrived at Howard University was hit the Founders Library to see if they had any Maya Angelou books. I would spend hours reading them while waiting to take the bus home from school. Why? Because Maya was my home-girl born in STL!!

I was proud that someone from my hometown was such a prolific and profound influence in the literary world!

As an adult, I purchased and devoured again every book she wrote and still go to them from time to time for inspiration today.

This morning I rose to find out that this literary voice and her spirit have moved beyond this realm. Although saddened, I found solace and joy in the reality that her infamous words will live on in eternity.

Hopefully, other generations will enjoy and discover the work of Maya Angelou just as I did being a young, idealistic college student searching for ways to make this world we live in a more positive, productive place to exist...RIP Mama Maya...you will be missed๐Ÿ˜”

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!