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Purple is a color that carries rich symbolism and conveys a multitude of emotions and meanings. Often associated with royalty, luxury, and sophistication, purple has a regal quality that reflects power and elegance. At the same time, it embodies a sense of mystery and spirituality, drawing from its historical scarcity and association with rare and exotic elements.

The color purple is also linked to creativity, as it combines the stability of blue with the energy of red, inspiring imagination and artistic expression. Moreover, in various cultures, purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, and introspection, making it a versatile hue that resonates emotionally and symbolically.

Steven Spielberg’s film adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Color Purple,” holds immense cultural significance. Released in 1985, the movie delves into the harsh realities of racism, sexism, and domestic abuse in the early 20th-century American South. It bravely addresses the African American experience and portrays the resilience and strength of Black women in the face of adversity. “The Color Purple” is celebrated for its groundbreaking representation of African American characters and their stories, challenging mainstream cinema’s historical lack of diversity.

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Beyond its thematic importance, the film marked a turning point in the careers of several African American actresses, including Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey, who delivered powerful performances that garnered critical acclaim. The movie also received multiple Academy Award nominations, contributing to the ongoing conversation about the recognition of diverse voices in the film industry. “The Color Purple” has since become a cultural touchstone, celebrated for its storytelling, performances, and the impact it has had on raising awareness about the intersectionality of race and gender in American history. The film’s enduring legacy continues to inspire conversations about representation, social justice, and the power of storytelling in shaping cultural understanding.

What does the color purple mean to you?

Nearly 40 years later, “The Color Purple” has a new adaptation in its fifth iteration with an all-star lineup still boasting the undeniable theme of love, resilience, and sisterhood.

While chopping it up with stars from the 2023 film on the red carpet, we had to ask — what does the color “purple” mean to you?

Here’s what they had to say:


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Halle Bailey said, “The color purple means so much to me. It represents freedom, power, and the story. I think people are just gonna be so blown away getting to see it again, reimagined in this new way.” The star who portrays Young Nettie continued, “It feels so special to be a part of this history. I feel so accepted by my beautiful family here. I mean Taraji and Fantasia. I am so in awe of everyone. I’m like, wow.”

World Premiere Of Warner Bros.' "The Color Purple" - Arrivals

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H.E.R., who brings Squeak to life in the film, said, “The movie is an iconic movie. It reminds me of my childhood. It reminds me of my auntie’s childhood. My auntie was telling me about how she snuck and read the book. It’s crazy to have watched it a little bit as a kid, and to now be in it, I’m like, wow, this is crazy. Full circle moment.”

Regarding the hue, the singer shared, “I have always loved the color purple. It’s one of my favorite colors, specifically because of Prince. I always make that connection to Prince with the color.”

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As for director Blitz Bazawule, “The literal color purple is all about royalty. It’s all about an elevated status, you know? And we are a royal people.”

Seeing the sea of Black folks in purple made this Ghanaian filmmaker believe it to be an “homage to Alice’s brilliant mind.” He went on to say, “I think Black people are a rare breed on this planet, and we need to value ourselves first and know that the world needs to value us.”


Makeup Artist Carol Rasheed Used Red Lips To Create A “Seamless Thread” In ‘The Color Purple’

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