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Growing up, I vaguely knew about the 1985 film, “The Color Purple.” The movie registered to me in bits and pieces, as I was too young to understand the depth of the story. When I entered my teenage years, I began to familiarize myself with both the original 1982 novel and also the critically acclaimed…

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Despite rampant issues with the trailer, the thing that surprised me the most was the number of viewers upset that the film has gone too “woke.” My social media feeds, classrooms, and discussions among friends have been awash with overwhelmingly out-of-touch social commentary, made increasingly apparent by the new “Mean Girls” trailer of all things.  Read on