A room full of actors are giving playwright Ntozake Shange a standing ovation. It's the final day of filming for Tyler Perry's adaptation of Shange's award-winning play, "for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf," and the cast and crew are paying homage inside Manhattan's Avatar Studio. Their applause fills every corner of the space in which they have gathered for one last call. The 62-year-old poet and author appears humbled as she responds with a respectful nod. She congratulates the actresses on their work and expresses her heartfelt gratitude for their participation in the film. "It was magical," Kerry Washington, one of the movie's leading ladies, said later. "Just remembering it makes me want to cry. It was our final moment of togetherness."
In the April 2010 issue, Shaunie O'Neal speaks exclusively to ESSENCE about her pending divorce from NBA baller Shaquille O'Neal. Shaunie O'Neals' 2002 fairytale wedding to NBA All-Star Shaquille O'Neal was everything she dreamed of. For their time together, she remained a doting wife and mother of five catering to her family. For many of their family and friends, the O'Neals were the ultimate NBA power couple and the perfect picture of marital bliss. But then things began to fall apart, and their happy home was plagued with rumors of Shaq's infidelity that became daily fodder in the blogosphere. Now, with a new reality show, Shaunie opens up to ESSENCE about having the courage to end her marriage and pursue her dreams. Read more: Shaunie O'Neal in VH1's 'Basketball Wives' Breaking Up: When Celebrity Couples Call It QuitsA&E 'Considering' O'Neals' Reality Show
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