Video: Taraji Henson Delivers Soulful Performance of ‘Push Da Button’ in New “The Color Purple”

BY Dora Abena Dzaka October 16, 2023 9:42 AM EDT
Photo Credit: Facebook @Taraji P. Henson

It came as no surprise that actress Taraji P. Henson appears in The Color Purple, a historical film directed by Blitz Bazawule from a script by Marcus Gardley and produced by Steven Spielberg, which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple.

The movie which brings to mind top names like Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Avery, and Danny Glover, will debut in theaters on December 25.

The latest teaser for the movie, which was released recently features Taraji P. Henson singing “Push Da Button” as blues singer Shug Avery.

This is just one of the numerous song-and-dance routines that will appear in the upcoming film adaptation of The Color Purple.

A trailer for the musical drama starring Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, and Danielle Brooks was released by the studio last week. The Broadway production of The Color Purple and the corresponding book by Alice Walker served as its inspiration.

Blitz Bazawule directed the movie, which was written by Marcus Gardley. A “bold new take” on Walker’s book, the new film is referred to as following “the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond.”

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures:  The Color Purple | Official Trailer 2

Avery and Celie (Fantasia Barrino) start out the trailer by having a private talk. “How come you never laugh? Don’t you have something to grin about? Avery asks, to which Celie responds, “My sister, and I ain’t seen her in years.” “You need to sell your funny bone, if you’re not going to laugh,” Avery quips.

Henson appears in the teaser singing “Push Da Button” as Shug Avery, the character she portrays.

In addition to Halle Bailey and Ciara portraying younger and older versions of Nettie, Phylicia Mpasi and Barrino play younger and older versions of Celie. The film also stars Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., and Colman Domingo.

According to an official synopsis, the movie The Color Purple, which is an adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name by Alice Walker, tells the story of “the life-long struggles of an African American woman (Celie) living in the South during the early 1900s.”