Top 5 Movies Where Alphanistas Rule

"Keep driving, Jada!"

By Te-Erika Patterson

Grab a bag of popcorn and get pumped up while watching these Alphanistas steal the show.

Diary of A Mad Black Woman (2005)

Alphanista you gotta love – Madea (Tyler Perry)

The 1999 play I Can Do Bad All By Myself first introduced this Alphanista. The elderly, socially defiant Madea has gone on to play significant roles in the majority of Tyler Perry’s films. In Madea Goes to Jail, Madea reveals that she supported her family by stripping, professional wrestling and a lengthy career of criminal activity. Although this Alphanista’s physical appeal is comedic at best, we can’t deny the strength of her character who grabs life by the balls while simultaneously encouraging those who come into her life to be the best version of themselves.

Elizabeth (1998)

Alphanista you gotta love – Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett)

For those who have not checked out this sizzling biographical film about Queen Elizabeth I, the Queen of England, we highly recommend that you add it to your Netflix. Elizabeth became queen by chance following the death of her half-sister who had imprisoned her. We painstakingly watch Elizabeth come into her own amidst plots and threats from her enemies seeking to take control of her empire. When her lover betrays her Elizabeth transforms into an Alphanista, making a decision that no one ever thought was an option which catapults her empire into its Golden Age.

The Family That Preys (2008)

Alphanista you gotta love- Charlotte (Kathy Bates)

Charlotte is the savvy Alphanista who has built a reputable company which her son diabolically tries to take away. Wise Charlotte, using all of the innate senses that an Alphanista has cultivated, safe guards her investment and side steps all the tricks he has up his sleeve, demonstrating that a true leader never missteps when protecting her own.

The Color Purple (1985)

Alphanista you gotta love- Shug Avery (Margaret Avery)

Bringing much spice to the cast as Albert’s old flame, “the one who got away,”  jazz singer Shug Avery exemplifies an Alphanista who lives life by  her own rules. After having multiple children out of wedlock and skirting across the country chasing her dream of being a famous jazz singer Shug shows up to teach Celie how to love and be loved and free herself from an abusive relationship.

Set It Off- (1996)

Alphanistas you gotta love – Stony (Jada Pinkett), Cleo (Queen Latifah),   Frankie (Vivica A. Fox ), Titi (Kimberly Elise)

In an act of desperation, these four women execute a plan to rob banks in their community hoping that the funds will save their families.  Although their actions are criminal in nature, these four women exemplify the spirit of Alphanista by using their intellect, bravery and super powers to take control of their destinies instead of sitting around waiting for a man to rescue them.

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