By Robert J. Matthews
The Warner Bros. remake of "The Color Purple" includes a special cameo by an actor from the original 1985 movie.
The cameo serves as a nod to the actor's original role in the Oscar-nominated 1985 adaptation.
Both movie versions depict the journey of Celie, the protagonist, as she seeks independence in a segregated Georgia, facing abuse in the early 1900s.
In the new film, during a pivotal scene where teenage Celie goes into labor, Whoopi Goldberg makes a surprise appearance as the midwife.
Whoopi Goldberg, who played Celie in the 1985 film, was nominated for Best Actress at the 58th Academy Awards.
Goldberg's journey with "The Color Purple" began when she heard Alice Walker read the book on the radio.
Inspired by the book, Goldberg's letter to Walker led to Steven Spielberg offering her the lead role in the film, marking her transition from theater to film.
Despite receiving 11 Oscar nominations, Goldberg speculated that the film's depiction of Black men and Spielberg's direction as a white man influenced the lack of wins.