Ntozake Shange, born Paulette Williams on October 18, 1948 in Trenton, NJ.She attended Barnard College (B.A., 1970) and the University of Southern California (M.A., 1973). Not enough poems here? In 1977, Shange was awarded the Off-Broadway Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Audience Development Committee Award, Village Voice, Mademoiselle Award, and Antoinette Perry, Grammy, and Academy award nominations all for For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf. It quickly moved from Off-Broadway to Broadway, where it won several major awards. Ntozake Shange is one of America’s greatest writers—an acknowledged master in the genres of drama, fiction, memoir, and poetry. As a Black feminist, she addressed issues relating to race and Black power in much of her work. tags: fucking, love, sex. A friend posted “RIP Ntozake Shange” on her Facebook timeline with a single yellow tear. See more ideas about ntozake shange, spoken words, coloured girls. See more ideas about Ntozake shange, Coloured girls, Spoken word poetry. People of Watts. This week’s poetry includes a beautiful and touching poem written by the famous playwright, Ntozake Shange. Ntozake Shange is the only poet to have her poetry ("For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf: A Choreopoem") translated successfully to Broadway. AALBC Mourns the Passing of Ntozake Shange (10/18/48 – 10/27/18). As I got better and started to write, I said, 'Wow, even as an old woman, I could have a selected book of poems.' When African American writer Ntozake Shange's (born 1948) for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf: a choreopoem appeared on the theater scene in New York City in 1975, it achieved immense popularity. Shange’s 1979 play Spell #7, like her first play, is structured like a highly electric poetry reading, but this time the cast is mixed male and female. I had - there were three strokes, and I lost my ability to read and write and speak, and it really put me by the wayside for a number of years. It seems that poems would often percolate while Shange was dancing—in one humorous scene, she recalls being chided by Eleo Pomare for letting her mind wander to poetry while lying on the floor doing core exercises. For Shange, writing and dance were inextricably entwined, with words and gestures constantly informing one another. May 26, 2014 - Explore Brandy Craig's board "Ntozake Shange Poems/Spoken Words" on Pinterest. Ntozake Shange. Read her autobiography in her own words: I am Ntozake Shange. Ntozake Shange, a spoken-word artist who morphed into a playwright with her canonical play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf,” died on Saturday in Bowie, Md. Short Eyes doesn't count because it's not a poem. Ntozake Shange declares herself a poet first and playwright second. Playwright and author Ntozake Shange was born Paulette L. Williams on October 18, 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey to Paul T. Williams, an air force surgeon, and Eloise Williams, an educator and psychiatric social worker. I froze, hoping at first that this was one of the Internet’s many timewarp fictions, a mean but ineffectual trick of some faceless troll disconnected from Black feminist communities, marshaling our love for Black artists as … Ntozake Shange: you are sucha fool. It consists of a series of poetic monologues to be accompanied by dance movements and music, a form Shange coined as the choreopoem. 2 likes. Poetry Better Woman. and narration) This stunning children's book features POC positive paintings and poetry, with a rich soundtrack and narration by Musicworks director Jesse Neuman (grades preK--4) MusicworksNYC.org instagram/musicworksarts musicworksNYC@gmail.com Email me your favorite works of the masters (no amateurs please). A huge blackface mask forms the backdrop for actors and actresses of an imitation old-time minstrel show, where actors did skits, recited, and joked, all under the direction of a Mr. Interlocutor. As she says, "A poem shd fill you up with something/ make you swoon, change yr mind or make it up/a poem shd happen to you like cold water or a kiss." Her death was confirmed by her sister Ifa Bayeza, who said she had been in fragile health since a pair of strokes more than a decade ago. In 1975, Ntozake Shange moved to New York City, where she wrote and staged her most famous work, a choreopoem (a combination of poetry, dance, music, and drama) called for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf. She is best known for her Obie Award-winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. MW #356: "i live in music" (poem by Ntozake Shange + artwork by Romare Bearden, WITH SOUNDTRACK! Bio: Ntozake Shange is one of America’s greatest writers—an acknowledged master in the genres of drama, fiction, memoir, and poetry. Ntozake Shange Bio It has never been an easy ride for African-American people and for those growing up in the 1950s it was particularly hard. Ntozake Shange (/ ˈ ɛ n t oʊ z ɑː k i ˈ ʃ ɑː ŋ ɡ eɪ / EN-toh-zah-kee SHAHNG-gay; October 18, 1948 – October 27, 2018) was an American playwright and poet. This is evidence by the descriptions, “We can even have them over for dinner, and get raped in our own houses for invitation.“ and “I know you want it, can’t let it get past me.” (Shange). Like “You can't fuck somebody into loving you.” ― Ntozake Shange, Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo. Ntozake Shange page on Amazon*. 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