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Over the weekend, the editorial team had to mentally process the transition of Ntozake Shange: Writer, Poet, Novelist and Scholar. View, bookmark and experience the curated-creative magic by Shange, one of the most prolific literary artists to take creative writing to a new level – her own way, her story, her.
Ntozake Shange, original name Paulette Linda Williams, (born Oct. 18, 1948, Trenton, N.J., U.S.), American author of plays, poetry, and fiction noted for their feminist themes and racial and sexual anger.
Shange attended Barnard College (B.A., 1970) and the University of Southern California (M.A., 1973). From 1972 to 1975 she taught humanities, women’s studies, and Afro-American studies at California colleges. During this period she also made public appearances as a dancer and reciter of poetry. Her 1975 theatre piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf quickly brought her fame. Written for seven actors, For Colored Girls is a group of 20 poems on the power of black women to survive in the face of despair and pain. The show ran for seven months Off-Broadway in New York City before beginning a two-year run on Broadway. It was subsequently produced throughout the United States, broadcast on television, and in 2010 adapted into a feature film titled For Colored Girls.
Shange created a number of other theatre works that employed poetry, dance, and music (known as “choreopoems”) while abandoning conventions of plot and character development. One of the most popular of these was her 1980 adaptation of Bertolt Brecht’s Mother Courage, featuring a black family in the time of the American Civil War. Some of Shange’s other works for the stage are Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon (1977), Three Views of Mt. Fuji (1987), and The Love Space Demands: A Continuing Saga (1992).
Shange’s poetry collections include Nappy Edges (1978) and Ridin’ the Moon in Texas (1987). She also published the novels Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982), about the diverging lives of three sisters and their mother; the semiautobiographical Betsey Brown (1985); and Liliane: Resurrection of the Daughter (1994), a coming-of-age story about a wealthy black woman in the American South. In addition, Shange wrote a number of children’s books, including Whitewash (1997), Daddy Says (2003), and Ellington Was Not a Street (2004).
- Contributor:The Editors of Encyclopedia Britannica
- Article Title:Ntozake Shange
- Website Name:Encyclopædia Britannica
- Publisher:Encyclopædia Britannica, inc.
- Date Published:October 14, 2018
QUOTES By Ntozake Shange
“Where there is a woman there is magic.”
“i found god in myself
and i loved her
i loved her fiercely”
“i got 15 trumpets where other women got hips
& a upright bass for both sides of my heart”
“Being alive and being a woman is all I got but being colored is a metaphysical dilemma I haven’t conquered yet”
“rise up fallen fighters
unfetter the stars
dance with the universe
& make it ours”
“Where there is a woman there is magic. If there is a moon falling from her mouth, she is a woman who knows her magic, who can share or not share her powers. A woman with a moon falling from her mouth, roses between her legs and tiaras of Spanish moss, this woman is a consort of the spirits.”
“i usedta live in the world
really be in the world
free & sweet talkin
good mornin & thank-you & nice day
i cant now
i cant be nice to nobody
nice is such a rip-off
regular beauty & a smile in the street
is just a set-up”
Contributor: goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/32677.Ntozake_Shange
Ntozake Shange’s Papers
April 16, 2014 —Barnard College Acquires Collection of Ntozake Shange, Ph.D., Feminist, Playwright, Poet
Digital Shange @ Barnard
Digital Shange @ Los Angeles Archivists Collective
Listen to Ntozake Shange
The American Women Making History and Culture: 1963-1982