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Ntozake Shange  // Posts tagged as "Ntozake Shange"

18 Dec Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Pratibha Parmar’s Film ‘Beauty in Truth’

Pratibha Parmar’s Film ‘Beauty in Truth’

Pratibha Parmar’s new documentary about Alice Walker opens with visuals from the rural, poor South of her birth.  The tattered shacks, frayed and proud people are not what we (non-Southerners) associate with the 20th century.  The film and those images remind us that Walker is one of the most phenomenal literary figures in that 20th […]

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20 May Posted by in • Margie Adam | Comments Off on On Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shangé

On Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shangé

On Toni Morrison and Ntozake Shangé

Part 7 of a conversation between Feminist icons Margie Adam and Jewelle Gomez: JG: I really like writing about anything before the 60s – partly because there aren’t that many people alive who will complain. But also because there’s still a level of hope that people of color have. It hasn’t all devolved into cynicism […]

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13 Apr Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez | 1 comment

Harlem Vibrates with Possibility

Harlem Vibrates with Possibility

“I used to live in the world, then we moved to Harlem.”  So goes the opening lines of one of the poems in Ntozake Shange’s groundbreaking choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”  I saw that theatre piece more than anything else before or since.  It signaled the possibility that […]

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Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls? What?

Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls? What?

In 1975 when I first saw Ntozake Shange’s choreopoem, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” there had never been anything like it before on stage.  It changed both my personal life as a lesbian and my professional life as a writer.  I heard, for the first time, reflected back […]

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