by Kirie from Brinnon, Washington
Barnard College [CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia
Ntozake Shange is my hero because I love her writing. She was one of the first to dare to say what she says with her fiction.
NtozakeShange was born in 1948 and has worked as a playwright, actress, poet, novelist, and teacher.
She is the inventor of the choreopoem (a poem which integrates words and dance) and is the world-class Energizer of the Word.
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. Short Eyes doesn't count because it's not a poem. Please do not mention Cats.
Read her autobiography in her own words:
I am Ntozake Shange.
I named myself in the African language called Zulu.
Ntozake: "She who comes with her own things."
I am prepared self-reliant independent.
Shange: "She who walks with lions."
I have great courage strength wisdom.
When I was a child, I had exciting adventures.
I travelled to many places.
Mexico Haiti Cuba Europe.
I listened to music
Argued with scholars.
Now, I am a woman with many talents.
I create poems, stories, plays, characters, dances.
I create poems about Black women which help us grow strong.
I create stories about Black women which make our daydreams as real as life.
I create plays about Black women
which tell histories of our pleasure and pain
struggle and triumph
joy and anger
fear and strength.
I create dances about Black women
whose rhythms remind us of our African roots.
When I create poems, stories, plays, characters and dances
Hear the voices of
See the beauty of
Taste the sweat of
Feel the strength of
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Last edited 10/7/2020 4:08:12 AM
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