‘for colored girls’ playwright ntozake shange dead

October 27, 2018

The world lost a true creative visionary today in the passing of Black feminist, activist, and playwright Ntozake Shange, 70. A storyteller of epic, world-shaking proportions, Shange was best known for her visceral, Obie Award-winning play ‘for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf’. One of the very, VERY few writers to tackle mental illness in Black women of the diaspora and the originator of the choreopoem style of storytelling, her work will continue to influence not only the types of Black stories that we tell but how we tell them for a long time to come. R.I.P.