From Ava Duvernay to Dream Hampton, hundreds of black women reveled in how the celebrated author, poet, and playwright changed their lives with their words.
Black women around the world have mourned and recalled in social media the life and impact of author, poet and playwright Ntozake Shange
The Wordsmith who "designed for so many young black female writers, poets and poet was playwright "Died on Saturday morning in a dorm in Bowie, Maryland," her family announced on social media She was 70 years old.
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For many black women, their celebrated For colored girls who have considered suicide / When the rainbow is enuf was a rite of passage ̵
"So much of what I wanted to do with my writing and my performance was for colored girls who have considered suicide / if the rainbow is enuf" and Sassafras, Cyprus & Indigo, "said Poet Bassey Ikpi in A nice thread about Shange's writing. "It's cheeky to say that, but she taught us how to sing the song of a black girl. She really has. "
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"There are complicated black women that people prefer posthumously. I do not have Ntozake's talent at all. But I know what it has to be one of those women, "said acclaimed writer Dream Hampton. And I saw God in Ntozake, and I loved her very much. "
"Thank you, Ntozake Shange," wrote director Ava Duvernay, after using the words of Shange. "Rest now, queen."
"Ntozake has started a lot with FOR COLORED GIRLS and broke many rules," said writer Terry McMillan. "Hands over my heart.
Here are more tweets of remembrance:
Calm in power!