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Ntozake Shange Passes

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I'm sure you all know that Ntozake Shange passed away this Saturday.  I met her a couple of times.  Once at a performance across the street from where I lived -- actually in the same building that serves as the barbershop in the Luke Cage TV series.

 

There were only a handful of people in attendance so I go to socialize a bit with Ntozake, her sister, and their peeps.  I have a photo somewhere, but I can't find it now...

 

She struggled with mental health issues. I shot video of her discussing this about a decade ago and just now added it to her page.  Shange is best known for her "choreopoem," For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, (I saw saw a production of it in the early '80s). She enjoyed a resurgence in popularity back in 2010 when Tyler Perry make a film the work, For Colored Girls.

 

R.I.P.

 

Ntozake Shange

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