Novelist, Ntozake Shange has passed away at the age of 70. She was most know for her 1976 Tony Award-nominated choreopoem, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. According to reports, Shange passed from a stoke.
In 2010, For Colored Girls was adapted into a film by Tyler Perry. The cast included infamous actors such as Whoopi Goldberg, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Macy Gray, Loretta Divine, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise and Kerry Washington. The book describes the racism, sexism, violence and rape experienced by a group of black women.
Ntozake, who was born Paulette Williams, was born in Trenton, NJ. Her Zulu stage name Ntozake- means “She who comes with her own things,” and Shange translates to “She who walks like a lion.” She was a Black feminist poet and playright who paved the way for those who came after her.
The author’s daughter spoke of her legacy in a statement, stating that her mom 'spoke for' and 'embodied' the struggle of Black women and girls "to live with dignity and respect in the context of systemic racism, sexism and oppression.”
Since her passing, many celebrities expressed their gratitude for her work. Including Ava DuVernay, Amanda Seales, and many others. That's just a testament to show how impactful her legacy was.
Ntozake, was a voice for the African American women of the industry. She taught at many schools including Brown University, Villanova University, Yale, Howard, New York University, and many others.
She will be truly missed.