Gratitude and Tribute to Ntozake Shange (6 Video Monologues)

May Ntozake Shange rest in power, peace, and paradise.  Today we learned that we lost a phenomenal woman who took the feelings, thoughts, and exper

May Ntozake Shange rest in power, peace, and paradise. 

Today we learned that we lost a phenomenal woman who took the feelings, thoughts, and experiences of Black girls and women into a choreopoem titled: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enough. 

Listen, as a woman, as a Black Woman in America you can travel many days and nights without ever being heard.

You can travel many days and nights without ever being seen.

You can travel many days and nights without ever even being considered.

And so your pain? That’s your burden to sort, figure out, heal, and carry alone.

If you can’t carry that load? If that load weighs you down?

Sistah, colored girl, that’s your fault. ALL your fault.

So, every time that the name, Ntozake Shange, is mentioned I am so grateful that someone saw me.  That someone, heard me.  That someone wrote me into existence in such a way that people everywhere could get acquainted with Black girls and women.

Ntozake Shange has gone now.

She has died to this life.

I am forever grateful to Ntozake Shange for the gifts that she left behind.

May she rest in power, peace, and paradise. 

From the stage play, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When the Rainbow Is Enuf”, starring Alfred Woodard, Lynn Whitfield, and Ntozake Shange.  Written by the late and forever great, Ntozake Shange.

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