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Ntozake Shange
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    (October 18, 1948-October 27, 2018)
    Born in Trenton, New Jersey
    Birth name was Paulette L. Williams
    Playwright and poet
    Best known for the play 'for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf' (1975)
    Also wrote the plays 'spell #7' (1979), 'From Okra to Greens/A Different Kind of Love Story' (1983) and 'Whitewash' (1994)
    Poetry collections include 'Nappy Edges' (1978), 'The Love Space Demands (a continuing saga)' (1987) and 'The Sweet Breath of Life: A Poetic Narrative of the African-American Family' (2004)
    Wrote the novels 'Sassafrass, Cypress and Indigo' (1982), 'Betsy Brown' (1985) and 'Some Sing, Some Cry' (2010)
    Wrote children's biographies of Muhammad Ali, Duke Ellington and Coretta Scott King
    Her adopted name is difficult to spell and pronounce (en-toe-ZAH-kee SHAHN-gay).
    She got married in college and divorced before graduating.
    She attempted suicide four times, having slashed her wrists, put her head in a gas oven, overdosed on Valium, and driven her car into the ocean.
    She writes her poems almost entirely in lowercase (shades of e e cummings), commenting 'Poems where all the first letters are capitalized bore me.'
    Growing up, she was bused to a white school, where she faced harassment and racial attacks.
    She adopted her name from the Xhosa language, with Ntozake meaning 'she who has her own things' and 'Shange' meaning 'she who walks with the lions.'
    She won Obie Awards for the play 'for colored girls...' (1975) and for directing an adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's 'Mother Courage and Her Children' (1980).
    Poet Ishmael Reed wrote, 'No contemporary writer has Ms. Shange's uncanny gift for immersing herself within the situations and points of view of so many different types of women.'
    When she sold the film rights to 'for colored girls...' to Tyler Perry, she forbade him from appearing in the film as Madea.

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