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Ntozake Shange

Contemporary African American writer and performance artist (1948-2018)

1948   -   2018

country of citizenship: United States of America
language of expression: English
educated at: Barnard College, University of Southern California
occupation: actor, screenwriter, poet, novelist, playwright, writer, essayist, choreographer
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, Langston Hughes Medal, Shelley Memorial Award, Otto Rene Castillo Award for Political Theater

Ntozake Shange ( EN-toh-zah-kee SHAHNG-gay; October 18, 1948 – October 27, 2018) was an American playwright and poet. As a Black feminist, she addressed issues relating to race and Black power in much of her work. She is best known for her Obie Award-winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow Is Enuf. She also penned novels including Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo (1982), Liliane (1994), and Betsey Brown (1985), about an African-American girl runaway from home. Among Shange's honors and awards were fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund, a Shelley Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and a Pushcart Prize. In April 2016, Barnard College announced it had acquired Shange's archive. Shange lived in Brooklyn, New York. Shange had one daughter, Savannah Shange. She was married twice: to the saxophonist David Murray and the painter McArthur Binion, Savannah’s father, with both marriages ending in divorce.
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