Ntozake Shange

Like a lot of people, my first encounter with Ntozake Shange was through her play For Colored Girls Who Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. I read it in the 80's and immediately went looking for more of Shange's work. Unfortunately, my small library had no other books available. Several years passed before I stumbled across another of her books in a bookstore -- nappy edges was a wonderful book of Shange's poetry, and I was hooked again. ...more
I first read "For Colored Girls..." as a teenager in the 80s. For me the words and women were a ...more

Tyler Perry Finger Paints Over "For Colored Girls" (Spoilers and Video)

What I saw in the theater the day "For Colored Girls" opened were women who had come not for love of the Broadway play on which the film was based -- poet and playwright Ntozake Shange's "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" -- but for love of Tyler Perry, the man who had given them Madea. Perry's version of Shange's play is not the best movie I've ever seen, but neither is it the worst. It is not the most moving, nor did it leave me cold. ...more

growing up in st. louis, FCG has always held a special place in my heart. but putting the tyler ...more