Ntozake Shange (pronounced En-toe-ZAHK-kay SHONG-gay) (born October 18, 1948) is an African American playwright, dancer, actor, director, author, lecturer, installation artist, and poet. As a self proclaimed black feminist, much of the content of her work addresses issues relating to race and feminism.
She is best-known for her Obie Award winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.
She also wrote Betsey Brown, a novel about an African American girl who runs away from home. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund, and a Pushcart Prize. Shange lives in Philadelphia.
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