Ntozake shange, author info, published books, bio, photo. Books by ntozake shange author of for colored girls who. See more ideas about ntozake shange, coloured girls and spoken word poetry. Born paulette williams in 1948, attended barnard college b. Plumpp eleven from velvet bebop kente cloth waring cuney charles parker, 19201955 david lehman may 12 owen dodson yardbirds skull for charlie parker robert creely chasing the bird catherine bowman. Handsome illustrations of shanges evocative poem, mood indigo, pay homage to the many african american icons and visionaries who came to the authors house when she was a child. The authors peculiar chemistry a synonym for talent, plus her singlemindedness, has brought her a decided victory.
Ellington was not a street by ntozake shange and kadir nelson. The text of mood indigo was used in the poetry picturebook. Shanges ability to breathe life into myriad characters and voices is on display throughout the collection. A revolutionary, awardwinning play by a lauded playwright and poet about the experiences of women of color. Aalbc mourns the passing of ntozake shange 101848 102718. In this book, nelson brings to life ntozake shanges poem, mood indigo. Ntozake shange biography, birth date, birth place and pictures. Sassafrass cypress and indigo by ntozake shange alibris. Ntozake shange, american author of plays, poetry, and fiction noted for their feminist themes and racial and sexual anger. Shange attended barnard college and the university of southern california, earning both a ba and ma in. In the art of poetic junction and meter, ntozake shange pens a poetic masterpiece that vividly tells the story of the contributions of black men in our 2oth century history. For colored girls who have considered suicide by ntozake. Ntozake shange is a top 100 bestselling author making our list 11 times.
Books and authors top teaching blog teachers tool kit student activities. I chose ntozake shanges 1983 poem, mood indigo, to share with you for todays poetry friday. Ntozake shange has 54 books on goodreads with 110070 ratings. See more ideas about ntozake shange, coloured girls and she quotes. Ntozake shange is an africanamerican feminist playwright, poet, dancer and novelist. It is a combination of drama, music, dance, and poetry meant to be performed by seven actresses. Ntozake shanges 1983 poem mood indigo, which she wrote as a. Buy sassafrass cypress and indigo by ntozake shange online at alibris. In the poem, shange remembers her childhood home and the important cultural figures and innovators who gathered there, including w. The narrative of ellington was not a street comes from ntozake shanges poem mood indigo from a daughters geography, 1983. Buy a cheap copy of sassafrass book by ntozake shange. List of books and articles about ntozake shange online.
Acclaim for betsey brown by ntozake shange ntozake shange is a unique and gifted, literary executant and works under strong impulses to do things her own way despite settled conventions of craft. A reflective tribute to the africanamerican community of old, noted poet ntozake shange. Ntozake shange 19482018 was a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. Ntozake shange is perhaps most famous for her play for colored girls who have considered suicidewhen the rainbow is enuf. The text of mood indigo was used in the poetry picturebook collaboration of ntozake shange and kadir nelson. And, despite the instances of disappointment, violence, and struggle, the poems all. From its inception in california in 1974 to its highly acclaimed critical success at joseph papps public theater and on broadway, the obie awardwinning for colored girls who have considered suicidewhen the rainbow is enuf has excited, inspired, and transformed audiences all over the. Dubois, paul robeson to mention a few are beautifully depicted in such subtle but poignant illustrations that they leave a mark and tell the. From 1972 to 1975 she taught humanities, womens studies, and afroamerican. At once personal and universal, shanges poem, mood indigo. It consists of a series of poetic monologues to be accompanied by dance movements and music, a form shange coined as the choreopoem.
In it, shange recalls her childhood home and the closeknit group of innovators such as. Her works include the obie awardwinning for colored girls who have considered suicidewhen the rainbow is enuf, betsey brown, liliane and sassafrass, cypress. Ellington was not a street by ntozake shange goodreads. Ten years later, it was still being produced in various theaters throughout the united states. Born paulette linda williams, she adopted a zulu name in 1971 ntozake, which means she who comes with her own things, and shange, meaning she who walks like a lion. Ntozake shange, born paulette williams on october 18, 1948 in trenton, nj. Ntozake shanges 1983 poem mood indigo, which she wrote as a tribute to many of the black american men who changed the world, is the text of a powerful picture book stunningly illustrated by kadir nelson. Ntozake shange biography list of works, study guides. Ellington was not a street by ntozake shange librarything. For colored girls who have considered suicidewhen the. In the poem, mood indigo, poet ntosake shange recounts her childhood in a home that hosted such great thinkers, actors, artists, and musicians as dizzy gillespie, w.
Ellington was not a street is a tale of a little girl who encountered many of the faces that influenced african american history. The poem, excerpted for the picture book, is a reflection of and tribute to a legacy of african american innovator, a company of men who changed the world. When african american writer ntozake shanges for colored girls who have considered suicidewhen the rainbow is enuf. With this choreo poema performance piece made up of a combination of poems and. Ellington was not a street academy of american poets. Her father was an air force surgeon and her mother a psychiatric social worker. The book uses the poem mood indigo to tell the story from the point of view of a young girl as many influential african american men visit her father at their home. At once personal and universal, shanges poem, mood indigo published in her 1983 poetry collection, a daughters geography, serves as the narrative for this elegiac tribute to a select group. Grade 38nelson illustrates the noted poets mood indigo, from her collection entitled a daughters geography. Ntozake shange had passed away last october 27,2018 in bowie, md. Comments about blood rhythms blood currents black n blue stylin by ntozake shange hebert logerie, sr. Ntozake shange was born paulette williams into an upper middleclass african american family.
And that title is taken from duke ellingtons famous song. Ntozake shange books list of books by author ntozake shange. Mood indigo by kadir nelson there is a book about duke ellington. Cypress, the dancer,who leaves home to find new ways of. Among her honors and awards are fellowships from the guggenheim. Sassafrass, cypress and indigo is the story of three colored girls, three sisters and their mama from charleston, south carolina. This image serves as the cover of kadir nelsons book ellington was not a street, which won the prestigious coretta scott king award in 2005. For colored girls who have considered suicide when the. This poem was taken from her poetry collection entitled, a daughters geography. Cultural icons such as dizzie gillepsie, miles davis, and w. For colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf ntozake shange. My father is a retired magician poem by ntozake shange.
Her father was an air force surgeon and her mother. Dubois to duke ellington, the people we now know as luminaries are seen from the perspective of a young girl. The words of this book are taken from ntozake shanges 1983 poem, mood indigo. Ntozake shanges choreopoem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf debuted in 1975. Ntozake shange recounts the days of her youthrecalling all the people who entered her life and helped change the world she grew up in. Buy betsey brown by ntozake shange online at alibris. Ntozake shange is a renowned playwright, poet, and novelist. A unique blend of poetry, music, dance and drama called a choreopoem, it took the theatre world by storm in 1975 noted jacqueline trescott in the washington post, as it became an electrifying broadway hit and provoked heated exchanges about the. Mood indigo is a historical poem by ntozake shange and was inspired by many different activists and musicians of the harlem renaissance.
Ntozake shange 19482018 was a poet, novelist, playwright, and performer. Ntozake shange, author, kadir nelson, illustrator, illus. In this childrens book, kadir nelson illustrates ntozake shanges poem mood indigo. Ntozake shange is a poet whose name may feel funny in your mouth. The book is about historical greats in the black community, told through a childs duke ellingtons daughter eyes with mood indigo providing text. Ntozake shanges most popular book is for colored girls who have considered suicidewhen th.87 840 41 1198 1618 1110 45 340 183 92 1171 494 113 912 618 700 887 113 199 728 1015 900 798 157 1412 1247 457 357 917 882 1583 676 1392 339 1351 90 1401 1292 63 1417 16 112 697 876 4 258 1201