The Oberlin Review

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

“for colored girls…” Celebrates, Honors Black Women

April 14, 2017

Editor’s note: This article contains references to topics including suicide and sexual assault. Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf, which opened yesterday night in Hall Auditorium, is an evocative production spotlighting the experiences of Black women and femmes in the U.S. The piece is comprised of poetic monologues brought to life and woven together through dance and music. The different modes of performance in the piece make it difficult...

Ntozake Shange on Why She Had to Dance

Kara Brooks, Arts Editor

February 10, 2012

Every seat was filled in the Science Center’s West Lecture Hall at noon on Wednesday, Feb. 8, which was surprising for the time of day. After a brief delay due to wheelchair inaccessibility, Ntozake Shange finally made her way to the stage. The room hushed to hear the acclaimed playwright and poet speak, and Associate Professor of African American Studies Caroline Jackson Smith chimed in, “It’s my experience that a conversation between two artists can be even richer than just one artist.” Choreographer Dianne McIntyre joined Shange, taking the seat angled next to her, both of them smiling. The experience was indeed rich as the two artists read and discussed passages from Shange’s new collection of writing, lost in ...

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