From Ava Duvernay to Dream Hampton, hundreds of black women remembered how the acclaimed author, poet and dramatist changed their lives with their words.
Black women from all over the world took to social networks to mourn and remember the life and impact of the author, poet and dramatist Ntozake Shange.
The wordsmith that was "the action plan for so many young writers, poets and black playwrights" died Saturday morning in an assisted residence in Bowie, Maryland, his family announced on social media. She was 70 years old.
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For many black women, its acclaimed For girls of color who have considered suicide / When the rainbow is Enuf It was a rite of passage, and they said it on Twitter when the news of Shange's death spread.
"A lot of what I wanted to do with my writing and my interpretation was in & # 39; for girls of color who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf & # 39; and Sassafras, Cyprus & Indigo," said the poet Bassey Ikpi in a beautiful thread about Shange's writing. "It's absurd to say it, but she taught us to sing a song by a black girl, she really did it."
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"There are complicated black women that people prefer posthumously. I do not have the talent of Ntozake, at all. But I know what it's like to be one of those women, "said acclaimed writer Dream Hampton." And I saw God in Ntozake, and I loved her fiercely. "
"Thank you, Ntozake Shange," wrote director Ava Duvernay after sharing Shange's words. "Rest now, queen."
"Ntozake started a lot with FOR COLORED GIRLS and broke many rules," said writer Terry McMillan. "Hands through my heart. Saddened. "
Here are more reminder tweets:
Rest in power!