She wrote “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf” which was later turned into a movie by Tyler Perry.
Ntozake Shange was born in New Jersey. Her birth name is Paulette Williams.
Here’s the meaning of her name:
Ntozake (N-Toe-Zaak Ky) – she who comes with her own things
Shange (Shong Gay) – who walks like a lion
Nappy Edges by Ntozake Shange
*the roots of your hair/ what
turns back when we sweat, run,
make love, dance, get afraid, get
happy: the tell-tale sign of living/
nappy edges (a cross country sojourn)
The Art of Nappy
Check out this video by BeautifulEHuman entitled Nappy Poem: Who’s Grading Who?