Playwright Ntozake Shange Dies at 70
Known for her 1975 Tony-nominated play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, the playwright, poet and author died in her sleep Saturday. Her play, which focused on the lives and experiences of Black women, influenced generations of female writers, women of color and progressive thinkers — as evidenced by the outpouring of tributes on social media over the weekend. Born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New Jersey, the Barnard- and USC-educated Shange assumed a Zulu name. She is survived by a daughter and a granddaughter.