Our lives in their words: These are the 10 best black poets of the 20th Century

Nii Ntreh Oct 10, 2019 at 01:30pm

October 10, 2019 at 01:30 pm | Faces of Black Excellence

Nii Ntreh

Nii Ntreh | Associate Editor

October 10, 2019 at 01:30 pm | Faces of Black Excellence

Ntozake Shange. Photo Credit: WRAL.com

Ntozake Shange

Tyler Perry’s film, For Colored Girls, was inspired by Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow is Enuff.

That work, which she called a ‘choreopoem’, was the most exemplary of Shange’s poems that explored alienation, depression and conflicts of identity.

Shange succeeded in speaking to the individual while others were more attracted to bigger topics concerning communities.

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