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Longtime friend remembers fellow poet and playwright Ntozake Shange

Ntozake Shange
Poet, novelist, and trailblazing playwright Ntozake Shange died this weekend in Bowie, MD., at the age of 70. She was only the second African-American woman ever to have a play on Broadway. Shange is best known for her famous play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide / When the Rainbow is Enuf. For Colored Girls opened on Broadway in 1976, and was nominated for a Tony Award. It has inspired generations of black female playwrights and — more than 40 years later — it still resonates with new audiences.​ Thulani Davis is a playwright, novelist and professor of Afro-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a close friend and collaborator to Shange. She spoke with As it Happens host Carol Off from Madison. Here is some of their conversation.