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Ntozake Shange —
born on October 18, 1948,
Ntozake Shange is an American playwright, and poet. As a self-proclaimed black feminist, she addresses issues relating to race and feminism in much of her work... (wikipedia)
I write for young girls of color, for girls who don't even exist yet, so that there is something there for them when they arrive. I can only change how they live, not how they think.
I'm a firm believer that language and how we use language determines how we act, and how we act then determines our lives and other people's lives.
I started writing because there's an absence of things I was familiar with or that I dreamed about. One of my senses of anger is related to this vacancy - a yearning I had as a teenager... and when I get ready to write, I think I'm trying to fill that.
If anything is life-changing, being the descendant of a slave is.
Multiculturalism isn't about culture, it's about power.