Posts tagged ntozake shange.
— Ntozake Shange, speaking yesterday at the 40th anniversary of the Africana Studies department at Barnard College in New York (via talk-mag)
sums up how I felt in high school whenever someone would tell me that they couldn’t relate to Their Eyes Were Watching God or the work of Toni Morrison or James Baldwin
The reaction from black men to for colored girls was in a way very much like the white reaction to black power. The body traditionally used to power and authority interpreting, through their own fear, my work celebrating the self-determination and centrality of women as a hostile act. For men to walk out feeling that the work was about them spoke to their own patriarchal delusions more than to the actuality of the work itself. It was as if merely placing the story outside themselves was an attack. for colored girls was and is for colored girls.
For colored girls has lasting significance for so many because it presents black women’s experiences with unflinching rawness that is not primarily concerned with translating these experiences for a broader audience. Its primary goal is to give voice to black women by acknowledging the challenges they face, not to invoke pity or even empathy either from black men or from white viewers. It speaks to and about black women, and it does so by using language, images, and experiences that resonate for black women. For many who love it, reading or seeing Shange’s for colored girls is like noticing not that one is alone in the crooked room but, rather, that there are others standing bent, stooped, or surprisingly straight. It is an experience of having someone make visible the slanted images that too frequently remain invisible.
— Melissa Harris-Perry (via wretchedoftheearth)
really be in the world
free & sweet talkin
good mornin & thank-you & nice day
i cant now
i cant be nice to nobody
nice is such a rip-off
reglar beauty & a smile in the street
is just a set-up
There is no occupation of territory, on the one hand, and independence of persons on the other. It is the country as a whole, its history, its daily pulsation that are contested, disfigured, in the hope of final destruction. Under this condition, the individual’s breathing is an observed, an occupied breathing. It is combat breathing
fanon goes on to say that ‘combat breathing’ is the living response/ the drive to reconcile the irreconcilable.
if this one hour n 45 waz too much/ how in the world did these same people imagine the rest of our lives were/ & wd they ever be able to imagine the rest of our lives were/ & wd they ever be able to handle that/ simply being alive & black & feeling in this strange deceitful country
I loved you on purpose /
I was open on purpose /
I still crave vulnerability & close talk…
— Ntozake Shange, “for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf”. (via theblacksophisticate)