About this Issue

This double issue emerges out of the 2013 Worlds of Shange conference held at Barnard College and celebrates the important work and life of Barnard alumna Ntozake Shange (BC ’70). “The Worlds of Ntozake Shange” highlights Shange’s centrality to black feminism and the continuing impact of her work both within and outside the academy. In […]

Black Feminist Collectivity in Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf

Ntozake Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf opens with a poem entitled “dark phrases.” The first stanza reads: dark phrases of womanhood of never havin been a girl half-notes scattered without rhythm/ no tune distraught laughter fallin over a black girl’s shoulder it’s funny/ it’s hysterical the […]

Indigo Generations: Shange in Praxis and Being the Folk

i. write the names dedication and preparation Read this article when you have a moment to participate in your own legacy. Join me as I acknowledge what made this possible. Or come back later. Find a pen. Find a blank enough space to write. Ready? Do this for me. Write the names. Write the names […]

Feminism, Activism, Race and the Future of Looking Back: College Performances of for colored girls and Columbia University’s 2014 Women-of-Color Vagina Monologues

This is a healing storytelling experience, and I believe that all of the characters will heal the wounds that all women have endured. —Rasheedah H. Muhammad, actor portaying lady in green in for colored girls, Daemon College Has the Black vagina received the respect she deserves? —Kimberlè Crenshaw, “the Black Vagina”, a V-Day poem, Apollo […]