Ntozake Shange & Michaela angela Davis on Feminism, Tyler Perry, For Colored Girls, New Work & More

Noted urban culture critic Michaela angela Davis and legendary poet and author Ntozake Shange recently sat down for a discussion of Shange’s for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuff, it’s adaptation into the film For Colored Girls, black feminism and plenty more recently at The Brooklyn Museum in New York. With an audience comprised mostly of women of color from 18-60+, the two women shared candid thoughts on Tyler Perry, Egypt, and issues that are facing black women and girls today without going all “angry/sad black women/gripe session” on us. It’s humorous, frank, refreshing and real. It’s a lengthy talk, but a nice way start to a slow Valentine’s Day morning. After all, we gotta love ourselves before we start giving it away to anyone else.

Am I the only one who want’s to go to Ntozake’s house for dinner now? Not only did her for colored girls and Cypress, Sassafras & Indigo inspire me plenty, but she’s also like your funny aunt that you can tell all of your bedroom business to. See what I mean and peep the conversation plus an inspiring audience q&a below:

In Conversation: Ntozake Shange & Michaela angela Davis at The Brooklyn Museum pt. 1 :

In Conversation: Ntozake Shange & Michaela angela Davis at The Brooklyn Museum pt. 2 – Audience Q&A:

A special thank you to The Brooklyn Museum!

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  • Thanks for sharing this. I didn’t know that this talk happened, so I’m so happy I had the chance to view it. What a treat! So much good stuff… but I SOOOO appreciate Michaela’s point that my/our generation’s revolution is getting happy and healthy. So profound and so true. Kudos!