Ntozake Shange, Trailblazing Playwright of For Colored Girls…, Dies at 70

first_img View Comments Ntozake Shange(Photo: Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) Ntozake Shange, a celebrated poet and playwright who made her mark on Broadway with the Tony-nominated For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf, died on October 27 at an assisted living facility in Bowie, MD. The news of Shange’s death was announced on her official Twitter page. According to the Associated Press, Shange died in her sleep; she had suffered a number of strokes in 2004. Shange was 70.Shange’s acclaimed For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf follows seven black women who have experienced racism, sexism, violence and rape. The play was first produced by off-Broadway’s Public Theater in 1976, directed by Oz Scott and featuring Shange in the cast. The play took home a 1977 Obie Award for Distinguished Production, transferring to Broadway’s Booth Theatre and earning a Tony nomination for Best Play, with Trazana Beverley winning the 1977 Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Play.In 1977, Shange adapted For Colored Girls… into a book and in 2000 the play received an off-Broadway revival directed by George Faison, earning a 2001 Lucille Lortel nomination for Outstanding Revival. Tyler Perry wrote and directed a 2010 screen adaptation of the work, featuring a cast including Kerry Washington, Whoopi Goldberg, Anika Noni Rose, Loretta Devine, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad and Macy Gray.Shange’s other off-Broadway credits include A Photograph (1977), Spell #7 (1979), a new adaptation of Mother Courage and Her Children (1980) (earning Shange an Obie Award), Love’s Fire: Fresh Numbers by Seven American Playwrights (1988) and Urban Zulu Mambo (2001). Shange received an Emmy nomination for co-writing the television special An Evening with Diana Ross (1977).Shange is survived by her daughter, Savannah, and granddaughter, Harriet.last_img read more

Arsenal and Tottenham have held ‘powwows’ over signing same player

first_imgAfter a barren few months, the Suso rumours returned this week when it was revealed that Arsenal were looking at the Spaniard for the summer transfer window, having sent a scout to supervise him. Strapped for cash, the Gunners could possibly have been lured by the shiny €38-40m release clause in the Milan star’s contract, knowing there would be very little negotiating needed to get their man.However, they aren’t the only ones, as Tottenham, according to Corriere dello Sport, have also joined their North London rivals, having been big fans of the former Liverpool player for some time now.The Italian newspaper explain a few ‘powwows’ or ‘chats’ have been held between (we’re guessing) the player’s entourage and Spurs, Arsenal and Atlético Madrid, but ‘nothing more concrete’ for now.Embed from Getty ImagesAs they point out, this list could continue to grow between now and the summer, especially if the contract renewal talks that have reportedly started don’t go anywhere.Milan, keen to either increase or wipe out the release clause, are ready to offer their star €4m/year, but he wants €5m to try and get closer to Gianluigi Donnarumma.Suso has scored six goals and picked up eight assists in 26 appearances in all competitions this season, meaning he’s on course to beat last year’s tally of six and 14, hence the desire to renew.It’s not that his current deal is close to expiring, since that was signed in 2017 until 2022, but that clause could seriously come back to bite Milan in the backside if they aren’t careful, and they know that.Especially if Arsenal or Tottenham want to make up for their rather poor January windows next summer.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameIf You Like to Play, this City-Building Game is a Must-Have. No Install.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndoRaid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadEven Non-Gamers Are Obsessed With This RPG Game (It’s Worth Installing!)Raid: Shadow Legends | Free DownloadUndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles find each other in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoPerfect-Dating.comReveal Tung Chung As The Best City to Date for Love & RomancePerfect-Dating.comUndoKeto减肥1個簡單的妙招一夜「融化」腹部贅肉(今晚試試)Keto减肥Undo熱門話題小心會長過頭…網友推爆:「真的長得超誇張!」熱門話題UndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoInstant Voice Translator43 Languages Instant Voice Translator Flying Off Shelves in Hong KongInstant Voice TranslatorUndolast_img read more

West Ham Gives Life Ban To Fans

first_imgWest Ham have handed lifetime bans to two fans who invaded the pitch during their 3-1 carabao Cup defeat to Tottenham on Wednesday at London Stadium.The first incident came before Spurs’ third goal, with the second shortly before the final whistle.Both fans were also arrested and charged by the police.West Ham released a statement saying: “Encroaching the pitch is a criminal offence that will not be tolerated by the club,”.The Hammers will to London Stadium’s operators as they try to determine how the fans got on the pitch.West Ham who are tenants at the stadium are still waiting to hear if they will be sanctioned by the Football Association for an earlier incident involving crowd trouble and pitch invasion against Burnley in March in which five supporters were given lifetime bans after the incident.Relatedlast_img read more

Bush, al-Maliki express their concerns over Iraq

first_img“Some politicians may be trying to block the law to gain special advantage,” said Bush, who also met with al-Maliki in Iraq on Labor Day. “And these parties have got to understand that it’s in the interests of Iraq to get good law passed.” Much-delayed actions, such as a national oil law, have stalled in the Iraqi parliament amid factional bickering and, in some cases, defections. Bush also underscored Iraq’s obligation to beef up security forces. “I assured him we want his security forces well-trained, mobile and capable of handling Iraqi security on their own,” said Bush, who in January had said Iraq would be able to handle security in all 18 provinces by November. Al-Maliki defended his government’s performance while saying “the task before us is gigantic.” The prime minister brought up his own deep frustration about Blackwater USA, a private contractor whose security guards are blamed for killing 11 Iraqi civilians while escorting a diplomatic convoy in Baghdad. NEW YORK – President George W. Bush pressed Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Tuesday to move on stalled measures deemed critical to political reconciliation, while al-Maliki made clear his unhappiness about the killing of Iraqi civilians by private U.S. security contractors. Meeting face to face for the second time this month, the two leaders used polite diplomatic language to talk publicly about tense issues. It was a sign of how little room each has to maneuver: The Iraqi prime minister owes his still-tenuous political survival in large part to staunch White House support, and Bush, even if dissatisfied with al-Maliki’s leadership in some areas, recognizes there is virtually no alternative to replace him. Bush is under tremendous pressure from congressional Democrats and Republicans alike to show that his loyalty to al-Maliki is justified, given the Iraqi’s slow progress in bringing rival sects together to lessen fighting and meet benchmarks set by Washington. So after their hourlong meeting, the president praised al-Maliki for “your dedication and your commitment” while speaking vaguely – though pointedly – about the need for unspecified “political parties in Iraq” to make strides. Blackwater, which protects State Department personnel in Iraq, said its employees acted appropriately. While offering sympathy, Bush has said he will withhold judgment during the ongoing investigation. Al-Maliki did not specifically mention the situation when he appeared publicly with Bush, saying only that they “talked about the importance of mutual respect between our two sides.” Later, Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, said al-Maliki said behind closed doors that Iraqi sovereignty must be respected. The two agreed there should be “better cooperation and coordination in these operations,” and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice followed with a more detailed discussion with the prime minister, Hadley said. A senior Iraqi official said Bush asked al-Maliki to provide him with a list of similar suspected violations and noted that the United States has held accountable those responsible for the Abu Ghraib prison scandal.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more