A girl’s got to read, this all Clutchettes know. So, to help navigate the ever-expanding world of books, Uptown Literati is here to provide a weekly reading list. We’re a fresh, book blog for cool girls and great reads (check us out on our site [uptownliterati.com] ) and we’ll be dishing on what you need to be reading now: classic tomes, sassy fiction, juicy tell-alls and every type of paperback in between. Happy reading!


Who: Poet and Playwright Ntozake Shange

What: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, the choreopoem crafted over 30 years ago that still displays a clear, accurate, relevant and sympathetic black female voice. Set around a rainbow of colors (yellow, blue, red, green…you get the idea), Shange gives black-girl pain a personality with this tightly woven dialogue collection. Exploring everything from catcalls on the street, one-night stands, drug abuse, domestic violence and self-esteem, For Colored Girls is truly that: for us. It doesn’t read like an outsider’s look or an elicitation of pity, but rather a woman that’s experienced it all, good and bad, who’s poured her findings into this poem.

Why: Like any play, For Colored Girls is better seen performed on stage than read, but is still a very powerful book. You’ll be instantly drawn in by the unique and familiar voices of the characters and remain enthralled to the end. As writer/director Tyler Perry has the film rights to this piece, you owe it yourself to experience this piece before you check out the movie.

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