A Conversation with Black Women on Race

“Being Alive, Being a Woman, Being Colored is a metaphysical dilemma I have not conquered yet,” is a standout quote from Ntozake Shange’s, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide /When the Rainbow is enuf. In this poignant quote, as well as the poems/plays, Shange succinctly illustrates the complex way race and gender intertwine for black women–neither is mutually exclusive and both inform not only the perception of us, but the way we self-identify.

Haitian director, Michèle Stephenson, along with husband, Joe Brewster, offer a poignant visual conversation with black women on race in their documentary for the New York Times.

Check out the five minute clip below.

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/video/players/offsite/index.html?videoId=100000004050379

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