Ntozake Shange (6th Annual Women of Power Legacy Award recipient) The award-wining poet and playwright, born Paulette L. Williams, is widely known for her powerful, thought provoking play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf, which was recently made into a big-screen movieâ€”For Colored Girls, directed by Tyler Perry. The choreopoem became a Broadway production in 1976, bringing Shange Golden Apple, Oboe and Outer Critics Circle Awards, in addition to Emmy, Tony and Grammy nominations. The author has penned several popular plays, including Three Pieces, Spell #7, Boogie Boogie Landscapes, and A Photograph in Motion, which won A Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Poetry, and Mother Courage and Her Children, for which she received her second Oboe Award. In addition to writing adult content, Shange has written several childrenâ€™s books. Her most recent novel, Some Sing, Some Cry, was written with her younger sister, Ifa Bayeza.
With a focus on news and the under 35 crowd, Martinez develops engaging, daily reports for BlackEnterprise.com. She also pens the blog, After School Daze: Life After Undergrad, where she delves into the day-to-day issues and concerns of recent graduates trying to adapt to life off campus. Prior to Black Enterprise, the Bronx, N.Y. native contributed to Latina, Latina.com, Honeymag.com, Syracuse Record and The Post-Standard. When she's not writing articles, the self-proclaimed travelista is on the prowl for her next excursion.
Martinez holds a bachelor's degree in magazine journalism and sociology from Syracuse University.