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REVIEW Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal is a retired NBA center who played 19 seasons in the league. He played in the NBA from 1992, when the Orlando Magic made him the 1st overall pick in the NBA Draft, to 2011, when he retired as a member of the Boston Celtics. Over the course of his career, O’Neal won the two NBA scoring titles and was a first-team All-NBA selection eight times. O’Neal was a member of four NBA Championship teams, three with the Lakers and one with the Heat, and won three consecutive NBA Finals MVP awards. He was a 15-time All-Star and won 3 All-Star Game MVP awards. In 1996, O’Neal was named to the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, despite having only played four full seasons at that point.
REVIEW Ntozake Shange (En-to-za-kee Shong-gā)was born Paulette Williams in Trenton, New Jersey on October 18, 1948. In 1971 she changed her name to Ntozake Shange. Ntozake means “she who comes with her own things“, in Xhosa and Shange means “she who walks like a lion“, in Zulu. Her father was an Air Force surgeon and her mother was an educator and a psychiatric social worker. The Williams were upper middle class African Americans whose love of the arts contributed to an intellectually stimulating childhood for Shange and her three siblings. Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Chuck Berry, and W. E. B. Du Bois were among the frequent guests at her parents’ house.
Shange was propelled into the national literary and dramatic scene in 1974 with the dramatic debut of for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf and has since maintained a literary presence, garnering awards and honors for her achievements as a dramatist, poet, and novelist. Her list of creative achievements has steadily increased through the writing of several dramas such as From Okra to Greens (1978), A Photograph: A Still Life with Shadows/A Photograph: A Study in Cruelty, which was revised as A Photograph: Lovers-In-Motion and published with Spell #7 (1979) and Boogie Woogie Landscapes (1979) in Three Pieces (1981). Other dramas include Where the Mississippi Meets the Amazon, (coauthored with Jessica Hegedorn and Thulani Nkabinda); Mother Courage and Her Children (1980); and Daddy Says (1989). Her poetry collections include Nappy Edges (1978) and Ridin‘ the Moon in Texas (1989), and her books and essays include Sassafras: A Novella (1977); Some Men (1981); Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo (1982); A Daughter’s Geography (1983); See No Evil: Prefaces Essays and Accounts, 1976–1983 (1984); and Betsy Brown (1985). Shange describes herself as a poet in the American theater, where she sees mostly shallow, stilted, and imitative action taking place on stages.