Published On: Wed, Jun 24th, 2009

Mariposa dedicates her words to Ntozake Shange

Poet Mariposa dedicates a poem to Ntozake Shange, poet,
playwright, author of "For Colored Girls Only Who Considered Suicide
When The Rainbow's Enuff" during the Pedro Pietri Hand Awards presented
by El Puerto Rican Embassy and El Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños
and held at Hunter College, NYC 2009. Ms. Shange was one of the
honorees along with Miriam Colón, actor and founder of the Puerto Rican
Traveling Theater, José "Chegui" Torres, first Puerto Rican Light
Heavyweight Champion of the World, journalist and best selling author,
Dylcia Pagán, Activist, visual artist, filmmaker, Tato Laviera, poet,
playwright, and Carlos Ortíz, photographer, filmmaker.

 The Annual and
not so Annual Pedro Pietri Hand Award honors the memory of one of the
most gifted poets/playwrights of the 20th Century and was created to
recognize significant artistic and cultural contributions by Puerto
Rican/Nuyorican poets, artists, musicians and political activists
working in their respective fields today. The Pedro Pietri Hand Awards
were hosted by Adál Maldonado and Mariposa and featured performances by
Jesús Papoleto Meléndez, Pepo Saavedra, Cindy SugaRush Casado, Tato
Laviera, Frank Méndez, El Viejito Bismarck. The Pedro Pietri Hand Award
was designed by Adál Maldonado with a ring designed in collaboration
with artist Olga Ayala.

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Mariposa dedicates her words to Ntozake Shange