for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf is a piece of work inspired by events of Shange's own life. Shange has admitted publicly to attempting suicide on four different occasions. In a phone interview conducted with CNN Shange explained how she came to the title of her choreopoem: "I was driving the No. 1 Highway in Northern California and I was overcome by the appearance of two parallel rainbows. I had a feeling of near death or near catastrophe. Then I drove through the rainbow and I went away. Then I put that together to form the title," The colors of the rainbow then became the essence of the women in the choreopoem.
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