Playwright/Screenwriter Suzan-Lori Parks was the first African American woman in 2002 to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for her play – Topdog/Underdog which starred Jeffrey Wright and Don Cheadle (Wright and Mos Def on Broadway).
The play is about two African-American brothers named Lincoln and Booth as a joke by their father.
She also worked on the screenplays for Their Eyes are Watching God and The Great Debaters.
She credits her writing teacher and mentor, James Baldwin, for starting her on the path of playwrighting. James Baldwin stated that she is "an astonishing and beautiful creature who may become one of the most valuable artists of our time."
Along with being an inspiring African American woman, Suzan Lori-Parks is both a writing inspiration as well as ‘natural hair’ inspiration.