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Topic: maya angelou passed away
Posted By: Blac1Chyna
Subject: maya angelou passed away
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:29am
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86.

Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.

Angelou had been reportedly battling health problems. She recently canceled a scheduled appearance of a special event to be held in her honor.

Angelou was set to be honored with the “Beacon of Life Award” at the 2014 MLB Beacon Award Luncheon on May 30 in Houston.

Angelou, one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, is a celebrated poet, novelist, educator, producer, actress, filmmaker and civil rights activist.

She has received over 50 honorary degrees and was Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University.

Angelou is famous for saying, “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

There are no further details at this time.



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Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:30am
Damn, another great died but we still have Nicki Minaj


Posted By: Blac1Chyna
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:32am
leave nicki out of this!


Posted By: jonesable
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:33am
Later today I will pull out some of her poetry.
I loved Maya Angelou's work especially in Jr high/high school but who didn't.

I loved her attitude


Posted By: Princess_S
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:34am
oh crap.  sorry for the repost!


Posted By: Yardgirl
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:34am
Originally posted by iliveforbhm iliveforbhm wrote:

Damn, another great died but we still have Nicki Minaj

Ermm


RIP Dr. Angelou Cry


Posted By: SoutherNtellect
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:39am
May she rest in her history of progressiveness


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:41am
She is a great beautiful soul who inspired many young black women. We will never have another and she joined the ancestors.


Posted By: newin2009
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:41am
May she rest in peace


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:41am
Originally posted by Blac1Chyna Blac1Chyna wrote:

leave nicki out of this!




Posted By: Ladycoils
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:54am
Very sad day.. may she rest in peace


Posted By: EPITOME
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:56am
I remember devouring her novels at like 10. Such a wordsmith. RIP to a literary legend.


Posted By: indiecat
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:03am
RIP


Posted By: AshBash89
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:05am
This actually really hurt me. I admired her work so much while growing up.


Posted By: afrokock
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:09am
Rip!


Posted By: Butta Cookie
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:12am
RIP. Guess I'll download some of her work and read it.


Posted By: MsBMW
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:13am
May she rest in Peace she is a true Pioneer of our generation. 


Posted By: Gkisses
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:16am
Great talent with a beautiful mind....I was able to see her in person and she was just as warm and kind.


Posted By: *M. Gurl *
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:18am
RIPUnhappy She cancelled an event that I was supposed to attend last year due to health problems. 


Posted By: Printer_Ink
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:22am
Sorry to hear this ... I never could relate to what she went on snd on about (too much pain in her life) but she was a good writer and person.


Posted By: SoutherNtellect
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:22am
You may write me down in history

With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you? 
Why are you beset with gloom? 
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken? 
Bowed head and lowered eyes? 
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you? 
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you? 
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I've got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs? 

Out of the huts of history's shame
I rise
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I rise
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise. 




Posted By: Alias_Avi
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:23am
We lost another great one RIP

Brilliant poet


Posted By: goodm3
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:26am
Wow....this is so sad to hear. 

Did she have any children. 

May she rest in peace. 

I wonder wear she will be buried....and if Winston Salem State will name a building after her or something.....


Posted By: Az~Maverick
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:36am
Phenomenal Woman.....May she R.I.P. Cry


Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 9:37am
I just saw this on HuffPo. Formidable woman. RIP.


Posted By: GoodGirlGoneGr8
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:01am
RIP Ms. Angelou...

The black greats of our gen are dying yet there's no one today who even comes close to replacing them...


Posted By: Ming
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:06am
RIP

I always quote her


Posted By: Lomm
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:11am
RIP Maya.


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:14am

I will always love her and continue to share her beautiful words with my baby daughter . RIP .Cry 

Maya Angelou Poems

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1pgK4J_YLgQ/TlOmOBlkWdI/AAAAAAAAAAQ/A4aFcoYRzyI/s1600/in-out-of-time.jpg" rel="nofollow - Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me


Posted By: Ds2nice
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:17am
RIP Maya Cry


Posted By: CLCNY20
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:19am
RIP you beautiful, wonderful angel
Ty for inspiring so many of us
Cry Heart




Posted By: ThoughtCouture
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:22am

rip!



Posted By: Brjasuga51
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:27am
RIP Maya Angelou
I will always remember .I know y the caged bird sings
 
I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,
When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,
When he beats his bars and would be free;
It is not a carol of joy or glee,
But a prayer that he sends from his heart's deep core,
But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings –
I know why the caged bird sings. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Know_Why_the_Caged_Bird_Sings#cite_note-21" rel="nofollow -


Posted By: melikey
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:31am
Beautiful life.
She will be missed.


Posted By: noneyons
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:36am
oh no! 

i met maya once. well kinda. i was in the audience when she spoke at my college some years ago. i teared up and so wasn't expecting to. 

she was such a down to earth, cool ass speaker. funny as hell too!

she lived a full, rich life. said she smoked cigarettes  from the time she was like 9 until she was 70ishShocked

yeah. she will be missed. 

r.i.p


Posted By: Claudie
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:45am
R.I.P. wonderful Lady Dr. Angelou Broken HeartCry


Posted By: Im_oh_so_hott
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:45am
R.I.P


Posted By: Journey94
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:49am
RIP. I know why the Caged Bird sings is one of my favorites, very talented woman.


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:50am
Originally posted by GoodGirlGoneGr8 GoodGirlGoneGr8 wrote:

RIP Ms. Angelou...

The black greats of our gen are dying yet there's no one today who even comes close to replacing them...


Beysus, Hova, Nas, Rick Ross, Drake


Posted By: Mixer
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 11:06am
R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou.


Posted By: Bored w/Out Me?
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 11:12am
So Sad...


Posted By: mzsophisticated
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 11:13am
R.i.p. she was such a great women, black pride and elegance


Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 11:21am
R.I.P




Posted By: Diane (35)
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 11:28am
CryCry I've always wanted to meet her. RIP


Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 11:45am
maya


Posted By: JoliePoufiasse
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 11:47am
Honored: Among the countless accolades Angelou received was the 2010 Medal of Freedom, presented by President Barack Obama in February 2011
Tragic: Author and poet Maya Angelou was found dead in her home in North Carolina on Wednesday. She was 86 years old. She was pictured here giving a speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004


Posted By: Bonjour baby ooowee
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 11:50am
May she move into heavenly peace amen


Posted By: rickysrose
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 12:24pm
she will be missed

She shared so much of her wisdom and we needed it ... but we know she still had so much more wisdom to share

May her peace be complete




Posted By: Nisha
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 12:39pm

Rest In Peace, Phenomenal Lady.

CryCryCryCryCryCryCryCryCryCryCry


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 12:53pm
Originally posted by CherryBlossom CherryBlossom wrote:

very fitting...

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<p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba0, 0, 0, 0; margin: 0px; -sizing: border-;">Okay now I’m crying.

<p style="outline: none 0px; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: rgba0, 0, 0, 0; margin: 0px; -sizing: border-;">NOOOOO! :(



Learned that long ago and I heard myself.


Posted By: iliveforbhm
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 12:55pm
Originally posted by rickysrose rickysrose wrote:

she will be missed

She shared so much of her wisdom and we needed it ... but we know she still had so much more wisdom to share

May her peace be complete




It's time we make the mistakes and go through experiences to gain something that we can give to the world. The old world is dying. And. The new one is breathing life so let's gain new experiences and new cultural practices.


Posted By: nebhnebh
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 1:03pm
Just heard about this.  She will be missed.


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 1:45pm
I was just reading about her in O's What I Know for Sure column last night. She said Maya was a great role model for what getting older can be. She taught us so many lessons. What a woman, what a treasure.

Rest.


Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 2:16pm
RIP Phenomenal Woman

Maya, gave me words to live by;

“The first time someone shows you who they are, believe them.” 
―  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3503.Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - Maya Angelou

I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” 
―  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3503.Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - Maya Angelou


“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 
―  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3503.Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - Maya Angelou

“I do not trust people who don't love themselves and yet tell me, 'I love you.' There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.” 
―  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3503.Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - Maya Angelou

“When you know better you do better.” 
―  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3503.Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - Maya Angelou

“Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That's me.” 
―  http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3503.Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - Maya Angelou http://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/15379" rel="nofollow - Phenomenal Woman: Four Poems Celebrating Women
Heart


Posted By: AshBash89
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 2:17pm
I'm so in my feelings, I remember reading her poems for the first time and discovering the meaning of rhythm and poetry. I understood what it meant without ever hearing the words spoken aloud. I was a child then and I wanted to write like her when I grew up.


Posted By: CLCNY20
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 2:44pm


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 4:22pm
I meant to post this last month but yall be sure to check out her photo at the Gallery.


Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Unveils Portrait of Maya Angelou!

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This weekend on April 5, 2014 I had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of Dr. Maya Angelou's portrait at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC. The painting marks the I Know Why a Caged Bird Sings author's 86th birthday. It was such an amazing experience and she was nothing but the truth. Below are a few photos and videos:

 

Powerful women: Oprah Winfrey and Cicely Tyson took a moment to pose with author Maya Angelou on her 86th birthday on the weekend as her portrait was unveiled at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC

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Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 4:23pm






Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 4:24pm
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During her travels abroad, Angelou befriended Malcolm X when he visited Ghana in May 1964.
The two wrote to each other frequently upon his return to the United States. 


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 6:47pm

20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Maya Angelou


1) Maya Angelou’s actual name was Marguerite Ann Johnson and her brother, Bailey Jr., actually http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - nicknamed her “Maya.”

2) The very regal Ms. Angelou was actually a https://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - descendant from the Mende people of Sierra Leone of West Africa.

3) After being sexually abused and http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/cagedbird/section3.rhtml" rel="nofollow - raped by her mother’s boyfriend, Freeman, the shock made Maya mute and she and Bailey Jr. were sent to live with her grandmother. Angelou told Bailey what had taken place and he told the family. Freeman was arrested but served only one day in jail for what he did to Angelou. Four days after Freeman’s release, he was found dead — apparently murdered  but it was never proven. There are rumors that Angelou’s uncles sought revenge.

4) The literary icon gives her high school http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/cagedbird/section3.rhtml" rel="nofollow - teacher Bertha Flowers credit for helping her to speak again after five years  of silence and for igniting her interest in literature. Angelou once stated that the period of silence actually allowed her to absorb her surroundings more intensely.

5) Angelou was just a teen when she dropped out of  high school.  She wound up securing a job as San Francisco’s http://mayaangelou.com/bio/" rel="nofollow - first African-American female cable car conductor.

6) After giving high school another try, Angelou got http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1" rel="nofollow - pregnant and graduated a few weeks before giving birth to her only child, Guy.

7) Despite all of the racial taboos of the time, Angelou dared to  http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1" rel="nofollow - marry  Greek sailor Enistasious”Tosh” Angelos in 1951, but after four years, the union faded into black.

8) When Angelou began her nightclub career as a calypso singer and dancer around San Francisco, she dropped her birth name and took on the name Maya Angelou.  She even met and http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/28/us/maya-angelou-obit/" rel="nofollow - teamed up with dance legend Alvin Ailey to form the modern dance performing duo of “Al and Rita.”  The pair never hit it big, so they decided to go their separate ways.

9) In 1957, Angelou actually http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2014/05/28/before-maya-angelou-there-was-miss-calypso/" rel="nofollow - recorded an album, “Miss Calypso.” Two years later, she performed in an off-Broadway review that inspired the film “Calypso Heat Wave,” where she sang and performed her own compositions.

10) In 1959, Angelou met novelist James O. Killens, the spiritual Father of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s, who inspired a subsequent generation of African Americans through writings charged with strong social and political messages. Killens, who was the founding chairman of the Harlem Writers Guild,  actually http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/28/us/maya-angelou-obit/" rel="nofollow - prodded Angelou to pursue writing and join the guild, where she hobnobbed with such luminaries as Paule Marshall, John Henrik Clarke, and Rosa Guy.

11) After hearing civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak at a civil rights gathering, she and Killens http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2014/05/28/3442108/maya-angelou-civil-rights/" rel="nofollow - organized Cabaret for Freedom to benefit the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC).  The political move earned Angelou the title of  SCLC’s northern coordinator.

12) Angelou made the decision to http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1" rel="nofollow - relocate to Cairo, Egypt, in 1961, where she took on a job as an associate editor for a weekly English language newspaper.

13) In 1962, Angelou http://www.achievement.org/autodoc/page/ang0bio-1" rel="nofollow - moved to Accra, Ghana, where she wound up living there five years while Guy, a college student, recuperated from a very serious auto accident.  While in Accra, Angelou worked as an administrator at the University of Ghana and freelanced for various publications there.

 

14) The year 1965 brought about turbulent changes as far as civil rights was concerned in the United States and Angelou was front and center.  She http://www.biography.com/news/maya-angelou-dead-at-86#awesm=%7EoFBhVMJo0Qm446" rel="nofollow - met Malcolm X (pictured) while he visited Ghana and decided to accompany him back to the States to help him build his expanding Organization of Afro-American Unity.  Malcolm was murdered not long after Angelou joined him in his civil rights efforts.

 
15) Dr. King called upon Angelou to spearhead a http://www.biography.com/news/maya-angelou-dead-at-86#awesm=%7EoFBhVMJo0Qm446" rel="nofollow - march in 1968, but as fate would have it, he was assassinated on March 4th, the day of her 40th birthday.  Angelou chose not to celebrate her birthday for years after Dr. Kings death as the memories were too painful for her. Instead, on her birthday, Angelou would send http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2008-03-26-maya-angelou_N.htm" rel="nofollow - flowers every year to King’s widow, Coretta Scott, and recite a birthday prayer for the country.

16) Angelou never went to college, but she preferred that folks outside her intimate circle of friends and family http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - refer to her as “Dr.”

17) Angelou’s writing http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Angelou#cite_note-112" rel="nofollow - ritual involved having a yellow legal pad while lying in bed with a bottle of sherry, a thesaurus, the Bible, and playing solitaire when she ran out of steam.
18) Since the 1980s, Angelou has kept extremely busy by participating in the http://www.euronews.com/2014/05/28/american-author-and-poet-maya-angelou-dies-at-age-86/" rel="nofollow - lecture circuit.

19) Angelou’s http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_honors_received_by_Maya_Angelou" rel="nofollow - list of awards are mind-numbing: a Pulitzer Prize nomination for her book of poetry “Just Give Me A Cool Drink Of Water ‘fore I Diiie,”  a nomination for a Tony Award for her role in the 1973 play “Look Away,”  and three Grammys for her spoken word albums. In addition to her many accolades by universities, colleges, literary organizations, government agencies, and special interest groups, Angelou also received the National Medal of Arts in 2000, the Lincoln Medal in 2008, and the Presidential http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/remembering-maya-angelou/moment-time-obama-awards-maya-angelou-medal-freedom-2010-n116286" rel="nofollow - Medal of Freedom in 2011.  Angelou also managed to secure under her belt more than 30 honorary degrees.

 
20) Angelou’s favorite word in the English language was joy.  Whenever she signed her books, — she authored 31 of them, including poetry, children’s books and a cookbook — she added the word “ http://mayaangelou.com/news/13/" rel="nofollow - joy “!  Angelou was in awe of all that she had accomplished in her 86 years on this earth and always spoke about the life she led in quiet exclamations.



Posted By: BBpants
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 6:49pm
She was a great woman. R.I.P


Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 7:02pm
Thanks Purp! I had no idea.Clap


Posted By: Katrenia
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 7:27pm
Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:


20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Maya Angelou

You have been Thanked


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 7:53pm
Originally posted by carolina cutie carolina cutie wrote:

Thanks Purp! I had no idea.Clap

yeah I didn't know a few of those either.
phenomenal woman indeed!


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 7:54pm
it might be wrong, but I've always loved how  her uncles handled that rapist.


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 7:55pm
Originally posted by Katrenia Katrenia wrote:

Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:


20 Facts You Didn’t Know About Maya Angelou

You have been Thanked


Big smile



Posted By: Prtybrwneye_z
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:04pm
I was never really into poetry until I was introduced to Maya Angelou's work. She was truly gifted and her literary contributions will continue to inspire generations.

R.I.P Dr. Angelou


Posted By: carolina cutie
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:20pm
Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

it might be wrong, but I've always loved how  her uncles handled that rapist.
You ain't wrong at all. Her uncles handled that POS since the court system didn't care about a brown girl getting raped.


Posted By: Claudie
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:22pm
Purp, thanks Hug


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 8:30pm
Hug Claudie.

welcome!


Posted By: Benni
Date Posted: May 28 2014 at 10:52pm
Thinking of all the little girls named Maya after her.

My Niece is one of them !!!!




Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 29 2014 at 12:42am
 
http://hobnobdrive.com/books/the-golden-tongued-maya-angelou-is-todays-langston-hughes-heres-why/attachment/maya-angelou-langston-hughes/" rel="nofollow">maya angelou langston hughes

Maya and Langston


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 29 2014 at 12:43am
what an awesome picture!!



http://eternallybeautifullyblack.tumblr.com/image/38472981350" rel="nofollow">Writing legends Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou dance in the atrium of the Schomburg Center.  Image via Vince Cush*te.

Honoring His Grave -- Writing legends Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou dance in the atrium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, over the resting place of the ashes of Langston Hughes.




Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: May 29 2014 at 12:48am
did anyone else get her recipe book mainly for the stories that went along with each recipe? I think I cooked a few things from the book , but I loved the stories.


Posted By: nemesis1
Date Posted: May 29 2014 at 12:52am
Originally posted by PurplePhase PurplePhase wrote:

what an awesome picture!!



http://eternallybeautifullyblack.tumblr.com/image/38472981350" rel="nofollow">Writing legends Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou dance in the atrium of the Schomburg Center.  Image via Vince Cush*te.

Honoring His Grave -- Writing legends Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou dance in the atrium of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, over the resting place of the ashes of Langston Hughes.




I love everything about this photo. Heart


Posted By: nemesis1
Date Posted: May 29 2014 at 12:55am
R.I.P. Dr. Angelou.


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Jun 01 2014 at 3:28pm
sorry so late posting, 

On Sunday, June 1, OWN will air encore presentations honoring the late Dr. Maya Angelou. The block of special programming will feature her appearances on Oprah's Master Class, The Oprah Winfrey Show and "Super Soul Sunday."

    11 a.m.: "Super Soul Sunday" with Shawn Achor, Part 2
    12 p.m.: "Super Soul Sunday" with Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 1
    1 p.m.: "Super Soul Sunday" with Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 2
    2 p.m.: "Super Soul Sunday" with Shawn Achor, Part 2 (Repeat)
    3 p.m.: "Super Soul Sunday" with Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 1 (Repeat)
    4 p.m.: "Super Soul Sunday" with Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 2 (Repeat)
    5 p.m.: The Oprah Winfrey Show: Conversations with Oprah: Maya Angelou—1993
    6 p.m.: "Super Soul Sunday" with Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 1 (Repeat)
    7 p.m.: "Super Soul Sunday" with Dr. Maya Angelou, Part 2 (Repeat)
    8 p.m.: The Oprah Winfrey Show: Legends Ball
    9 p.m.: Oprah's Master Class: Dr. Maya Angelou
    10 p.m.: Oprah's Master Class: Whoopi Goldberg



Posted By: femmefatale85
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 9:49am

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Michelle Obama DELIVERS Rousing Speech At Dr. Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service EVERY Woman Should Hear

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Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service was held at Wake Forest University yesterday and First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an inspiring speech that every black girl and black woman should hear. Also, Oprah delivered an emotional speech of her own. Check it inside…

On Saturday, iconic poet and civil rights leader http://theybf.com/2014/06/02/lupita-nyong%E2%80%99o-lands-first-movie-role-in-%E2%80%98star-wars-episode-vii%E2%80%99-since-winning-oscar" rel="nofollow - Dr. Maya Angelou was remembered in a memorial service at Wake Forest University, where she taught for more than 33 years. http://theybf.com/2014/05/28/rip-dr-maya-angelou-dies-at-86?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+YoungBlackAndFabulous+%28Young%2C+Black%2C+and+Fabulous%29" rel="nofollow - Dr. Maya Angelou died in her home in North Carolina after battling health issues. First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, former president Bill Clinton, Cicely Tyson and many others attended the ceremony to pay their respects to The Phenomenal Woman.

FLOTUS Michelle Obama delivered an invigorating speech, detailing how Maya Angelou’s affirming power with her words carried her from a little black girl from Chicago to the White House. It was amazing to hear the First Lady talk about her many struggles as a young black girl that turned her into the powerful black woman she is today. Definitely something we, as black women, can all relate to.

She spoke about Dr. Angelou’s words encouraging her when the world still questioned her black womanhood and black beauty on the campaign trail and beyond.

Here’s Mrs. O's full speech transcript:

MRS. OBAMA: Thank you so much. (Applause.) My heart is so full. My heart is so full. Bebe -- Oprah, why did you do that? Just why did you put me after this? (Laughter.)

To the family, Guy, to all of you; to the friends; President Clinton; Oprah; my mother, Cicely Tyson; Ambassador Young -- let me just share something with you. My mother, Marian Robinson, never cares about anything I do. (Laughter.) But when Dr. Maya Angelou passed, she said, you’re going, aren’t you? I said, well, Mom, I’m not really sure, I have to check with my schedule. She said, you are going, right? (Laughter.) I said, well, I’m going to get back to you but I have to check with the people, figure it out. I came back up to her room when I found out that I was scheduled to go, and she said, that’s good, now I’m happy. (Laughter.)

It is such a profound honor, truly, a profound honor, to be here today on behalf of myself and my husband as we celebrate one of the greatest spirits our world has ever known, our dear friend, Dr. Maya Angelou.

In the Book of Psalms it reads: “I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the Earth.” What a perfect description of Maya Angelou, and the gift she gave to her family and to all who loved her.

She taught us that we are each wonderfully made, intricately woven, and put on this Earth for a purpose far greater than we could ever imagine. And when I think about Maya Angelou, I think about the affirming power of her words.

The first time I read “Phenomenal Woman”, I was struck by how she celebrated black women’s beauty like no one had ever dared to before. (Applause.) Our curves, our stride, our strength, our grace. Her words were clever and sassy; they were powerful and sexual and boastful. And in that one singular poem, Maya Angelou spoke to the essence of black women, but she also graced us with an anthem for all women –- a call for all of us to embrace our God-given beauty.

And, oh, how desperately black girls needed that message. As a young woman, I needed that message. As a child, my first doll was Malibu Barbie. (Laughter.) That was the standard for perfection. That was what the world told me to aspire to. But then I discovered Maya Angelou, and her words lifted me right out of my own little head.

Her message was very simple. She told us that our worth has nothing to do with what the world might say. Instead, she said, “Each of us comes from the creator trailing wisps of glory.” She reminded us that we must each find our own voice, decide our own value, and then announce it to the world with all the pride and joy that is our birthright as members of the human race.

Dr. Angelou’s words sustained me on every step of my journey –- through lonely moments in ivy-covered classrooms and colorless skyscrapers; through blissful moments mothering two splendid baby girls; through long years on the campaign trail where, at times, my very womanhood was dissected and questioned. For me, that was the power of Maya Angelou’s words –- words so powerful that they carried a little black girl from the South Side of Chicago all the way to the White House. (Applause.)

And today, as First Lady, whenever the term “authentic” is used to describe me, I take it as a tremendous compliment, because I know that I am following in the footsteps of great women like Maya Angelou. But really, I’m just a beginner -- I am baby-authentic. (Laughter.) Maya Angelou, now she was the original, she was the master. For at a time when there were such stifling constraints on how black women could exist in the world, she serenely disregarded all the rules with fiercely passionate, unapologetic self. She was comfortable in every last inch of her glorious brown skin.

But for Dr. Angelou, her own transition was never enough. You see, she didn’t just want to be phenomenal herself, she wanted all of us to be phenomenal right alongside her. (Applause.) So that’s what she did throughout her lifetime -– she gathered so many of us under her wing. I wish I was a daughter, but I was right under that wing sharing her wisdom, her genius, and her boundless love.

I first came into her presence in 2008, when she spoke at a campaign rally here in North Carolina. At that point, she was in a wheelchair, hooked up to an oxygen tank to help her breathe. But let me tell you, she rolled up like she owned the place. (Laughter.) She took the stage, as she always did, like she’d been born there. And I was so completely awed and overwhelmed by her presence I could barely concentrate on what she was saying to me.

But while I don’t remember her exact words, I do remember exactly how she made me feel. (Applause.) She made me feel like I owned the place, too. She made me feel like I had been born on that stage right next to her. And I remember thinking to myself, “Maya Angelou knows who I am, and she’s rooting for me. So, now I’m good. I can do this. I can do this.” (Applause.)

And that’s really true for us all, because in so many ways, Maya Angelou knew us. She knew our hope, our pain, our ambition, our fear, our anger, our shame. And she assured us that despite it all –- in fact, because of it all -– we were good. And in doing so, she paved the way for me and Oprah and so many others just to be our good, old, black-woman selves. (Applause.)

She showed us that eventually, if we stayed true to who we are, then the world would embrace us. (Applause.) And she did this not just for black women, but for all women, for all human beings. She taught us all that it is okay to be your regular old self, whatever that is –- your poor self, your broken self, your brilliant, bold, phenomenal self.

That was Maya Angelou’s reach. She touched me. She touched all of you. She touched people all across the globe, including a young white woman from Kansas who named her daughter after Maya, and raised her son to be the first black President of the United States. (Applause.)

So when I heard that Dr. Angelou had passed, while I felt a deep sense of loss, I also felt a profound sense of peace. Because there is no question that Maya Angelou will always be with us, because there was something truly divine about Maya. I know that now, as always, she is right where she belongs.

May her memory be a blessing to us all. Thank you. God bless. (Applause.)

 

Check it:



Before Michelle Obama took the podium, Oprah delivered an emotional speech of her fondest memories of Dr. Angelou. She talked about how the legendary poet was like a mother figure to her and how she became the ultimate teacher in her life.

"The loss I feel, I cannot describe," Winfrey said, her voice wavering as she fought back tears. "It's like something I have never felt before. She was my spiritual queen mother and everything that that word implies. She was the ultimate teacher. She taught me the poetry of courage and respect."

Here Oprah’s full speech below:


Inspirational. 

R.I.P. Dr. Angelou.

 

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Posted By: coconess
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 1:43pm
whats going on with her hair?

i think i like the color on her


Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 3:41pm
thanks for the video clips. I watched the full memorial yesterday live on OWN but a few people have requested a video because they missed it. I was hoping OWN would replay it today but I guess the live airing was it/



Posted By: PurplePhase
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 4:12pm
adding Ms. Tyson

 


Posted By: india100
Date Posted: Jun 08 2014 at 4:24pm
I thought she was suppose to lay in state ? I only see flowers instead of a casket . The news coverage is all over the place on her burial . RIP ANGEL . CryHeart



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