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Here’s Michelle Obama’s Speech At Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service

Michelle Obama spoke this weekend at the memorial service for beloved author Maya Angelou, who died on May 28 at age 86. Her tearful and touching speech remembers Angelou for celebrating Black women’s beauty. “Oh, how desperately black girls needed that message,” the First Lady said. “As a young woman, I needed that message.”…

By: Jessica Wakeman / June 8, 2014

The Soapbox: How Talking About Maya Angelou & Her Rape Made Me A Better Mom

It must had been in third grade that my daughter Ella was assigned a project for Black History Month. She was assigned Maya Angelou.

I was unaware of how this selection would impact my view of being a feminist mom.

We eagerly trekked to the public library to check out children’…

By: Veronica Arreola / June 3, 2014

Remember Maya Angelou With Four Of Her Most Famous Poems

The death of Maya Angelou, a lioness of American arts and letters, marked the end of her truly extraordinary career. She leaves behind a body of work that is, quite frankly, exhaustive. The Poetry Foundation has a full list of Angelou’s contributions to literature, poetry, theater and film and many her poems can be found…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou Dies At 86

Maya Angelou, a poet and civil rights activist, has died at 86. Angelou is most well-known for her memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings about growing up poor and Black in the South and she leaves behind a trove of poetry, plays, and other books. Angelou was active in the Civil Rights Movement and worked alongside…

By: Jessica Wakeman / May 28, 2014

Happy 86th Birthday, Maya Angelou!

Today is the 86th birthday of one of the most beloved writers of our generation, Maya Angelou!  The Wake Forest University professor is perhaps most famous for her 1969 memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, as well as reading a poem at President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, winning the Pulitzer Prize for one…

By: Jessica Wakeman / April 4, 2014

Beyonce’s New “Feminist” Fragrance Is Inspired By A Maya Angelou Poem, Smells Like Gold Symphony Orchid And Cashmere

Beyonce’s not done, y’all. In addition to blessing the world with the best Christmas gift ever just a week ago, Bey — or should we call her Yonce now? — is releasing her third fragrance, called Rise, inspired by her favorite Maya Angelou poem. Perhaps that poem is “Still I Rise,” which includes the line:…

By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 20, 2013

Maya Angelou Honored With Prestigious Literary Award

I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings author Dr. Maya Angelous will be awarded the Literarian Award, a sorta lifetime achievement award from the National Book Foundation. [AP]
Beginning this school year, Chicago Public Schools have mandated sexual education for all students, even in kindergarten. [Clutch Magazine]
A 13-year-old boy has bee…

By: Jessica Wakeman / September 5, 2013

Dr. Maya Angelou’s Advice To Her 15-Year-Old Self

Here is the poet Dr. Maya Angelou, age 83, reading a letter she wrote to her 15-year-old self. “Find a beautiful piece of art,” she says. “Realize that was created by a human being just like you. No more human, no less.” Gorgeous. Definitely worth a listen. [CBS News]…

By: Jessica Wakeman / February 23, 2012

Maya Angelou Would Like To Remind You She’s Not Dead

You’d best believe I’d be pissy if I’d wasted my weekend fielding phone calls from frantic friends and family who thought I was dead! But leave it to Maya Angelou, author of I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, to be as polite as can be responding to rumors that she’s kicked the bucket.

By: Jessica Wakeman / October 5, 2009