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  • Oprah Winfrey on Maya Angelou: 'She Will Always Be the Rainbow in My Clouds'

    Maya Angelou, the author and poet who died Wednesday at 86, had a long friendship with Oprah Winfrey, who often cited her as an inspiration and a mentor.
  • Maya Angelou: Giving voice to so many

    Maya Angelou: Giving voice to so many
    More than a dozen readers sent letters this week eulogizing poet and author Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday. It isn't uncommon for readers to share their fondness for a recently passed writer's work, and several readers did just that with Angelou....

    When Maya Angelou was interviewed by Studs Terkel

    In March 1970, Maya Angelou sat down with Studs Terkel for a radio interview about her memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” The story of her girlhood in Stamps, Ark., the book is an extended statement of perseverance, a paean to the...

    Ruby Dee made her graceful mark on artistic, activist stages

     Ruby Dee made her graceful mark on artistic, activist stages
    Ruby Dee packed a lot of power in a tiny package. Barely topping 5 feet, 2 inches, she nevertheless loomed large. Still, there was a softness alongside the steel, a smile gracing her face more often than a frown. There was a kindness in her eyes, a...

    Chaka Khan now wants to spend her time helping others

    PITTSBURGH Like Aretha, Cher and Whitney, Chaka Khan is in that rare company of performers who can go just by their first names. But unlike those performers, Chaka has a never gained a reputation as a diva among her fans. She is "everybody's girl," the...