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Maya Angelou

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  • Maya Angelou, a daughter of the South, a voice for us all

    Before she sat down to write her first book, "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," Maya Angelou had already pulled off several stunning acts of personal reinvention. The St. Louis-born daughter of an Arkansas sharecropper family, Angelou had been a streetcar...
  • Maya Angelou: 6 places to learn more about her extraordinary life

    Maya Angelou: 6 places to learn more about her extraordinary life
    Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday at age 86, is best known for being an accomplished author, civil-rights advocate and poet, but she had many different lives -- as a streetcar conductor, performer, dancer. To learn more about her, step inside museums...
  • Maya Angelou's death brings forth memories, tributes from Md. friends

    When he went to bed Tuesday night, Levi B. Watkins was looking forward to flying to North Carolina this week to visit a "close friend and soul mate," just as he'd done so often for years. His stay at the home of poet Maya Angelou, he was sure, would...
  • Caged bird is free

    The caged bird is finally free, as Maya Angelou has passed away and her spirit has ascended to heaven, giving her lasting peace and tranquility. Though she may have suffered a lot in her lifetime, she always remained upbeat and hopeful, making her not...
  • My heart just stopped [Commentary]

    My heart just stopped [Commentary]
    On Wednesday, just for a moment, my heart stopped. The same way it stopped when I heard that Toni Cade Bambara had breast cancer and when I heard that Nelson Mandela had passed away. It stopped the same way that my grandmother's heart stopped when she...
  • 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....
  • 'Caged bird's' song of triumph over pain resonates

    'Caged bird's' song of triumph over pain resonates
    I cannot recall in what grade I was when the teacher put "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" on the required reading list. But I'll never forget how I felt after finishing it. Unsettled. In reading Maya Angelou's first memoir, I felt something of a...
  • By sharing her life's story, Maya Angelou gave strength to others [Commentary]

    By sharing her life's story, Maya Angelou gave strength to others [Commentary]
    I was listening to a local radio news program when I heard the anchor say that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed. To make sure the report was accurate, I called a friend, who knows her through a close friendship with Angelou's grandson. She confirmed what I was...
  • Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson Receiving AFI Degrees

    The American Film Institute is awarding honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees to screenwriter Robert Towne and actress Cicely Tyson. The honors, which recognize their "contributions of distinction to the art of the moving image," will be presented...
  • The Whiteboard Jungle: Where are the voices against pot legalization?

    The Whiteboard Jungle: Where are the voices against pot legalization?
    The latest Pew Research Center poll shows that 54% of Americans favor legalizing marijuana. If you are part of that 54%, you must be on cloud nine (high, in other words). First came states allowing medical marijuana dispensaries. Then in the November...
  • City Lights: Student poetry readers impress this judge

    City Lights: Student poetry readers impress this judge
    I don't have a recording of the first poetry feature I ever gave, but part of me is glad I don't. As I recall, I was dreadful. Like any nervous undergraduate facing a big-time venue — well, Alta Coffee in Newport Beach, although it might as well...