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Maya Angelou

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  • Maya Angelou's lingering hum

    Maya Angelou's lingering hum
    She bought her clothes for their colors in secondhand shops — "beautiful reds and oranges, and greens and pinks, and teals and turquoise" — and wore them in happy mismatch. She danced feathers and a few sequins to Alvin Ailey's leopard print...
  • Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights advocate, dies at 86

    Maya Angelou, poet and civil rights advocate, dies at 86
    Poet, memoirist and performer Maya Angelou has died at age 86, Wake Forest University announced Wednesday. The multi-talented artist was also a celebrated civil rights advocate and pioneer. As a poet, Angelou was best known for reading at President...
  • Maya Angelou's uncomfortable facts and truths

    Maya Angelou's uncomfortable facts and truths
    Caution: The following tribute to the late, great author-poet Maya Angelou may be hazardous to some of my touchier readers. The previous paragraph is called a "trigger warning," a disclaimer of the sort that often has been applied to online...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • Maya Angelou's wisdom, courage hailed by first lady, Clinton and Oprah

    An inspiration, an angel, a guiding star and the greatest woman ever known. The accolades bestowed upon author, performer and civil rights advocate Maya Angelou were numerous Saturday as former President Bill Clinton, Oprah Winfrey and First Lady...
  • 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....
  • Maya Angelou Dead at 86

    Maya Angelou, the renowned poet, author and civil rights activist, has died at the age of 86, Variety has confirmed. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines told the local Fox affiliate that Angelou was found unresponsive by her caretaker on Wednesday morning....
  • Maya Angelou: Authors, including J.K. Rowling, pay tribute

    Maya Angelou, poet and author of the memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," touched many with her words and life. After she died Wednesday at age 86, tributes from authors and others began flowing on Twitter. Here is a sampling: J.K. Rowling,...
  • 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...
  • 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...