| Jun 4, 2014
| 1:26 PM
Seating will be limited for Maya Angelou’s private memorial service at the campus of Wake Forest University on Saturday, officials said. But in another sense, the entire world has been invited — the proceedings will be live-streamed, the North...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"ARRIVE at a party in a fringed flapper dress or a hoop skirt, and you're in costume. Come in the style worn by Katharine Hepburn or Barbara Stanwyck in the 1930s -- a dress of woven silk gauze and chiffon that clings to the figure and plunges in the back...
| Jun 6, 2014
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...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 4:30 PM
This fall, when my students study "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," it won't be the same due to the passing of Maya Angelou last week.
Just as we all have to deal with the death of loved ones as we live our lives, an English teacher has to deal with...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 12:51 PM
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...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 3:05 PM
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...
| Sep 2, 2014
| 12:34 PM
The life and works of Maya Angelou will be celebrated Thursday, 5-7 p.m., at the College of William and Mary's Tucker Hall Theater. The presentation includes short readings of Angelou's works by students and faculty, as well as a performance by the Leah...
| Jul 28, 2014
| 5:06 PM
A poet once told me that to enjoy poetry, you must read it aloud to appreciate the nuances of the word choices and hear the rhythms that bring the stories to life.
If that's true, Hampton Roads poetry fans can count themselves among the fortunate. There...
| Sep 18, 2014
If you're a baby boomer like me, the recent controversy over a football player who whipped his son with a switch probably has you looking back and reassessing your own childhood.
Like many folks who raised children in 1950s and '60s, my parents relied...
| Apr 24, 2013
| 12:25 PM
A lecture by author Maya Angelou scheduled for May 2 at Chrysler Hall has been postponed.
According to a news release, Angelou’s health is the cause of the delay. Angelou turned 85 in early April.
The talk was to coincide with the Norfolk...
| Jun 10, 2013
| 1:28 PM
Live with vultures, become a vulture; live with crows, become a crow.
Why did the crow cross the road? The giggle answer that rose up was "to get to the other side," of course. As the black bird with the wide stance...