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Beyonce Includes Feminist & Positive Body Image Messages In Her Made In America Performance


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Beyoncé’s performance at Budweiser’s Made in America Festival on Saturday (5th September) was carefully orchestrated to include messages of female empowerment. The 34-year-old singer, who had celebrated her birthday the evening before, headlined the first day at the Festival held at Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

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Maya Angelou Memorial Stamp Goes Awry


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The US Postal Service’s attempt to commemorate the late author and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has ended in farce, after a postage stamp bearing her image contained a quotation that was, in fact, attributed to somebody else.

According to the Washington Post on Tuesday, the words that appear on the stamp - “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” – would seem to make reference to Angelou’s 1969 autobiography ‘I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings’.

However, though these words are associated with her they were not actually written by Angelou, but instead by Joan Walsh Anglund in her 1967 book of poetry ‘A Cup of Sun’, with the “it” on the stamp changed from a “he”.

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Remembering Maya Angelou, 1928-2014


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Iconic American author, poet and journalist Maya Angelou died on May 28. Angelou was 86 years old and had been unwell for some time, canceling a number of recent appearances.  According to a statement released by her family she was found by her nurse.

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Born in 1928, Angelou spent her young years in Arkansas, shuffling between the homes of her mother and her grandmother. In these formative years she experienced life as a black girl living under white laws, and as a child dreamed of waking up to find herself white, with a blonde bob, as she believed white girls had it easier than black girls.

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Maya Angelou Dies At 86, But Her Works Will Live On. Forever.


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Maya Angelou, the poet, author and activist generally considered one of America's finest writers of the last 50 years, has died. She was 86. Angelou is perhaps best known for her ground-breaking 1969 memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, the first of seven volumes of autobiography that traced Angelou's childhood of abuse in the Deep South in the 1930s.

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A statement from Wake Forest University, where the author had been professor of American studies since 1982, said: "Dr Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world."

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Maya Angelou Discusses Her Son's Near-Death Experience


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American writer, actress, singer and poet, Maya Angelou, was asked by her son to end his life when he lost the use of his legs. Guy Johnson was told he would never walk again after a car accident, when his spinal cord was severely damaged during his late 20s, leaving him paralysed from the neck down. Despite surviving the crash and being kept alive by several different machines, Johnson remained depressed. 

Maya Angelou discussed her son with Associated Press, explaining: "Guy Johnson is a wonder. He's been physically challenged. He was paralyzed from his neck down at one point. The doctors had told me, 'Your son, he will never move again, he will never walk again.' I said, 'My son will walk out of this hospital.'"

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Good Hair Review


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Chris Rock hosts this exploration into hair issues in the African-American community, talking to celebrities, experts and hairdressers. What's surprising is that this is such a big issue, although the film isn't much more than entertaining fluff.

The question is who decides what hair is good hair? Most of the black magazines show women with long, straight, silky locks, but this isn't the reality for the readers. Or at least not an easily achievable reality, as it involves lots of product, weaves and wigs. A series of award-winning stylists tackle black hairdos for a living, and the issue of black women's hair has a rather huge impact on their men.

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Maya Angelou Saturday 24th October 2009 AARP Expo Vegas@50 at Sands Expo Center - Day 3 Las Vegas, Nevada

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Maya Angelou and LaShell Griffin - Maya Angelou and LaShell Griffin Wednesday 3rd June 2009 at New York Marriott Marquis New York City, USA

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Maya Angelou - Friday 5th September 2008 at Washington Convention Center Washington DC, USA

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Roots Review


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When you think of epic mini-series, what comes to mind? Rich Man, Poor Man? Shogun? More likely than not, it's Roots, the based-on-a-true story tale that spooled over 12 hours and six nights, the story of "an American family," albeit one that began captured in Africa in 1750, then sold into slavery in the U.S. colonies.

Roots begins with Kunta Kinte, emerging from childhood and undergoing warrior training in his tribal homeland. The slavers arrive soon enough, and after a harrowing three-month ride back across the Atlantic, Kunta is sold, becomes Toby under his new master, attempts repeated escapes, and eventually accepts his fate as he settles down with a wife and child. The Revolutionary War comes and goes, and Toby's daughter Kizzy is sold, becoming the mother of her new master's son, known as Chicken George. Chicken George in turn is sent to England to pay off a gambling debt. When he returns home after 14 years, he is a free man. The Civil War arrives, and the rest of the slaves are freed. Soon enough the family faces the perils of vehement racism and the KKK, and Chicken George finally leads his family to safety in a new settlement.

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Maya Angelou

Date of birth

4th April, 1928

Date of death

28th May, 2014

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