THE JUICE WITH JEM
Award-winning poet and author Maya Angelou, a woman who survived the harshest of childhoods to become a force on stage, screen, the printed page has died. Dr. Maya Angelou’s official site (mayaangelou.com) states that the literary legend “passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m” on Wednesday May 28th. She was 86 years old.
An actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s and 1960s, she broke through as an author in 1970 with ‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’, which became standard and occasionally censored reading material, and was the first of a multipart autobiography that continued through the decades.
A mentor to Oprah Winfrey, she befriended the television tycoon while she was a local television reporter, and often appeared on Winfrey’s talk show program.
Angelou was a master several languages and published not just poetry, but advice books, cookbooks and children’s stories. She was a writer of music, plays and screenplays, received an Emmy nomination for her acting in the 1977 television series ‘Roots’.
Known for her deep, majestic voice, Angelou defied the odds, becoming one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success as an author and thriving in virtually every artistic medium.
As a single mother, Angelou who performed at strip clubs to earn a living, and later wrote and recited the most popular presidential inaugural poem in history.
The childhood victim of rape wrote a million-selling memoir, befriended Malcolm X, Nelson Mandela and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., and performed on stages around the world.
She’ll be greatly missed!
Source: NationalPost.com (Excerpt)/Image: clclt.com