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Medal of Freedom Recipient Maya Angelou Dies at 86 (FishbowlDC)
Poet and author Maya Angelou died Wednesday at the age of 86, according to her literary agent Helen Brann. Angelou received the country’s highest civilian honor — the Medal of Freedom — in 2011 from President Obama, and is most widely known for her award-winning memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings. NYT The cause of death was not immediately known, but Brann said Angelou had been frail for some time and had heart problems. GalleyCat In addition to writing, Angelou proved to be an accomplished Renaissance woman who worked as an activist, entertainer, streetcar conductor, magazine editor, college professor and lecturer. CNN Angelou’s legacy is twofold. She leaves behind a body of important artistic work that influenced several generations. But the 86-year-old was praised by those who knew her as a good person, a woman who pushed for justice and education and equality. In her full life, she wrote staggeringly beautiful poetry. She also wrote a cookbook and was nominated for a Tony. Reuters Literary and entertainment figures, politicians and fans mourned her passing on Wednesday. Obama said his sister, Maya, was named for the author, whom he called “a brilliant writer, a fierce friend and a truly phenomenal woman.” Media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who frequently threw lavish birthday parties for Angelou and considered her a mentor, said she would remember her friend most for how she lived her life. “She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace,” Winfrey said.

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Essence EIC: We Are ‘Absolutely’ Looking for New Writers

For many writers, 41-year-old Essence is a dream publication. Long legacy of compelling features, excellent pay rate, prestige — but how the heck do you actually break in?

“The first thing you think about is what are Black women thinking about. What’s important to Black women? And that is really the crux of what we do at Essence, and therefore if you’re pitching us, that’s what you should be focused on too as a writer,” says editor-in-chief Constance C.R. White in our latest Media Beat interview.

And, although it isn’t easy to nail the mag’s voice, it is possible for newbies to score with the right pitch.

Maya Angelou, Terry McMillan, Alice Walker, a lot of them got their start, had their early careers in Essence and are now writers that we turn to,” says White. “At the same time, we want the new Alice Walker. Who is the new Maya Angelou? They are in the pages of the magazine as well, and we’re looking for them.”

You can also view this video on YouTube.

Part 2: Constance White: ‘Essence has always had a diverse staff’

Part 3: Want a Job at Essence? Be Curious.

O Hires A Bunch Of New Editors

o mag.jpgO, The Oprah Magazine has announced several new hires, filling out the editorial department under new editor-in-chief Susan Casey.

Among the new hires are former Marie Claire executive editor Lucy Kaylin, who has been named deputy editor; Patrick Mitchell, who is taking the role of design director; former Publishers Weekly editor-in-chief Sara Nelson, who has been named books director; former Prevention senior editor Tyler Graham, who will be health and environment editor and Jennifer Rainey Marquez, formerly of Women’s Health, who will take on the role of senior editor.

“As we prepare for O’s tenth anniversary year in 2010, I couldn’t be more pleased that Lucy, Patrick, Sara, Tyler and Jennifer are joining our team,” said Casey, who joined the magazine earlier this summer. “They all come to the magazine with incredible talent and experience in their respective areas and I’m confident they will be a great asset to O as we move into our next phase of growth.”

O also named Dr. Mehmet Oz a contributing editor. He will write a regular health column for the magazine starting with the October issue. The magazine also said that features director Pat Towers will be retiring this month, although she will continue to work on special projects for the magazine.

And in other Oprah Winfrey news, Sirius XM has announced the launch of Winfrey’s exclusive 24/7 Sirius XM radio station. Starting on Monday, episodes of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” will now be broadcast on satellite radio the morning after they air in syndication on TV. The channel will also replay classic “Oprah Show” episodes as well as shows hosted by Gayle King, Dr. Oz, Maya Angelou and sex therapist Dr. Laura Berman.

After the jump, the full release about the O hires, as well as longer bios.

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Amy Poehler, Rachael Ray And MTV’s McGrath Headline Gracie Awards

gracies.jpgLast night in New York City, the Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television presented their 34th annual Gracie Awards honoring the top women making entertainment for women.

The night’s biggest winners were Amy Poehler, who took home the 2009 Dove Real Beauty Award, Tribute Award winner Rachael Ray and MTV Networks CEO Judy McGrath, who was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. And the red carpet was graced by more media celebrities who won or presented awards throughout the evening, including Suze Orman, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, Ann Curry, Bob Schieffer, New York Housewives Jill Zarin, Kelly Bensimon, LuAnn de Lesseps and Alex McCord, Oprah‘s BFF Gayle King and Maya Angelou.

Photo: Host Niecy Nash, reality star Ruby Gettinger, Kathy Griffin, Orman and Ray. Courtesy Larry Busacca/Wireimage. Check out some photos from inside the Gracies here and here.

Read on to find out who we talked to inside the Marriott Marquis ballroom

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