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Maya Angelou’s Writings to Be Featured On a Hip-Hop CD

Maya AngelouMaya Angelou’s writings have inspired a new hip-hop CD called “Caged Bird Sings.” The title comes from Angelou’s 1969 autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Angelou took an active role in the creation of this project and was able to complete it prior to her passing. Her words serve as the lyrics for the thirteen songs on this album. In an interview with The Associated Press, Angelou’s grandson Colin A. Johnson revealed that the famed poet was a fan of hip-hop music.

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How Famous Creatives Spent Their Days: INFOGRAPHIC

murakamiHave you ever wondered how much time Les Miserables author Victor Hugo spent sleeping? Or how many hours 1Q84 author Haruki Murakami devotes to writing?

Podio has created an infographic called, “The Daily Routines of Famous Creative People.” The image (embedded below) shows the day-to-day schedules of 26 famous creative professionals including Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov, Slaughterhouse-Five author Kurt Vonnegut, and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings author Maya Angelou.

Here’s more from The Huffington Post: “Whether we’re working on our latest novels, paintings or compositions and stuck in ruts, or we’re novices to the creative workspace entirely, we can all benefit from seeing how Charles Dickens, Pablo Picasso, and Mozart spent their days — even if it is just for fun.”

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Maya Angelou Honored by Michelle Obama, Oprah & Bill Clinton

Over the weekend, friends and family gathered at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C. to honor the author and poet Maya Angelou, who passed away in May.

Oprah Winfrey, Bill Clinton and Michelle Obama were among the featured speakers at the event. We’ve embedded the video for you to watch.

‘I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’ Joins iBooks Bestsellers List

UnknownI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou has debuted on Apple’s Top Paid iBooks in the U.S. this week at No. 3.

Apple has released its top selling books list for paid books from iBooks in the U.S. for week ending 5/26/14. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green leads the list followed by City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare.

We’ve included Apple’s entire list after the jump. Read more

NYPL Opens Pop-Up Exhibit in Honor of Maya Angelou

Maya AngelouThe New York Public Library (NYPL) is hosting a pop-up exhibit in honor of the late Maya Angelou.

According to the NYPL website, this exhibit has been installed in the lobby of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. It will run from May 30th to June 30th.

Back in 2010, Angelou donated hundreds of boxes filled with her personal papers to the NYPL. Many of the items sourced for this display comes from that donation. Visitors will see letters, handwritten notes, typed drafts of Angelou’s works, a portrait, and more. Will you be making a trip up to Harlem? (via Time Out New York)

Remembering Maya Angelou Through Her Writing

Maya AngelouFamed writer Maya Angelou has passed away. She was 86-years-old.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Throughout her writing, Ms. Angelou explored the concepts of personal identity and resilience through the multifaceted lens of race, sex, family, community and the collective past. As a whole, her work offered a clear-eyed examination of the ways in which the socially marginalizing forces of racism and sexism played out at the level of the individual.”

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. To commemorate Angelou’s life in letters, we have put together a literary mix tape. Below we’ve included links to free excerpts of Angelou’s books and poems. (Photo Credit: Dwight Carter)
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Transgender Advocate and Author Janet Mock Talks About Her Memoir

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Janet Mock has known she wanted to be a storyteller since she was a fifth grader in Honolulu who escaped to her local public library to devour books by Maya AngelouTerry McMillan and Zora Neale Hurston. ”I knew that words would be my refuge and words were where I could create a composite of the dreams and the life that I wanted to live,” she recalls.

Years later, the now 30-year-old moved to New York to pursue her writing career. And after coming out as a transgender woman in a 2011 Marie Claire article, Mock became an ardent advocate for other transgender women, especially those who are young and struggle financially. Her newly released memoir, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More (Atria Books/Simon & Schuster) delves into the self-identify struggles that many trans people face. Mock recently spoke to Mediabistro about her book and offered some advice on writing your own memoir:

Anchor yourself in your own experience and write from that place. And you’ll find your voice. You’ll find out what you want to do. You’ll find your purpose. And I think that everything comes out of that. It’s [about] being able to sit still with yourself and really excavate those parts of yourself that were shut off or silenced or put into the dark a long time ago. I know that when I actually sat down with myself to do that work… that’s when my life began transforming.

To hear more from Mock, including what her literary idol, bell hooks, thought of her book, read: So What Do You Do, Janet Mock, Writer, Transgender Advocate and Author?

Nelson Mandela Stars in Comic Book

MANDELATribBluewater Productions has released a comic book biography starring former South African President Nelson Mandela. Tribute: Nelson Mandela,a 32-page comic, features writing by Clay and Susan Griffith and illustrations by Pablo Martinena.

Publisher Darren G. Davis had this statement in the press release: “Not only is this a great way to understand the importance of his contribution to the world, but a great tool for kids to read about him in a different medium. Our biography comic books are now taught in schools and libraries for students and reluctant readers.”

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Maya Angelou Pens Tribute Poem to Honor Nelson Mandela

Acclaimed author Maya Angelou has written a tribute poem, entitled “His Day is Done,” to honor former President of South Africa Nelson Mandela.

We’ve embedded a video with a reading of the poem above–what do you think? AL.com reports that this piece was commissioned by the U.S. State Department.

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Toni Morrison Honors Maya Angelou at the National Book Awards

angelouAuthor Toni Morrison honored writer Maya Angelou at the National Book Awards this evening with the Literarian Award for Outstanding Service to the American Literary Community.

“It’s a personal pleasure to honor a friend and artist and a legend,” said Morrison, who said how wonderful it is that such a talented person doesn’t put others down. “Instead, Maya Angelou inspires delight as well as awe,” said Morrison. “Her reputation sparkles with elegance, generosity, humor…compassion, and dare I say it, wisdom.”

In her speech, Morrison said that when her son died one Christmas, the very first non-family voice that she heard on the phone was Maya. ”With so much toxicity around in this world, the celebratory social life she offers her friends and colleagues is a blessing,” said Morrison. “And trust me, Maya can cook.” Read more

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