Archive for 'Maya Angelou'


Alex Haley’s highly acclaimed book that turned into a huge television miniseries is coming to a BLUE RAY near you.

I binge watch Roots whenever it comes on BET or Centric if you are like me this might be a good look to just go ahead and purchase the complete set on blue ray.

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Tyler Perry shared some thoughts about his friend/mentor the late great Maya Angelou.
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The Oprah Winfrey Network will simulcast the private memorial service for Dr. Maya Angelou on Saturday. Maya Angelou’s funeral will air at 10 a.m. ET/7 a.m. PT on OWN. It will also be available via Thank GOD for Oprah!

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Author Maya Angelou Dies at Age 86!


My heart is heavy since hearing about the sudden death of the legendary Maya Angelou! Maya Angelou lived an amazing life that involved the Civil Rights Movement and details the personal struggles so many people face.

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I got the opportunity to attend Common’s private listening session held in Atlanta at Jermaine Dupri’s studio. The industry’s top movers and shakers were there including Ne-Yo, Jeezy, Keri Hilson, BET Executive Kelly G,  Def Jam Executive Bu and many more. Common,a Chi-town native, just finished his ninth album “The Dreamer, The Believer” which will be arriving just in time for Christmas. After hearing the album, I have to say yall are in for a treat.

The album, which features the single “Blue Sky,” was delayed from its November 22 date. Common told us that he “just wanted to get all the singles out that we wanted to get out before the album comes, giving it the right preparation time”. Common stays true to who you have grown to love and continues to show his range and ability as a lyricist and storyteller. The Album has 3 Features- Nas, Maya Angelou, and John Legend.

Common had songs for the ladies as well as songs for the streets. The crowd favorite seemed to be the Nas single.

He also addressed his departure from Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music label. “We good people on good terms. Really, in all truth, it’s family. It just was a business thing where releasing this album wouldn’t as been as beneficial to release it on a G.O.O.D. Music label, but I’m still G.O.O.D. Music family.”

While he’s no longer signed to Kanye’s label, he will be contributing to the G.O.O.D. Music compilation, due next spring. “I’m planning on going in the studio soon to work on that.”

Make sure you get his album December 20th!

Lawrence from housewives of Atlanta was in the building… Shout out to Jamal King of Steps Events. Here are all the  pic’s and Common new video!!!! READ MORE

Famous poet, Maya Angelou had a mouthful to say about the inscription on the new statue of Martin Luther King, Jr. Designers of the memorial chose words from Martin Luther King’s speech that he gave at Ebenezer Baptist Church here in Atlanta back in 1968. The original quote from Dr. King states “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness. And all of the other shallow things will not matter.” However, what actually went on the memorial is ” I was a drum major for justice, peace and righteousness”. Maya Angelou, who is one of the listed Council of Historians to select inscriptions for the statue, is not happy about this at all. She thinks that the inscription is misleading and wants it changed. READ MORE

Today the internet was going crazy over the release of early footage from Oprah’s biggest show tapping ever, the LAST ONE! Oprah and her team quickly went to the Internet this morning schowering for the early footage that was not to be released to YouTube and other sites. Amongst the footage released was speeches and most of all the 1st ever performance of Beyonce’s Girls Run the World. Beyonce’s team quickly forced YouTube to pull any content down. So if you didn’t see it this morning you’ll have to wait until next week when the show airs. Better yet tune in to tonight’s episode of Ameican Idol and watch the release of the Official Video! READ MORE

Maya Angelou Turns 83


We are always talking about all the gossip and forget to honor the real supper stars. Poet Maya Angelou turned 83 yesterday. Her birthday falls on the same day of the year as Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death day. Angelou worked for Dr. King when she was young and has many things to say about his person and the inspiration she continues to find in his words –

Maya Angelou: “The music of the “I Have a Dream” speech is a replication of the music which comes out of the mouths of the African American preacher. Preacher, singer, blues singer, jazz singer, rap person, it is so catching, so hypnotic, so wonderful that, as a poet, I continue to try to catch it, to catch the music. If I can catch the music and have the content as well, then I have the ear of the public. And I know that’s what Martin Luther King was able to do, not just in the “I Have a Dream” speech — although that has become a kind of poem which is used around the world — but in everything he said there was the black Southern Baptist or Methodist preacher, singing his song, telling our story — not just black American story either, but telling the human story. And as a poet, if I can replicate that, I am okay.

Born Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4, 1928, READ MORE