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Thursday Speaks -Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

29 May

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“Dr. Maya Angelou is one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time. Dr. Angelou is a celebrated poet, memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, historian, filmmaker, and civil rights activist.

Born, Marguerite Ann Johnson on April 4th, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Angelou was raised in St. Louis and Stamps, Arkansas. In Stamps, Dr. Angelou experienced the brutality of racial discrimination, but she also absorbed the unshakable faith and values of traditional African-American family, community, and culture.

As a teenager, Dr. Angelou’s love for the arts won her a scholarship to study dance and drama at San Francisco’s Labor School. At 14, she dropped out to become San Francisco’s first African-American female cable car conductor. She later finished high school, giving birth to her son, Guy, a few weeks after graduation. As a young single mother, she supported her son by working as a waitress and cook, however her passion for music, dance, performance, and poetry would soon take center stage.

In 1954 and 1955, Dr. Angelou toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess. She studied modern dance with Martha Graham, danced with Alvin Ailey on television variety shows and, in 1957, recorded her first album, Calypso Lady. In 1958, she moved to New York, where she joined the Harlem Writers Guild, acted in the historic Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks and wrote and performed Cabaret for Freedom.

In 1960, Dr. Angelou moved to Cairo, Egypt where she served as editor of the English language weekly The Arab Observer. The next year, she moved to Ghana where she taught at the University of Ghana’s School of Music and Drama, worked as feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times.

With the guidance of her friend, the novelist James Baldwin, she began work on the book that would become I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Published in 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings was published to international acclaim and enormous popular success. The list of her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction now includes more than 30 bestselling titles”.

Books:

The Heart of a Woman

Phenomenal Woman

A Song Flung up to Heaven

I Know Why the Bird Caged Sing

All God Children Need Traveling Shoes

I Shall Not Be Moved (Poems)

Letter To My Daughter

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Monday Thought

12 May

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Damn Rain

10 May

 

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“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass, its about learning how to dance in the rain”

My Little Pony

1 May

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We’re all professional hair stylists when it comes to ponytails. You can either look girlie/fun or elegant and sophisticated, it works for any occasion. Go for the high, mid or low ponytail. This trend is ageless, timeless and you can wear it all year round.

 

May is Here!

1 May

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After a 4 months break, we’re back!!!

 

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Saturday Look

21 Dec

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Thursday Speaks

18 Dec

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Monday Thought

16 Dec


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It’s a white christmas

15 Dec

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Sequins highly recommended

4 Dec

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The holidays…. A season when you can wear all the shine in the world even in the daylight …
Shine on!

love,

WWAM

 

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