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This folk-orientated UK indie pop outfit was formed in 1997 by singer-songwriter Holly Lerski (b. London, Britain; ex-Nivens) and guitarist Jo Baker, using the duo acquiring the music group’s name from the writer Maya Angelou. Lerski and Baker debuted exactly the same 12 months on Boo Hewerdine’s impartial label Haven Information using the Hallelujah EP. Angelou obtained some solid notices in the united kingdom press, not really least for their exceptional reading from the Leonard Cohen name track, performed within the design of the Jeff Buckley cover edition. The record, Automiracles, implemented to even more acclaim in 1998, with Hewerdine and Eddi Audience contributing visitor vocals. Bass participant Chris Evans and drummer Phil DiPalma became a member of Lerski and Baker for the follow-up, WHEN YOU Had been Sleeping, a documenting that surpassed Angelou’s debut and evidenced a new-found maturity in Lerski’s songwriting. The record completed with a shifting tribute to these Buckley, ‘Small Sister’. Sessions to get a third record foundered due to record company complications, and following the documenting was moved back again to Britain for conclusion the project begun to consider shape being a Lerski single project. The completed product, Life Can be Beautiful, premiered under Lerski’s name in 2002.

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Full Name Maya Angelou
Died May 28, 2014, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States
Height 1.82 m
Profession Poet, Actor, Author, Professor, Film director, Film producer, Civil rights activist, Journalist, Playwright, Musician, Female Prostitute, Screenwriter, Pimp, Dancer, Television producer, Essayist
Education George Washington High School, California Labor School
Nationality American
Spouse Paul du Feu, Enistasious Tosh Angelos
Children Guy Johnson
Parents Vivian Baxter Johnson, Bailey Johnson
Siblings Bailey Johnson Jr.
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom, Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album, Spingarn Medal, Marian Anderson Award, Langston Hughes Medal, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work, Nonfiction, Quill Award for Poetry, Gracie Awards, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Poetry, Women in Film Crystal Award, The BET Honors Award for Literary Arts, Glamour Award for The Poet
Music Songs Scandal in the Family, Run Joe, Mambo in Africa, Calypso Blues, Stone Cold Dead In the Market, Oo-Dla-Ba-Doo, Polymon Bongo, Push Ka Pici Pi, Still I Rise, Peas and Rice, Donkey City, Since Me Man Has Done Gone and Went, Neighbor, Neighbor, Flo and Joe, Right, Said Fred, Lincoln Portrait, One Voice / I Will Not Be Silent, Since Me Man Done Gone and Went, Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?, Tamo, Since My Man Has Gone and Went, Push-Ka-Pee She Pie
Albums Miss Calypso, Sing for the Cure, Vol. 1, Sing For the Cure, Vol. 2
Nominations Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Play, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Children's, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Memoir & Autobiography, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work - Biography / Auto-biography, Coretta Scott King Award for Authors, WGA Award for Best Variety Series or Special: Musical or Comedy - Television, Goodreads Choice Awards Best Poetry, Writers Guild of America Award for Television: Anthology Adapted
Movies Poetic Justice, Down in the Delta, Madea's Family Reunion, Georgia, Georgia, How to Make an American Quilt, The Black Candle, Good Hair, Elmo Saves Christmas, The Journey of August King, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, On the Shoulders of Giants, Sister, Sister, The Runaway, How Do You Spell God?, There Are No Children Here, Boogeyman, Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World, Joe Louis: America's Hero Betrayed, Sisters In Cinema, The Richard Pryor Special?, Night School: An Evening with Stanley Clarke & Friends
TV Shows The Richard Pryor Show, Roots


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#Fact
1 Her mother, Vivian Althea Baxter Wilburn, had her when she was 16.
2 Upon her death, she was cremated, her ashes were scattered.
3 Inducted into the Arkansas Black Hall of Fame in 1993 (inaugural class).
4 Pictured on a USA 'forever' commemorative postage stamp issued 7 April 2015. Price on day of issue was 49¢.
5 Was narrator for "Hall of Presidents" at Walt Disney Theme Parks following Rex Allen.
6 She had been awarded more than thirty honorary college and university degrees.
7 Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011.
8 Hosted and was a subject-matter expert for the instructional telecourse "Humanities Through the Arts".
9 Toured Europe and Africa in an American production cast of 'Porgy and Bess' between 1954 and 1955.
10 Considered Oprah Winfrey her dear friend and the daughter she always wanted, while Oprah considered her as "a mother-sister-friend" and "one of the greatest influences in her entire life".
11 She recorded an album with Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson, called "Been Found" in 1996.
12 Thanked by Fiona Apple in the liner notes of her album "Tidal".
13 She was awarded the American National Medal of the Arts in 2000 by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington D.C.
14 Spoke fluent French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic and West African Fanti.
15 Was nominated for Broadway's 1973 Tony Award as Best Supporting or Featured Actress (Dramatic) as Mary Lincoln confidant Elizabeth Keckley in "Look Away.".
16 Biography/bibliography in: "Contemporary Authors". New Revision Series, Vol. 133, pp. 14-25. Farmington Hills, MI: Thomson Gale, 2005.
17 Honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc.
18 Attended and graduated from George Washington High School in San Francisco, California, USA.
19 The title of her memoir "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" comes from the poem "Sympathy" (specifically, the last stanza) by Paul Laurence Dunbar.
20 Inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame in 1998.
21 Mother of Guy B. Johnson, author of the novel "Standing at the Scratch Line" (2001) and 'Echoes of a Distant Summer: A Novel" (2011).
22 At age seven, Maya was raped by her mother's boyfriend. She wasn't going to tell anyone, but her brother Bailey persuaded her to tell him who raped her. As a result, the man was killed. Maya believed her spoken word caused his death, and as a result refused to speak for years.
23 She recorded an album for Liberty Records in 1957 titled "Miss Calypso".
24 Her nickname "Maya" came from her older brother, Bailey, who called her "My" and "Mine".
25 She was the first black and female cable car conductor in San Francisco.
26 She read her poem "On the Pulse Into Morning" at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton on January 20, 1993, only the second poet asked to compose and deliver a poem at a US Presidential Inauguration, after Robert Frost at the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy in 1961.
27 Received the Women's International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1986.


Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Madea's Family Reunion 2006 May
Phenomenal Woman 2001 Short Phenomenal Woman
The Runaway 2000 TV Movie Conjure Woman
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 2000 TV Series Fairy Godmother
Talking with David Frost 1997 TV Series
Elmo Saves Christmas 1996 Video Narrator
Touched by an Angel 1995 TV Series Clarice Mitchell
How to Make an American Quilt 1995 Anna
The Journey of August King 1995 Narrator (voice)
Sesame Street 1995 TV Series Guest Appearance in 'A New Way to Walk'
There Are No Children Here 1993 TV Movie Lelia Mae
Poetic Justice 1993 Aunt June
Roots 1977 TV Mini-Series Nyo Boto Yaisa
Porgy and Bess 1959 Dancer (uncredited)
Calypso Heat Wave 1957 Maya Angelou

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Black Candle 2008 Documentary poetry written by
America's Dream 1996 TV Movie story "The Reunion"
Sister, Sister 1982 TV Movie
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings 1979 TV Movie book
The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 TV Special soliloquy
Georgia, Georgia 1972

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook 2010 TV Mini-Series documentary lyrics - 1 episode
The Mystic Masseur 2001 performer: "Scandal in the Family"
For Love of Ivy 1968 lyrics: "You Put It on Me"
Calypso Heat Wave 1957 performer: "All That Happens in the Market Place" / writer: "All That Happens in the Market Place"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Down in the Delta 1998
Visions 1976 TV Series 1 episode

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Georgia, Georgia 1972 composer: score

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Sister, Sister 1982 TV Movie producer

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Poetic Justice 1993 poetry

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Reading Rainbow 1983 TV Series Herself
Creativity with Bill Moyers 1982 TV Series documentary Herself
Hungry i reunion 1981 Documentary Herself
Dinah! 1976-1977 TV Series Herself
The Richard Pryor Special? 1977 TV Special Willie's Wife
Sammy and Company 1975 TV Series Herself
The 27th Annual Tony Awards 1973 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971-1972 TV Series Herself
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Herself - Author
Song for Cesar 2017 Documentary filming Herself
Scales of Injustice 2012 Documentary post-production Herself
I Hope You Dance: The Power and Spirit of Song 2015 Documentary Herself
Oprah's Master Class: Belief Special 2015 TV Movie Herself
The Power of the Heart 2014 Documentary Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 2014 TV Series Herself
Super Soul Sunday 2013 TV Series Herself
Michael Feinstein's American Songbook 2012 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The BET Honors 2012 TV Movie Herself
Under African Skies 2012 Documentary Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2004-2011 TV Series Herself
Good Morning America 2011 TV Series Herself - Guest
Oprah's Master Class 2011 TV Series documentary Herself
On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of 2010 Documentary Herself (as Dr. Maya Angelou)
30 for 30 2010 TV Series documentary Herself
Andrew Young Presents 2008-2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Leading Women 2009 TV Series documentary
Tavis Smiley 2004-2009 TV Series Herself
Good Hair 2009 Documentary Herself
Books Equal Gifts Commercial 2008 Short
The Black Candle 2008 Documentary Narrator
As Seen Through These Eyes 2008 Documentary Narrator
Joe Louis: America's Hero... Betrayed 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
African American Lives 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
We Have a Dream 2008 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Joy of Lex 2008 TV Movie Herself
Entertainment Weekly & TV Land Present: The 50 Greatest TV Icons 2007 TV Movie documentary Herself
Iconoclasts 2006 TV Series documentary
The 2nd Annual Quill Awards 2006 TV Special Herself
Legends Ball 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Stevie Wonder 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself
Celebrate! Christmas with Maya Angelou 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
The Heaven and Earth Show 2005 TV Series Herself
Breakfast 2005 TV Series Herself
Larry King Live 2005 TV Series Herself
The Ballad of Greenwich Village 2005 Documentary Herself
Out of Africa: Heroes and Icons 2005 TV Movie documentary Herself
CMT: 20 Greatest Songs of Faith 2005 TV Special Herself - Host
Sisters in Cinema 2003 Documentary Herself
Heart Health for the Generations 2003 TV Movie documentary Herself - Spokesperson
America Beyond the Color Line with Henry Louis Gates Jr. 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Sunday Programme 2002 TV Series Herself
Peace Pilgrim: An American Sage Who Walked Her Talk 2002 Documentary Herself
Inside TV Land: African Americans in Television 2002 TV Movie documentary Herself
Roots: Celebrating 25 Years 2002 TV Movie Herself
American Masters 1989-2001 TV Series documentary Herself
Reputations 2001 TV Series documentary Herself, writer
Sesame Street 1993-2000 TV Series Herself
The Unfinished Journey 1999 Documentary short Herself
Yari Yari: Black Women Writers and the Future 1999 Documentary Herself
Moesha 1999 TV Series Herself
The Jonathan Dimbleby Interviews 1999 TV Movie Herself
30th NAACP Image Awards 1999 TV Special Herself
The Directors 1999 TV Series documentary Herself
The Living Edens 1998 TV Series documentary Narrator
Quincy Jones... The First 50 Years 1998 TV Movie documentary Herself
Great Performances 1998 TV Series Herself
The Gregory Hines Show 1997 TV Series Herself
3rd Annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards 1997 TV Special Herself (as Dr. Maya Angelou)
Dateline NBC 1997 TV Series documentary Herself - Poet (segment "Language Barrier?")
Charlie Rose 1996 TV Series Herself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996 TV Series Herself
American Dreamers 1996 TV Movie Herself
Lauren Hutton and... 1995 TV Series Herself
Arthur Ashe: Citizen of the World 1994 TV Movie documentary Herself (voice)
The Essence Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
Face to Face 1994 TV Series Herself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990-1994 TV Series Herself
Ebony's 15th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1994 TV Special Herself
American Experience 1994 TV Series documentary Herself - Author
A Century of Women 1994 TV Mini-Series documentary Herself
The Great Depression 1993 TV Series documentary Herself
The Real Malcolm X 1992 TV Movie documentary Herself - Friend
Alistair Cooke Salute 1992 TV Movie Herself
Ebony/Jet Showcase 1990 TV Series Herself
22nd NAACP Image Awards 1990 TV Special Herself
The 8th Annual Black Achievement Awards 1987 TV Special Herself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Democracy Now! 2013-2016 TV Series Herself
Maya Angelou and Still I Rise 2016 Documentary Herself
The 87th Annual Academy Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - Writer, Director, Actress (In Memoriam)
The 57th Annual Grammy Awards 2015 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam
The 66th Primetime Emmy Awards 2014 TV Special Herself - In Memoriam
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself
Inside Edition 2014 TV Series documentary Herself
The Insider 2014 TV Series Herself
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt 2006 TV Series Herself - Poet
Inside the White House 1995 TV Movie documentary Herself (uncredited)
All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever! 1994 TV Special Herself
Forty Years at the I.C.A. 1987 TV Series Herself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1998 Audience Choice Award Chicago International Film Festival Best Feature Down in the Delta (1998)
1992 Crystal Award Women in Film Crystal Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2008 Grammy Grammy Awards Best Spoken Word Album For the album "Celebrations."
1999 Black Film Award Acapulco Black Film Festival Best Director Down in the Delta (1998)
1996 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
1996 Actor Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Cast How to Make an American Quilt (1995) · Anne Bancroft
· Ellen Burstyn
· Samantha Mathis
· Kate Nelligan
· Winona Ryder
· Jean Simmons
· Lois Smith
· Alfre Woodard


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#Quote
1 If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.
2 Success is liking yourself.
3 I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
4 [describing herself] A too- big Negro girl, with nappy black hair, broad feet, and a space between her teeth that would hold a number-two pencil.
5 By love I mean that condition in the human spirit so profound, it encourages us to the develop courage and then bridges, and then to trust those bridges and cross the bridges in attempts to reach other human beings.
6 [on the George Zimmerman acquittal] A number of people think that only blacks were hurt, that African Americans were hurt by this decision, but that is not true. All you have to do is look at the protesters - they are white and black, Spanish-speaking and Asian. What is really injured - bruised if you will - is the psyche of our national population. We are all harmed. We are all belittled, and we give to the rest of the world more ammunition to sneer at us. It really makes me see how far we have to go, that one man armed with a gun can actually profile a young man because he is black and end up shooting him dead. It is so painful.
7 [on Michelle Obama] Philosophers tell us that power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Mrs. Obama is as if it doesn't touch her. She hasn't tried to become anybody else's idea of First Lady. She has remained herself, with her grace, her gentleness, and her sense of humor. That she would dare to wear clothes off the rack, or go out and garden, or have a grandmother in the White House - she knows how to be a public figure without being separate from her family.
8 [on reconnecting with her mother who had abandoned her ten years before] I didn't know her. I didn't trust her. But I began to like her because she was kind. I said, 'I'd like to call you Lady'. She told everybody, "Call me Lady from now on'. Amazing. And she was kind to people, all sorts of people - white ones and black ones and Spanish-speaking ones. If they needed something, my mother was the one.
9 I think men are as crazy as they were, and women as crazy as they were.. I've never had a dislike for men. I've been badly mistreated by some. But I've been loved greatly by some. I married a lot of them.
10 I like to have guns around. I don't like to carry them.
11 [observation at 85] I've still not written as well as I want to. I want to write so that the reader in Des Moines, Iowa, in Kowloon, China, in Cape Town, South Africa can say, 'You know, that's the truth. I wasn't there , and I wasn't a six-foot black girl, but that's the truth'.
12 On experience: A cynical young person is almost the saddest sight to see, because it means that he or she has gone from knowing nothing to believing nothing.
13 On childhood: Few, if any survive their teens. Most surrender to the vague but murderous pressure of adult conformity.
14 On love: The loss of young first love is so painful that it borders on the ludicrous.
15 Everything in the universe has rhythm. Everything dances.
16 Self-pity in its early stage is as snug as a feather mattress. Only when it hardens does it become uncomfortable.
17 Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
18 The quality of strength lined with tenderness is an unbeatable combination, as are intelligence and necessity when unblunted by formal education.
19 I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life's a bitch. You've got to go out and kick ass.
20 At fifteen life had taught me undeniably that surrender, in its place, was as honorable as resistance, especially if one had no choice.
21 If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.
22 Love is that condition in the human spirit so profound that it allows me to survive, and better than that, to thrive with passion, compassion, and style.


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