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Remembering Amiri Baraka January 20, 2014: The New York Times reports on Amiri Baraka's funeral, which took place this weekend at Newark Symphony Hall. The service was lead by Danny Glover, who was influenced by Baraka as a student in San Francisco. Amiri Baraka’s funeral began with a wordless tribute on Saturday morning: A procession of African drums and jazz trumpets followed [...] by

Maya Angelou Presents a Tribute Poem on Behalf of the American People to Nelson Mandela December 12, 2013: Democracy Now! ended its special coverage of Nelson Mandela's funeral this week with a poem written by Maya Angelou, dedicated to the late South African civil rights leader. AMY GOODMAN: We end today’s show with a video message delivered by the renowned poet and author Dr. Maya Angelou in memory of Nelson Mandela. They first met in [...] by

Thomas Sayers Ellis on the Influence of Maya Angelou October 30, 2013: Over at Salon, Thomas Sayers Ellis discusses the influence Maya Angelou has had on his writing and his esteem for her as a cultural figure. Ellis begins by describing his first meeting with Angelou at a book signing in the 1980s: "The closer I got to her the more monumental it felt, and when I was just about three people away, she stood up for [...] by

Hurray for Maya Angelou! September 6, 2013: Huffington Post reports that Maya Angelou will be the 2013 recipient of the Literarian Award. The Literarian Award is given by the National Book Foundation, for "contributions to the literary community." Whew! Congratulations, Ms. Angelou! The poet and author of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" will be this year's recipient of the [...] by

Flavorwire Thinks of 10 Feminist Poets May 18, 2012: Flavorwire did everyone a favor and made a list of "10 feminist poets you should know." You might already know them. You might have more. We do! Like, a million! Michael Nicoloff, looking at you. Anyway, they've got Maya Angelou, Anne Waldman, Carol Ann Duffy, Margaret Atwood, Lyn Hejinian, Alice Walker, Katha Pollitt, Susan Howe, Carolyn [...] by

Do Nike and LeBron James reduce Maya Angelou’s words to “trash talk and gamesmanship?” March 1, 2011: In her guest post for Mike Chasar's Poetry and Popular Culture blog, Liz Jones-Dilworth deconstructs the use of poetry in LeBron James' commercial for Nike. As both a VP of operations for a public relations firm and someone who did her dissertation on 21st century performance poetry, Jones-Dilworth is uniquely qualified to comment on the [...] by

Visit Maya Angelou’s archive in Harlem, in your slippers November 19, 2010: Maya Angelou and Howard Dodson, executive director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, joined NPR's Michel Martin to discuss the Center's acquisition of Angelou's personal correspondence, documents, and drafts. The papers will be housed at the Schomburg branch of the New York Public Library in Harlem, which also counts the [...] by

Maya Angelou gets her dot on Jackson portrait. June 22, 2010: The AP reports: Poet Maya Angelou is inviting fans of Michael Jackson to be represented in a pointillism portrait of the late singer, who died almost a year ago. Angelou's has been placed in the heart of the portrait. by