Maya Angelou

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There will be no way to do justice to Maya Angelou in this post. So, this will be just a glimpse into her work.

Recently, a friend posted online a video where Maya Angelou was speaking about the topic “Be a Rainbow in Someone Else’s Cloud”. It’s less than 2 minutes, and yet brings the truth rushing forth.

The videos below are clips from Oprah’s Master Class series.

Maya Angelou continues to be an inspirational force. Through her various works, novels, poems, contributions, she was a visionary with an eloquence very few possess.

Below are some of her novels, as well as her poem “Still I Rise”

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And lastly, her last tweet before she passed. Even during her last moments on earth she found a way to open up the human experience in a way like no other.

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Amy

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Amy, the new documentary about Amy Winehouse is one of the best films of the year so far. Certainly, one of the best documentaries. This troubling, moving, comprehensive, empathetic work brings so many topics to light. What is does so well is present Amy Winehouse as a human being who is talented beyond her years and fighting demons of addiction while becoming world-famous. It’s compelling and heartbreaking at the same time. You see her talents as a young performing mature into a pop culture phenom. All the while you know where this is headed, and yet, you still hope the ending turns out differently.

It is impossible to walk out of this film and not view her differently. The surprise is how the struggles, successes, and life moments feel universal. You experience the lows and the highs in equal measure.

The care, effort, and approach with this film is evident. It will also help Amy Winehouse’s legacy endure.

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REHAB

by Amy Winehouse

[Chorus]
They tried to make me go to rehab
I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know
I ain’t got the time
And if my daddy thinks I’m fine
He’s tried to make me go to rehab
I won’t go, go, go

I’d rather be at home with a Ray
I ain’t got seventy days
‘Cause there’s nothing, there’s nothing you can teach me
That I can’t learn from Mr. Hathaway

I didn’t get a lot in class
But I know we don’t come in a shot glass

[Chorus]

The man said, “why do you think you here?”
I said, “I got no idea.”
I’m gonna, I’m gonna lose my baby
So I always keep a bottle near
He said, “I just think you’re depressed.”
This, me, yeah, baby, and the rest

They tried to make me go to rehab
But I said, “no, no, no”
Yes, I been black
But when I come back, you’ll know, know, know

I don’t ever want to drink again
I just, oh, I just need a friend
I’m not gonna spend ten weeks
Have everyone think I’m on the mend

And it’s not just my pride
It’s just till these tears have dried

[Chorus]

Songwriters
Winehouse, Amy

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Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing

Bansky

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Banksy is an anonymous graffiti artist who continues to elude the world. He was featured in the film Exit Through The Gift Shop, and has displayed his work all over the world. Because of his elusiveness his works are commanding top dollar in the art world.

A few noteable projects include his time in NYC last year where everyday there was a new work that was on display somewhere around the city. It became a sensation and scavenger hunt to locate the work, and to be the first one to do so.

Currently, his work is on display in the Middle East on broken buildings and rubble.

From the UK he continues to surprise, delight, and challenge. His works are often commentary on social issues, pop culture, politics. Usually the works juxtapose controversial iconography with non-threatening images.

His efforts continue a conversation about art, history, politics, and the parts we play in it all. His website is below.

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http://banksy.co.uk/

Hamilton

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Hamilton is a new musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Fresh off the heals of In The Heights (Tony Award Winner for Best Musical 2008). This new work combines hip hop and American History. Currently running Off-Broadway it has sold out it’s run and announced opening date on Broadway this year in July.

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Brainy Quotes

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Brainy Quote is a website dedicated to organizing inspiring, thoughtful quotes. Gathering them together under the authors or by topics. They also have picture quotes (some I’ve posted below).

It seems I visit the website at least once a week. Sometimes just looking for the right thing to say, or searching for some inspiration. It’s another positive example of what the internet can do.

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http://www.brainyquote.com/

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night – Dylan Thomas

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
Because their words had forked no lightning they
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
Do not go gentle into that good night.

Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight
Blind eyes could blaze like meteors and be gay,
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

And you, my father, there on that sad height,
Curse, bless, me now with your fierce tears, I pray.
Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

Dylan Thomas