RIP Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

We lost a phenomenal woman today.

Like many young black girls, the first time I was exposed to Maya Angelou was through her autobiography, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings which was required high school reading. Hearing the stories of my dad’s upbringing in the south, and the annual road trips there to visit my own relatives, I could relate somewhat to the story of a young black girl born in St. Louis who grew up in rural Arkansas by her grandmother during the years of brutal segregation. Who later grew up to become a dancer, an actress, director, activist and most notably a writer.

I imagine much of Maya Angelou’s poetry and writings served like a soundtrack to the lives of many african americans. While browsing YouTube, I came across this video that I haven’t seen in many years. The movie adaptation of “I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings” It’s dated, given it was shot in the late 1970s, but has a cast of well known black actors/actresses of the time.

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Adinkra jewelry

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My new favorite pair of earrings I bought from a vendor at the annual International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn last week. It’s the adinkra gye nyame symbol which symbolizes the supremacy of God.

Wanted to also purchase a pair of the duafe symbol which she didn’t have on display but offered to make me a pair on the spot. It wasn’t meant to be though, she didn’t have the proper equipment with her to cut the wood.

The search continues, and I’m sorry I didn’t get that vendor’s name or a business card. It’s still summer, hope I see her at another festival to add to my collection.

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