President Obama eulogizes Nelson Mandela - “With honesty, regardless of our station or circumstance,” Obama said, “we must ask: How well have I applied his lessons in my own life?”
HEA contributor Michelle Monkou finds out what makes Michele Grant and Cheris Hodges’ friendship tick.
"His Day is Done" - A poem delivered by Dr. Maya Angelou on behalf of the American people in tribute of the late Nelson #Mandela, former President of South Africa. #Perfection
Raise your hand if you are old enough to remember “Sun City” by Artists Against Apartheid #Mandela
From the BnB Archives: Thanksgiving Etiquette 101
I’m hoping to catch some of you before you commit Holiday Faux Pas that could get you 1) cut 2) disinherited or 3) shamed. There are some basic rules of etiquette about this Thanksgiving dancerie. (Yes, dancerie is a word, please check with the MJB dictionary if you don’t believe me.) Read on for more…
Love the diversity of this cover in both color and age. And the article is pretty good too: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/roundtable-oprah-amy-adams-4-659167?page=show
Maya Angelou doing a little reading in her dressing room before her performance at the Village Vanguard in New York City. Long before she was a poet and writer and the icon we know today, Dr. Angelou was a dancer and singer of folk and calypso songs (she even recorded an album in 1957 called “Miss Calypso”) and appeared in the film “Calypso Heat Wave” that same year. This photo was taken by G. Marshall Wilson, who was a staff photographer at Ebony for 33 years. Photo: Art.com
She is exquisite. Check out her newest book Mom & Me & Mom; she writes about this era in her life. It’s lovely. She’s EVERYTHING. And her younger years reveal how much she had in common with the same Black women who are slandered for not being “respectable" enough today. Read this book. And of course read I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings if you haven’t already. ❤
Always here for Maya.
What is known is that [Scandal] episode #308 will be the first time a Black woman [Ava DuVernay] directs a prime-time network TV drama created by a Black woman [Shonda Rhimes] and starring a Black woman [Kerry Washington].
The best African American fiction of 2013.