RIP: Life & Times of The Great Maya Angelou


The life and times of the great literary prophet Dr. Maya Angelou has sadly come to an end. At the age of 86, the poet, essayist, novelist and actress died Wednesday morning in her Winston-Salem, North Carolina home. While this news generates great sadness and universal loss, Dr. Angelou’s life and achievements will always be celebrated. And without any debate, she will be remembered not only for her poetic work but also for her vision of equality, tolerance and peace. Historically, Dr. Maya Angelou is the literary eyes and ears of the Civil Rights Movement and for that we salute her.


A Maya Angelou Event Timeline

  • 1928- On April 4, Maya Angelou was born Marguerite Ann Johnson in Saint Louis Missouri.
  • 1941- She attended George Washington High School in San Francisco and studied dance and drama on scholarship at the California Labor School.
  • 1952- Marguerite Ann Johnson started her career as a nightclub singer and changed her name to “Maya Angelou”.
  • 1954/5- Toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess.
  • 1957- Completed and released her first album Calypso Lady.
  • 1958- Moved to New York City and joined the Harlem Writers Guild.
  • 1958- Acted in the Off-Broadway production of Jean Genet’s The Blacks and wrote/performed Cabaret for Freedom.
  • 1959- Worked with Civil Rights Activists.
  • 1960- Moved to Cairo, Egypt and worked as editor of the English language weekly newsmagazine The Arab Observer.
  • 1961- Moved to Ghana and taught at the University of Ghana’s School of Music and Drama.
  • 1961- She also worked as a feature editor for The African Review and wrote for The Ghanaian Times. While staying there, she met with Malcolm X.
  • 1964- Returned to America to help Malcolm X build his Organization of African American Unity.
  • 1965- X was assassinated and soon after Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. asked her to served as Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.
  • 1970- I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings was published.
  • 1972- Wrote the screenplay and composed the score for the film Georgia, Georgia which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
  • 1977- Appeared in television adaptation of Alex Haley’s Roots.
  • 1981- Wake Forest University appointed her as Reynolds Professor of American Studies lifetime chair.
  • 1993- President Clinton requested she compose a poem to read at his inauguration.
  • 1993- Appeared in John Singleton’s Poetic Justice.
  • 1996- Directed her first feature film, Down in the Delta.
  • 2000- Awarded the Presidential Medal of Arts.
  • 2002- Won Grammy for Best Spoken Word Album for A Song Flung Up To Heaven.
  • 2008- Awarded the Lincoln medal.
  • 2011- President Barack Obama awarded her with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
  • 2013- Her 8th autobiographical book “Mom & Me & Mom” was published.
  • 2013- Interviewed by Oprah.
  • 2014- Dr. Maya Angelou passed away in her North Carolina home on May 28.


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NEWS: New York’s Abandoned North Brother Island – BBC News

You can hear the Mr. Softie truck and other New York City sounds from this deserted island/ secret hiding place, according to photographer Christopher Payne. After being abandoned for more than 50 years, North Brother Island is now trending and showing New Yorker’s what nature will do to our melting pot once we no longer exist. Imagine the city with no people…and just dense forests and wildlife (super spooky). I promise you, you’ll be in awe when you watch this BBC News video…

asylum-christopher-payne-1 North Brother Island: The Last Unknown Place in New York City asylum29 Christopher_Payne Yankton_Stair_CMYK_post

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Life: Dinner With The Creep Crew: Belated Birthday (5.12.14)


A few weeks ago, Angelo, Rafael and Elle took me to a lovely belated birthday dinner at  our favorite place. It was cozy and creepy, as usual. I love my familia!

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 8.39.43 AMvashtie_LD_boysdinner_5201403Angelo Baque and Minya…we ran int her having dinner before our date.

vashtie_LD_boysdinner_5201404Rafael and Angelo



vashtie_LD_boysdinner_5201407Elle picked up a raw dessert for me!

vashtie_LD_boysdinner_5201408Awww, I love these fools.





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THROWBACK: Sade – “By Your Side” Dir. by Sophie Muller

Sade_pic_08You all know how I feel about Sade. I mean, just look at her, do I need to explain? I love this photo of her au natural without the faux ponytail. #VERYRARE


Some Facts About Sade

- Sade is a singer-songwriter, composer, record producer, and mother.
– Sade was born Helen Folasade Adu in Ibadan, Nigeria on January 16, 1959.
– She didn’t plan on becoming a singer and started out only to help two friends in a group and later became a background singer for the Latin funk group “Pride”.
– Today, Sade is the best selling solo female artist in British history.

Sade Portrait of British pop singer Sade


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WATCH: “Amazing Jam Session – Three Random Guys” – Jimmy Kimmel

So you guys might have seen the video of this impromptu jam session in Iriving Texas gone all the way right, which went super viral a few days ago. Basically, a street musician is just chilling and playing his guitar and singing (quite exquisitely) and then a stranger comes by and starts to freestyle sing and then another stranger comes by and he started freestyle rapping. The original made me teary eyed, but this Jimmy Kimmel clip made me all the way cry while smiling. Ya’ll know I’m a big baby!

This clip shows a re-enactment of the scenario, supported by Trey Songz, Juicy J and Aloe Blacc! It is amazing. I’m so happy for those 3 random dudes and I hope someone signs Jessie or all 3 of them!

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