Ohhhh Naomi! Maya Angelou!! I could listen to her voice all day long! Yes, I would call it lucky that you were so fortunate to meet and talk with her..(and get that last book!)
I listened to a lovely interview with Ruby Dee on NPR last week. You can check it out here...http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=15803385
What a class act she is!
I really wish we got the sundance Channel! What a fabulous post, Naomi, with people who are truly iconoclasts for the ages. They are/were all wonderful. Is there anyone whose smile can light up a room the way that Maya Angelou's can?
Iconoclasts - what a fascinating concept for a show! I have not heard of it before, but perhaps we have it showing here on foxtel (cable) - I don't have a lot of time to discover much on tv but will definately see if I can find this one.
A very inspiring post. Thank you!
I've been watching Iconoclasts since it started and TiVo every episode. I just love that show and this last one with Ruby and Alicia was great!
This is such a fantastic post- so much loving enthusiasm and information. Some times we are lucky and some of your better programmes make their way across the ocean. How I hope Iconoclasts comes our way. Thank you for sharing it Naomi.
I have often heard Maya on the radio and can now recognise her voice.
What a treasure to have, Naomi. I love the Maya writes, the way she puts words together compassionately.
Thanks for sharing another great story.
Sounds like an absoultely wonderful program to watch, Naomi !
i have noticed the series listed on my channel guide, but never stopped to watch it. next time i catch it showing, i definately will. we pay way too much money to have all the channels comcast offers in our area, so we actually do get the station now.
when i noticed your comment on the doggie law sign, the first thing that went through my head (before i read the comment of course) was a long time ago you had a post on your blog with a picture of a fellow who used a tiffany bag to carry away his dogs "treasure". that picture still makes me smile.
Another great entry, sharing with us so much wonderful information. I've always admired Maya Angelou. Such a dynamic and inspirational woman.
This series sounds terrific. I'll have to check if we get that channel. It seems like a wonderful way of "passing it on." Both the series and you sharing it all with us.
I'm curious, Naomi....what are your thoughts on the current writer's strike? Saw them in LA on the news tonight and was wondering how you felt about it.
Sounds like a great show!
And thanks for the memories :)
I had heard about that program and then totally forgot it. I am sure I would love it. That kind of program is always fascinating to me. Thanks for the reminder to not forget it again.
What an absolutely lovely post...I don't get the programme u speak of, but maybe it will come out on dvd some day ,,,would love to see the shows!!
Oh, dash it all we don't get that channel because those clips looked amazing. I would have loved to have seen the Robert Redford and Paul Newman show.
We get the Sundance Channel but I forget about it a lot, what with the trillions of other channels, but I loved those clips and will look for this show in the future. I've always said you've had a great life. Are you going to write a memoir? I wish you would. I still want to hear about your connection with "The Byrds."
I will have to check out Iconoclasts. Thank you for pointing it out to me. I would love to see Maya Angelo and Dave Chappelle...I enjoy both of them for very different reasons.
I will have to tune into this show. I know I'll love it. I especially enjoyed the Maya Angelou/Dave Chappelle clip. Ms. Angelou's poetry is phenomenal; she is just that, a phenomenal woman.
A fascinating post. I've never heard of that show but it sounds wonderful.
That Sundance Channel sounds great! And I didn't know this lady until today. You always have such interesting stories and I am always amazed how you remember everything so well! that's real talent ::wink::
Thank you so much for all of the history and photographs you include with your posts.
You are a great writer, I felt like I was in line at the book signing with you. I'm so happy that you got a copy.
You also make me wish that I had cable television.
I adore the Sundance channel. I have never seen this partiuclar show, but I will certainly watch it now, after reading what you've written. Excellent post!
My daughter has watched a couple episodes of Iconoclasts. I haven't seen any.
How neat that you met Maya Angelou!! She does seem like she would talk to a person as if there were no one else in the room. I bet she makes REAL, hearfelt eye contact.
I have not watched this show, but it sounds very interesting!
This was another wonderful post dear Naomi!! You could easily be a writer and have your own book signing!! Seriously.
Naomi - it was a clever little "wow, how does he do that?" You can see it here.
That I posted on your Facebook wall I mean - sheesh it would be nice if I could explain myself properly for a change :o)
What a wonderful idea for a programme. I can imagine it is full of moving moments.
I love your story of the book signing. She sounds like she is a very special lady, talented in many ways including relating to people. It is great that she took the time to talk to you and the other people when it was their turn. When I worked in the theatre I met talented people like this, and some who were , shall we say, more insular. I think truly great people are so grounded that they can shine the spotlight on others for a while and not feel insecure, if you know what I mena.
Wonderful post that I have been trying to find the time to comment on for a couple of days! At last I managed it!
I have not heard of the Sundance Channel, but I would love to watch that program! Thanks for the You Tube videos!
Maya Angelou is my most favorite of writers. I would love to have lunch with her. Some day I should be so lucky~
Wow! This sounds like a spectacular series. Unfortunately I don't get the Sundance Channel. Do you know if it will be put on DVD at some point?
You got the last one! It was a cliffhanger post.
I have to come back later to play the videos. Joe is asleep and I don't want it to wake him. Thanks for sharing this, Naomi. It's very inspiring.
Enjoy the personal touch you give the accounts of contacts with these artists who are friends or acquaintances.
I recall my first awareness of Maya Angelou through a PBS TV Bill Moyers interview special years ago. I was especially impacted by her recounting stories of her youth, when I realized I had some awareness of the atmosphere, time and place where she described growing up.
I can still picture the scene of her those years later, as an adult, walking up the train tracks with Moyers, but not willing to cross the invisible barrier to the other part of town where as a child, she would not have been welcomed because she was black.
I recalled, as a young girl, my own shock, sense of incredibility and revulsion when I first observed such overt and covert discrimination in that State.
Moyer's interview motivated me to buy Angelou's book "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" which was just the beginning of my reading more of her writing.
Not long after she appeared at one of the local colleges as a speaker. I made certain to be present and was enthralled. I especially recall her dramatic strut across the stage simultaneously demonstrating and explaining why young black men walked as they did, which so many people of other races misinterpreted and often resented.
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