“I cook and I read. I have fabulous gardens, so I like to sit out in my gardens. I cook for friends and have cocktails for friends. I watch Law & Order and listen to country music.” Maya Angelou. We hope you enjoy this article by Parade and perhaps learn something new about our Matriarch. Enjoy! The Angelou Johnson Family. [ Parade.com Link ]
“Although nature has proven season in and season out that if the thing that is planted bears at all, it will yield more of itself, there are those who seem certain that if they plant tomato seeds, at harvest time they can reap onions.
Too many times for comfort I have expected to reap good when I know I have sown evil. My lame excuse is that I have not always known that actions can only... View details ⇨
"I respect what the ingredients do with each other–how they interact, what the fire does to those ingredients. I respect mixing them at the proper times and bringing them out of the oven and off the stove at the proper time. I want that food to knock my guests' socks off so that all they can do is say 'Mmmm' for the first two or three minutes." Maya Angelou. This is exactly what would happen.... View details ⇨
“Let gratitude be the pillow upon which you kneel to say your nightly prayer. And let faith be the bridge you build to overcome evil and welcome good.” Maya Angelou. Happy Easter & Happy Resurrection Sunday. The Angelou Johnson Family.
“I’m a woman! I have enough basic intelligence to know that I am wise to be on my own side. I am an advocate for myself, and an advocate for women. The center worked very hard on trying to focus on all aspects of women’s health and wellness. Once they had satisfied that framework, they decided to name the facility after me, and I’m pleased and flattered and delighted.” Maya Angelou. This is... View details ⇨
"Dignity—the word itself—has come to mean different things to different people, as many words do. It doesn't just mean always being stiff and composed. It means a belief in oneself, that one is worthy of the best. Dignity means that what I have to say is important, and I will say it when it's important for me to say it. Dignity really means that I deserve the best treatment I can receive. And... View details ⇨
Today we celebrate what would have been the 89th Birthday of our Beloved, Maya Angelou.
"Out of the huts of history’s shame
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am... View details ⇨
“I’m grateful to intelligent people...That doesn’t mean educated. That doesn’t mean intellectual. I mean really intelligent. What black old people used to call ‘mother wit’ means intelligence that you had in your mother’s womb. That’s what you rely on. You know what’s right to do.” Maya Angelou. These wise words from our Matriarch are found in the 2013 Vogue interview and article "Maya Angelou... View details ⇨
"It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
That’s me." Maya Angelou.
As we prepare to celebrate our Matriarch's Birthday on April 4th, we also celebrate all of you. Thank you for continuing to support and love on Dr. Angelou. We are still benefiting from the legacy of courage,... View details ⇨
Nikki Giovanni said, “I was friends with Maya Angelou. We would have lunch together when we were teaching at colleges near each other. Most people don’t know that Maya was a very good cook. We would tease each other by saying things like ‘I’ll teach you how to really make chicken’. It’s an honor to get an award named after such a good friend and a talented woman. I am very happy that the AAMBC... View details ⇨
"I had had a difficulty in St. Louis when I was seven-and-a-half. I had been raped and the person who had raped me was killed. I said he -- I called his name and he was killed. And I thought at the time that it was my voice that caused the man to be dead and so I just refused to put my voice out and put anybody else in danger." Maya Angelou.
A month ago today the Maya Angelou Film premiered on... View details ⇨
"The breezes of the West African night were intimate and shy, licking the hair, sweeping through cotton dresses with unseemly intimacy, then disappearing into the utter blackness. Daylight was equally insistent, but much more bold and thoughtless. It dazzled, muddling the sight. It forced through my closed eyelids, bringing me up and out of a borrowed bed and into brand new streets.
After... View details ⇨
“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision.” Maya Angelou. Rid yourself of pride and allow your heart to flow from humility, vulnerability and courage. The Angelou Johnson Family
"If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be." Maya Angelou. The Maya Angelou Schools' Student Government President has followed in Dr. Angelou's footsteps and we want to take time to acknowledge him and introduce you all to a very thoughtful young leader, Robert Edwards. He was recently honored by former Mayor Vincent Gray and received the 2017 Black... View details ⇨
"Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women." Maya Angelou. We have made a lot of progress but we can not afford to become comfortable and stand still. Stand up for yourself, take a stand for others and continue to support our collective human family. Happy International Women's Day! The Angelou Johnson Family. #WomensDay
"Now I see when the people were passing out the big packets of land and money, my people had none of that to give me...But what they gave me, look at what they gave me my Lord! Look at what they gave me! It opened doors for me all over the world." Maya Angelou. After growing up in the Jim Crow South, Maya Angelou traveled the world. It is only right that the Maya Angelou Film tours in the... View details ⇨
"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver." Maya Angelou. Part of our Matriarch's generosity was to give us books that showed us the liberating process of living life to the full. PBS American Masters has taken a look at Dr. Angelou's autobiographies and created a helpful guide through some of our Matriarch's books. We urge you to see and explore for... View details ⇨