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A conversation with Maya Angelou

Renaissance woman speaks on Tyler Perry, Obama and ‘the sweet language’
By Charles Hallman
Staff Writer


In remembrance of  author and poet Dr. Maya Angelou (April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
This article was originally published in October 18, 2012 edition of the MSR.



Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Maya Angelou is a renowned “renaissance woman” who as a teenager became San Francisco’s first Black female cable-car conductor, and worked with both Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


James Baldwin helped guide her toward working on what would become her first of over 30 best-selling books. A three-time Grammy winner, she also has written for the stage, screen and television, and her poetry is legendary.  

Last week, Dr. Angelou (MA) called the MSR from her home and talked about her life present and future. Following are excerpts from that conversation. Continue Reading →

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Why voting matters

MSR asked local and national figures the importance participating in electoral process


By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


November 6 is Election Day in the United States. The MSR has published a series of stories and articles to fully inform you, the reader, on the issues and choices at stake in next week’s general election. This week, the following individuals answer the question: Why does voting this year matter?  












Poet and activist Dr. Maya Angelou: “Don’t go after the election [and] sit around moping and bemoaning your outcast state… Get off the couch and out of the beauty shop and the barber shop and go vote.”













Record executive Amir Windom: “I’m 27 years old, and I think our generation as a whole have not been as interested in understanding what people went through to get us the right to vote. Even if you don’t care, you should exercise your right.”


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