Maya Angelou lived a full life we can all learn from

When I first heard the news of Maya Angelou’s passing, I was taken aback. Days before, it was noted on Angelou’s Facebook page a “medical emergency” caused her to miss the Major League Baseball Civil Rights Game ceremony in which she was an honoree. It hadn’t entered my mind that she may have been gravely ill as, in Mother Angelou’s spirited fashion, she ended her post with “I am each day better.”

See, even in a time of what may have been illness, she simply rejoiced in living, as it was a lifelong event for her despite her trials. It is with this reasoning that I couldn’t continue to weep for Dr. Angelou, but find comfort in knowing she’s truly lived her life to the fullest only to get what she’s been destined and WANTED to do in the end: meet her maker.

How gleeful is that?! I’m happy for her because being the praying woman that she is, she’s resting with God and her mother and grandmother. For that I can only rejoice with her, while reflecting on the full life she’s had.

In the days following her death, like I do with many public figures, I viewed specials, watched interviews to get to know her better. And what I learned is even in her 80s, Dr. Angelou as a teacher who has learned, was still learning. While admitting her strengths (she acknowledged her intelligence in varying aspects of life in a Super Soul Sunday interview with Oprah Winfrey), she in the same breath fearlessly admits her weaknesses: she doesn’t know everything - though she may not consider lacking in all areas a weakness, but an opportunity for growth.

As I watched the interviews and specials that aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network, one thing that stood out to me was Dr. Angelou’s consistency. Her thoughts on courage (it’s going to take baby steps, but we can get there), education (when you learn, teach) and prayer remained linear, not even varying in verbiage. Maya Angelou, a lover of words, or “things” as she called them, was indeed a woman of her word.

But perhaps what’s most comforting in examining Maya Angelou’s life is she hasn’t sought to emulate anyone, maybe study the examples set before her and heed mother and grandmother’s, but she set out to be the best MAYA ANGELOU that MAYA ANGELOU could be. Her outlook on self-love promotion is perhaps the best lesson anyone could learn from her.

Angelou’s funeral is May 7 at 10 a.m. at Wake Forest University. While seating is limited to family and friends, the university will stream the service for the public.

I feel like this A LOT of the time….

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I feel like this A LOT of the times….

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Y’all she is very underrated! I’ve been following Teedra for a while and she’s good!

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thefosters-onabcfamily:

Kisses!!! Wishing everyone a very merry night!!!

I love this pic! Can’t wait for them to come back on!

thefosters-onabcfamily:

Kisses!!! Wishing everyone a very merry night!!!

I love this pic! Can’t wait for them to come back on!

Y’all this Missy song goes hard! I loves it! (Don’t act like y’all didn’t like it, lol!)

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Damn, Reba and Trish shut Kelly up on her “Silent Night!”

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This album is one good Christmas CD! It has some good original songs on it, too! It makes me sad Mary couldn’t give us a few bops on hers.

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25YO!

25YO!

Lee Thompson Young, loved ‘til the day he passed

News broke mid-afternoon that former child star and accomplished actor Lee Thompson Young passed away from a possible suicide Monday.

Whether you came to love Young as Jett Jackson on the hit Disney TV show of the same name who lived a double life on and off screen or saw the promise in him in scene stealing roles in Flash Forward, Friday Night Lights and Rizzoli and Isles, one thing was clear: Young was truly loved.

My time line was littered with “he was my childhood crush,” or “I used to tell my momma I was gonna marry him!” among praise for his work.

Aside from being a heartthrob, many were glad to see Young was struck by the Disney star curse that seems to happen all to often: child star made famous from hit child star role can’t break out of child star slump. It’s happened, but not to Young.

His fans were happy and it seemed he may be.

I won’t dwell on his death, but I will share something that most will find appalling, but helped me come to appreciate: though I loved The Famous Jett Jackson, I disliked his character primarily because he never seemed to pursue Kayla enough. I know it sounds funny, but I never understood why he wouldn’t want to be with someone just as intelligent as he was and more.

When I look back at it, the show meant more to me than swooning over a guy whose talent I’ve come to appreciate. It introduced me to real situations concerning a young woman in high school and how an around the way guy managed to stay down to Earth while staring on his fictionalized TV show.

Most importantly, it united me and friends for phone convos into the night about the next episode will be about.

My thoughts are with Young’s family and I thank them for sharing a talented young man with the world.

Go see this movie! #TheButler #AmazingCast #MasterfullyDone

Go see this movie! #TheButler #AmazingCast #MasterfullyDone

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imageI went to a water park with my son this weekend. He’s an analytical kid and, even though he’s been talking about hitting the big slides all summer, once we got there he put the breaks on pretty fast. They were too fast, too tall, too crazy. We spent about 25 minutes just watching a fast tube…