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Maya Angelou

Subject: Literature

1928– ) Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in ...

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou  

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Overview Page
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Literature
1928– )Black US writer, whose status as a national icon was confirmed by her reading one of her poems, ‘On the Pulse of the Morning’, at President Clinton's inauguration in 1993.Born in St Louis, ...
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  

The first volume of a multi-volume autobiography by Maya Angelou, published in 1970. The book broke ground for African-American women writers in terms of critical acclaim and large sales. It ...
Cicely Tyson

Cicely Tyson  

(b. 19 December 1933), actor.Three-time Emmy Award winner Cicely Tyson was an actress, humanitarian, and activist. She was a woman who exuded strength and dignity and personified excellence, much ...
Alfre Woodard

Alfre Woodard  

(b. 8 November 1953), actor.Alfre Woodard is an actor’s actor. She can play a lead or a supporting character with equal ease. She has played doctors, drug addicts, social ...
Joanne M Braxton

Joanne M Braxton  

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Literature
(b. 1950), poet and critic.A distinguished writer and teacher, Joanne M. Braxton has published important poetry and criticism while maintaining the significance of historical and communal ties.Joanne ...
Grandmothers

Grandmothers  

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Literature
Who is the grandmother? What does she signify—to her community and to the writer? Shaped primarily by culture, concepts vary widely. Although there is a common understanding of the grandmother ...
Valerie Simpson

Valerie Simpson  

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Music
(b. 26 August 1948), singer and songwriter.In the first decades of rock and roll, a cadre of remarkable songwriters created songs for the greatest voices in the industry. Among ...
E. Lynn Harris

E. Lynn Harris  

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Literature
(1955–2009), novelist.Developing a Black male homosexual canon empowered E. Lynn Harris to testify to his experiences and spark conversation on an often taboo topic. Growing up in Little Rock, ...
Nella Larsen

Nella Larsen  

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Literature
(1891–1964),born in Chicago, daughter of a West Indies black man and a Danish mother, spent some time in Denmark as well as the U.S. She wrote a novel, Quicksand ...
Rosa Guy

Rosa Guy  

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Literature
(1925– ),African-American novelist, born in Trinidad; she grew up in Harlem, New York. After working in a clothing factory, she attended New York University and began writing through her involvement ...
incest

incest  

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History
The criminal offence of an act of penetration (penetrating or allowing to be penetrated) between close family members, which generally includes a lineal ancestor, lineal descendant, sibling or ...
Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman  

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Music, Opera
(1945– )US soprano, who has won wide acclaim for both her operatic and concert performances.Born in Augusta, Georgia, she won a scholarship to Howard University, Washington d.c., to study music and ...
Politics and Writing

Politics and Writing  

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All writing by women is political, according to Myra Jehlen, because until very recently women were not supposed to write. Indeed, the conjunction of politics with women's writing might once ...
Jessie Redmon Fauset

Jessie Redmon Fauset  

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(1882–1961),born in New Jersey of a long-established family of free blacks, was probably the first black woman to become a member of Phi Beta Kappa, upon her graduation from Cornell (1905). After ...
Joe Louis

Joe Louis  

1914–1981)US boxer, known as ‘The Brown Bomber’, and world heavyweight champion (1937–49).Born at Lexington, Alabama, Joe Louis was a Golden Gloves champion and turned professional in 1934. Within ...
Sarah Elizabeth Wright

Sarah Elizabeth Wright  

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Literature
(1928–2009), poet, novelist, and lecturer.Sarah Elizabeth Wright was born in Wetipquin, Maryland, began writing in the third grade, and was encouraged to continue. While a student at Howard ...
Charles Gordone

Charles Gordone  

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Literature
(1926–),Cleveland-born actor, director, producer, and playwright whose plays include No Place to Be Somebody (1969, Pulitzer Prize), a dark comedy about blacks in a rundown Greenwich Village saloon, ...
Anne Spencer

Anne Spencer  

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Literature
(1882–1975), poet, librarian, community activist,and muse and confidante to Harlem Renaissance intellectuals and literati. Anne Spencer was born inauspiciously on a Virginia plantation. Yet the ...
North Carolina

North Carolina  

In the early twenty-first century Latinos and Latinas represent the largest foreign-born population in North Carolina, and their numbers are growing rapidly in the state. What is the relative size ...
Eugene Redmond

Eugene Redmond  

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Literature
(b. 1937), poet, playwright, critic, editor, educator,and important figure in the 1960s black arts movement. Eugene Redmond was born 1 December 1937 in St. Louis, Missouri. Orphaned at age nine, he ...

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