Maya Angelou

Essential Pittsburgh
4:38 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Maya Angelou: Remembering the Author, Poet, and Activist

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Writer, performer, teacher, director and political activist Maya Angelou has died at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86 years old.

Dr. Angelou is known for her award-winning book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of a series of memoirs. And her reading of the poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at President Bill Clinton's inauguration made her a household name.

We spoke with her last year just before Mother's Day, about her autobiographical book, Mom & Me & Mom. Hear the full interview here.

Essential Pittsburgh
7:00 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Revealing Interviews With Our Favorite Authors

Author Amy Tan is just one of the award-winning authors we've featured on the show.
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In the nearly two years that we've been on the air, we've interviewed a variety of authors. We revisit conversations with three of those authors. 

The story of Maya Angelou's extraordinary life has been told in her bestselling biographies. Last May she shared with us the story of her relationship with her Mother, which is chronicled in the book Mom and Me and Mom.

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Essential Pittsburgh
4:43 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Maya Angelou on Mom & Me & Mom

Maya Angelou talks about her mother Vivian, known affectionately as "Lady."
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My Mother asked me, “Do you know who the Father is?”

I said “Of course, I only had sex with him once”

She said “And do you love him?”

I said “No”

She asked “Does he love you?”

I said “No.”

So she said “Then we’re not going to ruin three lives. We’re going to have a fine baby. That’s all there is to it.”

And she never once made me feel I had brought shame on the family.

Dr. Maya Angelou, has an impressive body of work. From singing in the opera Porgy and Bess, and dancing with the Alvin Ailey dance troupe, to the iconic 1993 Inauguration Day poem On the Pulse of Morning, and her years of activism, Angelou typifies a renaissance woman.

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