It’s been a year and a half since the world lost an icon with the passing of Dr. Maya Angelou, but her voice lives on.
Now, we’re about to get a deeper look into the extraordinary life of Dr. Angelou through the first documentary to take on her story. In a Vogue magazine exclusive, the first preview of the production – titled Maya Angelou And Still I Rise – has just been released. Check it out above.
Dr. Angelou’s grandson, Colin Johnson, opened up about what viewers should expect from the doc:
“It’s in its own right a history lesson. This woman who was born in St. Louis, grew up in Arkansas, no formal education, family had no formal education, raped at a young age, defined her voice, comes back from that, and then defined this amazing other voice that will never be quieted. I mean, the story is inspirational just in a five-second telling of it. Then you go into the details . . .”
Ahead of the film’s eventual premiere on the PBS program American Masters, organizers have launched a Kickstarter campaign to cover post-production costs. To contribute, click here.
22 Photos Of Poet, Author & Activist Maya Angelou Being A "Phenomenal Woman" (PHOTOS)
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1. "Phenomenal woman, That’s me."
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2. "Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud." - Maya Angelou
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3. Maya Angelou is pictured in an undated photo with poet Langston Hughes. From her Facebook: "Langston Hughes and I are enjoying each other."
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4. President Barack Obama kisses poet and author Maya Angelou after giving her the 2010 Medal of Freedom.
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5. "My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return." -Maya Angelou
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6. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou
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7. “If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude. Don't complain.” -Maya Angelou
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8. "I speak to the Black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition — about what we can endure, dream, fail at and survive." -Maya Angelou
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9. "It’s in the click of my heels. The bend of my hair, the palm of my hand. The need for my care. ’Cause I’m a woman. Phenomenally. Phenomenal woman. That’s me." -Maya Angelou
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10. Maya Angelou pictured with her own "phenomenal woman," her mother Vivian Baxter Johnson.
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11. Maya Angelou pictured with her own "phenomenal woman," her mother Vivian Baxter Johnson.
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12. "Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise That I dance like I've got diamonds At the meeting of my thighs? Out of the huts of history's shame I rise" -Maya Angelou
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13. Maya Angelou pictured with her own "phenomenal woman," her mother Vivian Baxter Johnson.
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14. Michelle Obama and Maya Angelou speak during the BET Honors 2012 at the Warner Theatre on January 14, 2012.
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15. Dr. Angelou pictured with the late civil rights and women's activist, Dorothy Height.
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16. "Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option." -Maya Angelou
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17. "You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I'll rise." -Maya Angelou
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18. "You may write me down in history With your bitter, twisted lies, You may tread me in the very dirt But still, like dust, I'll rise" -Maya Angelou
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19. "Have enough courage to trust love one more time. And always one more time." -Maya Angelou
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20. "I've learned that making a living is not the same thing as making a life." -Maya Angelou
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21. Maya Angelou pictured with rapper Common at her 82nd birthday. Common has been vocal about her influence, releasing "The Dreamer" in 2011 featuring the poet.
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22. Dr. Angelou with her mentee, Oprah Winfrey. Shortly after the poet's death on May 28th, 2014, Winfrey released this statement: "I've been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister and friend since my 20s...I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds."
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