February 15, 2011 |
President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Tuesday to former President George H.W. Bush and 14 others, including poet Maya Angelou, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, investor Warren Buffett and basketball legend Bill Russell. The medal is the nation's highest civilian honor and is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions "to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
November 17, 2010 |
President Obama will honor a baseball hall of famer, the German head of state, a billionaire philanthropist and one of his predecessors with the nation's highest civilian honor, the White House announced Wednesday. In total, 15 individuals have been chosen to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to those who "have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.
February 6, 2008 |
Henry Louis "Skip" Gates Jr., director of Harvard's W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research (among much else), has made a sequel to his 2006 PBS series "African American Lives" -- "African American Lives 2," this one is called -- in which he traces the ancestry of famous black people as far back as the written record allows, and then a little farther, thanks to the scientific magic of DNA analysis.
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February 25, 2007 |
A night with Maya Angelou includes a little singing, a little poetry, a little storytelling. And why shouldn't it? She is an actor, a poet, an author and, despite protestations to the contrary Friday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, a mesmerizing singer.
December 7, 2005 |
"Amazing Peace," a poem Maya Angelou wrote and read for last week's Christmas tree lighting at the White House, was published Tuesday in a stand-alone edition by Random House. The publisher said that the 32-page book has a suggested retail price of $9.95 and a first printing of 230,000. Angelou is the author of the classic memoir "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and a poet whose "On the Pulse of the Morning," written for President Clinton's first inauguration, was a million-seller.
November 3, 2004 |
IF Maya Angelou likes you, even just a bit, she wants to cook for you. The 76-year-old celebrated writer and poet invests something personal in each dish, whether for the hungry stranger walking into the San Francisco joint where she slung Creole hash as a 17-year-old or for the famous friends to whom she still serves smothered chicken and spoon bread. It's a quality she learned early at her grandmother's table.