MAYA ANGELOU: PHENOMENAL WOMAN

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Today is February 1st 2016 and it marks the beginning of Black History Month.

As one of the most diverse countries on earth, America continues to celebrate the history of Black Americans during the month of February.  Despite our storied past, and great strides towards inclusion, there are still many barriers that separate us.  What initially started as a week in 1926, this celebration was officially recognized as a month-long event by the government in 1976.  Some consider Black History Month as an antiquated event yet they fail to realize that  this is a time not only for Black Americans but a time for all to celebrate the rich backgrounds of all.  Today, I’m honoring an individual who certainly embraced all during her time on this planet.  That individual is Maya Angelou who was born on April 4, 1928 in St. Louis MO and died on May 28, 2014 in Winston Salem NC.  Maya Angelou was definitely a

Phenomenal Woman

By Maya Angelou 1928–2014 Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenally.
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
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.
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MEMORABLE MLK, JR QUOTES

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a leader who, like Mahatma Gandhi before him, and Nelson Mandela after him, showed us the way from weakness and division to strength in unity.

He challenged and inspired us to reach deeper within ourselves, despite ourselves, for our best, which sometimes is, simply, better than yesterday. His power endures because it’s rooted in the courage to hold hope and faith in each others potential: “knowing” we can do it… we can be better every day, each in our own way.

On this, the U.S. holiday celebrating his life and legacy, I present you with ten of his extraordinary thoughts on leadership:
•”A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”

•”I am not interested in power for power’s sake, but I’m interested in power that is moral, that is right and that is good.”

•”All men are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality.”

•”Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’”

•”The time is always right to do the right thing.”

•”We must use time creatively.”

•”Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

•”The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”

•”Never succumb to the temptation of bitterness.”

•”The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy”

ELLEN SHUT TWITTER DOWN

I got this story from eurweb.com
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*A photo of President Obama hugging his wife Michelle Obama is no longer the most retweeted pic in Tw’istory…thanks to Ellen DeGeneres.
During last night’s Academy Awards telecast, the host got Meryl Streep, then Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Lupita Nyong’o (and her ecstatic brother) to take a selfie in the aisle in an attempt to break Twitter’s retweet record.
Before Cooper pressed the button, Jared Leto, Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Kevin Spacey had jumped in it.
POTUS AND FLOTUS
Before the telecast ended at midnight (30 minutes over), the photo had been retweeted more than 2 million times, breaking the record set by POTUS and FLOTUS embracing after his re-election in 2012.
Twitter also sent out an apology because all of the retweeting shut down the service for more than 20 minutes after 10 p.m. ET.

COMPLETE LIST OF OSCAR WINNERS /NOMINEES

And the Oscar went to ….
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Best Picture:
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity”
“Her”
“Nebraska”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave” WINNER
“The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best Supporting Actor:
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Jonah Hill, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”
Jared Leto, “Dallas Buyers Club” WINNER
Best Supporting Actress:
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave” WINNER
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
June Squibb, “Nebraska”
Best Director:
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Alfonso Cuaron, “Gravity” WINNER
Alexander Payne, “Nebraska”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years a Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Best Actor:
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Matthew McConaughey, “Dallas Buyer’s Club” WINNER
Best Actress:
Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine” WINNER
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”
Meryl Streep, “August: Osage County”
Best Original Screenplay:
“American Hustle”
“Blue Jasmine”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Her” WINNER
“Nebraska”
Best Adapted Screenplay:
“Before Midnight”
“Captain Phillips”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave” WINNER
“The Wolf Of Wall Street”
Best Animated Feature:
“The Croods”
“Despicable Me 2”
“Ernest & Celestine”
“Frozen” WINNER
“The Wind Rises”
Best Foreign Feature:
“The Broken Circle Breakdown,” Belgium
“The Great Beauty,” Italy WINNER
“The Hunt,” Denmark
“The Missing Picture,” Cambodia
“Omar,” Palestine
Best Visual Effects:
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation”
“Iron Man 3”
“The Lone Ranger”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”
Best Cinematography:
“The Grandmaster”
“Gravity” WINNER
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Nebraska”
“Prisoners”
Best Costume Design:
“American Hustle”
“The Grandmaster”
“The Great Gatsby” WINNER
“The Invisible Woman”
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Documentary Feature:
“The Act of Killing”
“Cutie and the Boxer”
“Dirty Wars”
“The Square”
“20 Feet from Stardom” WINNER
Best Documentary Short:
“CaveDigger”
“Facing Fear”
“Karama Has No Walls”
“The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life” WINNER
“Prisoner Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall”
Best Film Editing:
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Dallas Buyers Club”
“Gravity” WINNER
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Makeup and Hairstyling:
“Dallas Buyers Club” WINNER
“Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa”
“The Lone Ranger”
Best Music (Original Score):
“The Book Thief”
“Gravity” WINNER
“Her”
“Philomena”
“Saving Mr. Banks”
Best Music (Original Song):
“Alone Yet Not Alone” from “Alone Yet Not Alone”
“Happy” from “Despicable Me”
“Let It Go” from “Frozen” WINNER
“The Moon Song” from “Her”
“Ordinary Love” from “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom”
Best Production Design:
“American Hustle”
“Gravity”
“The Great Gatsby” WINNER
“Her”
“12 Years a Slave”
Best Short Film, Animated:
“Feral”
“Get a Horse!”
“Mr. Hublot” WINNER
“Possessions”
“Room on the Broom”
Best Short Film, Live Action:
“Aquel No Era Yo (That Wasn’t Me)”
“Avant Que De Tout Perdre” (Just Before Losing Everything)
“Helium” WINNER
” Pitääkö Mun Kaikki Hoitaa?” (Do I Have to Take Care of Everything?)
“The Voorman Problem”
Best Sound Editing:
“All Is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“The Lone Survivor”
Best Sound Mixing:
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Lone Survivor”

’12 YEARS A SLAVE’ BOOK, FILM TO BE TAUGHT IN SCHOOLS

I want you to check out this article. I’m in a rush this morning and I don’t have a lot of time to comment but WOW!!! I have heard a lot about this movie and I have ben planning on seeing it. It is now real high on my list.

*Author Solomon Northup’s harrowing book “12 Years A Slave,” and the Oscar-nominated film it inspired, will be added to the high school curriculum later this year, thanks in part to a campaign spearheaded by Montel Williams, reports the New York Times.
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The National School Boards Association announced that the work will be sent to public high schools across the United States through a partnership between the federation of schools boards, New Regency, Penguin Books, and the film’s producers. The film will be accompanied in classrooms by the original 1853 memoir that inspired the movie and a study guide.
Individual school districts will decide whether or not to incorporate it in their curricula.
TV veteran Williams is funding the distribution of the film.
“When Hollywood is at its best, the power of the movies can be harnessed into a powerful educational tool,” read a statement from Williams. “This film uniquely highlights a shameful period in American history, and in doing so will evoke in students a desire to not repeat the evils of the past while inspiring them to dream big of a better and brighter future.”
Director Steve McQueen adds, “Since first reading ‘12 Years a Slave,’ it has been my dream that this book be taught in schools.”
The news comes just two days after the film triumphed at the NAACP Image Awards and a day after it picked up the Best Motion Picture prize at the annual Satellite Awards, where McQueen was named Best Director.
“12 Years a Slave” is also nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars on Sunday. The story follows Northup, a free black man living in upstate New York as he is abducted and sold into slavery.