US Author, Poet and Activist, Maya Angelou, Dies at Age 86

first_imgPoet, author and activist Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86.One of America’s leading literary voices, she made her name with the 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.It was the first of seven volumes of autobiography that traced her life from a childhood of abuse and oppression in the Deep South in the 1930s.Her family said: “She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace.”In a statement on Facebook, they said she passed away quietly at home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, at 08:00 EST (12:00 GMT).”Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belaboured by a loss of acuity or comprehension,” they said.”The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.” A statement from Wake Forest University, where Angelou had been professor of American studies since 1982, said: “Dr Angelou was a national treasure whose life and teachings inspired millions around the world.”Harry Potter author JK Rowling tweeted one of Angelou’s quotes in tribute: “‘If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.’ Maya Angelou – who was utterly amazing.”Civil rights campaigner Reverend Jesse Jackson wrote: “The renaissance woman has made a peaceful transition. She acted, sang, danced & taught She used poetry as a road for peace.”Raised by her grandmother in Stamps, Arkansas, Angelou wrote about being raped by her mother’s boyfriend at the age of eight. After she told her family what had happened, the boyfriend was killed.”I thought my voice had killed him, so it was better not to speak – so I simply stopped speaking,” she said. She remained mute for five years, but read voraciously.Angelou later became a singer, a dancer, cocktail waitress, prostitute and an actress before beginning her writing career.I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which dealt with the racism and family trauma of her upbringing, spent two years on the US best-seller list.Her career had many outlets, straddling television, theatre, film, children’s books and music.Through her writing and interviews, her strength and eloquence as a role model for those seeking to overcome inequality and injustice won her many admirers.Angelou was also a prominent civil rights activist and a friend of Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.Her poetry collections included Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘fore I Diiie (1971), And Still I Rise (1978), Now Sheba Sings the Song (1987) and I Shall Not Be Moved (1990).Her poem On the Pulse of the Morning, written for US President Bill Clinton’s first inauguration, struck a nerve with the nation and sold more than a million copies in the US.She was also commissioned to write poems to mark the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1995 and remembered Nelson Mandela in a poem for the US State Department last year.The National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian award, were among her honours.Continuing to act as well as write, she appeared in the groundbreaking 1977 TV drama Roots and earned a Tony Award nomination in 1973 for her performance in the play Look Away.She wrote the 1968 TV series Black, Blues, Black and became the first African-American woman to have a feature film adapted from one of her stories when her screenplay Georgia, Georgia was made in 1972.Angelou directed the film down in the Delta, won three Grammys for her spoken-word albums and received an honorary National Book Award in 2013.In her final Face book post on Monday, she said an “unexpected medial emergency” had forced her to cancel an engagement.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Premier League round-up: Costa treble puts Chelsea clear at the top

first_img Diego Costa 1 If Diego Costa is playing with worries over his hamstring, God help the Premier League should he reach full fitness.The beastly centre forward hit a hat-trick at Stamford Bridge as Chelsea shot down high-flying Swansea to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season.The in-form Jacks even took the lead in west London as John Terry tucked a Neil Taylor cross into his own net, but once Jose Mourinho had rallied his troops with his touchline ranting, there was to be no stopping the Blues as they won 4-2.Moments before half-time Costa powered home a header to draw the scores level and two close range strikes in the space of ten minutes saw the Spaniard complete his treble.With his ‘dodgy’ hamstring in mind, Mourinho almost immediately substituted his star man, but replacement Loic Remy quickly took up the mantle on his debut, slotting home a fourth from Oscar’s pass.Jonjo Shelvey did grab a well taken second for Swansea but Garry Monk’s men were easily brushed aside.Tottenham Hotspur meanwhile saw their attempts to get back on track following a 3-0 defeat to Liverpool falter as they could only manage a 2-2 draw with Sunderland.Nacer Chadli gave Spurs an early lead but witnessed it cancelled out almost immediately as an Adam Johnson solo special somehow crept past Hugo Lloris and Danny Rose on the line.Mauricio Pochettino’s men looked good value for victory when Christian Eriksen’s effort from a yard out bounced in, with Mousa Dembele and Erik Lamela striking the woodwork.But a late Harry Kane own goal meant the spoils were shared at the Stadium of Light.Alan Pardew’s future at Newcastle now appears to be hanging by a thread as his Magpies were thrashed 4-0 by Southampton.An early double from Saints summer signing, Graziano Pelle, who made a mockery of the Toon’s defence, put Ronald Koeman’s men into a comfortable first-half lead.Then yet more disastrous defending allowed Jack Cork to slip in a third and leave Newcastle fans jeering their manager and waving ‘Pardew Out’ banners in the hope owner Mike Ashley, who was present at St Mary’s will listen to their words.And Morgan Schneiderlin’s late fourth was the icing on the cake for the hosts, leaving Pardew’s job in serious doubt.Goals from Romelu Lukaku and Kevin Mirallas either side of half-time were enough to hand Everton victory over West Brom at the Hawthorns.The Toffees club-record signing struck just two minutes into the match with a brilliant curled shot following a Jonas Olsson mistake and compatriot Mirallas added the second from the edge of the area, which slipped under Ben Foster, giving the Toffees an easy 2-0 win.Leicester City’s £8million summer signing Leonardo Ulloa is proving to be a wise investment by boss Nigel Pearson as his second half strike gave the Foxes a 1-0 win over Stoke City.The Potters had beaten Man City previously but couldn’t stop the Argentine striker from netting his third Premier Leauge goal as he turned in Paul Konchesky’s cross.Meanwhile, Julian Speroni was the hero for Crystal Palace as they were held to a 0-0 draw with Burnley at Selhurst Park.The Argentine goalkeeper faced a Scott Arfield penalty in the game’s dying embers and produced a stunning stop to keep out the Clarets midfielder, much to Sean Dyche’s chagrin.last_img read more

Spurs use stingy defense to down Hornets

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ The Spurs defense held the cold-shooting Hornets to just 29 first-half points and 22.2 percent shooting from the floor.The Spurs also got 15 points from Rudy Gay, 14 from Kyle Anderson, 11 from Manu Ginobili and 10 from Patty Mills.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Hornets dropped to 8-11 on the season and have now lost eight of their last 11 games.Kemba Walker led Charlotte with 18 points despite missing about five minutes in the third quarter with a bruised left shoulder. Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Messi staying with Barcelona to 2021 after new contract Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CHARLOTTE — Pau Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 34 points as the San Antonio Spurs completed a two-game season sweep of the Charlotte Hornets with a 106-86 win on Saturday.San Antonio, who improved to 12-7 on the season, led by 11 points at halftime and stretched the lead to as many as 20 points in the fourth quarter at the Spectrum Center arena in Charlotte, North Carolina.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 T.J. McConnell also delivered a double-double with 15 points on seven-of-12 shooting and 13 of the Sixers’ 34 assists. Dario Saric added 21 points. McConnell was in the starting lineup in place of Simmons.Elfrid Payton scored 22 points for Orlando, which dropped its eighth game in a row. The Hornets also got 12 points each from Frank Kaminsky and Jeremy Lamb, and 10 points and 11 rebounds from Dwight Howard.Elsewhere, J.J. Redick hit eight three-pointers and scored 29 points as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the struggling Orlando Magic 130-111 at the Wells Fargo Center.Redick drained six three-pointers in the first half and the Sixers never trailed after the first quarter en route to their fifth win in six contests.Philadelphia won despite the absence of starting point guard Ben Simmons, who is out with an elbow injury.Sixers center Joel Embiid produced his ninth double-double of the season with 18 points and 14 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona to make Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willian

first_imgBarcelona to make Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willianby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona are ready to make a Bosman move for Chelsea ace Willian.The midfielder’s contract is due to expire in 2020.Mundo Deportivo says the Spanish giants had previously attempted to sign the 31-year-old from Chelsea, but saw bids of £40million and £60m rejected, however he is free to negotiate pre-contract deal with foreign clubs from January 1 2020.It is unclear whether Chelsea will attempt to retain Willian, with Frank Lampard focused on bringing through a young crop of players including Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham.Willian has made six appearances for the new manager so far this season and seems to be a key part of the side again. TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Ohio State soccer outlasts Wisconsin

Not to be outdone by their football counterparts, the Ohio State men’s soccer team defeated conference foe Wisconsin on the road Sunday afternoon on the legs of the Hegngi brothers, albeit in less thrilling fashion. The Buckeyes knocked off the Badgers 2-0 to improve their conference record to 4-1 and take the driver’s seat in the Big Ten title race. Head coach John Bluem praised his defense after the game saying he knew it would be a tough task winning on the road. “We just had a really good game,” Bluem said. “The guys were really determined; they played well and followed the plan very well.” Ohio State got on the board early when senior forward Parnell Hegngi was fouled in the box by Wisconsin freshman defender A.J. Cochran, giving OSU a penalty kick. Parnell Hegngi’s brother Chris Hegngi took the penalty kick and got it past sophomore goalkeeper Max Jentsch to give the Buckeyes a 1-0 lead in the 27th minute of the contest. It was Chris Hegngi’s third goal on three penalty kick attempts this season. Chris Hegngi’s goal was his ninth on the season, which leads the Big Ten. In the second half, Parnell Hegngi took a free kick from just outside the box and curled it around the Wisconsin defensive wall and into the upper right corner of the goal to give the Buckeyes a 2-0 lead. It was Parnell Hegngi’s third goal of the season and first since the Buckeyes’ Sept. 4 win over Stetson. “Parnell Hegngi was a big part of the reason we won today,” Bluem said. “He was the guy who drew the penalty kick and in the second half Parnell scores a goal off of a free kick. He had a very good game.” The Buckeyes were out-shot 20-13 in the contest but junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson tallied seven saves and notched his fifth shutout of the season. He is now in second place all-time with 24 career saves, three saves away from tying Casey Latchem’s career record for OSU. With Northwestern playing No. 10 Indiana to a 2-2 tie Sunday, the Buckeyes (10-5-2) take sole control over the Big Ten lead. They will play Indiana (10-3-4) for the regular season conference title Saturday. “If we win against Indiana, that would make us the conference champions, no matter what other scenario,” Bluem said. “We control our own destiny.” The game will kick off from Bloomington, Ind., at 1 p.m. read more

Report Rangers still on the tail of Celtic

first_imgRangers went down four points below Celtic after their 1-0 defeat at Parkhead on Sunday. It was the first defeat that Rangers has suffered this season.Evening Times reports that Celtic defender, Connor Goldson, sees no reason for Rangers to yet lose heart over their defeat against Celtic: “Not big. Obviously, this is the first time I have played in a derby but I have just said that when I came here in pre-season I heard a lot of people how much better they were, how they beat Rangers 5-0 last season.“I thought they were going to be like Barcelona. I am not just saying that.“There was such a down in our football club of how big the gap was that I think it was like some of our players, that are maybe not here anymore, were looking at them like they were nowhere near catchable.“I am not going to say they are not a good team. They are a good team and we respect them.“But I think we are getting closer and the players that the manager has brought in have been together for two, three months. We will get closer.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“I said at the start I am proud to be in this team and they gave everything. Each man gave everything and the game plan was right.“Maybe we were too deep in the first half but we were frustrating them. I feel we are going to get closer.“I can’t sit here after three or four games and say. We will definitely give everything and we just need to go on a run ourselves now after the international break and win games and see where it takes us.”last_img read more

HC extends stay on poll process by a day

first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday further extended its stay on the Panchayat poll process by another day. A single-judge bench of Justice Subrata Talukdar will hear the arguments by both the parties again in the first half on Wednesday.Justice Talukdar on Monday had extended the original stay on the election process till April 16 by one day till Tuesday, in view of an appeal filed before a division bench of the court against the stay.On Tuesday, Trinamool counsel Kalyan Banerjee, arguing about the maintainability of the petitions filed by BJP and CPI-M accusing the ruling party of pre-poll violence in the state, said that under Article 243(3) of the Indian Constitution, the court cannot interfere after the poll process has kicked off. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBanerjee pleaded that the election process is getting delayed and urged Justice Talukdar to lift the stay. He also cited a judgment of 2000, between one Ashok Kumar and the Election Commission, in this regard.Justice Talukdar said that the court had to interfere after the state Election Commission (SEC) extended the date of filing nominations by a day, but revoked it in less than 24 hours.Banerjee also questioned the intention of BJP, citing that they have filed 38,185 nominations, but are still alleging that they had been prevented from doing so.Interestingly, during the hearing on Tuesday, Justice Talukdar said on a lighter note that it seems that the matter will not end at this bench. Taking the cue from his statement, Banerjee said that he had also thought on the same lines. According to legal experts, the discussion is a clear indication that the Panchayat poll matter will go to the Supreme Court.last_img read more

Music for a cause

first_imgSoma Das, a singer with a mellifluous voice who resides in London but with a Kolkata connection launched her debut album Amar Praner Manush based on Tagore songs on Monday evening. The album is designed by noted musician, arranger, composer Debojyoti Mishra and comprises eight songs from Tagore like, Amar Praner Manush, Emon Dine Tare Bola Jay, Sei Bhalo Sei Bhalo, Biraho Madhur Holo Aji, Amar Hiyar Majhe, Shrabaner Dharar Moto, Jakhan Esechhile and so on. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSoma took her diploma in Tagore songs from Dakshinee – a renowned institution from Bengal – and took music lessons from Haimanti Shukla, Suprakash Chaki and by profession, is a teacher. The most interesting part of the release was a tribute to a traditional band from Bengal, the Mehboob Band. Soma wanted to mark the release ceremony of her album a bit differently from the others. An album with a cause, she also wanted to contribute a part of the ticket sales to the band as she feels every artiste owes something to society. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe Mehboob Band, a noted band group known as band party, performs at marriage receptions, puja immersions and so on. This band started its journey during pre-independence era in Kolkata at M G Road. Long back, there were more than 100 musicians who bagged so many awards. Soma said, “I have planned my release also in London where I am going to involve street musicians to release my album”. Debojyoti Mishra said, “To judge a song hit, bands play an important role. They are performing a song means it’s a hot one. It’s a tribute to such musicians who have been entertaining us over so many decades.” In another event, eminent santoor player Pandit Tarun Bhattacharya will be showcasing a new raga named Ganga after India’s holy river, the mighty Ganges. GIMA award winner tabla maestro and new age percussion star Pandit Prodyut Mukherjee has designed the sound of this album. He has also accompanied with his melodious tabla. The album will release in Kolkata on September 6. The concern for the river has reached the domain of Indian classical music. Ganga is our life line and epicentre of our civilisation but we keep polluting it and in some places sewage water pours into the Ganga, our sacred river.After playing at all most top notch venues in the world like Royal Albert Hall, Theatre De La Vill (France), Kremlin (Moscow), Pt Bhattacharya has extended his hands towards social service. Recipient of many awards, his previous social activities were related to patients suffering from thalassaemia, polio, street children and so on. Starting from Kolkata to Varanasi this album will be released all over India where Ganga floats even in different names. To spread the message, this album will be released from a reputed music company of USA as well. The audio CD will be released by Padmabibhushan Girija Devi at Sangeet Research Academy, on Kristi Creation.last_img read more