Erika R Watson

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Day 1: I Know

I know how it feels to be let down<p>I know the taste of sweat off the brow<p>I know how it feels to pick yourself up from off the ground<p>And strive to …

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou.

When I was twelve, I first read “Gather Together In My Name” by Maya Angelou. I was reading her books in the wrong order, I know, but it was the …

11 Poetry Collections by Black Writers Everyone Should Read

<b>by Jai Danielle</b><p>Whether you’re a long-time fan of poetry or a reader looking to develop a taste for the genre, National Poetry Month is the perfect …

Owning Mistakes Is Part Of Success

This story originally appeared on Lewis Howes<p><i>“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.” – Maya Angelou</i><p>I’ve been working hard already this …

A LIBRARY THAT BURNS...REMEMBERING MAYA ANGELOU

By Erickka Sy Savané of <b>PopMomDaily.com</b><p>I just heard that my favorite library has burned. When I got the news I wanted to cry, "Why this library and …

Maya Angelou reminds us that "love liberates" in this powerful message

The world celebrates Maya Angelou on April 4th, on what would have been the iconic poet, filmmaker, and activist's 88th birthday. In this popular …

Don’t Wait: Dare to Be New Today

<i>“Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”</i> <i><br>~ Maya Angelou</i>I woke up this morning, my heart stilted in a fog, …

Positive Thinking

11 Inspiring Quotes to Celebrate the Late Maya Angelou’s Birthday

Maya Angelou would have turned 88 today, and while she is no longer with us, her words live on. The author and civil rights activist is best known …

On What Would’ve Been Her 88th Birthday Today… The Genius of Dr. Maya Angelou

On What Would've Been Her 88th Birthday Today... The Genius of Dr. Maya Angelou<p><i>A worthwhile repost on what would’ve been her 88th birthday today,</i> …

Maya Angelou

Using Poetry to Facilitate Discussions

Poet Nikki Grimes talks with students. Click on this picture to watch the classroom video in Teaching Multicultural Literature.“<i>If you present poetry</i> …

Teaching

Beautiful Maya Angelou quotes that fill us up with inspiration

Though it’s been nearly two years since her passing, Maya Angelou’s impact on poetry and literature, civil rights, women’s rights, education, and so …

23 Inspirational Maya Angelou Quotes That Teach You All You Need To Know About Life

1 of 24<p>You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.<p>2 of 24<p>If you don't like something, change …

These 13 quotes are the major keys on being self-reliant

Self-reliance is an understanding of one's ability to define and determine the self. That understanding is a difficult one to reach as a black woman, …

Feeling a Little Sour?

<b>Feeling a little sour?</b><p><i>The Practice:</i><p><b>Drop tart tone.</b><p><i>Why?</i><p>Tone matters.<p>I remember times I felt frazzled or aggravated and then said something with an edge to it that just wasn't necessary or useful. Sometimes it was the words themselves: such as absolutes like "never" or always," or over-the-top …

Mindfulness

Maya Angelou in dance: How Complexions Contemporary Ballet will put poetry in motion

Complexions Contemporary Ballet is known for taking on timely social issues via music and movement, and the New York company's upcoming three nights in Los Angeles are no exception, particularly a piece inspired by Maya Angelou.<p>The Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance at the Music Center series is set to …

Dancing

5 Ways Leaders Can Make Their Messaging Meaningful

<i>“People may not remember exactly what you did, or what you said,</i><p><i>but they will always remember how you made them feel.”</i><p>– Maya Angelou<p>More than one CEO …

5 Creative Ways to Deal With Life Transitions

Life is filled with transitions of many kinds such as moving out on your own, getting married, going away to college, changing careers and more. How to deal with life transitions of any kind can be quite challenging.<p>One of the transitions that was most challenging for me was leaving a career of 21 …

What Maya Angelou Taught Melissa Harris-Perry About Courage

<i>Auburn Seminary is honoring Melissa Harris-Perry along with her husband James Perry at The Lives of Commitment Gala on April 20, 2016. RSVP here.</i> …

In Honor Of #NationalPoetryMonth: Your Favorite Poems About Food And Farming

This April marks the 20th anniversary of National Poetry Month, and here at The Salt, we wanted to celebrate with a selection of the sauciest, most scrumptious verses about food.<p>Gastronomy and poetry are a natural pairing. After all, both provide necessary nourishment. And as poet Tess Taylor told …

The Decision That Changed My Life: Keeping My Baby

In an essay that originally appeared in <i>Family Circle</i> in 2001, Maya Angelou writes about the “best decision [she] ever made,” keeping the baby she …

Maya Angelou

How Our Country Fails Black Women and Girls

And why we need to talk about it.<p><i>The following was delivered before the Congressional Caucus for Black Women and Girls earlier today.</i><p>I hold a professorship named for one of the most extraordinary Americans to live in the twentieth century. Born in 1928, Maya Angelou experienced childhood poverty …

Maya Angelou doc makes Canadian premiere at Vancouver’s DOXA

'Everybody in the world uses words … verbs, adverbs, adjectives, nouns, pronouns. The writer has to take these most known things and put them together in such a way that a reader says I never thought of it that way before," Maya Angelou once told an interviewer. "That's a challenge."<p>To say Angelou …

Phenomenal Woman Transforms Maya Angelou Poem Into Vibrant Music Video

Maya would be proud. And probably dancing.<p>This is Laura Mvula -- British singer-songwriter, Prince protégé, and all around phenomenal woman.<p>On May 4, Mvula released a color-drenched music video that celebrates the strong, beautiful and, yes, phenomenal ladies in her life. Be prepared to press play …

Music Videos

How to Make Vegan Gelatin

When I was a child, I loved JELL-O. What kid doesn’t? It’s colorful, sweet, fruity, and wiggly-jiggly fun. Like most kids, I also ate marshmallows in …

5 Common Job Seeking Mistakes And How To Fix Them

Mistakes make us human. We’re all guilty of them, but it’s time we stop making them within our resumes, job applications and interviews. Whether written or face-to-face, it’s imperative that we present the best version of ourselves.<p>So how do you ensure you’re being perceived the way you want? …

Employment

The Moment A Kid Named Obama Realized A Black President 'Can Happen'

Rev. Jesse Jackson faced doubts and death threats when he ran for the White House. He also inspired some notable young politicians.<p>WASHINGTON -- In the winter of 1983, as he considered running for president in the Democratic primary, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. didn’t see himself as the best choice for …

Philadelphia Apologizes To Late Jackie Robinson For 1947 Racism

On Thursday, officials in <b>Philadelphia</b> passed a resolution that not only honors Major League Baseball legend <b>Jackie Robinson</b>‘s color barrier-breaking …

WATCH: Graphic Shooting Captured On Facebook Live Prompts Police Probe

Chicago police are looking into a shooting on Thursday that may have been captured on video, the <b>Chicago Tribune</b> reports.<p>A police source told the …

Missouri Law Bars Black Student From Attending His School

The complexities of school integration are preventing an African-American student from going to the institution he’s attended since kindergarten.<p>Fox …