UPDATED: Memoirist, actress, director, activist and poet Maya Angelou has died. She was 86 and lived in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The cause of death was not immediately determined but she had been in poor health. Angelou’s enormously influential memoir I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings detailed an African-American upbringing in the Jim Crow South — she was born in St. Louis, Missouri — scarred by violence. Ultimately her autobiography encompassed seven volumes, including The Heart of A Woman and All God’s Children Need Traveling Shoes. She served the landmark TV series Roots as both adviser and actress, and her other film and TV credits included the 1979 television adaptation of Caged Bird as well as The Black Candle, which incorporated her poetry. In 1993 she recited her poem On The Pulse Of Morning at President Bill Clinton‘s first inauguration. Both had grown up in Arkansas. Angelou wrote for, and appeared with Richard Pryor and produced the 1982 telefilm Sister, Sister. Among her many accolades were the Presidential Medal Of Freedom in 2011, the National Medal Of Arts, in 2000 and three Grammy Awards for her albums of poetry and other works.
Close collaborator and longtime friend Quincy Jones remembered the late Maya Angelou today: “I am so deeply saddened about the loss of my dear friend, colleague and sister of 46 years, Maya Angelou. From collaborating on … Read More »
History Channel produced a special video which was screened at tonight’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner, The 100th Anniversary — The White House Correspondents’ Association, which took a look back at how the press organization formed during Woodrow Wilson’s presidency and ultimately impacted Capitol Hill press coverage. Diane Sawyer narrates and President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton were interviewed, with the latter remarking about the WHCA, “I always tried to put myself in their position and they had a difficult job to do and needed a news story everyday. And if I didn’t give them one, they’d have one anyway and sometimes it would be one I didn’t like.” Take a look:
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The GLAAD Media Awards, which will honor former President Bill Clinton and top Hollywood attorney Steve Warren next Saturday in Los Angeles, are drawing quite a crowd. Stars coming out (no pun intended) to participate in the show include Leonardo Di Caprio, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lawrence, Drew Barrymore, Tobey McGuire, Elle Fanning, Matt Bomer, Alex Pettyfer, Betty White, Johnny Galecki and Ellen Barkin. More names expected to be added.
EXCLUSIVE: The 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles has set its honorees: former President Bill Clinton will receive GLAAD’s first Advocate for Change Award; and Steve Warren, the top Hollywood attorney, will receive the Stephen F. Kolzak Award.
The event will be held at the JW Marriott on April 20 and there will be more excitement than usual in the air as this is right in the midst of Supreme Court deliberations regarding the constitutionality of Prop 8 and DOMA, which will have profound impact on gay marriage and whether equal protections extend to gays and lesbians. That landmark decision is expected to be delivered in June. Big star power is expected at the event. Among the confirmed presenters so far are Leonardo DiCaprio, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence. They are all Warren’s clients. Read More »