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Posted: Sun 05/19/2013 02:00 PM
In this two-part round of Soul to Soul, find out what Dr. Maya Angelou's definition of God is, what she believes happens when we die and more.
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Posted: Sun 05/19/2013 02:00 PM
Last week, Oprah and Dr. Maya Angelou reminisced about some of the most meaningful moments of her extraordinary journey, and she gave us new insight into boundless accomplishments in her remarkable life.
Now, the conversation continues. Watch below as Dr. Angelou opens up about aging, the aha! moment that still moves her to tears and the best advice she ever received.
At age 85, Dr. Angelou is now a great-grandmother and still taking the world by storm with her writing, full schedule of speaking engagements and active Twitter account. Find out why she says she gets more grateful as she gets older.
The Revelation That Changed Maya Angelou's Life
When she was in her 20s, Dr. Maya Angelou discovered the Unity Church. Founded in 1889, Unity is a Christian movement that emphasizes affirmative prayer and education as a path to spirituality. Watch as she is moved to tears while recalling the revelation that changed her life forever.
The Best Advice She Ever Gave—and Received
Dr. Maya Angelou's wisdom has inspired countless people around the world, but what does she say is the best advice she's ever given? Find out what it is and to whom she gave it. Plus, get the best advice Dr. Angelou ever received.
Posted: Fri 05/17/2013 12:00 AM
They're the lessons that have become part of our souls over the years.
Look back at the wisdom of Dr. Maya Angelou >>
This Sunday, watch the second part of Oprah's conversation with Dr. Maya Angelou. Tune in at 11 a.m. ET PT on OWN or join our worldwide simulcast on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv and Facebook.com/supersoulsunday.
Posted: Thu 05/16/2013 01:33 PM
The older Dr. Maya Angelou gets, the more grateful she says she is. Find out what she's learned about aging brilliantly in this sneak peek of Sunday's conversation.
Tune in at 11 a.m. ET PT on OWN or join our worldwide simulcast on Oprah.com, Facebook.com/owntv and Facebook.com/supersoulsunday.
Posted: Thu 05/16/2013 12:00 AM
Dr. Maya Angelou says it is her intention to write poetry and prose that "slide right through the brain and goes straight to the heart." She's poured her soul into more than 30 books that have touched countless hearts and minds all over the world.
"We survive in exact relationship to the dedication of our poets," wrote Dr. Maya Angelou in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Now, the author and teacher is sharing her thoughts on how to write—and how to live. Listen to her recite her poem, "Phenomenal Woman", by clicking on the video above and read on to learn more about her writing process.
"Good morning," she says, her voice like black coffee with a splash of bourbon. Even over the phone, you can hear her smile.
"Now, tell me what am I doing?"
"We'd like to ask you how to write a poem."
"Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, "I'd like to write about that." Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem.
"Years ago I saw some children jumping hopscotch in Harlem. And then later, I was in Stockholm taking a course in cinematography, and I saw some Swedish children skipping hopscotch—I think it's called "hoppa hage" there. And I thought, "Hmmm, those kids at home, they have a little more rhythm and they think different thoughts." So I went back to watch the children in Harlem to get their rhythm, and then I began to write this poem:
Harlem HopscotchOne foot down, then hop! It's hot.
Good things for the ones that's got.
Another jump, now to the left.
Everybody for hisself.
In the air, now both feet down.
Since you black, don't stick around.
Food is gone, the rent is due,
Curse and cry and then jump two.
All the people out of work,
Hold for three, then twist and jerk.
Cross the line, they count you out.
That's what hopping's all about.
Both feet flat, the game is done.
They think I lost. I think I won.
Next: Dr. Angelou answers questions about her process >>
Poems Dr. Angelou has written for Oprah:
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