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Posted: Sun 09/08/2013 02:01 PM
Dr. Maya Angelou's latest book, Mom & Me & Mom, chronicles the deepest personal story of her life: The relationship with her mother, Vivian Baxter—a former nurse who ran her own gambling club, pool hall and boarding house. She was as fiery as she was nurturing. Dr. Angelou called her Lady.
Like a lot of mothers and daughters, their relationship was powerful yet complicated. When Dr. Angelou stopped speaking after she was sexually assaulted at age 7, Vivian sent her and her brother to live with their grandmother in Rural Stamps, Arkansas. When Maya turned 13, Vivian called them home to San Francisco. It was at that time Dr. Angelou truly got to know her mother.
Dr. Angelou says the love of her mother, Vivian Baxter, encouraged her to live a life full of pizzazz. It was also that love that helped Dr. Angelou to become the first black streetcar conductor in San Francisco at age 16. "I loved the uniforms," Dr. Angelou says. "So I said, 'That's a job I want.'" When she went to get an application, Dr. Angelou says, the staff refused to give her one. Watch below to see how her mother encouraged her to persevere—and find out how Vivian made sure her daughter was safe at work during early-morning shifts.
Dr. Angelou says that to describe her mother "would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power." One particular story from Dr. Angelou's life brings that to light. Watch below to find out how Vivian led the charge to rescue young Maya from an abusive boyfriend, who was holding her against her will for days:
Though Dr. Angelou says Vivian was a "terrible" mother for young children, she was a "fantastic" mother for young adults. When Dr. Angelou was 22 years old, Vivian told her something that changed her life forever. Watch below to find out what it was:
Posted: Sun 09/08/2013 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 09/06/2013 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 an encore of Oprah's two-hour interview with Dr. Maya Angelou at 11 a.m. ET/PT on OWN.
Posted: Wed 09/04/2013 12:00 AM
Last summer, Oprah wrote a note thanking one person she can always count on in her most fearful moments—Dr. Maya Angelou.
"Years ago I phoned her complaining about what I've now long forgotten," Oprah wrote. "She shared these words, 'Courage is the most important of all the virtues, without it, you can practice no other.' It takes courage to be kind when others are not. It takes courage to be truthful when a lie might suffice. It takes courage to keep moving forward, when you'd rather quit. I've learned that courage, or opting for bravery, is feeling the fear and still doing what is necessary to overcome it. And in the very act of bravery you don't feel brave but just feel what is true and most real."
In this vintage clip from The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah and Dr. Angelou discuss one of Oprah's most desolate moments and how Dr. Angelou helped her get through it. Get the advice Dr. Angelou shared with Oprah that day and practice it in your own life.
Watch an encore of Oprah's two-hour interview with Dr. Maya Angelou this Sunday at 11 a.m ET/PT on OWN.
Posted: Mon 09/02/2013 12:00 AM
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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To watch an encore of Oprah's two-part interview with Dr. Maya Angelou, tune in Sunday, September 8, at 11 a.m. ET/PT, only on OWN.
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