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Maya Angelou’s art collection sells nearly a year after her death

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Born in St. Louis, Missouri on 4 April 1928 as Marguerite Annie Johnson, Maya Angelou died at the age of 86 on 28 May 2014 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was a brilliant woman of many talents and professions, of them are included: poet, author, playwright, professor, television/ film producer, actress, civil rights activist, and that is not all. She has received tons of awards and honorary degrees. She did not attend college; however, she attended George Washington high school, where she graduated after dropping out. She did receive a scholarship to study dance, yet did not attend college. Angelou worked as a cable car conductor before returning to school to graduate before birthing a son named Guy, when she was 16. Her most notable work, of her many books and poems, was the autobiographical work, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” She did indeed primarily write autobiographical works.

Her death took place more than a year ago and she is remembered as an iconic, astonishingly intelligent woman who definitely left her imprint. Today, the illustrious author is in the headlines again. Her art collection recently has been sold for almost 1.3 million dollars. This quilted story-telling painting was housed in Angelou’s home in Harlem, NY, according to the Huffington Post and is six square feet in length. The collection is hoped to bring “color” and “character” to others’ lives said Guy Johnson, Angelou’s son.

 

The quilt includes works like “Kumasi Market” by John Biggers, “Obeah’s choice” by Romare Barden, and more and even includes excerpts from Angelou’s own works like “The Heart of a Woman” and “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.”

 

Read more about the works in Ula Ilnystky’s aritcle at Huffingtonpost.com

Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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Zayn Malik Writing an Autobiography!

Think of how much Zayn Malik has done since leaving One Direction. He broke off an engagement, started dating a gorgeous supermodel (Gigi Hadid), released a solo album, you name it! Now to add to that list, he is writing a memoir…

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Think of how much Zayn Malik has done since leaving One Direction. He broke off an engagement, started dating a gorgeous supermodel (Gigi Hadid), released a solo album, you name it! Now to add to that list, he is writing a memoir.

With the singer being a tender age of 23, you would wonder what he has to say, but considering he is such a celebrated name and has done so much after leaving a boyband, I personally believe he may have ample things to say. He is iconic for so many things, and his style is one of them.

We can celebrate that or his raunchy song lyrics that are still very catchy. Sure, the 23-year-old charmer has his own ideas and his thoughts that he seeks to translate to paper in an autobiographical approach, but there are questions, pressing questions that is, that still plague the hearts and minds of curious and eager fans.

Who knows what is in store and how exhilarating this memoir will be? Of course, I can imagine he will focus on his mainstream success and his solo career. The question I am  still obsessively concerned with, but maybe not as much as others, is why did he leave One Direction?

Who is Zayn  and can this book work to break all of the premonitions and prejudices that fans and people that are certainly not fans, have of him? By this I mean how people say Zayn seems like a jerk or that he seems conceited.

No doubt, his career is taking off already with a commendable, meticulously enjoyable album already out. We shall see what is in store with this book! Reportedly, the book will surface November 1 of the year!

 

 

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Today, in 1951, Catcher in the Rye by JD Sallinger was Published

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Today, July 16, in year 1951, the novel, Catcher in the Rye, by author J.D. Sallinger, was published. I remember reading the book cover-to-cover in high school for a project and really finding it fun and insightful. The brilliant novel is still popular today, catering to readers timelessly. The reflective and retrospective novel, based on fictional protagonist, Holden Caulifield, is a collective reflection of his feelings of his teenage years, given to his younger sister, Phoebe Caulifield. Since it caters to all speakers of languages worldwide, and 250,000 copies are sold each year, according to the Wikipedia page.

The novel has notably made many lists, including Time magazine’s top 100 novels, entering this list at 25 in 2005. Set in 1949, the novel is based on the 16-17 year old Holden Caulifield and is set in the various schools that Holden has flunk out of. At the end of the novel, readers see that Holden essentially has told the story to his little sister, Phoebe, to whom he gives a hat. Featuring the point of view of protagonist, Holden Caulifield, the novel also features colloquial terms from his teenage years, making the novel more relatable to the common reader that it caters to. The teenage reader can have definitely many interpretations of the novel, and the reader sees the reference made to the title at the end, while children play and mention the “catcher in the rye.” On this roughly 25-year anniversary of the awesome book, you can pick it up and read it, and make sure you do this!

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Book Review: M Train By Patti Smith

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Book Review:M Train by Patti Smith

 

M Train is singer,songwriter,National award-winning novelist Patti Smith’s self-written memoir.Set in eighteen “stations” all around the globe from Europe,Asia to South America.

As Smith sets on expeditions to find the headstones of artists such as writers Osamu Dazai,Sylvia Plath,and director Akira Kurosawa among other ventures like her travel to Frida Kahlo’s Casa Azul in Mexico City,in Mexico. While taking coffee breaks to write and snap photos for what’s to become of this story.

 A story which is not a continuation to 2010, Just Kids ,Smith’s first self-written memoir,as many would have expected.Just Kids was set an earlier time frame between  ‘1960s to early ’70s at the upcoming of Smith’s career and generalization as an artist.A novel dedicated to early lover and friend and artist Robert Mapplethorpe.The story is set in New York, at a time Beat writers influenced a whole new generation of lower class artists such as  Bob Dylan and Smith to became the aspirational artists they are today.

M Train is a big time lapse between her upbringing as New York ,Beat artist to that which Smith has evolved to on this new recollection of dead poets and capital city names. M-Train is a continuation of Smith’s life as an artist ,yet it takes a new dynamic as it remembers her husband , Fred “Sonic” Smith member of rock n’ roll band MC5.

The story only manages to recall family affairs poorly as she only briefly recounts of now grown children and deceased husband,  establishing a tone of alienation and deprived grief for those she has lost.

M Train is a lot like it’s namesake metaphorically,a train recounting Smith’s transitional memorable destination terminals,as well as time span that is briefly reminiscent of the Smith’s past, life periods. The tone is told in a sedimentary ,and poetically manner of prose that makes reading her daily routines admirable.

A novel that holds a theme of lost and redemption of even the dearest material needs which in turn internalize the author’s realization of a deep reconciliation  with what really is of matter in this life.

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