How would you shorten this paragrapgh(Smart people please longest n most clearest will be votes BEST ANSWER)!!
"Angelou married her first husband, Greek sailor Tosh Angelos in 1952; the marriage ended three years later. She adopted her professional name by combining her childhood name with the feminine declension of her husband's surname. (Ms. Angelou tends not to admit how many times she has been married, "for fear of sounding frivolous.") She toured Europe with a production of the opera Porgy and Bess in 1954–1955, studied modern dance with Martha Graham, danced with Alvin Ailey on television variety shows, and recorded her first record album, "Miss Calypso," in 1957. By the end of the 1950s, Angelou moved to New York City, where she acted in off-Broadway productions and met artists and writers active in the Civil Rights Movement. In the early 1960s, Angelou briefly lived with South African freedom fighter Vusumi Make, and moved with him and her son Guy to Cairo, Egypt, where became an associate editor at the weekly newspaper The Arab Observer. In 1962, her relationship ended, and she
and Guy moved to Ghana. She became an assistant administrator at the University of Ghana's School of Music and Drama, was a feature editor for The African Review, and did some acting and playrighting.
Angelou became close friends with Malcolm X in Ghana and returned to America in 1964 to help him build a new civil rights organization, the Organization of African American Unity. After Malcolm X's assassination shortly thereafter, and at the request of Martin Luther King, she became the Northern Coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. King was assassinated on her birthday (April 4) in 1968. (She did not celebrate her birthday for many years for that reason.) Inspired by a meeting with her friend James Baldwin, cartoonist Jules Feiffer, and Feiffer's wife Judy, she dealt with her grief by writing her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which catapulted her to international fame and critical acclaim.
 Later career
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so now that got your attention Please help me with this I'm begging no one seems to help me.. ((
-She was born feb 27th 1897 (brth cert.says Feb 17th 1902)
-Birth place Philidelphia,Pennsylvania
-Has 3 sisters, Oldest of them
-Parents - John & Anna Anderson
-Nicknames The baby Contralto
-Age 8 taught her to play the piano
- She joined the junior choir, then at age 13 she joined the seinor choir
-Began vocal lessons at age 15
-Couldn't get into music school because of her color
-Met Guiseppe Boghetti and her singing career began and it grew to tours
-Held concert at N.Y Town hall but not many attend, was critizied negatively
-After She felt discouraged, thought about quitting singing
-She got back to singing and began to sing in foregin languages
-Was going to perform at the constitution hall but polcy states "White perf. Only" which devistated fans
-After she toured many countries in the far east and many more after
-April 19th, 1965 she gave her last concert and Year-long farewell tour
-April 8th, 1993 marian died at the age of 96
(importance of person)
-She was a black opera/classical singer at a time when there was still a lot of racism.
-In 1954, Metropolitan Opera general manager Rudolf Bing signed Anderson for the role of Ulrica in the Met's production of Un Ballo in Maschera, by Giuseppe Verdi. Her debut on January 7, 1955, marked the first time that an African American had sung on the Met stage.
-An African-American, Anderson became an important figure in the struggle for black artists to overcome racial prejudice in the United States during the mid twentieth century. She continued to break barriers for black artists in the United States, becoming the first black person, American or otherwise, to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City on January 7, 1955. Her performance as Ulrica in Giuseppe Verdi's Un ballo in maschera at the Met was the only time she sang an opera role on stage.
-As for the conclusion it must include this quote she said
“If I were inclined to be combative, I suppose I might insist on making an issue of these things. But that is not my nature, and I always bear in mind that my mission is to leave behind me the kind of impression that will make it easier for those who follow.”
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Put the quote first then say as you can see marian was a very strong woman. Not only was she an african american struggling through a very racist era. She was an african american woman. It has taken so much courage for her to get on that stage and take all of the criticism but i believe it has only made her stronger. She has alot to teach this world nodays, even though she almost gave up she didnt. And for that marian is now my hero, she has left a great impression on me that has made it easier for me to follow and everyone else following her footsteps.
If there were no low-income housing, ghettos, projects and slums in America would hip-hop cease to exist?
I know that rap and hip-hop music trends started in the 1970s, became marketed in 1980s and then became mainstream in the 1990s. But I think hip-hop is a negative product of African-American society based on the exploitation of poverty, racism, classism and segregation. Like slaves created American Rhythm and Blues, originated from the African continent. Blacks (descendant from southern migrant blacks) in the housing projects of New York, Chicago and L.A. created rap and hip-hop derived from Southern R&B/Soul/Jazz, due to the nature of their substandard living conditions, involving fatherless-households, teenage pregnancy, crime, promiscuity, gang violence and impoverish conditions. I think it is ironic and a guilty pleasure that hip-hop exists.
Look at the origins of most hip-hop artists like T.I., Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy, Lil Wayne, etc.....about 90% of them grew up without fathers, were raised in impoverished conditions and have criminal records. They all have tattoos, gold chains, and repeat foul language....It all sounds like guilty pleasures to me. It sounds like to me the record companies carelessly exploited the problems of urban society and transformed it into a superficial 'Scarface-like' rags-to-riches decor. And unfortunately, people (black folks especially) are buying into it. It is like leading lemmings to slaughter.
By the way, I am a 31 y/o educated black man who lives in Georgia.
No, because a large portion of hip-hop's fanbase are whites living in suburban and rural areas...they are the ones who are buying the CDs and attending the shows.
I am a 47 y/o educated black woman living in Oregon who is also a singer/songwriter and musician. Although I work primarily with folk rock music, I've written raps in the past and have performed them in churches, coffeehouses and had them aired on local radio stations. My "raps" are about black history, encouraging kids to stay in school, and about getting out there and making a difference in the world.
Rap and hip hop is not only about the antics of gangbangers and dissing on women. It has been and can still be used as a force for good...and I think it's up to people to encourage rap artists to use their talent to benefit the community rather than just knocking them.
When rap and hip-hop first started, it had something to say but unfortunately, it became corrupted and exploited by the suits in the recording industry...it became all about the money and the conspicuous consumer lifestyle...that's a big part of the problem. However, you can see that in other genres as well. So why single out only hip hop for criticism? Country and folk music has its share of negative factors, too like glorifying adultery and encouraging women to have a "victim" mentality...and there are plenty of songs that go back over 300 years that glorify serial killers, murder-suicides and all sorts of violence...yet no one is criticizing white artists for singing that stuff, are they?
RHH Section Debate: Have we become too complacent, even "cowardly"? (Bell Verdict related)?
Well, to start this off i wanted to bring up the Rodney King beaten (91? 92?) at any rate, when he was beaten by those officers (on camera) and they were acquitted of all charges, nobody needed to sound the war horn for LA citizens. They took to the streets and rioted. Because then, there was the mentality that "you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us".
Lets fast forward about 15-16 years. Sean Bell is shot 50 times by people whose job is to protect the people. Now, am i suggesting that New Yorkers should've left their homes to tear up their own neighborhoods? No, but at the same token, the city that "Never Sleeps" was relatively quiet when the verdict acquitting all these cops was released. Had this event occured some time last decade, i think there would have been plenty of blood shed over this verdict, not just a stroll through the streets (no disrespect)
The question I pose is, have we (as African Americans) become too complacent with where we sit in society, to the point where no affirmative actions have been taken on behalf of this man’s death and the injustice that occurred in the court? Look at Hip Hop as a reflection, and how we have underground fans hating mainstream artists, and just general fans “hating” artists doing something for themselves? How can we stand together as one against any common enemy, if we are too busy fighting and hating each other? A lot of Hip Hop artists have stepped up immediately following this verdict, including; Talib Kweli, Mos Def, Nas, David Banner, Prodigy, and The Game. I wanted to leave yall wit this quote released from David Banner today, feel free to comment on anything posted, or add anything else.
“I was outraged but I've gotten to the point where I don't get mad anymore," Banner told SOHH exclusively. "I have to think logically. I think one of the problems with America is that we've adapted Bush's cowboy mentality to everything. With the Sean Bell situation New York is basically saying, 'f*ck n*ggas.'"
Banner was shocked that while the three officers were brought up on eight counts, not even one charge against the cops stuck.
"[They] shot Sean Bell 51* times and they got eight counts and you can't convict on one count," Banner said. "Not even endangerment? You shot 51 times homie!"
The rapper said "cowards" allow injustices to go unpunished and he counts himself amongst the lot.
"They know that we not gonna do sh*t," he said. "We ain't gonna do sh*t but beef amongst ourselves. Our generation is a bunch of cowards and they know that and that's including me. All of us, we cowards and if you're not a coward then do something about it.
"All these tough a** rappers, where they at now," he added. "Where are the football players? The basketball players? Where are our senators? Where are the other black cops that work with them cops that shot their children? They're cowards!"
what Obama had to say:
""The judge has made his ruling, and we're a nation of laws, so we respect the verdict that came down,"
De, i see what you're trying to say, but an "L" for this spells an L for the future. What if this is your son one day? are we gonna chalk it up to a L then too?
i felt it was kind of coonish Dilla (Barack's statements) i understand he's in the middle of a political battle...but still, people are looking for a leader, that wasnt the kind of statement i was expecting from him
Well, you have to understand, when Rodney King was beat, it was a time when we had people, music, and movies that made a big impact on our society when it came to racism, and self empowerment: "Do the Right Thang",
"School Dayz", "Clockers",etc.
We also had Rappers making,
"Fight the Power",
"Self Distruction", etc.
Lots of folks were wearing Africa Medallions, and hats like Queen Latifah. The Malcon X movie came out.
Black power was stronger and more "in your face" at that time.
We also had to make a statement against the people that owned the "liquor stores, and swap meets" in Los Angeles because they treated us like sh!t. The Asians followed us around and showed us no respect, while we spent several hundreds even thousands of dollars a day buying their beauty supplies, and necesities.
I'm tired of hearing people say that we tore up our own neighborhoods. Those "hoods" were tore up from the getty up!
If you go to L.A. Right now, in the same neighborhoods, you will see thet everything has been redone nicely.
You will see that going down Crenshaw from the 10Freeway through Lamert Park, all the way down to the 105freeway, everything looks great now!
AND there are MORE Black Owened Businessess. Magic Johnson played a heavy role in bringing LA back.
I think now everyone is out for themselves and their money.
Now would be a great time for some rappers to come together and make a statement song.
Something to let them know that were not sleeping. Dammit!
This is a great subject. I was talking about something similar to my family. Self hate.
We hate on everything we do.
Why does my mom say this?
I'm 14, Puerto Rican, and live in Spanish harlem, New York. I love rock, metal, punk, alternative, death metal, thrash metal, metalcore, alternative metal, etc. My mom thinks that since I'm Puerto Rican that I should listen to rap and hip hop. I hate that stuff, except for a few songs by Eminem. She says that my personal selection of music is Satanic since we're Christians and "white trash". She's not racist or anything but I honestly hated when she said that. My reasons for her saying that are:
1) I'm Puerto Rican and therefore should listen to Spanish music. Problem: I can't speak Spanish since they(my parents) never bothered teaching me. IMO, it's their fault.
2) I live in Spanish Harlem, where most of the people there are Latino/Hispanic and Black/African American. She thinks that I should be like everyone else and try to fit in. I don't want to be an illiterate, pseudo "gangsta", future convict, etc. She hates how I want to be different from the rest of society or me being my own person.
My dad and my stepmom are cool with it. they don't care. My best friend listens to what i do and he isn't white, which makes my mom look wrong. Plus, she listens to music made by white artists. I mean, not all rock musicians are white. Can anyone help me a bit?
There was this one incident when she took my iPod away when i was grounded and found songs from Frowning Pool and some of my favorite Japanese rock/metal songs. She threatened to throw me out if I listened to them again. I'm still here and I still listen to them. Its unfair because my sisters can do what they want and be really disrespectful and still not get in any trouble at all when all I do is listen to the music that I love.
Always, remember to honor your mother and you will be showered with blessings. You are only 14. Play it cool for the next few years. Your mother may have a point about the Satanic lyric of those songs. I think that you are on the right track. You will follow where your mind takes you so, keep your mind toward a good future. There will be some change in your life in few years and the type of music you listen to will be of no value. Make an effort to learn some Spanish. I am not Spanish but, I can read, write and speak enough when I visit Puerto-Rico.
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