This week the USPS issued a new commemorative Forever stamp featuring the late literary icon Maya Angelou. Like many others, I was excited to hear that one of my inspirations was getting a stamp. However, that excitement is now met with a “side-eye” because they decided to use a quote from someone else.
The quote, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song” was actually said by children’s book author, Joan Walsh Anglund and Maya was fond of it. However, she did not pen it.
Someone at the United States Postal Service didn’t do proper research and they should be embarrassed. They have since issued a statement on the error but I guess it’s too late to fix it.
Since they royally screwed up this honor, I wanted to list my top 10 quotes from Maya Angelou, many of which they could have used.
1. “You can never be great at anything unless you love it.”
2. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
3. “Try to be a rainbow, in someone’s cloud.”
4. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”
5. “Everybody born comes from the Creator trailing wisps of glory.”
6. “I take nothing for granted, including the heavy privilege of being a black woman.”
7. “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
Despite the amazing growth of black actresses getting major or lead roles in Prime time television, we still have a big problem that I would like to address. This problem or dilemma I should say, stems from the lack of hair diversity when it comes to these roles.
You ever notice that whenever you see a black actress in character WITHOUT their weave, makeup or beauty enhancements, the writers and execs always make sure that they look a HOT mess? These subliminal messages send sad and negative signals when it comes to beauty standards.
We’ve all see that scene. Black actress takes off her wig, make-up, etc and shows her natural self. Usually this scene is because of a depressed state or even a mental break. She then overcomes said issue and is back to herself once the weave or wig is back on. Give me an effing break!!!
I usually keep my mouth shut when it comes to these types of things, but the nail in the coffin was when I was watching the season finale of The Haves and the Have Nots on OWN earlier this week and they did it again.
On the show, actress Angela Robinson plays the wealthy Veronica Harrington and through a series of family issues, she has a mental break. She is shown without her weave, depressed, drinking, smoking and even attempting to commit a murder. My issue is that in between this scene, she has to leave the house. So she then throws on her wig, does her business and returns to her craziness. This character has always been a strong character and not once have we seen her rocking her natural hair while being “strong”.. It’s only when she is weak and “crazy” that they showcase her natural self. HMMMMM…
I’ve been updating my wardrobe and I discovered that I didn’t own anything that was pink. I always seem to stay away from the color because I never found anything that stood out to me. Usually I like earth tones and a lot of black (no matter the season) and sometimes I mix in some bright colors when the weather is warmer, but that’s rare.
Now with Pink being a big color for the Spring 2015 season, I saw a variety of things I liked in some of the plus-size stores I frequent online. So I said what the heck, let me try out this pink thing and guess what? I love it!!
First off is this dope trench coat from Carmakoma. It’s light weight and perfect for the windy spring days. I can see myself wearing this with so many other things too, so it was a great buy.
NOTE: This coat is also available on Evans and Navabi for a lower price. I got my at Evans because they always have coupon codes and sales. So the price was slashed in half!