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Taking Action & Maya Angelou
"Hi this is Jenny. We are pressing. Pause on our regularly scheduled programming. That's not because what's happening right now is new, and it's not because we want to participate in a moment. We want to participate in the movement. You WanNa. Use whatever platform we have to drive change. This company was founded with the mission of amplifying underrepresented voices in my first interviews for Wfan I heard many women running for office. Talk about how the moral arc of the universe bends towards justice, but only if we make it, we each have a responsibility to step up. I'm spending most of my time right now. Listening rather than talking here are some of the. And tools I've received an passing onto you. In case you find them helpful. I ask each of you to join with me to take action to keep up the momentum and accelerate change. We need to take action on a recurring basis, not just when it's at the top of our social media feeds trending. So what can we do? Act with your wallet when our government does not take sufficient action to. To protect our most marginalized communities, we have to take bold action. This means for those who are able making regular recurring donations. Just as you pay for other monthly subscription services at nonprofits to your list, here are a few organizations to giving to also link these in the episode notes color of change, media, justice or fair fight. You could also consider giving to a local political candidate you believe in. Support, your local community find an organization in your area working on bail relief, police reform and other causes centered on the black community, support, black businesses and your area. Stir to vote and fill out the census. You don't have to spend money to have an impact as representative John, Lewis says voting is the most powerful non-violent tool we have in a democratic society and we must use it. Listen share and speak up whether this means emailing your family texting your friends. Posting on social media make a statement of support and lift up the voices of those who are on the front of this fight. Last, but certainly not least we have to educate ourselves and our communities. I'm especially calling on my fellow white friends, family and listeners put in the work to educate yourself on the unjust systems of oppression that continue to allow for the subjugation, oppression and brutal murder of black in this country. Find moments to hold yourself and your community countable. Learn from your mistakes. Call out your friends and family and support your black friends and community. I'll post links in our show. Notes of resources for how you can help and continue to learn this week we were planning to continue featuring women from season one from throughout time and around the world. Instead we're going to focus in an amplify the stories of African. American women who changed the course of history were also offering free ad space on wonder media network shows to organizations working towards social justice. If you want more information on any of what I've said, please email me at Jenny at wonder media network. Dot Com and thank you for listening. Many people wonder where my secret lines. I'm not cute. A bill to a fashion models signs when I started to tell them they think I'm telling lines. I say it's the reach of my arms. The span of my hips, the stride of my step, the curl of my lips ammo woman. Phenomenon. From Wonder Media Network I'm Jenny Kaplan and this is encyclopedia, Romantika. It's July fourth for those of you celebrating Happy Independence Day. Every weekday for a year we're telling the story of different woman from throughout history who you may or may not know about it definitely should. On this national holiday. I'm so excited to celebrate the life of one of America's greets. Today's Dreamer was an American author. Poet Historian Songwriter Playwright Dancer Producer, director, performer, Singer and civil rights activist. She. Really was a phenomenal woman. Let's talk about Maya Angelou. Marguerite Anne Johnson was born in Saint, Louis Missouri in Nineteen Twenty eight. But spent much of childhood with her paternal grandmother in the rural of Stamps Arkansas. At. The age of Seven Marguerite was raped by her mother's boyfriend. Mercury reported the crime and the perpetrator was subsequently murdered. Traumatized margarethen almost completely mute for several years. She later wrote about this period in her first and best known autobiographical book. I know why the caged bird sings. When she was twelve marguerite, and her mother moved across the country to San. Francisco. Marguerite worked in a variety of jobs, including as a cocktail waitress, a prostitute and Madam a cook and a dancer. It was during her time as a dancer that she assumed her better known professional name Maya Angelou. Miami's back across the country to New York City in the late nineteen fifties, and joined the Harlem Writers Guild. Around the same time she also landed a leading role in a US State Department sponsored production of George, Gershwin's opera, porgy and bess. The production toward all over the world hitting twenty two countries in Europe and Africa. My also studied dance with dance legends Martha Graham Pearl Premise. She was heavily involved in the civil rights movement and Nineteen fifty. My became the northern coordinator for the southern Christian Leadership Conference. The Civil Rights Organization at the personal behest of Dr, Martin Luther King Junior. In, one, thousand, nine, hundred, sixty one maya. In John Jay's play the blacks before moving to Cairo with a South African dissident whom she was briefly married. In Cairo Maya worked as a reporter at the Arab, observer, she then moved to Ghana and worked at the African Review. Meyer returned to the US in the late nineteen sixties. Her first book I know why the Caged Bird sings was released in nineteen, sixty nine, and it was nominated for a national book award. Maya was extremely busy in the nineteen seventies. Her first collection of poetry entitled just give me a cool drink of water for I die was published in Nineteen, seventy one the following year, Maya became the first African American woman to have a screenplay produced as a feature film for the movie Georgia. Georgia, she also wrote the film soundtrack. Through the rest of the decade to more of Maya's autobiographical books were published. Gathered together in my name and singing and swinging, and getting married like Christmas and her second collection of poetry called, and still I rise was released leaving behind my of terror and you I ran. into a daybreak miraculously clear. Iran. Bringing the gifts that my ancestors game. I am the hope. And the dream of the slave. And so naturally. Maya was also appointed by President Gerald Ford to the bicentennial. Commission and later by President Jimmy Carter to the Commission for International Woman of the year. My also continued her acting career, appealing on stage, and in several TV shows including the iconic miniseries roots. Maya was often referred to as Dr Angelou despite the fact that she had gone to college. Over the course of her life, however, she received more than fifty honorary degrees from some of the world's most prestigious universities. And in nineteen, eighty one, she was given a lifetime appointment as a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem North Carolina. That same year she also released her third autobiographical book, the heart of a woman. For the next thirty three years. Maya's pace of work continued. She published three more memoirs, two more collections of poetry, a book of Meditations, several children's books, and an anecdote driven book of advice. She also continued to act and became a director. Maya was asked to compose and deliver poems for Bill. Clinton's nineteen. Ninety-three Presidential Inauguration and the fiftieth anniversary of the United Nations. She was also commissioned by the US State Department to write the poem, his day is done as an elegy for former South African President Nelson Mandela. In two thousand. Eleven Maya Angelou was awarded the Presidential Medal of freedom by President Barack Obama. Maya died on the morning of May Twenty Eighth Two thousand fourteen in Winston Salem. Despite the fact that she'd been sick and had cancelled scheduled appearances, she was still working on another book at the time. During her memorial service at Wake Forest Maya, son said. Quote. She left this mortal plane with no loss of acuity and no loss comprehension. Maya Angelou's poetry and literature have become part of the great American cannon. Her work explores themes of economic racial and sexual oppression and draws from her incredible personal experiences. Tune in tomorrow for the story of another amazing dreamer. Special. Thanks to lose Kaplan my favorite sister and the amazing brain behind this collection of women. Talk to you tomorrow.
Woman of the Year: Maya Angelou
"Hi jenny. Today we're re airing an old episode of encyclopedia britannica. I leading the life and work of maya angelou. Maya angelou is one of many women who've been honored as a glamour woman of the year. She was celebrated in two thousand nine for thirty years. Glamour has honored the world's most pioneering women and inspiring leaders such as kamala harris violet davis hillary clinton condoleeza rice misty copeland serena williams reese witherspoon shonda rhimes gloria steinem and many more on march second glamorous releasing a hardcover book entitled glamour. Thirty years of women who have reshaped the world it touches on some of the most culturally important moments of our recent history. The book will be available for purchase at all major booksellers with that onto the show. Many people wonder where my secret lies. I'm not cute. A bill to suit fashion models signs when i started to tell them they think i'm telling land i say it's in the reach of my arms the span of my hips the stride of step the curl of my lips. I'm a woman phenomenon from wonder media. Network i'm jenny. Kaplan and this is encyclopaedia manica. It's july fourth for those of you celebrating. Happy independence day every weekday for a year. We're telling the story of a different woman from throughout history who you may or may not know about. It definitely should on this national holiday. I'm so excited to celebrate the life of one of america's greets. Today's dreamer was an american author. Poet historian songwriter playwright dancer producer director performer singer and civil rights activist. She really was a phenomenal woman. Let's talk about maya angelou marguerite. Anne johnson was born in saint louis missouri in nineteen twenty eight but spent much of childhood with her paternal grandmother in the rural town of stamps. Arkansas at the age of seven marguerite was raped by her mother's boyfriend marguerite the crime and the perpetrator was subsequently murdered. Traumatized margaret almost completely mute. For several years she later wrote about this period in her first and best known autobiographical book. I know why the caged bird sings when she was twelve marguerite and her mother moved across the country to san francisco. Marguerite was in a variety of jobs including as a cocktail waitress a prostitute. And madam a cook and a dancer. It was during her time as a dancer that she assumed her. Better known professional. Name maya angelou. Miami of back across the country to new york city in the late nineteen fifties and joined the harlem writers guild around the same time she also landed a leading role in a us. State department sponsored production of george gershwin's opera porgy and bess the production toward all over the world hitting twenty two countries in europe and africa. My also studied dance with dance. Legends martha graham and pearl premise. She was heavily involved. In the civil rights movement and in nineteen fifty-nine. Meyer became the northern coordinator for the southern christian leadership conference the civil rights organization at the personal behest of dr martin luther king junior in one thousand nine hundred sixty one maya in john jay's play the blacks before moving to cairo with a south african dissident to whom she was briefly married in cairo maya worked as a reporter at the arab observer. She done moved to ghana and worked at the african review. Meyer returned to the us in the late. Nineteen sixties her first book. I know why the caged bird sings nineteen. Sixty-nine and it was nominated for a national book award. Maya was extremely busy in the nineteen seventies her first collection of poetry entitled. Just give me a cool drink of water for i. Die was published in nineteen seventy one the following year. My head became the first african american woman to have a screenplay produced as a feature film for the movie georgia georgia. She also wrote the film soundtrack. Through the rest of the decade to more of maya's autobiographical books were published gathered together in my name and singing and swinging and getting married like christmas under second collection of poetry called and still i rise was released leaving behind nights of terror and fear iran into daybreak miraculously clear uh iran bringing the gifts that my ancestors game i am the hope and the dream of the slave and so naturally maya was also appointed by president. Gerald ford to the by centennial commission and later by president jimmy carter to the commission for international woman of the year. My also continued her acting career appealing on stage and in several tv shows including the iconic miniseries roots. Maya was often referred to as dr angelou. Despite the fact that she hadn't gone to college over the course of her life however she received more than fifty honorary degrees from some of the world's most prestigious universities and in nineteen eighty one. She was given a lifetime appointment. As professor of american studies at wake forest university in winston salem north carolina that same year she also released her third autobiographical book. The heart of a woman for the next thirty three years maya's pace of work continued. She published three more memoirs two more collections of poetry. A book of meditations several children's books an anecdote driven book of advice. She also continued to act and became a director. Maya was asked to compose and deliver poems for bill. Clinton's nineteen ninety-three presidential inauguration and the fiftieth anniversary of the united nations. She was also commissioned by the us state department to write the poem. His day is done as an elegy for former south african president nelson mandela in two thousand. Eleven maya angelou was awarded the presidential medal of freedom by president barack obama. Maya died on the morning of may twenty eighth. Two thousand fourteen in winston salem. Despite the fact that she'd been sick and had cancelled scheduled appearances says she was still working on another book at the time during memorial service wake forest my son said quote. She left this mortal plane with no loss of acuity and no loss comprehension. Maya angelou's poetry and literature have become part of the great american cannon. Her work explores themes of economic racial and sexual oppression and draws from her incredible personal experiences tune in tomorrow for the story of another amazing dreamer special. Thanks to lose kaplan my favorite sister and the amazing brain behind this collection of women. Talk to you tomorrow.
Maya Angelou at Spelman College
"Love this podcast. Support this show through the cast supporter feature. It's up to you how much you give. And there's no regular commitment. Just click the link in the show description to support now. Welcome to words matter with katie barlow. Welcome to words matter. i'm katie. Barlow our goal is to promote objective reality as a wise man said everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Not their own facts. Words have power and words have consequences. Dr maya angelou was poet professor memoirs actor singer author educator and civil rights activists. She published seven autobiographies three books of essays. Several books of poetry and appeared in numerous plays movies and television shows over sixty five year career. She received dozens of awards and more than fifty honorary degrees. In literary circles. Maya angelou is best known for her series of seven autobiographies which focus on her childhood and early adult experiences. The first i know why. The caged bird sings published in one thousand. Nine hundred sixty nine tells of her life experience up to the age of seventeen and brought her international recognition and acclaim her books center on deems including racism identity and family. She was active. The civil rights movement of the nineteen sixties and worked closely with martin luther king junior and malcolm x. on january twentieth nineteen ninety-three. Maya angelou became the second poet in american history and the first african american woman to read a poem at a presidential inauguration when she recited her original work. the pulse of morning at the first inauguration of bill clinton. She was the first poet to make an inaugural recitation. Since robert frost at the inauguration of john f. kennedy in one thousand nine hundred sixty one angelou's audio recording of the poem won the nineteen ninety three grammy award for best spoken word introducing her to a whole new generation and bringing much deserved recognition for her previous works as evidenced by her grammy win. Maya angelou was as brilliant performer as she was a writer in two thousand eleven. She was awarded the nation's highest civilian honor the presidential medal of freedom but of all her awards and accolades. One of the most memorable was her. Nineteen ninety-two commencement address at spelman college. A private historically black women's liberal arts college in atlanta georgia the spelman messenger later wrote my angelou indelible mark upon the world. Her wit wisdom and work will continue to inspire generations of spelman women with that. Let's listen to grammy award. Winning poet maya angelou and her iconic nineteen ninety-two spelman college. Commencement address them in. Get him in where he brought me bitter man get him in. The sun is hot. Mighty pry. Let's get down to business. Get home tonight. Did i mean did amend auction inflates the real high art. Bring that young out here roy. She's the first time and did a man giving in benny. Now here's the real bad about fifteen. A great van. Miami was the die home clean. Let him home lacks. Even the babylon is that the comb. The being a man look where he brought us guarded three here. Three step up dance. Take a good look see. I know you won't wanna wants you. She's young and right and make a damn good brita. Bidermann get a man. Did in look where he rode. She's got in the field. She can sew and cook strip down. Roy let to jim look. She's she's ample behind examined her teeth. You're gonna mind look look. Here's a bit of three from a man who's fifty three twenty five kinda here three fifty your money. Earning your much in the banks turnaround roy. Let him look at night. Man embiid him in look. Look three fifty a bit. I'm looking for here. Four four hundred. She's a bargain show. Bid for fifty five. Now look alive. A man gettleman bidermann the mind his. That's one of the tricks turnaround. Boy can please. She's helping strong tripped. Make a lady's made whence properly with being a man get them in bit him in at seven hundred aleta joe. Seven seven seven. She's gone stripper down. Roy bring the next one on bit a man get them in. Look where he brought a bra. Miss rosie see you you brown bags of a woman wrapped up in your mind. Like last week's grocery lists. I saved rose if when i see you sitting in your own man shoes with the big toe cutout when i see you missed rosie. Who used to be the prettiest gallon. Georgia used to be called georgia. Rose i say when i see you miss rosie. I stand up because through your life and even your distraction. It is given to me to stand up ladies sisters my daughters. I'm delighted to be here tonight. I was so pleased when i spoke to the climb mistress and she said yes she would sing this song. They would try to find it. And my lord my door and when you're president donald me instead girlfriend. I said how high do you want me to jump to never. Just tell me how. I'd and win because i belong to you. You are mine. You are absolutely mind. I have given birth to each one of you. Because i have dreamed you. I have loved you as your parents and your answering your uncles and your father's and all your teachers have loved you. We you are created. We have invented you because have stayed alive somehow. Miraculously people live in direct relation to the heroes and xiros. They're always in always and it is imperative that you see yourselves as having been loved and our loved now it is imperative that you do so you are cared for you know that. The first africans were brought to this country in sixteen ninety. I don't mean to cast aspersions on my brothers and sisters who may or may not be audience but that was i'm not signifying either. That was one year before the mayflower dogs. Hello hello. We have undergone experiences too bizarre to be included in mr alexander's phenomenon. The book roots are in the television phenomenon routes and yet here we are. Did you know that in eighteen seventy and eighty there were statements made in southern legislatures that by nineteen twenty. All blacks would be dead agung. Here we are was a forty million and that's a conservative estimate. Because i know people who swear that more than forty million black people in the baptist church. That's the that's right. They're not even counting backsliders ame. Cme and the three black eighty s in the world. I here we are and you are born my out of their head right out of their hearts. They have loved you. You see you have already been paid for. Isn't that amazing. All ready you do not have to pay for yourself. We have paid for all those men and women who went before you have paid for you already and young men and women young women who are just starting into spelman. You'll have been paid for the reason you study the reason you do the best you can reason you stand. Always as black cleans with something of as wendelin is something of that. You're cleanly nature and your walk remembering something of the sweet poignancy of your slave history in your voice. That is your history. The reason you do so so that you can prepare yourself as a dr brown said to pay for someone who is yet to come. That is the own you have already been paid for because you have been loved now. I'm sorry to say when a number of non black people write about black people and romantic love because they are so eroneous enthroned. They would have us believe that. Find people make love and black people. Just say however look look at the love in the in the literature in the lower. This is the shred from a nineteenth century folk song in which a black man spoke of the woman he loved. He said the woman. I love is fat and chocolate to the bung every time she shake. Some skinny woman loses her home. Yes and shred again th century folsom in which a black woman spoke the manchu love. This shred found its way into mr. Wc handy's twentieth century blues. The black woman saying he's black midnight like flags of truce. He's the finest thing in the whole saints defense of black there. A leader is jews. That's romantic love. But just a couple of romantic love poetry before. I get to the south loads which i really want you to to realize to have with you before as you take this your diploma and your hugs and kisses from your beloved. Have this too. But before i go to steph listed is the at romantic love poem of my favorite poet. 'cause i'm fickle. So she's my favorite right now number ten minutes. I'll have somebody else george. Douglas jones nineteenth century black lady poet. She wrote. I want to die while you love me while yet. You hold me why. Laughter lives upon my lips and lights. I in my hair. Yeah i wanna die while you love me. Who would care to live to love. Had nothing more to ask and nothing to give no. I want to die while you love me and bad to that still bad. Your kisses turbulent unspent to warm me via lamdi. now that's lyrical poetry. Ladies that the poetry that is in your hearts and that's the lyricism which is in your speech. It is all yours you have earned it but before that you had it before you earned it because it is your inheritance now you know i believe that self love is very important if you read my work you know. I'm always talking about loving self. I never trust anybody who tells me he or she loves me as the person doesn't love herself or himself. There's an african saying which is be careful when a naked person you a shirt. I mean if he had some the cover himself i i i like to look at self loves. It is very important that it comes from within that you have a sense of yourself so that when you walk into an office you don't go alone bring your people with you bring everybody who has loved you with you. Say grandma communist great. Grandpa did this time coming list of after go in here and have an interview. Come on auntie come on my friends. Come let's go and when you walk in people don't know what it is about you. They can't take that is of you. You may not be cute in the given sense. You may not flash size in that particular sense. You may not be any of those things. But they can't take their eyes off you and they say of you up in a in this incredible wave which i don't understand. They say i don't know but she has charisma. Know what you have is all those people around you so think of that anytime you have anything to do. Bring everybody with you that you can remember who has loved you and then you have that sense of having been paid for and when you walk and people will say now. I think you're overqualified. Yes you'll have that but you'd have that anyway am sorry to say so. Let us look itself loved. I wrote a little poem for a woman who works in a factory and on the face of it you wouldn't think she had much going for her but the point is called week in laurie. She said some dick devos. Don't know the facts posing in preening and nomex stretching the mix and strain in their bags they move into condos up over the ranks. They lend their souls to the local banks. They buy big cars. They can't afford then right around town acting board my job at the plan. Eight the biggest bit. But i pay my bills and stay out of debt. I get my hair done for my own. Self sake. So i don't have to pick and i don't have to rape i take the church money out and then i hit across town to my friend girls house where we plan around. We meet our men and go to a joint where the music is blues and to the point folks about me. They just can't see how. I work all week at the factory then get spruced up and laugh and dance and turn away from worry with the sassy. Glands fe accused me of living from to day. Who are they kidding. So they my life and heaven but it sure ain't here. I'm not on time. But i call it swell if i'm to work and get paid right and have the luck to be black on a saturday you know I want to tell you something else about love. You know that black people historically for centuries have laughed when they weren't tickled and scratched when they didn't inch and those gestures have come down to us as uncle. Tommy an aunt jemima in young women. I don't think we often enough staff to wonder how that black woman in the nineteenth century house. She felt every time she said. No ma'am this and you didn't slap him when you heard me. I hardy so she could make enough money so she could send somebody to spillman that black man who said no no. So you ain't wrong. I show must be stupid so he could make enough money so he could send somebody to morehouse a marris ground. Our show tuskegee are hampton institute at the time this. I don't think we often enough stopped a wonder i think they were successful in the employment of those humiliating ploys are. You wouldn't be here for me to talk to. And i wouldn't be here to talk to you so we have to look where he's brock graham. There's a poem bama's. Paul laurence dunbar clone masks. I use it with deployment of my own which i root for a black woman. Who's the maid in new york city and him for old man on. It's a triptych now. This woman's the ride on the bus and if if If somebody missed the bus she laughed. If someone caught the bus she laughed. She laughed and netted him. I thought you know. If you don't know black features you really would think she's laughing. She wasn't laughing simply extending her lips and making sound so. I wrote a plan for her ladies. This is love how at bruti how be painful. When i think about myself alamos last night trump to death my life has been one great big joked a dance walked. A song was spoke. I laughed so hard. I nearly joke when i think about myself. Seventy years and these folks world the child. I works for calls me and i say yes ma'am for working sake am proud to be in to pota- break so i laugh until my stomach ache whenever and my folks can make me split my side. I laughed so hard. I nearly died. Details they tell sound just like lion big road the fruit but heath awry. Alas until. I started when i think about myself. And my folks and the little children but then we wear the math that grimm's and lies it says that cheeks hides is this debt. We pay to human dial with torn and bleeding hearts. We and mouths myriad subtleties. Why should the world be over wise and counting all out tears and size may let them only see us while we wear the mast. We smile but oh my god tears to the from tortured souls arise and we see but on clay is vile beneath our feet and long the mild but let the world thinks otherwise. We wear the mad. Look where we all come from man and no the thing most wanted in the world is a brief but pithy commencement speech. This is your day but this last is far all our grandmothers. All of them. The great great-grandmothers. The greek greets in great great great. She lays skim down on the moist. Dirt my grandma. I'm sorry to say has been dead thirty years and mama to gain but When you ask mama to sing outside of the church mahmoud say mama gainsaying but when she sang in the church women would wind up their purses and throw him at the preacher left her alone at home she would sing are shown not are shall not be removed. So i read right. I couldn't speak at the time i would write. A momma is not removed. My grandmother would put on our glasses. She's yes system. I'm no shell. I should not be removed. She lays skin down on the moist. Dirt the cane break wrestling with a whisper of leaves and loud longing of hounds and the crackling of hunters and near branches. She muttered lifting her head and nod toward freedom and said i shall not be removed. She gathered her baby's tears. Slick as oil on black faces. They're young is canvassing mornings of mama is mastered on sale. You from us tomorrow. Yes unless you keep walking more and talking lists unless the keeper of our lives releases me from all commandments. Yes and your lives. Never mind to live. We'll be executed on the killing floor of innocence. Unless you match my heart and word say with me. I shall not be moved in virginia. Tobacco fields in the red hills of georgia into the palm driver changed hands. She cried against calamity. Saying you have tried to destroy me and all the app paris daily. I shall not be moved. Her universe summarized into one black body. Falling panel live from the tree to her feet made her cry each time in a new voice. Oh my past hastens to defeat strangers claimed the glory of my love iniquity has bound me to his bed still so not be moved. She heard the names swirling ribbons in the winds of history. Nigger bitch half miami property creature ape baboon hot peyot thing. It she said. My description came up pitcher. tom. I have a certain way of being in this world and i shall not be moved. No angel stretch protecting ling's above the heads of her children slaughtering and urging wins reason into the confusion of their lives. They sprouted like young weeds. She could not she'll their growth from the grinding blades of in our shake them into symbolic topiary as she sent him away. Overground in coaches barefoot. She said when you learn to ch- when you get guilds as for me. I shall not be moved. She stood in mid ocean seeking dry land. Searching god's face assured she plays her fire of service on the altar and although clothed in the finery of faith in semite when she appeared at the temple door no sign welcomed black grandmothers into here into the crashing sound into the wickedness. She said no one. No one ones dare to deny me gone into at one and one thousand the divine up on my right and pills to pull forever at the latter freedoms gate these mama and grandma grandma faces lemon yellow plum purple. Honey brown have bremerton twisted down pyramids of late years. She stands today before the abortion clinic confounded bilateral choice in the welfare line reduced to the pity of handouts ordained in the pool. Pit shielded by the mysteries in operating rooms. Husbanding life in the choir loft holding god in her throat only street corners hawking. Her body in classrooms loving children to understanding centered on the world stage. She thinks her loves and beloved to our detractors. However i am perceived a deceived ever. My ignorance of concedes lay aside your fears that i will be undone but i shall not be moved. Look where we will come from. Thank you thank you for listening towards matter please. Rate and review words matter apple podcasts. Or wherever you get your show host.
cHub003 For The Love of Maya Angelou My Favorite Quotes
"Aw. Maybe the highest paid is you if if you teach you have to live your teaching. You can't say you do not as I do do his say, no, no. You have to say I'm doing my best to live. I had a painting Bank Phoebe. And the crew that she causes to soukous funeral. And they are the women there nine women and the women in my grandmother's prayer meeting group. So whenever I'm obliged to do something, I take that painting look at that painting. There's an empty chair. And I think now what would grandma do what would she say act can almost hear her voice. Say sister you notice right? Just do right? You don't really have to ask the truth is, right? May not be expedient in may not be profitable. But it will satisfy your sown. Honestly to the cultivation hope podcast, the cultivation of is show that provides engaging content that educates and inspires individuals to live their best lives, the cultivation of is the resource for human potential. So welcome to the cultivation hope with your host. Jeff robinson. What's up everybody? This is Jeff Robinson and welcome to cultivation hub. And we started our show with the stip it from Dr Maya Angelou from Oprah's masterclass where she was being interviewed. And she talked about just do what's right? And I think I speak for many people, and even some of you that are listening to this podcast when I say, Dr Maya Angelou has positively impacted so many lives, including mine, and I'm sure some of yours would just some of the things she said with a wisdom with her her intellect and just just so many just great great, of course, with our books in her writings, but I've always did this. I've always just been so fascinated just listening to her speak. And I was so blessed many years ago to actually sit in her presence in listen to her speak, and it's just hard to hold back the motion when she talks because she comes. From such depth, and such wisdom and such experience. So I wanted to dedicate this show too. Dr my Angelo. And I'm calling it for the love of Dr Maya Angelou, my favorite quotes, and his what I want. Everybody to do is what what everybody do because I am sure media view have a favorite quote or quote from Dr my Angelo. So I wanna make sure that at some point at the end of this show. I want you to go to the website, go to the blog page, go to where the show notes and leave your comments. If I hit on a quote that is your favorite respond. Give us a review, let me know how it has impacted your life, and what it has meant to you. And if I didn't list a quote, this your favorite share that with us. I'm sure we all can be benefited by it. So don't forget go to a website at WWW dot J, rob United dot com. And the name of the show is for the love of Dr Maya Angelou. My favorite quotes. You're listening to cultivation hub with your host. Jeff robinson. Welcome back everybody. So again this episode is entitled for the love of Dr Maya Angelo, my favorite quotes. And this episode pulls out some of my favorite doctor. My Angelo quotes and discusses just the impact they've had on my life. And again, I want to challenge you to the end of this episode go to our website. And of course, you can download this episode, but give your comments on the blog on some of the quotes that may have given that I share if they impact you or transformed your life in some way, tell us about it. Or if there's some quotes missed she said so much. So I'm sure I'm not going to get them. All our them having something in her books or some of her favorite books that have had or writings or whatever contents. She has created that has an impact on your life. I want to hear about it. Let us know. Let's again take this journey together. So I want to start with I got eight at sad. Just pull out eight. Eight of my top favorite quotes, my top favorite quotes from Dr my Angeles. I'm going to start with number eight and walk it down to number one and discuss just little bit of how each one is impacted my life. So quote, number eight. She says when you know, you're worth you don't have to raise your voice, you don't have to become rude. You don't have to become vulgar. You just are. And you like the sky is as the air is the same way water is wet. It doesn't have to protest. And when I heard this one it really came kind around in the time life where I'm going to say they all did came when I really needed it. But what this really really stood out to me. And I'm gonna tell you thought about my brother who. Seems to just always have a com even situations. I've been around, and I'm thinking, do you should just go off the handle, you should just let it rip which something I would have done, and it's been how a lot of times I've handed a lot of things just raising. My voice will be in a hot head. And you realize that you get to a point what you should mature to a point that when you truly understand your worth when you truly understand who you are. And even who you are not and you become completely aware of that. And I believe I say say this all the time that awareness is probably the greatest superpower any human being can have because it just enlightens you need. It opens the door to a lot of stuff. But when you truly understand who you are you don't have to fight to validate yourself. You don't have to fight to prove yourself to anybody ever guards of what someone says, it's just like, you know, someone calling you. A thief because all right, you you took a pin from work, and you forgot leave it at the office and left in your purse. You're not gonna get bent out of shape over that. Because, you know, look, I'm not I'm not at the it's a pin is just not that serious. And even if there's things about it. They may seem like what they say could have Truffaut either some people blow out of proportion, you just gonna sit. There kind light. Really? We really are. We really making a big issue because of an ink pen. I mean, you think about that. Because you know that does not I'm not a thief because I got a pen from work. Maybe it was working some stuff and just grabbed my stuff and walk out the door. You know in half the time most of us, you know, if you have a pin, or whatever you get from where you're even think about it. You just it is what it is. But the last thing you thinking, oh my God. I'm criminal, you know. But when you know, you're worth, and that's just a a little lightweight example that, but when you understand who you are like I says the same way water is wet. It doesn't have to protest protest and thought man, that's great way to put that water doesn't have to sit here and argue with you and says, no, I am wet. I it's like, okay. I don't have to argue with you about this. So that was number eight when you know, you worth you don't have to raise your voice, you don't have to become rude. You don't have to become vulgar. You just are. And the same way water is wit. It does not have to protest. That's my number eight Dr Andrew, quote that was this really something I really try to practice and live by number seven. We sometimes think that we can be better than another person. The truth is no human being could be more human than another human being you can be younger and prettier and finer and richer, but you can't be more human, and I have a clip on the website on the blog. If you go to where Dr my Angeles talking about that in her masterclass interview with Oprah. But I actually got turned onto her saying that when. There was a show where you had like celebrities interview each other talking to each other and the rapper common was interviewing Dr Maya. And that's when I heard her say, and she said a little bit different. It's the same thing. She was saying no human is more human than another. And if a human being did it that means it can be done. No one can say, well, I'm better than you on this. We all bleed the same. No human the thing is when you really look at it, even in this culture that we live in today. Think about that if we would get along so much better. If we all understood how much we are alike than we are different. And it's beyond year, we all bleed red. But when you really begin to understand people understand cultures, and especially I've had to be reprogrammed with some things I grew up with and things in our culture. Culture that I understood or believed about other people, and then you get around other people, and you realize you will be amazed at how similar are struggles in our victories are you'll be amazed. How similar are mindsets? Are you know, whether it be positive or negative? We've got so much more in common than we do different. But even then when you look at yourself in comparison to some other human being, you know, you think about the Wright brothers who invented the airplane. Well, they're human and to think to think. Wow. You look at those guys and go man, but that same power of creativity is in all of us. We all have the potential to look at the sky and see nothing but envision flying. We all have the potential to look into nothing and see something and begin to move and follow our instincts towards crew. Creating that something that we envision so no human is more human than the other. That one was really really really that one. I still talk about a lot even to this day. And even if I find myself filling because we all do it feeling kind of down on myself about something or I tend to I'm hard on myself about things, especially perceived failure. I'm harder myself. And then I realized wait a minute. You know, you're no exception. You you haven't you don't have a patent or license on failure. You know? It's not like when it comes to failure your picture pops up. You just like any other human being who failed you know, or whatever your just didn't reach a goal. That's really what I like to start saying, you know, didn't reach a goal. So that's number seven. We sometimes think that we can be better than another Persian. The truth is no human being could be more human than another human being. I am human nothing human alien to me. That's what she. He says, I am human nothing human is alien to me. That's number seven. So here's another one number six. I do not trust people who don't love them cells. And yet tell me I love you. Dr Maya says, there's an African saying, which is be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt, or do you think that means I mean that that speaks a lot? How can someone give you something that they don't even have be careful of a naked person offering you assured? I don't love. I don't trust people who say because how can you give something to someone else that you don't even have for yourself where you getting it from especially when you're dealing with. You know, it's one thing when you talk in money, but when you talking about human resources or emotional resources or organic resources like love, and and support, you know, how can you really? And you when you really really think about it. It's very difficult to give someone something that you don't have. That's never six. I like that one. I liked that one be careful when a naked man offers. You a shirt you can't give someone something that you don't have number five. This was pretty simple try to be a rainbow in someone else's cloud that kind of speaks for itself, and it's so easy for us to get caught up in ourselves. And I know this to be true. And I know it sounds kind of pollyanna real at times or real, oh God, you know, out to get about the puke. You know, you start thinking about stuff like this. But I dare you to try it. I would offer that everyone listening to me try this when you're feeling some kind of way whether it be about yourself about a situation or something else. I dare you to be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Take that minute and get out of yourself and do something to make somebody have to take anything major. We keep thinking everything has to be major. It may just be going over to your co worker who may have just lost her husband and make her laugh. You know, going over to just some friends in the office and just taking him out off of it. And just, you know, laughing about something that happened in in a meeting last week or talking about movies just checking on someone else something bring rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Because reason why I know that works because happiness and sadness cannot occupy the same space at the same time. It can't those two most they can't occupy only handle one emotion at a time. So you can't be happy or making someone else. Happy operating in that happiness and be down on yourself at the same time. The two don't mix at the same time. So be a cloud a rainbow in somebody else's cloud. Number four one of my favorites. And we're in that top four top five top four. We you learn teach when you get give I heard her say her doctor Maya say that she got this from her grandmother. And I think there's no, you know, you talk about leaving a legacy you're talking about. How can you make an impact in this world? I believe we all this just my personal personal believe that whether you completely understand what your purpose here in life is or you still figuring it out or you're somewhere in between. I believe we all have a responsibility to pay it forward in some form or fashion. When you learn teach when you get give and what that reminds me of is a very impactful scripture in the bible at Second Corinthians. I chapter verse forces who come. For us in all our tribulations that we may be may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the constellation. I'm sorry, which are any trouble by the comfort where with we ourselves are confident of comforted of God. Let me read that again there right who comforted comforted us in all our tribulation. They we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble by the comfort where with we ourselves are comforted. God, basically. I feel we have a responsibility as we learn as we are helped as we are benefited as we are given things we need to pay it forward as we are comforted help someone else. The reason why believe we experienced things that we experience is. So that we can pass it on to someone else. It's not just for us is not just for us. It's to pass that on to someone else. So someone coming behind us that may have maybe experiencing some of the things that we've experienced can learn can be benefited from our pain, we can help comfort them as we were comforted. So number four when you learn teach when you get give I think that's something. Everybody can do again. It doesn't regardless of if you totally understand your purpose. I know if you don't even understand your. Purpose. A reason I believe we are here is to share is to pay. It forward is to take our experiences and help someone else and to share them. So number four. That's my number four Dr Maya Angelou, quote when you learn teach when you get give number three. This is something that someone told me helped me a long time ago when I was in a really weird space in dealing with friends and not really understanding when to let go and that really, you know, and understanding why is this happening? You know? You know, a little bit younger. But I heard someone say never make someone a priority. When all you are to them is an option that is a quote, one of the quotes are still live to this day. And I think that's crucial because we sometimes we get frustrated when dealing with people, we get frustrated, and I know I've been guilty that you know, you always make yourself available. You always make yourself available. And I think there's a fine line. There's a time when I believe you are signed to people in your life, and part of your responsibility is to be whatever it is they need. But I don't think any of that is any good or any of that is healthy when you are dying as a result when you are denying yourself as a result in and because what can you offer if you have nothing if you're on empty again, beware. The naked man offering a shirt if you're on empty, how can you really be to someone else? So we have to be careful when we go. Well, this is whereas. Host to be an I'm supposed to do this. That's great in its place. And when it's used properly, but we also got understand too that there's also time you got no one to hold him and know when the fold of and you can't continue to give people priority who to you are not if they're supposed to be this is host to be a mutual friendship. This supposed to be a mutual relationship. If this supposed to be a mutual business. And then when you need you're always on the back burner. But then when they need there's an expectation for you to make them priority. You have to set boundaries you have to set boundaries. And I think that's a big problem while we have some of these problems in relationships with others is that we never set boundaries. We have these expectations and assumptions I assumed that you would do the same for me that I did for you. Or you would understand that this is important to me because this is what I'm doing. I assumed this or you know, I'm I'm just expecting, you know, and sometime those expected patients are. Fair and sometimes not but entered the day, you've got to realize that you have to be your priority. And you cannot allow yourself to be treated like an option when you're making things and other people priority. So that was like my number three number three. Dr my Angela quo says never make someone a priority. When all you are to them is an option, you've got to love yourself, a whole lot more and a whole lot better than that. So we're coming down to the last two number two. My number two. Dr my Andrew, quote, she says I've learned that people will forget what you said people will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you made them feel. I know this to be the truth. And we always typically when we hear that we tend to jump to the negative, and which is true. But this is both negative and positive and think about it. And what's what really really really really stood out to me is a teacher. I had you know, when you think about your great school when you were in school as a kid, they're not I remember a lot of situations. You know, they're a lot that I don't especially even teachers. I can't remember all of my teachers, but there are two teachers to teachers in particular. I remember one her name was miss canal. Kelly. I'm sure how to spell it. I would imagine with a K canal. And that's because she had a way was she would discipline. She take her fingernails, and she poke you in the chest poke in the test. And she always said things that you know, it wasn't necessarily mean or nasty, but she had a way of making you feel just so shameful. And again, I remember that. I remember I remember I remember her. I remember that teacher. And that was my I believe she was my first great teacher first or second grade teacher in. I'm I'm in my fifties. Yeah. I'm proud proud AARP area. I'm in my fifty. So I remember miss canal that I would take us out in the hall and take that fingernail probably got Ditz in my chest. Now from this canal. Aegis Robinson, Jeffrey. I can't necessarily blame her. I was I was kind of talk. Gir probably was doing talk shows before they even popular for his great. But her and there was another teacher named MS Hawthorne. And I remember her because I remember she would get on my case because I I was always talking, and I wasn't necessarily a bad here. But you know, I was the thing me and my brother Natori us for that. We will just class clowns and the talking folk in class, and you know, we spent most of that time running miles and stead of doing schoolwork. But I remember miss Hawthorne. First of all all the boys. We had a crush on her. But I remember she was some reason. I don't know. I was avenue why I needed to write with her. But she just made me feel so special because she that me ri- with her and whenever I acted halfway decent ever get it wasn't a bad kid. But when I wasn't running my mouth, she always rewarded me. But she would always say things to me like, Geoffrey, you know. You know, smart kid. What are you doing? You know, see what say things like that? And again that was third and I was third grade. I remember great that was that was my third grade teacher. And you know, people forget what you said. And what you did. But you never forget how people made you feel. So you think about those experiences and think about the experiences you had you know, if I ask you if I was asked who was Miss America in two thousand six most of us probably couldn't answer. But if I ask who was your favorite who is your worst teacher? I'm pretty sure that come up because these are situations or individuals that made you feel you remember them for how they made you feel whether they make you feel bad or made you feel good. So people will forget what you said people will forget what you did. But they will never forget how you make them feel and what I take away from. That was to make sure I believe Oprah says all the time that we should be responsible for the. Energy. We bring into this space and for me with every room, I walk into whether it be co workers, France, I will because I know I would like that. I want to be responsible for the energy. I bring into that space. And hopefully at the end of that engagement at the end of that fellowship. You know, everyone's walkman away, salmon. And you know, it was cool. It was good to see Jeff. It was glad I was glad that he was here. Part of my life philosophies is at at my funeral. I want people to to say it was good to have known him. It was good to have known. Jeff robinson. So that's my number two. My number one. Is I think everyone everyone on Facebook use this a lot. But it is so true. This was the hardest lesson I had to learn and I still have to practice it number one. When people show you who they are believe them the first time. That was the hardest lesson for me to learn. And I think. What really really you just have to realize that. And that's not always a bad again that we always go to the negative side of that and go. Yeah. Yeah. You're right. You're right. But even good on the positive side when people show you that they're reliable when people show you that they're committed when people show you that they really do love you when people show you that they have your back believe them, the first time don't let someone have to keep proving themselves and you wear them down with your negative action. And your you spit. Your your pores in his words at when they shown you that. They're there for you. See we tend to take that quote. And it's always about people who let us down and we. Yeah, that's right. That's right. And that does apply to that. It does apply to that. But it also applies to the good to people who are trustworthy. No. I've held your secrets I didn't tell you secrets or I didn't gossip about you. Or I didn't you know, when they were in the room talking about you. I I didn't allow it. I walked away at engage. You know, when people show you who they are believe them, and is not that, you know, about people being horrible, people are bad people, but it's about being human, and we as human have habits. So will you see someone who just met you? And they're telling you the business of all the people you work with and you just met them. That is a sign. So you can't be shocked. You can't be blown away. You can't be upset when they tell your business. You can't because they've shown you who they are. But also when people are sitting quiet and not engage in certain conversations and not doing certain things and not doing or saying that or not participating that should show you too. So that is that those are my eight my top eight. I mean, there's so many things that Dr Myer Angeles says that is just impacted my life with those eight those are like my favorite when you know, you're worth you don't have to raise your voice number eight number seven. I am human nothing. Human can be alien to me number six do not trust people who don't love themselves yet. Tell me I love you beware of the naked man offering you a shirt number five try to be a rainbow and somebody else's cloud. Number four. When you learn teach when you get give number three never make somebody a priority. When all you are to them as an option number two people will forget what you said what you did. But they will never forget how you make them feel and my number one doctor my engine, quote that I live by I rehearse all the time is when people show you who they are believed them the first time. That's all for this episode of the cultivation be shoot ahead over to j rob United dot com. To learn more about our various programs upcoming events and other ways we can serve you while you're there sign up for our newsletter. Check out our blog for show, notes and share your reviews on this episode. Keep visiting our website for upcoming prizes and giveaways and remember that being a resource for your huge potential. Why we are here at the cultivation.
Believe In Yourself When Life Gets Rough, Day 7 Letting Go of the Past
"A is episode two thousand two hundred and thirty of your daily meditation podcast. I'm mary medically and welcome back to day. Seven of our series this week. We've been exploring letting go of the past. This may be especially true for you if the past year and a half have been difficult for you living through a pandemic i've heard from many of you who've reached out to let me know that this was a series that allowed you to begin to have a little more clarity about your future and i'm so happy to hear this. Your fellow meditators. Andrea reached out to say during the week of working on happiness. That was a series. We explored a while ago. She said you told us to imagine a place. When you felt your happiest i envisioned myself and an artist studio creating work. I found a studio and signed a two months lease. This is some of the work. I created while doing the challenge of staying focused on my goal and she included some beautiful paintings that she did in this studio that she rented for two months to focus on her future to pursue her goals. And you can do this to what is in your heart. What is it that keeps coming up again and again but maybe you feel like the time isn't right or you can't do it because this thing in the past happened or you're not sure about the future and all these reasons you might have for why you can't live your best life now so today. I encourage you to review your week in the final episode of a series. I always say. I think it's the most important episode of a series because you will be guided in a meditation reflecting on the big wins of this week and celebrating your life and also learning from lessons. This where nece is so key to you allowing yourself to open up to whatever is waiting for you in the future and you're creating the future right now. Every moment of your life is building on a foundation for your future. I want to share with you. This beautiful quote from maya angelou who certainly overcame great odds in her life yet lived out her life with powerful message that she shared with others to not give up into overcome their circumstances among many of the things she did. She had a career as a singer. A dancer and actress composer and she was hollywood's first female black director but became most famous as a writer editor essayist playwright and poet as civil rights activists. Maya angelou with dr martin luther king when my favorite books of all is i know why the caged bird sings. She shares this quote. That i want to share with you now and take to heart as you settle yourself down to meditate there is no greater agony and buried and untold story inside you as you calm your mind and body all your heart. Open your heart to this story inside. Gio not this story of a past that does not equal your future but this story of you and your inner truth. Inhale and exhale through your nose as you inhale. See yourself living the best part of who. You are your inner truth name. Those qualities visualized those qualities written right in front of you reach out and touch them. This is you at your car as you exhale the fear that dow the tension as you inhale. Feel gratitude for who you are and for all your life experiences X. ham and release past regrets. Let them go. How they do not equal your future Allow yourself to sit in. Stillness honoring online your experiences this week. Reflect on your big wins this week when were the times when you felt yourself leading. Go gently of pain from your past. Celebrate those times to celebrate the times you felt at peace and the times you shared your peace with others ballot. Your future one moment at a time reflect on the week and recall the times that were difficult when you fouts stack or when you felt overcome with pain from the past. No that it's okay because you are processing your pain at matt's massive progress. Consider what you would do differently. Process the events from this past week gaining deep awareness. About how you lived your life Finally allow yourself to sit in stillness. This is your reward. Absorb these beautiful sensations you've created you are so worried slowing down for.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
"Good morning aquarius. Today's wednesday november. Fourth two thousand twenty mars retrograde in aries finds tension with venus in libra. You'll be inclined to play nice unless someone pushes your buttons. If you feel backed into a corner all bets are off. This is aquarius today. A podcast original. If you're feeling anxious depressed are overwhelmed. Better help offers licensed online counselors who are trained to listen and help connect with your counselor through secure video phone chat or text. Join the one million plus getting help with better help and horoscope today. Listeners get ten percent off your first month at better help dot com slash horoscope today. That's better h e l p dot com slash horoscope today Let's begin your day. Mercury moves through your adventurous ninth house restricted by saturn. In your house of closure it might be best to keep exciting projects in the planning stage. Double check that. You haven't overlooked pertinent details. Now take a moment to reflect on your relationships. Have you ever wondered whether you're compatible with virgo. This can be a thrilling liaison. Though you'll need time to figure out what makes one another tick you work. Best as a team advocating for a cause.'. Believe in contemplate your path to personal growth today. Consider these words by maya angelou. You main counter many defeats but you must not be defeated. In fact it may be necessary to encounter the defeats so that you can know where you are what you can rise from how you can still come out of it. Aquarius today is a daily podcast. Follow on spotify to make it part of your morning routine if you're interested in learning more about your sign. Download the sanctuary app from the apple app or google play stores. Get your first reading today. And follow sanctuary at sanctuary world on instagram. That's s anc. T. u. a. r. y. w. r. l. d. horoscope. Today is a podcast original.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
"Good morning torres. Today is wednesday november fourth two thousand twenty mars retrograde in aries finds tension with venus in. Libra you'll be inclined to play nice unless someone pushes your buttons. If you feel backed into a corner all bets are off this torres today. A podcast original. If you are feeling anxious depressed are overwhelmed. Better help offers licensed online counselors who are trained to listen and help connect with your counselor through secure video phone chat or text. Join the one million. Plus people getting help with better help and horoscope today. Listeners get ten percent off your first month at better help dot com slash horoscope today. That's better h e l p dot com slash horoscope today. Let's begin your day mercury squares capricorn in your visionary ninth house. You may find yourself craving consistency productivity and a hint of inspiration. Let yourself find meaning in the work you do now. Take a moment to reflect on your relationships. Have you ever wondered whether you're compatible with a virgo. Your sensible productive nurturing signs always searching for common ground. this union is worth pursuing. Because you make one another feel cherished. Contemplate your path to personal growth today. Consider these words by maya angelou. You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated. In fact it may be necessary to encounter the defeats. So you can know who you are what you can rise from and how you can still come out of it taurus. Today is a daily podcast. Follow on spotify to make it part of your morning routine if you're interested in learning more about your sign. Download the sanctuary at from the apple app or google play stores. Get your first reading today. And follow sanctuary at sanctuary world on instagram. That's s anc. T. u. a. r. y. w. r. l. d. horoscope. Today is a park asked original.
Wednesday, November 4th, 2020
"Good morning leo. Today is wednesday november fourth two thousand twenty mars retrograde in aries fines tension with venus in. Libra you'll be inclined to play nice unless someone pushes your buttons. If you feel backed into a corner all bets are off. This is leo today. A podcast original. If you are feeling anxious depressed are overwhelmed. Better help offers licensed online counselors who are trained to listen and help connect with your counselor through secure video phone chat or text. Join the one million. Plus people getting help with better help and horoscope today. Listeners get ten percent off your first month at better help dot com slash horoscope today. That's better h e l p dot com slash horoscope today. Let's begin your day. The planet of communication finds tension with your six thousand wellbeing. Reminding you that sometimes it's important to color inside the lines there will be time and place for innovation but right now focused on being proficient. Now take a moment to reflect on your relationships. Have you ever wondered whether you're compatible with virgo. This may not be the most natural partnership but if you can set aside your differences you'll find a sweet respectful connection built on hard work and humility. Contemplate your path to personal growth today. Consider these words by maya angelou. They encounter meat counter many defeats but you must not be defeated. In fact it may be necessary to encounter the defeats said that you can know who you are what you can rise from how you can still come out of it leo. Today is a daily podcast. Follow on spotify to make it part of your morning routine if you're interested in learning more about your sign. Download the sanctuary app from the apple app or google play stores. Get your first reading today. And follow sanctuary at sanctuary world on instagram. That's s anc. T. u. a. r. y. w. r. l. d. cor scope. Today is a park asked to regional.
Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
"Good Morning Cancer. Today is Tuesday September first two thousand twenty. Tomorrow. The full bar Leeman will rise Pisces running the goal we set in weeks past to fruition. If, you've done the work. You can expect great rewards. This is cancer today a podcast original. Let's speak in your day. Tomorrow is full moon peaks in your Visionary House of Education Encouraging you to acknowledge your learning potential you can become a leader in your field I- delving into the knee. shes that spark your curiosity? Now, take a moment to reflect on your relationships. Jupiter opposes Venus in your sign. Making it difficult to fully enjoy the romance today's alignment. Offers. You may feel caught between your own once and someone else's needs. Contemplate the work you do and your career. Maya Angelou. Once wrote if one is lucky, solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities. If anyone in bodies visionary quality, it's you. Let your stubbornness beer greatest. Cancer today is daily podcast. Follow on spotify to make it part of your morning routine. If you're interested in learning more about your sign, download the sanctuary up from the apple APP or Google play stores, get your reading today and follow sanctuary its sanctuary world on instagram. That's s ANC T. U. A. R. Y. W. R. L. D.. horoscope today is a podcast original.
[Unedited] Maya Angelou with Krista Tippett
"Support for on being with Krista. Tippett comes from the fetzer institute, helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world. Fetzer envisions a world that embraces love as a guiding principle and animating force for our lives a powerful love that helps us live in sacred relationship with ourselves others and the natural world. Learn more by visiting fetzer dot org. I'm Chris tip it, and this is on beings. Unheard cuts up next my unedited conversation with the late poet, Dr Maya Angelou, there is a shorter produced version of this wherever you get your podcasts. Hello. Good money. Hello, Dr enter thank you so much for speaking. With me, Chris. Well, so I I don't wanna take up too much of your time. So I I just basically have three questions that now. And and obviously, we're speaking about w w e deploys, and and you are, you know, he's we're trying to remember him and his legacy and thinking for for this century. So, you know, I I just wanted to ask you, you know, how you I encountered this person this, mind and soul. And what what did he mean for you? How would you talk about what you learned from him? But I grew up in little village in Arkansas. They smell, and of course in the thirties and forties. But everything must take we gated. And so the black school went to attend ended had black teachers, and we use books about Laxman, we could ban them. And of course, there'd be divorced was one of the great heroes in our in our. In our world. He had the first person that black person to earn. And the greed from I think from Harvard am I right? Yes. Yes. That's right. And then his book sold sold back. Those the. People quoted Debbie voice all the time in Arkansas ended then it's middle school in the black school and. Who is so proud of him. And I think my grandmother had photograph of him, and we took a magazine newspaper. Call this cargo defender in visit legally newspaper Bem she. No, yes. Chicago defendant from fem Chicago. And whenever there was a at peace that WBZ about misty do boy voice. We it Mang grandmother made to that we take root it up, and and gave it to all the kids on the students have fellow students. And so that nobody I mean, those who didn't subscribe to the to the Chicago defender could have a copy of what was said about Dr do boys, and then they have quite then I moved out to California. To my mother, and it was a bad thirteen. I I got a scholarship to place called. San francisco. The workers. The college. And they said that that to be with coming to speak. I went home into a my mother, I must go. Although it's night. Then she must take me because they've been banded back to the boys and all those people are white. They don't know do voices black. I was so sure that they had no idea man mother allowed me to go on that way. But she did take me. And I was sitting there waiting with all those fight people that we were about ninety percent white and at most ten percent black. And that could be, but it's getting the side of the of the into the room into the other Toyin. He came up the side, I'll against the wall, and I stood up. Fortunately at fifty members almost six foot. So I could see meant that they are going to see black. Oh, man. Good intimacies. It may Bill will they get up and walk out. No. They stood him in applauded and back to Bill came right to the microphone and said the problem in San Francisco is the waterfront. That was sent over seventy years ago. Not forgotten. And then I've seen this wait a minute. Okay. Mrs Dubai with a friend, Shirley Graham do voice, but the friend of mine, and I live in I lived in in Ghana, and she invited me and my husband to come for lunch to their house in the cantonments. And we went there, and she came out into the living room and said, I'm sorry. He's not really feeling very well. So I can't he won't be coming out to lunch. But you may come in and say Hello. So I went in with my husband, and that tow back to the voice at freed, the why people were getting fan out that he was in growth, and he laughed at that. And that was very nice. And we we my back into the dining room and had lunch, and we let and acted device died. I think that same day. Oh, really? Well, that's what I was gonna ask you about. There's a picture of you with him and Ghana. Oh, I'd love to see that. Yeah. We've we've had we've seen that. Where did you get it? I let's see. I'm just I'm seeing looking at my producer through the window will she's gonna talk in my headphones. I can't hear you. Yeah. We will. We'll get that to your office idea would be so grateful. Oh. Oh, you mean, there's a picture of Dr Angelou with Malcolm, Maxine Ghana, but then there's a separate picture of WBZ, boys. Oh, okay. I'm wrong about that. I I knew that you had been with him in Ghana. No, there's not. So that was the only time you actually met him that day. Yes. Uh-huh. So let me just ask you the question this way, you know. How would you want him to be remembered not remembered, how would you how do you think that his his women crazy bankers? Yeah. Okay. And how would you talk about how his thought speaks to us now? How would you? How would you kind of ruminate on how his thought speaks to the world now? Oh. Well. I lived in courage, young men and women black and white and Asian and Spanish speaking. Oh, oh to look back to the boys and realize that courage is the most important about the virtues because without courage. You can't practice any other virtue consistent. You can't be consistently fair kind of generous forgiving any of those without courage, and but to be by showed his and he had enormous courage. If I'm black man at that time and to to teach to teach and to learn and and to just go to to study, and those are stances when people were being benched agreeably. I mean that is to say women lead met the people, but the signs and that laws allow people to be Lynch, and there was nothing almost nothing done against the perpetuated upset horrible deeds. So I haven't encouraged people to develop courage and used Dr Dubai as a real model. Okay. Yeah. That's wonderful. Okay. Yeah. When more than pleased him, and then I have to go. Well, that's those are really does have really the questions test from you. Yeah. And that was a beautiful what you just said was beautiful that courage. And so we will let you know. I'm just again, really honored that you took the time for this. And we will will let you know what's happening with this project. Well, we'll let your office. Thank you so much. Thank you Bye-bye.
Who Comes With You?
"Hey there it's all right. I want to ask you a personal question when you step on stage to perform or receive recognition when you're asked to lead a discussion at work or when you attempt something new or scary when you're called on to teach create or innovate. Who Do you bring with you? What if I told you that your life right now is worth noticing? This is the attention collection. I'm Anthony Garcia. Hey so just a quick heads up in case you missed last week's episode. It might be a good idea to go back and check that out before you continue but either way. I'm glad you're here last week. We talked about Claudette. Colvin and how she drew strength to stand in a seemingly impossible situation. She stood up for what matters by drawing strength from a great cloud of witnesses. And it's this realization that we all have the capacity for the same that even though it feels that way. Sometimes we are never truly alone. We always have others to draw from and that the person that we are today is a reflection of the people we've drawn from in our lives and how important those connections are in in response to that episode. My good friend. Jake sent me this video clip from Maya Angelou. And she's describing the connections that made her strong and it was worded in such a beautiful poetic way that only. Maya Angelou herself could have done and it moved me and so I just had to continue this conversation into this week's road. So this is a clip from my Angelou Oprah masterclass. Check it out. There's an African American. Tom Nineteenth Century which is so great. It says when it looked like the sun shine in God put a rain bowl in the commands. Evatt and I've had so many rainbows in. I had not have clouds but I have had so many rainbows and one of the things I do when I step up on stage when I stand up to translate who might go to teach classes when I go to direct a movie. I bring everyone who has ever been kind to me with me. Bright Asian Spanish speaking native American Gay Straight. Everybody I say come with me. I'm going in the state. Come with me I need you now long. Did you see I don't ever feel I have no help I've had rainbows in my clouds and the thing to do it? Seems to me is to prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in somebody else's somebody who may not look like you may not come from the same name guide. If they got it may not eat. The same dishes. Prepared the way you do that. Dance your dances. Speak your language but be a blessing to somebody. I think that's what I think my friend Jake was blown away by that statement alone. He said what an understated and powerful way to end that thought. I can't agree more when I heard this. It was like hearing the Gospel Etched in stone. It's a mic drop. So for her to end with this is just my opinion though so casually in so humbly in and of itself is so inspiring to me. Here is a decorated author. Poet a musician. A composer a dancer a playwright screenwriter and actor a director a civil rights leader a professor a multi lingual professor who spoke either five or six languages in other words a complete superhero and. She thinks snow. I believe she knows since. You probably don't WanNa hear a three hour episode. Let's limit it to two thoughts on Dr Angelo's words here number one looking at this incredible force of nature. This amazing woman who would ever think she needs help from anyone that she would even need to stop for a moment to consider those who have been nice to her who have helped her who encouraged her strengthened her in any way and yet she says whenever she endeavors to put anything into the world she stops and says come with me. I need you now. What if we took this to heart? What if we made this kind of practice? What if we intentionally started taking note of anyone who has ever contributed to our life in some way this could be big or it could be small could be someone who gave us a chance when no one else would or could be someone who's said something in passing? That was just what we needed in that moment. And what if we imagine that we were bringing them along into our endeavors? The things that we were attempting to put out into the world. I'll give you a small example. A gentleman I've never met came up to me yesterday and told me a story that was meaningful to his life and it moved me so much. I asked this gentleman if when the chance comes along if I can tell his story and he gave me the blessing to do so so what if I brought that gentleman into my storytelling. Even if I didn't tell his specific story if because he entrusted me with something so precious to him what. If when I'm telling my story I bring this gentleman along. It's this refusal to buy into the hype of being self. Made this idea that I did it my way and I had to do it on my own. For whatever reason it feels more successful to frame things that way but it's complete nonsense if anyone could make that claim Maya Angelou probably could do so and yet she said without discrimination. I bring along those who have been there for me. In whatever way shape or form anyone who is shined into my life anyone who has been a rainbow into my cloud and without going into this gentleman story here today. One of the things he said was that someone did something generous for him and when he tried to pay them back the man simply said when you get the opportunity pass it along to someone else as Dr Angelou said here. Prepare yourself so that you can be a rainbow in someone else's cloud so there are two sides to this isn't just about our need to receive from others. It's about our need to pass along what we have received so the question is. Are we intentionally showing up for people in a meaningful way? Every single one of US probably every day of our lives is accidentally helpful. We do things for other people because we are basically kind. We are generally thoughtful and some of us are better than others at going above and beyond but what if we cultivated a practice of intentionally showing up of not letting anyone go on stage alone so to speak? If Dr Angelou's words here did not inspire you. I don't know where to go from there. But what do we do with those words? How do we put handles on them so that we can actually use them in our lives? Try this think of five people you would bring with you into your endeavors your dreams your celebrations bring on stage with you and right those names down now. Contact those five people in some way today. Not Tomorrow not this coming weekend. Not on their birthday today whether this is via phone call via text through email. But whatever you do don't make acute post and put it on social media and tag them so everyone knows how thoughtful in amazing you are. Make it super personal. If you write a handwritten letter in mail it so be it but let them know when you need encouragement when you step on stage when you attempt to put something meaningful into the world you bring them you bring their influence. You bring their encouragement. You bring their energy along with. Did they stand next to you whether they realize it or not? Just let them know. I can almost guarantee you won't ruin their day. Vacuum might make it just a little bit better. You might find out that they feel the same way about you. You probably open the door for deeper connection. This isn't a cute podcast. Thought I'M GONNA put this into practice. I need this in my life so I'm doing it today. Pick your five people. And then lastly ask yourself. Who can I show up for this week? Who can I step out for? If you've been inspired the best thing you can do is pass it along and since you're in the mood to pass things along what about this podcast. Share it with your friends. Get it out to somebody. Leave a review on Apple podcasts. Join US on instagram on facebook. Keep this conversation going next week.
S2 E174: Classic Spotlight Series -- Thoughts on Maya Angelou
"Bull hello and welcome to the strength to be human podcast with your host poet and playwright mark antony rossi in this are second year. We continue to explore the meaning of being an artist in ever changing digital world. Now without further ado. Here's your host hi folks and welcome. Mac is sent to be him. Your host mark antony poet and playwright while until the last episode the year. Two thousand and twenty. Glad to see this year go. That's for sure this'll be episode. One hundred and seventy four classic spotlight series of maya angelou. Now my is. I feel in in a small class by herself. In the sense of and you'll recall from other episodes as well then. I often stress. It's important to be the right that you wanna be so if you want to be a writer that just writes about certain subjects whether it'd be fantasy or a cultural matter you can't is nothing wrong with that at all but it doesn't mean that you're going to always get a larger audience or more universal appeal because you're in that particular category that only certain people are going to be interested in. I think when it comes to my onto. It's the same situation in the sense that there are a number of black riders out there tickly african american ones that that is all that they're able or willing or capable of doing is in that one category of the The the black personality all the black character or the black Person in history or just the plight of the black person in a society. That doesn't always accept him. So you have you have plenty of writers like Like a house in wrote the invisible man. I mean that's the person that wrote. That's the that's the subject and a lot of essays about the same thing so it really didn't transcend that particular subject may because they didn't want to richard reid also During the native son and another example that you know and then we've had a few other rights of of an african american background that were able to transcend martin luther king definitely with his writings his actions transcended blackness to a universal appeal. I thought james baldwin did it particularly in his essays and in my angelo. So it's a small group. But she in many instances i feel can talk about that subject matter with great conviction and moral authority but also in many instances transcend. That's where you're just that person who needs to to rise up into stand up and and to fight this for your free yourself and your your place in the world and it didn't have to be about a color but really just about i guess possibly being Somebody perceived as the underdog which. I think my aunt lamenting well sort of felt and and wrote a lot about now. Ironically a lot like a number of of of performers in in writers that she wanted the changing the name. Because i know if you know this but Whoopie goldberg wasn't born whoopi. Goldberg she was born karen johnson. And in the case of maya angelou she was born margaret. Anne johnson able the fourth which is funny. Because i don't give a lot of credence to ethel ethological things okay. I don't but i've always had this weird experience to where women who aries. I always seem to have fabulously get along with them unperfect. Perfect friendships all my entire life. So even though. I never got a chance to meet my. I always felt that looking at her birthday. Because i was born april third that we probably would get along fabulously just because of that. I don't know why now. I never had any romantic relationships. On notions anybody who areas is women but the fact that there were areas some seem to make some kind of cosmic connection. I know it's putting something else all right. So she's a she's a memoir list The only writer unknown those the road seven autobiographies and we'll talk about that and of course of rights activists she wrote a number of of of books plays a essays number of books of poetry. She wrote some plays as she was in some some movies like fifty years. She got like over fifty honorary degrees from different places around the country in the world. The how big i Hit i get you say. On autobiography level would be I know why the courage bird sings. Nineteen sixty nine which is four years after i was born okay and She wrote a great deal about About her life and she wrote in in a different type of style than people will use to on on writing autobiographies. you know. I'm always for changing. Something around fits what you're trying to do. There's nothing wrong with that. That's called creativity. No-one says you have to go around right in the exact same story. Same short story average ruined for two twenty years all the same poem or anything else so she did that differently. She got some criticism for that because they felt that she was fiction. Leising some of her life and also being put together that type of style and that kind of autobiography but to me. That's silly okay. The reason why they'd say that's silly this first of all. There's nothing wrong changing things around. Good that you should do that as a writer i. It's it's definitely a sign of a of a creative spirit. Okay second maya angelou is different than any of us. Okay you sit down thirty forty fifty years later. Whatever to write down something. Are you going to have every notion and every fact no by by this does accident. You're gonna you're going to accidentally officialize things. Because they are the best recollection of your memory. So i don't. I mean when they say that about her and to me. It's almost like the saying that. Somehow she's making up stuff while she's line something. I i just find that nonni route an unacceptable but it's just not very practical to say that you know how you can remember everything. She lived a very interesting and fascinating. Life listen to a job. She had before she really got into creative stuff on a full-time basis. Okay see was a fry cook. At one point another point she was a sex worker. That's nice word. Same prostitute while then. She became a night port club perform and then he was a cast member and poor. gm best which. I could definitely see She was accord aimed for the southern christian leadership conference big in civil rights. She went on become a correspondent for egypt and ghana. When the one that was going to during the decolonization of africa says he got involved in that so at one point she was actress. Riders used directors who produced a number plays movies and public television programs k then. She became a professor of american studies at wake forest university and winston salem north carolina She was definitely active in the civil rights movement She were luther. King and malcolm x. Which again a very creative and and and generous spirit because back then Oftentimes the approaches of both of these characters who both of them were classified by the way What would what the completely different. Mainly because martin luther king wanted to stress the And i don't really call it the penance but definitely He he had the push about That lloyd's had to be changed and that was on the government basis. So i don't really think the makes you dependent on the government if you stressing that certain things have to be changed in the government because you know certain rules about going into business and the only going back You know only. Rhea served at certain places The right to vote. You know things like that. I mean only the government could change that so it sounds like he goes the private sector for that you know for the most part that really has to be changed by the government so they in many ways. They made those two menu more different than they had to be. Well martin malcolm xs more about The the islamic religion. And and martin luther king christian religion Malcolm xs more about the the the self reliance about doing for yourself being entrepreneur. I used to laugh and say he was probably the first black republican. But he wasn't. I think frederick douglass was but nevertheless for a while they had them guys separate but she. Oh i guess he understood. You know the value of both where you had to make sure that you leaning on the government to do the right thing so that your rights would be protected or at least three established and then the same point. Why shouldn't you relying yourself maybe. Open your own business or you know. Operate your own philosophy. They had less to do with whatever's been preached out. Abba rather what you feel. You should do as your heart as a free individual in a free society. So i thought many ways they complimented each other. I really didn't think they needed to be You know at odds and people who made them at odds not really helpful because he really wasn't one way or the other they both had something important to say you know for that for that movement. Okay she did a number of lectures right up to the point of her getting selected to write a poem for the the first inauguration of bill clinton as president united states and. She was only the second poll to do that. Because the first lobbied for us he did his inauguration poem in nineteen sixty one for john f. kennedy so she she did one called on the pulse of morning. We'll talk about that a little bit as well as we poem for everyone else. Okay i got that here. Now when oprah winfrey got really big on the television circuit you know embroiled about people of the african-american background on the show. I mean she was one of the people that you brought on a couple of times luna. I think that really helped introduce people to my angelo because she was not what i call your your your typical african american woman on she Was someone who is always curious and always traveling. Always doing something different. She wasn't writing this book or that. Orbach officials out there doing this play or acting this play of directing his play or doing this speech. I mean the woman was constantly active doing something. She was just on fire on on this trying to get as much as you can out there. That's why she has such a rich background. And i think it really informed a lot of her work in her poems especially and of course in some of her lectures. Because i mean if you think about it you're out there talking to people you have to be a people person to be doing anything whether you're working in a play or directing a play or out there lecturing people on the lecture circuit or out there doing reporting of international things or rain poems or this even involved in the whole civil rights struggle. You have to be people person because you have to connect with others to get things done so that brings you a lot more rich experience about the human person and the human condition particularly about how people interact so i thought that was definitely interesting Some people they got. I got a little twisted about some of her books because and some of her books on she was. She did very well on defending what was necessary to defend for the black holter and sometimes we'll books were used in schools and universities but other times the fact that said we mentioned before that as he looked like he fixing iso autobiographies which i think is kind of silly and i think She had a much more open Feeling and viewpoint about sexuality even though she was a street woman She had no problem talking about it. You know and her experiences in it. I think she was either molested or raped when she was a child. So that didn't really help too much. But she talked about that to sort of like exercise that demon and think she talked about it. In general i know. She talked a little bit when she was a performance. Tonight and a sex worker for awhile. Although we don't really know how long that was that she was that but she was that i like the fact that she definitely changed the structure of the autobiography. She really broaden it out and made it something that would be more three more interesting. What one of the problems with some of the older styles of writing and we talked about this. When i when i changed with flaps fixing would be into its own idea of concrete. Minimalism is about finding your way in the world and sometimes the only way you can find your way in the world issue how to build something new for you to fit into it. 'cause sometimes finding your way doesn't mean you're gonna fit you know you don't sometimes you guys bill. Something new. that's what she did. That's why did the other writers have done before at think important to note because people feel that finding the away means that they had to simply Rely on things that are have been done or copied things that have been done or the simply accept the way things have been done before necessarily finding your way. Finding your way is where your place is going to be a few places in the traditional structure of short story to go. There is nothing wrong with that. But if you feel that that's not gonna work for you. That's not going to work for somebody else. And then that's what you gotta do. Then you have to go and create something new. That's the reason why. I thought that she made a lot of sense by doing that. Also if you think about it to a lot of our autobiographies will they might mention some things about a family or it's mostly about yourself. You're not going to read a lot of the things about it but in article biggest biographies. She put things in about racism. She put things in about what your identity should be with her. Then she working on She put a lot of things about travel. 'cause she did so much travel. You know so when you read one of those you really catching a her on many different levels because in the end she's trying to tell you listen on existing on so many levels because i am doing so many different things so i can't fit my life into a traditional autobiography. That's been written for the last couple of hundred years because it don't fit all the things. I want to say old things i want to be able to share it with people at another reason. Why oftentimes you have to change things. That are out there napa. Because you think it's so much fun to change things so get criticism will be some kind of rebel. It's because it's the only way you're going to fit in. It's the only way you're gonna fit. Would you want in there by expanding it or changing an alternate. That's all you can do. In the only reason why i feel it makes creative sense because it has to be done for you to be able to you know stand and say i am here i arrived. I'm portent i- i matter. My my voice accounts something. Those are the things that you have to be able to say his writer in order to go forward to the next day of writing let alone a whole lifetime of it so you have to make changes. And that's what she did to me. That's what makes her Extra special is that now before we talked about in the beginning of the show we mentioned about the universalism of some people. Now everybody's to do that. I mean nobody sits out there. Especially if you're black rider you know. What can i do to make this material more accessible to the white girl in the suburbs. I don't think anyone's thinking that way. I really don't so it's really about in my opinion because nelson mandela did this. He was in the african american. He was actually south african. But he did the same thing that martin luther king did and james baldwin did in my on july thing is they were talking about not just the black experience but also matters of the human condition and once you able to talk about that now you become universal. Now you can close bridges. Didn't realize you could cross before now someone like myself. Some italian came from new jersey and now some white girl from the suburbs and minnesota we can now connect. What the hell you talking about now. We have a someone delta's incident into your game so we could see what's going on and that was helped change people to help educate people but those people were able to because that was the level they were on. It wasn't purposely trying to do that like you said you got plenty others out there. That's what they wrote about that experience and that was it. It was an interesting going that way and many inches malcolm x. Did not do that. He wrote particularly for the back rows. And and that was it. The only reason why we felt later on that malcolm x. Had maybe some kind of universal appeal and had some kind of meshes for everybody's because alex haley the writer did the biography of malcolm x. It got really famous. He was the same guy that wrote routes. I was able to write it in that fashion because he wrote a a much more traditional biography of of malcolm maxine covered all the different facets of its life but he didn't set out or or try to in fact he was actually against that he always felt that it was not a good idea to lean on. Why people because people of color needs to stand up for themselves and find their own way and make make their own fight and win the own battles that was his part of his self reliance philosophy. He wasn't trying to be a racist. That's just what he thought so. His writings definitely not universal in that regard. Nothing like martin luther king. Which definitely were you know. When he's talking about why we shouldn't go into vietnam all why we should you know reject violence and why we should not forget As a christian jewish nation you know the connections we had with each other y Communism is is atheist it can and fails in its own right and he was able to cross a role that because of what he had to say again about the human condition and this would my blue did now. I got some interesting quotes. i have from her. You know sometimes. I can gather these together when i really felt that. They have some real value and worth to win for her. They definitely do because she just had so much to say. And really so much and my opinion to To share to share with us because I think it's difficult to do. As many jobs as she did over the course of her life and not have gains in enormous amount of wisdom and understanding about people general. It's almost like you know it automatically happens when when you have this kind of wide lifestyle all right. So here's some quotes. I really like a lot of these. Two 'cause they they they really open up and you know the kind of knock you over the head. 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 so. I liked that comment. It's a very human one and also a very wise one. Because i can eck and definitely testify to the truth to this because you could be around people whether it be in the workplace or politics even creative stuff and in the end people. Okay how many use it as later. They do seem to remember the ones that treated them well. The ones that seemed so favorable to them more than anything else they barely remember. What the hell they said but they remember that they treated him. You know properly respectfully leaving just a grand wonderful manner. People remember that. She's right that remember that they never forget that there is no greater agni then bearing untold story inside you. I'm sure she's talking about a lot of the things that she had to deal with. In in her life she was married twice and she had a number of uh relationships over the course of he is with with with men and I'm not sure how many of those went well for her bed niche and a lot of problems with that so and and she talks a lot of that in biography. So that's probably the agony. she's talking about. It is is difficult writing in general when it has any kind of autobiography or lisa What they say Confessional element is always going to be a bit painful and unusual. No doubt prejudice is a burden debt. Confuses the past threatens the future and rennes the present inaccessible. She's right once you prejudge. Dings you just set yourself off on the course of another reality. That has nothing to do with you. It's like the cars blue but you're like note it's red and then you go from there not good. If you don't like something change it if you can't change it change your attitude. That's that's a rough one and that's a deep one. that's for sure. I know why the caged bird sings title of a photographer. You is something that we remember all her life and all writing life. I've heard that so many different times. It's really poetic and beautiful. You know what's the answer to. I know why the caged bird sings. I guess it could be a couple of answers. It could just be that you know. It's singing to keep up spirits and so one day could be free at kobe's being answer. Another answer could be dead. You know it's gonna sing no matter what the circumstances are because that's what it does. Suddenly you have a couple of answers to that. I know the answer. good day. it doesn't it doesn't realize imprisons. I wrote a poem about that. So my in the unknowing slave whereas said that some people are slaves not even realizing it. We talked about that in the conformity episode. Before this we got some folks that that's all they do is listen to the relatives and their family and they don't know how who they are anymore because they living their lives and their identity many ways. And you don't know why you're singing because this You know robotic slave. I you may right down in the history with your bitter twisted lines. You may trod me in every in the very dirt but still like dust our rise part one of her poems she is really I feel strong and the essence of wanting to Pick yourself up when things can knock you down whether they can be doubt fear where they could be Society's trying to say no or blocking u Whether it could just be the challenges of of being creative or the challenges of the workplace She felt that you had to continue to rise in as long as you did eventually you were going to find. A victory. love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles it. Leaves fences penetrates walls arrive at his destination full of hope. I think if there's one thing say about my angelou issues great again a great message of for love. Some of it was just the love of her own self learning how to love herself in poverty and racism and sexual molestation and then of course go into the world being active as she was and of course you know My aunt lewis is in the classic looking woman. She she woman. That's kind of short in online at kind of like little pudgy so to speak. And so she's not the classic beauty but she's still attractive an interesting and who knows how that might have played for her in the world to but she kept going forward in any of of stuff stopper at why bring that up because she had long enrich romantic life too and nothing stopped including any of that so god blessed for that we delight in the beauty of the butterfly but we really admit the changes as gone through to achieve the beauty. And that's true. Yeah we have to do that. More is sometimes not just being happy you know for the for the person that celebrated their fifteenth years sobriety. That's important god knows you know. We have to also mentioned the talent that took them to get there so this way we have a full picture the person and we also have the full measure truth. Because you really can't a my opinion truly a value victory unless you understood how close you were to defeat or how many times before you were defeated. That kind of gives yourself and everyone else the full picture but it also gives the full value of truth of the full value of victory. Because it kind of gives you a a small roadmap. So how the hell you got there. Which is probably through a lot of blood and sweat and tears and mud and everything else. So i think she means by that it makes sense to me. My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so passion. Some compassion some humor in some style and yeah. That's definitely my angeles. She had a little bit of all of that. Nothing will work unless you do she. Definitely a big proponent of those that kept saying why world not better and wondering why. They're not doing anything about making the world better. All right here we go all right so for a more popular poems one. I'm really close with for many years. And the other. One is the dignity of of bill clinton. The president united states nineteen ninety. Three but i something without making the joke whenever you could slip some kind of ancient creature and dinosaur or something in the poem. You always doing something. Great by my opinion came on the pulse of morning by my angelou. A rock a river. A tree hosts two species long since departed mocked the mastodon dinosaur. Who left dried tokens of this on john here on planet floor any bortolami of their hastening doom and the lost of the gloom of the dust in ages. But today the rock lies out to us. Clearly and forcefully come you may stand upon my back and face your distant destiny but seek no haven in my shadow. I will give you no hiding place down here. You created only a little lower than the angels crouch too long. In the bruising darkness have laid to long face down in ignorance your mouth spilling words on fa slaughter. The rock cries out to us. Today you may stand upon me but do not hide your face so it is definitely a heck of a poem and a a pretty Pretty smart one for inauguration. Just this is one of my poems. Like by maya angelou is a personal favorite of mine because it is a perfect example. We're talking about when somebody can write so much about their personal lives and about the black culture and about racism about society in general and then still right things that universal dagan reach the rest of us still bringing on board. This one's called still i rise you. You may write me down in history with your bitter twisted lies. You may trod me in the very dirt but still like dust. I'll rise does my sassy nece upset you why you beset with gloom. 'cause i walk like i've got all wells pumping in my living room. Like moons and length sons with certainty of tides just like hope suspending high still. I rise did you want to see me. Broken bowed head and lowered is still this falling down. I tear drops. Weakened in my cli- full myself full cries. Does my hardiness offend you. Don't you take it awfully hard. 'cause i laugh like i got gold mines digging in my backyard. You may shoot me. What your words. You may cut me with your eyes. You may kill me with your hateful. Nece but still like air. I rise does my sexiest upset you to come as a surprise to identify. I got diamonds at the meeting of my thighs are the huts of history. Shame i rise up from a past rooted in pain. I rise. I'm black ocean leaping and wide whiling and swelling. I bear in the tide leaving the knights of terror and fear. I rise into a daybreak. That's wonderfully clear. I rise bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave i am a dream. I am the hope of the slave. I rise i rise i rise me. It's wonderful poem you don't see too. Many modern poems at rhyme the actually a enormous quality and and and and i feel excitement also That's a poem that everybody a black girl can read that and say year and a white guy. Can we say yeah because you know you could be rising from an injury or disability or disease or a social tragedy or family tragedy or something that you just happen you full down in the garden and hit your head on a rock or something and you just rise because you want the rock the win but we all can get something from that. That's the universe reality. I'm talking about some me. That makes her that much more extra special. Because i can get something from from what she's doing as well and writers in general should be able to do that but again if you're in a certain area when you do something like that to me it's extra special and definitely something that is now only worth noting but worth writing down. Maybe put it on your wall. The kind of reminds you. It's one of those homes at this. Inspirational really is more than anything. You can get from a football coach. Or i feel a pass to on. Tv or even a hallmark card. This is something that you can carry for the rest of your life into the cosmos. They should've put down the spaceships. Aliens could read it so they understand that they're gonna come down here. They but it comes down here and peace because With the people that will keep rising even if aliens come down to try to shoot us. they're gonna get the heads beaten. Okay 'cause we'll rise won't be playing as human beings and and with that i end the Horrible two thousand twenty year Certainly and with a with a poem about writing. Because god knows as a nation and as a planet we need to rise above this ridiculous Covert thing and move forward so we can open up businesses and museums and our hearts and i'll theaters and go about what we need to do to have a normal life again in the year. Twenty twenty one. I'd folks until next time that was Thoughts on maya angelou from the classic spotlight series episode. One hundred and seventy four. This is fantastic human. I'm your host. Poet and playwright mark antony wasi until next time. God bless thank you for listening. Follow the show and support our efforts by visiting our sponsors at www dot strength to be human dot com or purchasing an e book at www dot soma publishing dot com.
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Exalted and inspired. I flew round and round with zeitgeist waving my pen and lifting fate voices to explain expound exhort to see for C and prophesy to the few who could would list. The perhaps most famous line from the souls of black folk the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line. I mean, first of all it is prophetic. You know, that is not something we have as yet resolved. He saw that. He understood that. And I think that he understood that as a sole crisis for white people for black people and for the police in general. This hour. We celebrate the imprint of w e b d boys on the American soul in the way, his passionate and poetic intelligence might enliven twenty-first-century life on the color line, and beyond it, William Edward Burkhardt voice was born three years after the end of the civil war. And he died on the eve of the Martin Washington. He was the first black man to receive a doctorate from Harvard University. He also co founded the N W C P. He was a prolific writer on sociology history economics and politics devore's remains a powerful voice for many of the people who gave us the civil rights movement and for all of us navigating the still unfolding unfinished business of civil rights. Now, I'm Krista Tippett, and this is on being. Here's the poet Maya Angelou sharing her love of deploys by phone with me just weeks before her death. But I grew up in little village in Arkansas during the thirties and forties. Everything must segregated. And so the black school attended had black teachers, and we use books about black someone could band, and of course, there'd be be divorced was one of the great heroes in out world. Who is so proud. They have him. Then I moved out to California to my mother, I got a scholarship to college. And they said that that would be with coming to speak. I went home into a my mother, I must go. Although it's night. Then she mistake me because they had been banded back the boys and all those people don't white. They don't know. Voices. Black should that. They had no idea and back to its came up the side hell against the wall. Fortunately at fifty members almost six foot. So I could see meant that. Oh, man. Good intimacies may Bill will they get up and walk out. Melodies stood him in applauded that was over seventy years ago. Not forgotten. W E B deploys grew up in the relatively tolerant and integrated northern town of great Barrington, Massachusetts. It was only when he went south to Fisk university in Tennessee that he awakened to what many of us think of as the iconic African American culture of that time he discovered what he would call in nineteen. Oh, three the souls of black folk later, we'll hear from the poet. Elizabeth Alexander about the resonance deploys has for her and for new generations, I esteemed scholar Arnold rampers said, he's the author of the art and imagination of w e b boys. I'm curious just to start with you know, how? And when did you first become aware of b two boys became away of WBZ boys in graduate school? I think that's when I first read the souls of black folk and it devices book from nineteen free, and it had a very powerful effect on me. And then when I started reading what people had written about do boys. I didn't think that they fully appreciated the depth and breadth of his intelligence is sensibility as imagination now that was presumptuous of me. But it did give me a kind of push. When I decided I would I would devote my doctoral dissertation, two two boys, especially to his creative work, and then later on expanded that to do kind of intellectual biography of voice entirely. So that's been. I got to know and love DeVos. And is it right? That you grew up in Trinidad and Tobago by grew up in Trinidad and Tobago. Yes. I came to this country when I was in my mid twenties alka go to college and before then I'd never heard of DeVos and even in Ohio. Yeah. I went to undergraduate school at that time between nine hundred sixty five and nineteen sixty eight. There were no books African Americans on any syllabus that I was exposed to. I wonder if you could just say a little bit more about you know, you talked about how you've been exposed to so little in the way of black intellectual writing even through in your education, and you read this also black folk and your blown away. Could you say a little bit more about what grabbed you there? No. You know, you begin to read a book, you don't know where it's going to take you in this case, the cells of lack folk in the sense. It's it's sorta Barbara fee, but it's an autobiography that's close in some respects to your own experience of the world has a minority person. And then you see in the case of the souls of black folk a mind commanding mind expanding into history into sociology, but also into psychology and into art because he is continually seeing the world both as a scientist, and as a lyrical being, and I'm giving voice in a very very language to the complexity of the world, and you seeing yourself and your own personal situation being put in in the context, you would like to see it put. UCON pain, your, you know, your own dilemmas orchestrated in this marvelous way by an intelligence that you know, you just have to stand back in and admire and the profoundly grateful for because you have not seen it done by anyone else. And that's why I reread the souls of black folk again, and again, and it continues to this day to be able to move me as almost a few other works can move me. You know, you write a lot about him as a mass of paradoxes. And you know, here's one way you wrote a product of black and white, poverty and privileged love and hate. He was of New England and the south and alien and an American provincial and a cosmopolitan, nationalist, and communist, Victorian, and modern I think that there's something in his kind of multiracial multicultural heritage. And that line that he walked all of his life that that actually seems to belong in some ways more to our time than it did to his do. You know, what I'm describing that. I do know what you're describing. And I think you're quite right. That his in many respects, his his dilemma has agenda his passions, his sensibility, all of those things are very much at home in our world. But I think that you can turn your back on him only. If you're determined to turn your back on on history on an understanding of the past and also on on a mind, his you know that seized on the the problem of blackness in America, the problem of race in America and in the modern world because he did say famously that the problem of the twentieth century is a problem of the color line. So he he had a grasp of you know, of of the real world in front of him. And he an -ticipant it on time. No doubt about that. There's this wonderful passage. You know, it's almost you get the feeling this was in his chapter called on the training of black men. You get this sense that the life of the mind was in some sense helped him transcend this as he's at this problem being problem as a black man, he's you know, he wrote I sit with Shakespeare, and he winces not across the color line. I move arm in arm with ball sock and do math. I summoned Aristotle and a Raliess, and what soul I will. And they come all graciously with. No, scorn, nor condescension. Slew had with truth, I dwell above the veil. Yeah. He's the life. You grudges nightly America is this the life you long to change into the dull red hideous -ness of Georgia, are you? So afraid lest peering from this high pisgah between philistine and malachite. We cite the promised land. His training was really quite remarkable and his sensibility. Also remarkable. I mean, he did have the soul of a poet. But also the objective capacities of the scientists. But he was trained in history in a very severe sort of way where you know, the truth could be arrived at facts were extraordinarily important. The feelings of the historian would be suppressed objectively was the go at come to conclusions. But make sure that those conclusions and not in any way, biased by your feelings, your prejudices, whatever, and it took him a long time to realize that he couldn't live that way that he had to in fact, draw on his in emotional resources that were themselves shaped by you know, his life experience the world about him. His fascination with language in a much looser much more creative world that was also demanding. But in a very different way. So one of the things that started to intrigue me as I began to in the first instance, get a sense of how he's understood academically is. His legacy and his intellect seemed to be very secularized. In a lot of the ways. He's written about an interpreted to me, it it also kind of parallels the way kings, very deep and primary. Grounding in the algae and religion was kind of secularize he became after his death. A political figure primarily in a preacher second. And of course, the order was reversed now devoid, obviously, had a complicated relationship both to two black churches and to Chris white Christianity to Christianity in general. But it seems to me that to not take seriously to not use the word spiritual, or you know, and flesh that out in his life and legacy is to miss a lot of the power of what he did. And let me let's just start with when he uses the word soul, the soul black, folks. What does he mean by the word soul? That's a good Christian. And it's a not what a medieval, you know. Benedict would have meant by the word soul. It has something to do with consciousness of psychologically determined consciousness his saying that you know, there's this essence in us. That is a combination of a will to the spirit our experiences. Our awareness of ourselves our news of the world of so he talks again. And again in the souls of black folk about the dome of the twentieth century about the business of the soul and about divided souls there being an American so an African so within the African American and how they are at war with one another because they have different origins almost different goals and are subjected to different forces and that the. The essence of black live is a kind of often heroic. Sometimes disastrous struggle to reconcile these two souls. I'm Krista Tippett. And this is on being today. We're experiencing the resonance of w e b d boys for contemporary life. And with the literary critic and divorced biographer Arnold rampers said. I mean, here's just the opening lines of the cells black folk when he says. Anyways between me and the other world. There's an ever unanswered question announced by some through feelings of delicacy by others through the difficulty of rightly framing, it all nevertheless flutter around it. They approached me and a half hesitant sort of way. I'm curiously or compassionately, and then instead of saying directly had is it feel to be a problem. They say, I know an excellent colored man in my town or I fought at mechanicsville or do not these southern outrages make your blood boil at these ice mile or interested or reduce the boiling to a simmer. As the occasion may require to the real question. How does it feel to be a problem? I answer seldom word. Which is really putting the issue of race in an existential context. Yes. Like the rest of the paragraph when we will perhaps the bulk of the the next paragraph read some of that. Well, I could I mean, they it's it's important. But yeah, for the first time he encounters racial prejudice than a tall newcomer a girl in his class refuses to take part in a little game that everyone was play. Then it dawned upon me for the certain suddenness that I was different from the others or like may happen heart and life and longing but shut out from their world by a vast Vale. I had thereafter, no desire to tear down that veil to creep through. I held all beyond it in common. Contempt and lived above it in a region of blue-sky and great wandering shadows. That's guy was bluest when I could beat my mates that. Examination time or beat them at a footrace. So you beat the stringy heads alas. But the years all this fine. Contempt began to fade for the world's I longed for. And all the dazzling opportunities where there's not mine with other black boys. The strife was not. So fiercely sunny, they youth shrunk into tasteless sycophancy or into silent hatred of the pale world about them and mocking distrust of everything white a wasted itself in a bitter cry. Why did God make me an outcast in a stranger in mine own house? And it's after that that that burst that whatever you wanna call it that he launches into his discussion of of the divided souls, the twin warring souls of the African American an how blacks have no true self consciousness, but always see themselves through the eyes. Of whites basically on how how impossible most that is to to have such a situation and to be able to become fully human, really? Yes. And what is so striking to me about that is how resonant it is. I mean, he was he was looking at a world post civil war when there had been in some ways monumental efforts made to create wealth certainly to create liberty that wasn't there before. But he was looking at the very deep failure of that at the same time. The the unfinished business of reconstruction. And it seems to me that a century later, you know, having had the civil rights movement, which was really taking off as he died something that we're pondering deeply is the unfinished business of civil rights malices of the dilemma facing blacks when they will have to take into consideration when they come up against racism Mindy, come up against the entrenched injustice that I think African Americans. Face on on a daily basis. His analysis was the first put forward a second one thousand nine hundred but rarely it's still has enormous resonance has the basic factors remain remain. The same really how do you maintain sanity? How do you become productive? How do you? How do you realize your complete potential as a human being when you're constantly dealing with something that seems almost undefeatable? You've written biographies of a number of fairy important African American figures in American history links and hues Ralph Ellison Jackie Robinson. Did you? Write it by letting Arthur ash you were involved in that. But I wonder with with those figures and other names who come readily to mind in in American imaginations, what what would you want to name as as DeVos distinctive voice and contribution. But I I've I think that his that he was extraordinarily intelligent, but he was also very well trained and the engaged the world, as you know, as historian and as a sociologist always aware of a profound commitment to the lives of his fellow black Americans at a time say around nineteen hundred when they were in profound distress. So there was always something heroic and persevering and determined to me about his career. His example, Langston Hughes was relentless in his own way in trying to apply his poetic gift to the world around him. But the voice was even more dedicated in many respects and harder on himself pushing probing at every point willing to be a. Finally to be unpopular in order to carry the the you know, the the flag of Justice to the four to make his life become sequential, not on an ornamental on on afterthought that sets him apart or that set him apart as far as I'm concerned. Wonder if I wanted to ask you are you wherever Walter Brueggemann is he's a great scholar of the prophets of the Hebrew bible. And he talked about how the prophets the prophets are always poets. And it's with poetic language that they rise above the merely political and have something rather than merely political impact. And he talked about how he says that you know, the line. We all remember Martin Luther King is actually a line of poetry. I have a dream is actually a line of poetry. And I just love of legs news Bush is it really. He was always believed that that well because he had had consistently in invoked the motif of the dream his poetry and civil rights poetry. So he always felt that looking owed him one. But that's another story. Yeah. Okay. Yeah. I probably read two boys in college. But just the poetry as you're saying of his lyricism, and how that just exhausts and gifts this power to what he saying. That's just variant a New Zealand that was completely almost completely left out of accounts by historians voices. Life would career they just did not see it. They're not trained to respond to put a tree. But you're quite right. I mean that it is in fact, the poetic element in the voice, the lifts him of only history, and mayor know sociology to make him the the influential profoundly moving presence that he became. It's the poetry that the did it. Yeah. I I wanted to ask you to read at believe it's the reading from him that you had. At the top of the first chapter a chapter one the making of the man of your biography with the the reading that begins in the folds of this European civilization. I was born in shell die. And I don't know where it's from. You said deploys nineteen forty. That would be probably from from. Dusk of dawn is autobiographical. If it's nineteen forty. In the full of this European civilization. I was born and shall die imprisoned conditioned, depressed exalted and inspired into girly apart of it. And yet much more significant while I'm of it's rejected parts one who expressed in life and action and made vocal too many of single world pool of social entanglement and in a psychological paradox, which always seemed to be more significant for the meaning of the world today than other similar and related problems crucified on the vast. We live time I flew round and round with zeitgeist waving my pen and lifting faint voices to explain expound sort to see for C and prophesy to the few who could or would listen thus very evident. Gently to me into others. I did little to create my day or greatly change it. But I did exemplify it thus for all time. My life is significant for all lives of men. Arnold rampers said is emeritus professor at Stanford University and author of the art and imagination of W two boys after a short break poet. Elizabeth Alexander on how to boys speaks to new generations. And to our navigation of the ever evolving color line. You can always listen again. And here the unedited version of every show we do on the on being podcast feed now with special occasional extras wherever you like to listen. Support for on being with Krista. Tippett comes from the fetzer institute, helping build the spiritual foundation for a loving world. Fetzer envisions a world that embraces love as a guiding principle and animating force for our lives a powerful love that helps us live in sacred relationship with ourselves others and the natural world. Learn more by visiting fetzer dot org. I'm Krista Tippett, and this is on being today bringing the life and ideas of w e b boys into relief for the twenty first century. He is one of the most celebrated black intellectuals of American and global history. He was born five years after the emancipation proclamation and died on the eve of the Martin Washington. I discovered the poet Elizabeth Alexander's reverence for boys in an essay, she herself had forgotten something she wrote years ago for book called saving the race conversations onto boys from a collective memoir of souls. Let's to start by I wanna hear you know, if you can recall kind of your earliest memories of knowing of do boys going up in Washington in the sixties and seventies. Yes. I think of the doctor do boys that was always how he was referred to in my family. And I think that was very important. Portent because he was someone to be respected that even though African Americans had attained higher education by the time. I was a child I know that I knew he was the first African American to get his PHD from Harvard University that it was an extraordinary thing to have become educated in the way that he did. So that we ought to give him that title. And later on I learned, and there are a number of African American elders of generation for whom only the letters of their names are what we know w e b that that was strategic away that he could not be called William or Bill that someone would have to call him boy or call him, Dr do boys it forced the issue of his stature. And I think that that interested me a great deal. And I remember learning that when I was probably a young teenager. I didn't read the souls of black folk until I was in college. And I remember very much reading it for the first time. Sof more year with professor Michael cook. In a big, survey course on African American literature. It was a graduate course. And at that time, you know, the the only place that voice was taught alongside Booker T, Washington and other greats of the tradition, and I remember thinking, oh, not only is he a great, man. He's a beautiful writer, and how that felt like such a gift that these important ideas came forward to us in language that was unforgettable. Yeah. And I think that I went into this project of investigating him. Well, let me just read like here's the Wikipedia entry about w e b d boys. WB deploys was an American sociologist historian, civil rights activists Pan Africanist, author and editor after graduating from Harvard where he was the first African American Arna doctorate. He became a professor of history. Sociology and economics at Atlanta university. Deploys was one of the co founders of the national association for the advancement of colored people the N W supe- in one thousand nine nine. So those are his credentials. I started very quickly as I was reading this also plaque full to realize there is I thought at first I was discovering this spiritual of his has been lost. But I feel as I've traced that more and more what I've discovered is his lyricism and his poetry. And how that is such a distinctive contribution of his at will. Absolutely. And I think that he believed that felicitous careful language that when you look at the souls of black folk, which is a book that I teach in the book that I returned to of his millions when the bible is absolutely its antecedent. And when you look at the construction of those sentences when you look at its rise and fall, that's what he's patterning himself on. And I think that you know, the perhaps most famous line from the souls of black folk the problem of the twentieth century is the problem of the color line. I mean, first of all it is prophetic. Yes. You know, that is not something we have as yet resolved. He saw that. He understood that. And I think that he understood that as a sole crisis for white people for black people and for. The police in general. Yes, because it is it right? And and even they're a feel like yes. To the extent that anybody's heard a quote of deploys, they may have earned the the problem with twentieth centuries. Probably the color line. They heard it as a political statement. I mean, I think is memorable perhaps because it has this cadence. But also as you're saying what he was talking about something much bigger than laws or rights absolately, or or or legal or social structures. He was talking about the human condition and absolutely not just the human condition. People were not white. No, that's absolutely true. And I think that in that regard. He makes space for James Baldwin in very very clear ways in the way that James Baldwin talks about the race crisis. As being really a crisis about the inability to imagine each other the inability to sit in someone else's chair to stand in someone else's shoes. That is all may. By do boys. I think also in thinking for today and going back to souls. What really really really struck me not just because I'm an educator, but his belief in education. You know, it's very easy. Now to say, you must get an education and education is sacred and education, in fact is wholly, but when you consider that he is writing nineteen thousand three years leading up to nineteen nine three. He's talking to a first generation out of bondage. Yeah. Okay. So like, let's just kind of situate- ourselves in time there, and when he's talking about what an education can do what it means. He says, you know, I marked. Yes, has he says far better than I can so beautiful. We are training not isolated men. But a living group of men nee a group within a group and the fire. Product of our training must be neither a psychologist nor a brick Mason. But a man and to make men we must have ideals broad, pure and inspiring ends of living not sorted money. Getting not apples of gold. And you know, it it goes on in that vein, and then one more quotation here, and I think this is incredible. That he's talking about the function of the university. He's not talking about elementary school. He's imagining the university. And when he writes this nineteen Ninety-three, no bluff woman will attain the PHD until nineteen twenty three. So this is a dream educating black people, and we just have to of course, add women where he says men, you know, educating and also he was very explicitly aware of of women as a loot, right? So I mean, I think a lot of here that use of the word man for a lot of our forebears of all kinds. They really did mean men ways actually had in mind. Yes. So you know, we'll give him that. Yeah. But but I think sometimes about those folks, and I think no one had done this. Yeah. No one. Had a magic nd this. Right. So it's quite a vision. It's quite a vision. And you're right. It speaks in a very kind of uncomfortable way to the kind of discussion we have now about education and very particularly the kind of discussion we have about inequity and education and race, right? And an education is the key. But it tends to be framed in terms of equipping people to get the right jobs right to make the right kind of living to join the economy, and he so insistently talks about you know, the essential struggle of becoming a full flourishing human being. And even the way he's talking the way this language, you're quoting when you talked about education. It's much deeper and more complicated. And that work is still there for us to do in our time. It really is. When I teach the souls of black folk, and we pause as we must on perhaps the second most quotable, quote one ever feels his Tunis an American negro to souls warring within one dark body, it's thrilling to see students of all kinds of backgrounds. Talk about double consciousness talk about their senses of you know, being at Yale where I teach and perhaps they feel like their class background is not visible in the classroom, or perhaps they feel that they are a student from Ghana and their interpolated into a black student body. And how do they feel about that? So you're saying that this his idea of double consciousness, actually has many facets that in that way. It feels kind of prophetic. Yes. But the what that is in the twenty first century in this globalised world is has all these different layer it I think it really does. And I think that it is it seems to me when I teach this to be such a gift to these young people to see, oh, the there can be more than one thing going on that even feels in his language warring sometimes in one body, but it is the work of self to not necessarily resolve it, but just understand it work with it. That's the ongoing work of identity that we do on ourselves not necessarily suppressing one. So that the other can rise, and we're just complicated. Folks. He knew that. I'm Krista Tippett. And this is on being today with Arnold rampers said the late Maya Angelou and here the poet Elizabeth Alexander in two thousand fourteen we're experiencing the imprint of b voice on the American soul past and present some of the complicated path of divorce ideas, like communism and pan-africanism translate imperfectly in modern ears. He also had a famously contentious clash with Booker T, Washington Washington supported a compromise with white southern leaders that limited opportunities for southern blacks while enhancing basic liberties for the whole in a sweeping essay in one thousand nine hundred three eight years after he had become the first black man with a Harvard. PHD WKBD boys championed, the critical need for black intellectual elite the talented tenth the negro race like all races. He wrote is going to be saved by its exception. Oh men. In this little essay, you wrote about him years ago, you wrote in in terms of deploys, even as we may walk around thinking of ourselves as racially complicated. People. What does it mean to be in this post identity era to stand the ground of our blackness nonetheless? What does it mean to sit with and contemplate are complicated blackness? And again, I feel like this is it a challenge on edifying challenge to the way we want to talk about race as something we've moved beyond, you know, when you talk about that Israel that your students have and again, this is not just about lambing. He's speaking to other conditions aside from black Messia, salsa speaking to whiteness, and also what white MRs going to be fifty years from now. Yes. Yeah. I feel like especially in it's intensified since Barack Obama was elected president. We have these things that happen. Like, let's say the shooting of Trayvon Martin and every time. Something like that happens. We then an wringing her hands about how we still don't know how to talk about this. But, you know, feel like what deploys is saying is talk about it in a complicated. Reflective can template of way that's about being human. Absolutely. And I think that also that's what the souls of black folk as as a book as a text that. That's what it exemplifies. And it's a tiny book it's tiny little tiny little beautiful book. But I think at the end perhaps for me, one of the things that that wins is the culture argument, and that a people is not a people unless it's culture is recognised, and that culture is one of the ways that we express our humanity. So when he says, I sit with Shakespeare, and he winces not. Yeah. I have always loved that line. First of all because he's it's a line of perfect. Amick pentameter, you will note. So I feel that what he's saying is. Hey, Shakespeare, I can do what you did. I'm speaking your language, and it is perfectly calm. He saying we stand on the same timeline. We are in his phrase co workers in the kingdom of culture and given that again that struggle in the academy in curricula everywhere is still not complete. We really need that argument from him that just says Shakespeare do boys there, they sit next to each other read them so one of the it was actually challenging to to enter this exploration of DeVos. And you know, and I guess to me that speaks to the fact that what you're describing which is a fuller sense of this grappling that we. You have to do with all the sides of ourselves this collage. I do feel like that's something in twentieth. Century kind of thought it could may be tame. Or compartmentalize that we could make more rational. That's interesting. I don't know if this answers your question, but I've my tenth grade son just wrote a paper for at his wonderful school, comparing do boys and Booker T, Washington. Oh, really? Yeah. Yeah. It was. Yeah. It was he's excited that I'm here because they had quite a quite a tempestuous tumultuous relations. Well, yeah. Anyway, as you see that he's you know, what Washington was saying was look we got a whole lot of black people who need to work, and they're not all gonna write beautiful books and be college professors. So we're I guess for me at the end of the day do boys wins. Although, you know, it's it's a crude you need all these different. Ideas. His idea of the talented tenth that language makes me very uncomfortable. Right. And that's that is one of the controversial just we haven't actually gotten into that. And just say a little bit briefly, what the talented that idea was that idea was that a race of people will not be led by everyone moving together that he says it will be literally the tenth of a population that armed with finance occasion, armed with you know, opportunity will lead the people forward. So, you know, who are those people how do you get into the talented ten who chooses who designates why attend? I mean, you know, what about the class implications of that? It's a very very discomfiting idea. But I do think that what's true in that idea is that in fact, even within egalitarian movements even within. Collective movements. Attention is focused on leaders on spokespeople. Yeah. So, you know, there are all kinds of important questions about how grassroots movements are organized. How decisions are made. But I believe the fact of the matter is that you don't see every face moving forward at once. And also that you know, not everybody wants to right, right? We we leave movement. Everyone needs wants and needs to be a leader. And it's not true. Not true. You know, so Russell ping. But you know, I think do boys had absolutely zero anxiety about his own status. And yes populist elite nece if that is a thing he had no anxiety about being a total elite. But at the same time when you look at all the people he educated all the lynchings. He protested all of the words he wrote all that he gave. To millions and millions and millions of people the tools, he gave people. I feel like okay. If you're that kind of a league, that's okay. With me. I'm I just love that that your son is doing this paper on. So did you discover him discovering two boys or did he already know about him? He had heard of do boys in Washington from me, my mother's a historian. So these were not unfamiliar names. But he had not read. And I think his experience was to find all of these ideas, really fresh and compelling, and he was really interested in the idea that they're always, you know, sort of Malcolm and Martin are, you know, they're always need to be more than one idea for people to move forward. He he found that very very dumb more that elephant Malcolm and Martin the large allies game. Exactly, exactly. What else? What have? I not asked you about. Why have you not asked me about? Out. Well, I was very happy to discover this loveliest rose that I forgot that. I wrote. And. Well, I guess I don't know. I could read something. Yes. I'd love you to read something that's meaningful. Yeah. He's led me to so much thinking he's led me to aspire to write better. I mean, these are just sort of very personal things. His productivity has made me hesitate less. And try to put more out there because I think that one of the tragedies of racism, as it has affected intellectuals and learning is that we've had such limited opportunities in so many of our ideas are so quickly shot down that to see do boys. Who just said, I don't care. I'm gonna I'm gonna write something again tomorrow who doesn't keep doing it. And that was a really really important example. But you started us off with this idea of the interior profound interior work of who we are. And that phrase, the souls of black folk, you know, what our souls when they look like what what are we concerned with do? They all belong to one thing. So here I say, how do we teach our children to be aware to question to be tolerant to be resilient and righteous? How do we nurture their brilliance and bravery for those of us whose day to day experiences are racialist we nonetheless all have dream space private space. I don't think that that space is race Lewis or that it is without markers of identity. But I do think it's a space where those markers are rich complicated and not always resolved. And so that's what I wrote and. Inspired by choice. And I think that that's not an individualizing wish you know, that's about. How can we do that work and then come together in our fullness? That's twenty-first-century work. Yeah. Exactly. Exactly. Elizabeth Alexander is president of the Andrew w Mellon foundation. And a chancellor of the academy of American poets her books include crave. Radiance and her memoir the light of the world. She was the fourth poet in history to contribute to a presidential inauguration that of Barack Obama in two thousand nine W E B D boys died on August. Twenty seventh nineteen sixty three at the age of ninety five he died in Ghana, a center of Pan, Africanist, energies and ambition in that era. And that is where Maya Angelou finally met him. In person misses do Bush was a friend of mine when my live in in gonna and she invited me and my husband become a lunch to their house. And we went there, and she came out into the living room and said, I'm sorry. He's not really feeling very well. He won't be coming out to lunch. But you may come in and say Hello. So I went in live, my husband that metro back to the voice at the why people were getting fan out that he was immigrant, and he laughed at that was very nice. And we we went back into the dining room and had lunch, and we let and that would do voice that I think that same day. Sure. Would you want him to be remembered and not just remembered how do you think that his women make bankers? Yeah. But black man at that time to teach into learn and to study, and those are some stances when people were being benched, but to be by showed his he had enormous courage eyelid encourage young men and women black and white and Asian and Spanish speaking to look back to divorce and realize that courage is the most important of the virtues because without courage. You can't practice any other virtue. You can't be consistent mid fair kind of generous forgiving any bills without courage. I had this phone call with the great writer, Maya Angelou three weeks before her death. This show is part of a rich. Larger exploration of w e b DeVos ideas and legacy in our podcast feed. Wherever you like to listen, you'll find in-depth unedited interviews with Arnold rampers said and Elizabeth Alexander as well as a conversation. I had with the archaeologist Whitney battle Baptiste. She excavated artifacts at the voice home site in great Barrington, Massachusetts. On being is Chris cagle lily Percy, Maya tarot, Marie samba lay Aaron Farrell Laurindo. Tony Liu Bethany Iverson Aaron call SoKo. Kristen Lynn, profited do cusp atttack Heil, Andy Thurston? Sue phillips. Eddie Gonzalez Lillian VO Lucas Johnson Damon Leigh Sousa burly. Katie Gordon, Zack rose and Siri Grassley special. Thanks to rob Cox at the w e b two boys archives at the university of Massachusetts. Amherst and to Randy Weinstein at the voice center in great Barrington, Massachusetts, this program is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the humanities any views findings conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program. Do not necessarily represent those of the eight beyond being project is located on Dakota land are lovely theme music is provided and composed by. 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214 - How to Move Ahead When "Everything Sucks"
"Hey, Marie Forleo. And this is the podcast version of our word winning show. Marie TV. Now, the video version has some useful and entertaining visuals. So if you want to check that out go to Marie Forleo dot com forward slash Marie TV, real find this and hundreds of other episodes. Thanks so much for listening. Hey, it's marine four Leo. And you are watching Marie TV the place to be to create a business and life you love and this is QA Tuesday. And today's question it comes from a girl named Alicia, and she writes, hey, Murray, a struggle. I keep coming up against is. What do you do when every option in front of you, totally sucks, you're weighing multiple options? But each and everyone has some major downsides. So rather than choosing an acting on an option you find yourself stinks stock in an action and beating yourself up for not moving forward. How do you suggest someone makes decision when each and every option you see suck some major? Lisa. Great question at some point in life. Most of us have found ourselves in a situation where we're upset, and we're frustrated me look around and everything just seems to be crap shor everyone in the audience can relate. But and this is a big, but which I like. This question is the perfect reminder for us all to give ourselves a spiritual smackdown. The truth is this in any given moment. You can choose to see what's right about a situation or what's wrong about a situation. And either way you're going to find evidence to support what you're looking for when you're in a negative state of mind, and you believe that every option sucks, it's nearly impossible to find your strength and your clarity. And move ahead. Here's the deal Alicia, and yes, it's a tweet -able. Not having the best situation. But seeing the best in your situation is the key to happiness now. I'm not sure what your sucky situations are. But I am absolutely certain that you can find something right about them and create a positive result every day you hear about people who've made the most of arguably crappy situations and the common thread throughout all of them is their positive attitude. Now, here's the thing. A positive attitude is a choice, and if you make that choice enough it becomes a habit. One woman that comes to mind is Molly mom, the Cambodian author and activist at twelve years old, she was sold into sex slavery. Then every day, she was tortured, and she was raped and one night. She was forced to watch as her best friend was murdered in front of her. Now, if that's not a crappy situation, I don't know it is now Somali escaped and she's made it her life's mission to end sex trafficking and to empower survivors or how about this do a Google. Search for famous amputees, and you're gonna find an enormous list of extraordinary people who've accomplished incredible things either because of or in spite of losing their limbs, the bottom line is this looking for what's right and a situation completely transforms your state of mind, your -bility to make decisions and move ahead. And the best part is a habit you can build like Maya Angelou says if you don't like something change it. And if you can't change it change, your attitude, speaking of change, if you've been listening to me this whole time in saying Marie. Yeah. Yeah. But you don't get it. You don't know. How crappy my situations. Are here's the deal? There is nothing more crappy than the option. You're choosing right now, which is beating yourself up and doing nothing to move ahead action is magic and either option you choose is going to be a huge improvement over this tortured state of honor show that you find yourself in right now a leash that was my eighty your cue. Thank you so much for asking. Now, I wanna hear from you have you ever had a crappy situation that. You turned around because you changed your attitude or have you ever found yourself with to kinda crappy options, but you chose one you moved ahead and you discovered. Hey, things aren't so bad in the comments below. I wanna hear your story. Now. Remember the best stuff happens after the episode over Marie Forleo dot com. So go there and leave a comment now, did you like this video if so subscribe to our channel and share the Marie TV love with your friends? And if you want even more great resources to have a business and a life that you love get your butt over to Marie Forleo dot com. And make sure you sign up for Email updates. Why? Because I'm gonna send you good. He's an Email that I just can't put in videos. That's why stay on your game and keep going for your dreams the world needs that special gift that only you have. Thank you so much for watching. And I'll catch you next time on Murray TV.
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I often look to for strength for wisdom for comfort and courage and also just to talk you know everytime we on the we're not talking about courage and with sometimes we just laugh a lot anyway. The sheer power of her words and insights have moved and inspired me. And i know millions of you. Maya says at a song flung up to heaven is the sixth and final in the series of books about her remarkable life which she began with. I know why cage heard sing the first book of dr angelo's bestselling autobiographical series was. I know why the caged bird sings. It made her literary star. Stayed on the new york times bestseller lists for two years. It is brutally honest account of her painful childhood and how she rose above being raped by her mother's boyfriend when she was just eight. And the six years of self-imposed silence follows next. She wrote gathered together in my name about her struggle to make ends meet as a single mother at age. Sixteen working as a cook. a dancer. a madam even a prostitute next in singing and swinging getting married like christmas. Maya takes on her journey into show business touring europe as a singer and dancer walnut phone informative and millions read the heart of a woman. Were maya takes us through one of the most fascinating periods of her life from her debut at the apollo theater to her first meeting with malcolm x. to the joys and challenges of raising a teenage son then in all god's children need traveling shoes she follows her heart to africa in search of her roots where she teaches at the university of ghana and works as a journalist alongside malcolm x. world now poet author actress activist. Dr maya angelou has risen to greatness time and time again is more phenomenal phenomenal phenomenal woman than ever. Please welcome my dear friend. Dr maya angelou do want to talk about something. Other than and wisdom shrink in hope. What is seventy four wheel like. It's so wonderful. It is so good. I thought the fifties were hunt. Until i reach the sixty the sixties out there. They're out there who. Then when i reached the seventies mount no the seventies you want to reach the seventies. everybody's stay alive reach this because do you feel age you know. This is a society that so puts age and ageing. And we're so concerned about it. Is there a point where you say. Oh yes. I'm now an older woman. No there are some things that have not escaped. Me team has not. Ecstasy has not satisfaction has not disappointment has not fear has not courage has not so there are some things which have not escaped me. So that keeps you young If you start thinking that you know it and nobody can tell you anything. You found the one way and you can tell others faults. It's already over. it's already too late. You have become old at eighteen at twenty five when you think you know everything but when you know a do a lot you've been around a long time and you've paid attention like you so interesting though because people say to me when you call her up and you talk to her. Does she talk like she talks when she's and it is true many times i call them my and like just the other day he says on the morning. I'm sitting in my kitchen table and she just starts a conversation. Let me get a pencil. write this down. She's talking and then she are you there baby go. Yes so tell me. What is this significant of a song flung up heaven It comes from the third verse in the nba by pauline's dunbar. And i'd love to say please. That may i the first. I says i know what the caged bird fields on me when the sun is bright on upland slopes when the wind blows saw through the springing grass and the river. Floats like a sheet glass when the first bird sings and the first bird oaths and the same perfume from its chalice steals. I know but the caged bird field. The last very says and i know why the caged bird sings on me when its wings a bruised and its bosom sore. It beats its bars and would be free. It's not a carol of joy or glee but a prayer that is sins from his heart deep core but a song that it sends up to heaven it flame. That's why the aids very wise. I get it we began with. I know why the caged bird sings and we end with the last verse last line. A song flung up to heaven. You are smart deep deep this up your heart. Each new our hose new chances for new beginning do not be wedded. Forever to fear yoked eternally to brutishness. The horizon leans forward offering you space to place new steps of chain here on the pulse of this fine day. You may have the courage to look up and out and upon me the rock the river the tree your country no less to midas than the mendicant no less to you now than the mastodons in here on the pulse of this new day. You may have the grace to look up an hour and into your sister's eyes and then to your brothers face your country and say simply very simply with hope. good morning. That was dr. Maya angelou reciting from the point on the pulse of morning which he wrote for. President clinton's inauguration in one thousand nine hundred three. We're celebrating a song. Flung up to heaven in the book. Dr. angela opens up about a very painful time in her life. I know that this was a very painful book for you to ride. I know that you win away to florida and you were telling me having a really rough time writing this book in for a number of reasons the obvious reasons. The book had to deal with situations. That didn't seem to have any open them. The murder of malcolm x. And the murder of mr king on my birthday and uprising in watts and so forth. Couldn't see how i could find. Hope writing about all these negative so i wrote that book. I've written it for six years and it's the slim volume of all my books but i wanted to see how can i say it and finally i was able to see something about who we really are the human spirit. So amazing everybody here. Everybody has gone to bed one night. On with fear of pain or hara our disappointment our grief and yet each one of us has a weakened arisen madar of loosens and seem another human being said morning. How are you fine. Thanks that to have thought okay. Then this is who we are. We do survive and we do better than that. We've thri thrive and we do better than that. We thrive with some passion. Some compassion some humor personal story became intertwined. With the nation's history in the sixties angelou had been living in ghana west africa for four years when she made the decision in one thousand nine hundred eighty five to leave her teenage son guy with trusted friends and move back to america back in the states. Racial tinge were coming to ahead and my plan to work with their longtime friend and controversial leader malcolm x. he started organization of african american unity. Whose goal was to launch a cultural revolution to end racism instead of legislation. In my opinion that they became for many years. Maya had been corresponding with malcolm x. Through letters but she had no idea that the letter beckoning her back to. America would also be the last from dear friend demand. I was most pleased to learn that you might be hitting in this direction this year. You are beautiful writer and a beautiful woman you know that i will always do my utmost to be helpful to you in any way possible. So don't hesitate you brother malcolm but my never got the chance to work alongside malcolm x. On february two thousand nine hundred sixty five two days. After my arrived back in the states he was assassinated in front of his family. While delivering a speech. Burbar went off. And i remember this. I turn around quickly. And the next thing i saw was malcolm falling back in a dead fame. Maya was devastated. She was also raised at what she felt was america's indifference about his murder three years later in nineteen sixty eight. Meyer was reunited with another friend. Civil rights leader. Dr martin luther king junior in justice in it is a threat to justice everywhere sydney. I saw this man who really believed in nonviolent change and the power of pain for redemption after a speech at carnegie hall. He asked her to work with him on the poor people's march planned for later that year. I suggest just agreed to come back to work for him. He's it come back with me. My hands if people accuse me of being valid everton than nyanza lewis. Maya plan to join him on the road one month later but she would never get the chance on april fourth. Nine hundred sixty eight myers fortieth birthday. Dr king was assassinated dealt yet another devastating blow mayer withdrew from the world unable to deal with another tragedy. I'm sorry to say was metric. I'm reminded all the time by his life. His his love. That i can. I can be figure can be kinder more of this episode after a short break. Today's episode is supported by better health. Online counseling if you think you may be depressed depressed or you're feeling overwhelmed or anxious. Better help online. Counseling offers online licensed professional therapists. Who are trained to listen and to help for anxiety difficulty in achieving your goals relationship conflicts depression and more. 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I can be and to encourage other people to be that being. She can be to agree to be try to be no one's enemy. No one's full to try to be no one to refuse to be anyone's victim to be a friend to human beings to have lived this. Well this may. I think you were born at the right time. Myth do must've been. I had these conversations with you. Where all the legends. Like billie holiday came to your house with her little dull. She not a little with our little billie holiday. And there's just up in harlem. Everybody dr king and hughes. Y'all hanging out in time and trying to be a person of the time that is not sit behind the door behind the windows sort of we shing one could be there. I mean there's nothing for it but to go and join it and see if you can be of use anybody who can be used this useless mess not be misused overused abused but you must be of use to somebody besides yourself shortly after september eleventh when we asked the question. What really matters. Now maya was one of the people we turn to for inside in answers. Awards still offer hope in a way to rise above evil and injustice every american and most people in the world. I'm speechless and that doesn't mean i don't have something to say. We have to seek after justice. We must do so. We have to at the same time. Be careful not to lust after revenge. If we do many things happen when we be no better than the adversary. We may be even worse. We should always be at war within justice. Always families in our cells then neighborhood mass cities and states. We should always be on the other side from injustice. I believe however that it all starts with me. Am i believe that the chains must take place in the middle east and in and as we have seen in south africa. All those changes begin. We've need. I think that we have to eat of us. Learn everything we possibly can stop being lazy about thinking. We must think what really matters now is love now. I don't mush sentimentality. I'm in that condition and the human spirit so profound that it allows us devise strategy love courage kindness. No that is really what matters. There has always been ville and there will always be but there has always been good and there is good. Now in the sixties lived and worked in the islamic world as the wife of south african freedom fighter. She was the editor of the arab observer and says today. She's deeply concerned about america's indifference to that part of the world. I'm very concerned that. I remain proud of my country when it's doing the right thing and active in my country when i don't think we're doing the right thing that is to say we can't say oh i feel for these people but not for those people and you can't say that it's wrong if you have sympathy and empathy and kindness to a human being habit to human beings important so the human being to not allow anyone to make a mean little tunnel for her to live her life in. This is your life. This is all you know. And in fact as far as we can be absolutely certain it's given to us live but once one time and you're going to live over matt. People never liked those people. Well those people. They never came to our house. Well all of them. Keep over there. And i keep over here with us in little tunnel. Means you'll die the world when you will not accept the world one bit. It seems so clear as you get older. We just about little bit but not much this. And that's not why i mean. Don't get older just to get wiser. If you get older you will be wiser. I believe that. If you dare dare. I but get older because it's fun it's fun and it's great fun not today have a so yes well you know the body is going but i mean you know that so what you know live lives forever. You know my knees are gone. Let's get those key. And i find that my hair is chain saliva and that and the breasts of very interesting in an incredible race the eminem credible race to see which one will touch my waist for fun. Living is fun. that's fun yes that's fun to run for it if you if you put it in your mind that it's fun. Yeah it's fine. It's fine but if you think oh it's fine. 'cause you're still here. I'm still here and still in. Somebody's still calling me dialing ain't that i wanna talk about oscar night. I haven't talked to you about that. And i can tell you this that. It was such a historic night with halle berry as the first african american woman to win. Best actress denzel the first man in forty years to win. Best actor and sidney portier getting the lifetime achievement award. What do you think was significant about that night. For all americans you know who won we all we all we all tell you. I love that. Halle berry. And i adored into las yes and support and i'm a good friend. A friend of of sydney party. The united states one every citizen in this country that night word. I have heard some people that had the nerve to say. Why did halley turn it into such a racial her speech. And if you haven't heard that now say things like i've heard people say. Why did she turn that into such a racial speech. And i think it's because people do not understand it was seventy four years seventy four years. We hadn't even had the opportunity to stand there seventy four years. She's exactly she spoke out of her people's mouths. Yeah and that is not just african american peoples. Now yeah go see isn't just african. Because she is. But didn't you love it when she called the role when she thanked dorothy dandridge and when she and then to address her kirs jada pinkett. Angela bassett. who weren't even nominated. Just say i think there has not been a better speech not finish the fact that she stood up and said this is bigger than me. Oh my hotel you this. It was so great that i sent an email saying it was exciting for me because i don't ever remember being that happy or anybody i was. I just took me out of myself to be that happy for another person. There are some different kind of feeling that good for somebody else. Well yes that's true but you see denzel washington and realize how many times he should have been up there. I really thought he was going to get a hurricane. I really thought dottie lord. I came to him. I voted for him. Yes don't go anywhere or to come. After this short break from rhonda byrne the author of the world wide phenomenon. The secret comes along awaited. Major new book called the greatest secret. The secret showed us the path to create anything we want to be do or have the greatest secret reveals the most profound discovery. A human being can make and shows you the way out of negativity and suffering to a life of permanent happiness and bliss. This great secret has been hiding in plain sight for thousands of years but the majority of humanity has missed it drawing on the teachings of the very few who have unlocked the truth about the world. 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Play you really want to do fairly and you may even want to do generously but certainly fair love allows you to do. Love allows you to do that now. You're the only person i know. And because of you i've learned from you to do it. I said this before that you will not allow a racial slur. A sexual slur any kind of joke. You won't even allow it in your house meal. I have seen you put out a song to heaven. She tells the story of the woman. Actually put out of the house and when the producer saying i said honey it is true. I have seen her put people out of the house. You like. At a gathering she hears a jew. I dunno she got ears like i don't know what you're on one side of the room. Somebody's telling a joke making a racial slur and you will go and ask them to leave your house. You see not be the least bit. Embarrassed are apologetic or pala. Geno you say you must leave now you must and take. Oh your stuff with you kind of racial slur none. I don't mean just against black people say anybody think bad about any else were sex. You see there is this. I think that words aren't teams. Arizona's had to see be sad and traveled cross country. With and when i got into dali's house my sister dallas mcpherson. I told her. I said sister. This room is filled with images and words. Suppose you're talking about as it. If i had a battery operated television. I turn it on right now and see what's happening downtown and in new york city and in new orleans. Now that's not plugged into anything. What does that tell me that things are in the room. The picture images here in the room between us which tells me that thoughts then are things and words. I think and i believe they go into your furniture into ole street. They go into your clothes. Go into your carpet. They sitting in your parts when you start to make a pot of rice. What so. somebody's going to use a racial pejorative of vulgarity. In my house. And i won't say anything i won't him or all of them to get their stuff and leave. Take it out of my house because of that as you know. I have a healing right. People come to my home and our he'll i don't heal but the atmosphere you know you worked in places at a beautiful but to sit on the edge of the terr- You can't get comfortable in my home and it's a beautiful how i love it when i look around the. Nc strangers have pulled their shoes. Though i feel very nurtured at your home it's not just in you biscuits don't hurt either and smother the chicken and maya's book. She also revealed some of her feelings about her own son and being a mother or joys or regrets and feelings of guilt right about the time that you left guy behind in africa. Yeah was hard to do very hard to do it in a way ahead to do it for himself and for myself so i wouldn't kill him. He was an eight eighteen. He was six four and a half and he knew everything and i would say. I don't like you to do this. And he pa- i'm six. He'd pat me on my head. And i understand. This is my life. Really where i'm going give you your life and africa Paid his tuition after graduation and came home. You say in the book about leaving guy in africa. Didn't i care that. I've been a bad mother abandoning my son. Leaving him with a meager bank account and up to his own silly teenage devices. He'd go through that money. Like grant went through richmond. and then what. I thought i should be crying. Not one tear l. a. kind of stoicism had to have been in mine. Heritz is yes. I did him very well. It was a good thing for him when he was ready. He came home and sarah to say he came home and was sitting in the car that was hit and his neck was injured again. So i went up to san francisco from los angeles and like every parents. I felt guilty seeing him in the hospital. Every parent feel every mother especially feels when she has a baby. If the baby comes out with any handicapped thinks my body didn't do right you know why didn't make him stronger when i was making him or her so i stood there watching guy thinking my god how often i feel terrible. He had been five hundred miles away in another town. He was hurt but i felt This mothering well. Guy is all grown up now. My dozen know this but we sat down with my son guy johnson and he told us about the car accident that nearly killed him and how he believes. His mother helped bring him back from the brink of debt. I pulled off the road to roadman truck going. The opposite direction drifted across the mine and hit me and it broke my leg. Dislocated my shoulder Put me in a coma for about five days. The doctor said dr angelo year son may not live and it's pretty clear he won't walk again and she looked at them and she said what do you know. I've gone to a higher authority and it was obvious that she had because i walked out of the hospital. Two months after mar you have helped other people learn what it is to be human people. Ask me quite often what it's like to be my angelos signed. Did you grow up in her shadow. And no i did. I grew up in our light. Sometimes i wasn't worthy of it but it has always been an experience that expanded me. She thinks that the divine hand is an all things she has faith. That's like you can stand on it. She says one person speaking the word of god is the majority. She speaks to our humanity and reminds us that we are both brother and sister to the rest of the human ways. Keep on speaking. Keep on talk. We need to learn the lessons. We need to hear it again. And again and i hope that this day marks just the beginning of many more beautiful and wonderful poems. Books movies dances celebrations. I love you thank you. For five decades. Maya's words have moved us in more ways than we even know. As i was saying many times. I'm talking to her on the own run to get a pencil writing down well. She partnered with hallmark to produce cards and gift with some of her most inspiring words and they are ready honey flying off the shelves. There's so many wonderful items people ask me. What do you really write them. I said i was sitting at the table watching a right absolutely. Is it hard for you to to write these. It's been wonderful challenge. Because what i could take two pages writing about. I have to say in two sentences and so it's delicious it. It helps me to to get my language my english and have control of it and this was wonderful. I think it's wonderful. Because for years i've been saving my own my 'isms that i now see on some of these cards. One of my favorite is family. Brings you home. Just that line family brings you home and then there's nothing make you feel more at home than being with you family. I love this one. You had a difficult decision to make and you made it. I applaud your courage and strengthened by it. They're a cards for every single occasion. You can imagine in life. yes. I saw a woman in in florida. She stabbed me in. Florida am in the bookstore. White woman about my age. You know she said you know you just like that right in my antler. She's tears came to see said. I received a christmas gift from my daughter. I said We've been estranged but she sent me a card which simply said. Mother love liberates. Wow and she just the tears can she said no. I keep that kind in my bedroom. When i go into the kitchen. Put it there and take it to the living room. My daughter and i will come back. Wow and what's wonderful about the cards for all people all races. All places all dimensions because they're called life mosaics. It's just poetry that it's come from deep replace. Well usually boise. certainly yes. i mean. It's poetic musings antics thinking meditations what it feels like to be a human being but how it speak to you is how bad. That's why feel it. You can go to the hallmark section of any store and you find the maya angelou has on back but i love this as a birthday card. Tiaras crowns and coronets were made to show you off. You are duchess of everything today. You you have every reason to strut. Do just that. Dr maya angelou's occas call. Thank you my cigarettes. I'm oprah winfrey and you've been listening to super bowl. Conversations the podcast. You can follow super soul on instagram twitter and facebook. If you haven't yet go to apple podcasts and subscribe rate and review this podcast. Join me next week for another super bowl conversation. Thank you for listening. You don't need to be employed to get employee level vision coverage if you're retiring soon and looking for a way to continue caring for your eyes get a b. s. p. individual vision plan at esp direct dot com.
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"Have you downloaded the free anchor APP? No come on guys. Why not go to your APP store and click download on the anchor APP if your more traditional head over to anchor dot. Fm Sea anchor is still by far. The most seamless. Way To create distribute and. Monetize your podcasts. You want your podcast on Apple podcasts anchor dot. Fm handles that you want your podcast on spotify anchor dot. Fm handles that as well anchored DOT FM is a one stop shop for all of your podcast needs and it still one hundred percent free to you. Guys come on get off the sidelines and let the world hair what you have to share what we're GonNa talk about. Today is relationships. Marriage loving ledin relationships marriage loving and leader. We just couldn't be clearer in your face about it Because the reality is the reality is domestic. Violence is on the rise. Child abuse is on the rise. One of my clients said in California where they're at police officers. Don't courtesy courtesy stops to anyone who had a domestic violence incident in the last five years because they can't wait for people to call in to report it because right now quarantined and a lot of people spend way more time with people didn't really like completely and those numbers don't go up if men are doing what they should be doing which is loving and leading loving and leaning so there's menu probably know who's in the situation right now share something quite personal because this hurt me hurt me. We had a brother G. And my this is like a slap in the face to all of us. Pastor Tony Rossi. He's a pastor told me was he was in the G. and this brother went to jail for a whole year. Gardy a whole year. Guard this man with to jail for a whole year. Because he found out that the lady he was engaged to as an adult was sleeping with somebody else. She's an adult. She can do whatever she wants with her body. She married in. Oh by. Let's just tell the full truth? And he found that out and he snapped. He didn't hit her anything. He wasn't violent with her but he sent over two thousand inappropriate text messages and they put his behind in jail for Texas Gardy for twitter fingers. He was in the he was in a safe space where he could share his heart. Vet Come two brothers in in in in private and just bent with what was going on but he rather he took things too like many of us he took things into his own hands did what he wants. And it ended up in jail for four year for twitter finger. And I'm not making light of it but I need you guys to think about. How absurd that is. Rife on going to jail. Everybody like for real like everybody died. I'm killing bloodlines. You put me in jail. I going to jail for protests in. I ain't going to jail for Texan Bra if I'm going to jail. I don't know at least a nuclear bomb on the world and they got a lot yup so he went to jail because he couldn't do relationship right now for many of us right and love and lead. Y'All hurt hurt her. Like you in the g you have the connections and you still. You'll behind still ended up in jail for many of us is because we're so afraid to mask off mask off get a little vulnerable. Say What we're going through. Say what we thinking and then allow the the Brotherhood to cement you to your vision to allow the Brotherhood to cement. You to your vision. All right let me read the Bible Verse Drink Warriors. Out of my own cistern and running waters out of their own. Well progress five fifteen. Stop looking around. Y'All stop trying to the over to the neighbors stop trying to take was not your stop trying to covet. Will other people have stopped? Chino Your Lady Stop. You know what I'm saying. Stop all that stuff. Focus on your own sister was yours. Would you can build your vision. Your goals are the corona challenge focused get focused dial in drink warriors out of my own sister in running waters out of line own. Well Fifteen Dr Maya Angelou. The poet laureate said my mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion some compassion some humor and style a repeat that again. Dr Maya Angelou poet laureate said by mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive and to do so with some passion some compassion. Some humor instance style guys. I just wanted to remind you because we all know. Who Dr my Angelo is? And she's telling you how she got there that was her mission so I don't want you guys just barely surviving. You know. Throw that passion into it. So you can thrive throw that compassionate to it so you can help those that you should be helping and laugh at some things keeping good spirits. Us Joy Esther. Strength and be stylish. As you're supposed to be put on the full suit and tie today. I went nowhere. Tony Ross Nowhere till you Jackson look. I haven't even been downstairs today. I'm fast in the kitchen downstairs. Why WOULD I go downstairs? You'll say I could get water from the Faucet upstairs could not. Why WOULD I go downstairs. I ain't no need to go downstairs. They Cook and stuff. It's good mad at everybody. Stay upstairs. They don't need to go down there because you need to do things with passion compassion humor and style. Guys we are GonNa Talk. We're GONNA talk relationships. We're GONNA TALK MARRIAGE WE'RE GONNA talk loving and leading super reported because man to see those reports come in. I have friends. Who are cops? Have a friend of mine in who is An LAPD Lapd police officer. And I'm hearing stories from front lines. And it's this heartening disheartening. You know a lot of parents are not used to being around their children. Children go to school for about eight hours a day for those of us without kids. I just wanted to let you know that children so twenty four hours in the day they sleep eight. They go to school for eight years. You know what I'm saying that sixteen you and around your own children that much and now you have to be with them. Twenty four hours a day. I'll know if everybody got three thousand square feet but everybody plays a big big. You know what I'm saying is three of us at three thousand square feet. I don't have to see my family members if I don't want to yaw but some people not in three thousand square feet and with people that they're not used to being around and violence happens. Side is happens yelling in and the stuff happens and guys we need to get back to doing. Relate since ship relate since I you gotta relate before you ship anything before you go anywhere together. You need to relate and many of us have forgotten how to relate to. Let's just stay on that. First word relate. Are you going out of your way to relate to the people you're connected with right? Now what are they thinking about? What are they nervous about? What are they excited about? Have you asked them within the last twenty four to forty eight hours? That's how you relate every brother own. This call has been on a date so we know what relations take because we were asking questions so that we could relate. What throughout the playbook that worked the same playbook. What's on your mind? And don't talk until they say something really is the right response. That's the right next response to relate. It didn't ask you for your opinion. There was telling you what was on their mind. Just listen my wife. Likes watching the news? We live in a very isolated part of the Greater Seattle area. She likes knowing what's going on because we got people with horses like right over there so we ain't saying win things so she likes to know and what I found was when I go in and watch the news her for seven minutes. It lights up. I'm relating so when she's talking to me about something I'm clueless about is frustrating to me. Because I don't know what she's talking about and his frustrated to her. 'cause I seem like I'm not listening but I spent seven minutes. 'cause you know the news repeats. I don't know if you all know that the news just do this all day long so I go in for Sunday minutes. I catch the whole. Says you've been watching for an hour. Just go for seven minutes. Boom and now we can relate and that makes her happy so she can say. Did you hear about the might? Yeah Babe what did you think about it man? We need to get mass are you. Did you order? Some can't find any that makes her happy Bryan. You I you WANNA conversation started. We wasn't about to get bass but she still wanted to talk about Russell. I talked about it with her. We we're relating so it helps us to connect guy so don't make relationships deep. You trying to go somewhere with people. The ship part. But you ain't even related and they look at you like why. Am I going anywhere with you? We're not relating when people start to break down is the relating part and that's the part that tends to lead the violence. I don't know if you'll ever had to be bothered with another person a have. I'm not proud of it. But in those moments it was because we weren't relating to let's get back to relating we know what it takes. We know what it takes to connect with our children because it's not just domestic violence adults. It's also child abuse people not relating to their kids. Most of the last time your child had to stay in the house. This law they don't even know what this looks like a Bra. I got five brothers weeks in the house. How you can't go outside. Who Does that? I A requirement when my parents moved was a backyard and not not not not what we got. We got like a we got a dog. Run you know so people understand. We got a dog room. We don't have a backyard when my parents move we had to have a back. Yard is five boys. If we can't play baseball in the yard the houses we can't live here. We got to be able to play a full baseball game in the backyard. If that's not if you don't have that my parents get house so stay in the House for children right now and at the top state in the house you say foolish things like you can't play video games for three hours. They like what else am I going to do? You tell them to read books and they look at you like I read everything that we have. We usually go to the library. But guess where? We can't go because it's close to run. They put police tape around all the playgrounds in the Greater Seattle area. They plan they strapped up. I'm like really. You can't even go to the park. They like no. It's not safe social distancing. These children are freaking out. And no one's listening to their heart. One thing that I did with my brothers I There's this new game out animal crossing. It's probably the best selling game for the last fifteen days so I'm like either you buy for your child. I'm a bye for the child but we bought it for your child because it's a game that's immersive so they can spend two three hours a day on top of their schoolwork homework and other learning that they're doing and decompress. Because if you don't think they're going through to they are and what you're missing is that you're the one not relating to them. I have one mother say to me. I don't know why she's acting like that. I'm like she she acton at all that's who she is you just not used to being around her and the MOM wanted to say. I know my child like. Don't give me the Mama Line. Don't give me the Mama your child's school eight hours. The Max you see your child after you come. Home from work is four. You don't know your child. You want to know your child. But you don't know them but their friend that they in school with every class with they might know him so set up some facetime calls with that friend once a day for an hour so that's shocking decompress and making sure some things that they're scared to talk about. What you guys we got to get back to relating. We have to continue to build on these skills. Because I'll know if I could take another nightmare story where somebody's telling me yeah. It was in the G. But I'm going to jail for a whole year because I lost control. Brian was Dale he was sending text messages and they put his behind in jail. I don't know what they said. Let's be real. I don't I. Don't have the transcript. So they put you in jail for sending text messages. What did you say you? What did you say they put your behind in jail so I wanNA make sure that we're clear that you have a space where you can come bring your heart? Even if his event session just call me. Hey be I wanNA vent Brahma. Just listen. I got four brothers. I been listening demand that all my life man. The coach bench me while I was like the practice and you still expected to play. I mean I'll be best player on the team. I was like what does that have to do with leadership. I've been listening to this all my life. It make me judge the person I love all my brothers they. I love all y'all y'all members and if I rather you vet to me and whatever nasty stuff you need to say to get it off your chest. Were you ever go to jail for sending text messages or losing control or for dismantling your family? Let's be better men than that. Let's be more mature and less leads. Stage five all the way press towards that. Now let's talk marriage because a lot of y'all are married and you're not maximizing this time with your significant other maximize time like one of the things being Russia did and I mean it. It really shifted Just the years we've been together like we put on a playlist. We had a crazy love by van. Morrison Sara Smile by Boney. James Guardians probably grow folk music. You're saying are you looking at me like who I love and happiness by Al Green and we just slow dancing are. Pj's y'all lean get dressed up. We just slow danced and just connected because we can't go out right now and my wife was like you know after we finished our set you put on smooth rock from the eighties nineties today. Mama loved that music. You put that on everything writing your home and we just slow dance as she said you know what we need to go out dancing. All this is over. Tasha though like leaving the house. Y'All Tosh ously twelve hours. A day is only twenty four hours a day brushing asleep twelve. So when she say that. I'm like Oh this work work as just that. We're relating connecting so guys don't miss this opportunity intermarriage to do things that matter one of the things that. I said to my wife on Saturday. I said since we can't go to get our weekly biweekly massages. I'm GONNA give you an Iou massage so you just give it to me. And then I'll schedule it and I'll give you our massage like as if you went to the people you know if you went to your masseuse. She cashed it in. I gave her a massage. Guys what can you do right now. You should be doing to enhance your marriage. What has this opportunity. Been for your marriage that you might never get again. One of the things I love. Is I love my wife at home so I'm scheming on on on big bag. Take Little Bank scheming scheming. 'cause I love see my wife at home. She's just a different person. She's more beautiful when she goes out. There and deals with the world comes back to the home year. Let's just say she bring all that shotgun with her. You know what I'm saying and I agree to the front door. Tashi so much she liked l. Like I'll see you at our. I am not get his shot like whoever you had the Fed off out there I get it but I don't want that spoke and that's just the reality guys so I'm seeing something that I see is pleasing to me and to my family. So I'm I'm I'm on the hunt to make this a reality. I love having my wife at home if you if you on the opposite spectrum you like. I don't love having my wife at home. I don't love having my significant other home. What's going on. Why why is the person you chose slow horrible for your life? I didn't choose them for you. I don't think you are in the arranged marriage situation. Most of us aren't so why is it not lovely for you and your castle in your home. Think about that guys because I want to hear some comments. If you feeling like man I don't really WanNa be around my significant other right now and guys let me give you perspective so people significant others are on the front lines in hospital systems helping turn back to tie of Kobe. Nineteen so some people have seen their significant other in a month. And they worried. Nurses doctors are contracting these diseases as well. Let's take him out so some people don't even have the luxury of being around their significant other every day. So if you don't like being around your significant other right now when when when we opened things up let's talk. Let's let's get to some things. So perspective can change and you can get to the purpose of this call which is love and to lead to love Mike. Everything we talked about requires one thing love but to sustain LAWF- need leadership. There's no way to say to sustain love without leadership if you disagree with me dropping them because I'll wait. How do you sustain love without leadership cow and a lot of us? We we tell people I love you. But we won't tell them I'll lead you some of our love you to somebody every single day but when was the last time you said I will lead you? We are in a pandemic crisis. The world has never seen you think people need to feel loved right now but they need to see leadership right now. What you think people want. Because I'm not asking people's permission to lead them had a coaching call. I said to the guy any environment you show up in any environment. I went to Costco. People was all tight. You know talking about football seahawks. I was like sixty. I just put the Bass Voice. Everybody was like ooh. You don't work here now. Brana worker. I'm here to shop. You always to close. They like May Brian Plane. I get sick go to Costco. 'cause y'all do the right thing. I'm a leader and if I see foolishness on my post I'm stepping in incorrect in it. I don't care who you are and trust me probably still can fight. I don't want to bring probably still can so I if I have to destroy you to set order I'm burning it now and many of us only WanNa love people so we end the huddle in the cove in nineteen a moment talking about seahawks football bra. Who Cares about the NFL? Take care of your own health so you can take care of those who need you to lead. But I was watching all these older people not caring because it really hasn't hit the place that we're in super hard and that's the mindset wise out of control right now because no one wants to lead and guys. I want you to understand all categories. You talked about relationships. Marriage requires love and leadership. More importantly double underlined leadership. Because if you are dropping the ball on your leadership you're hurting people in this season more than you know. And they're not going to tell you that you're hurting them because they're waiting for things to go back to normal. Y'All better listen to this word. You normal so might Nelson tells you read the book. Who moved my cheese? Brom tell you Mike Nelson is a wise man so he says something and puts it out. I'm about to go downstairs to my library and reread the book. Who moved my cheese tonight? I don't know if I read as fast as might get it done in twenty minutes but I got an hour because it's a small book but we need to remember that. Sometimes you get into cheese you get in the baking you have found your golden goose and somebody moves it. Used to be the top of your industry bro. You Ain't been the work L. Say some of US have been the work wherever we work physically in person for two three weeks. Somebody is moving your cheese and the problem is you're not going to prepare for what's coming the new normal and if you're not ready to lead you bought to get bombed in a way you might not recover from to get back to relating. I needed to get back to if you are married. Nurture that they work on that thing. I didn't ask because it might be harbored. I don't know if people have girlfriends that you haven't seen him in a while you know saying Significant other because y'all coveted up. You can't see them in a while. I don't know what s so if you WANNA share bent share as well but guys we need to get back to loving and double underlying leaving because without your leadership. There's people who are going to die on your watch. I have stories have stories of people not banning their significant other from going to work. Who now can't see their significant other because their significant others in the hospital and Bro. You can't visit right now. And they own arrest the respirator. They can't call you. So you distressing so you call it me and I listen. I don't judge them but I heard him when he said Bernard. We don't need the money and my wife loves her job so. I told her she can go. She asked me. Do you think I should stop going? They asked us the other day. If we want to stay home he can stay home. But what will I do at home? So she went and in three days. She was in the hospital. He has seen his wife his significant other in a while so I check him every day just to take the pulse and some days. They'll I really thought he was suicidal. He was just at that breaking point he has seen a other. They have kids. It's scary moment for him. Like I said there's no 'cause she is quarantined. They took her stuff. She probably don't even have cell phone and many of us. Let's be real. We don't even know Home phone number if you have a house phone and cell phone we just hit the name so when I say he is. He is shaken up. This brother is shaking up. Every time I talked to him I go give Tasha big hug. She's like what what was that for. I maybe I'm GonNa love you and I'm GonNa lead you through this. I put my whole family fast. I asked them what thing that was. Resistant let's be real. You tell if you didn't know American black woman you tell black people that they eat all pray for me. That is not a conversation that goes down smooth like I told you. I'm I'm a leader is what I said one or two things that can happen either. You can choose to pass on to throw all the food out in the house because I'm fascinated by how you want to do this and every time you go buy groceries. I'm throw it away how you WanNa do this. You can't go out to eat all the restaurants close. This is an easy win for me. So they chose the fast and because they humble themselves. I was like y'all can have one meal a day when they did that. Nasa Yawkey have two meals a day or restricted hours only between five and seven in the morning at five and seven at night. I'm a leader. Y'All and this ain't no Thandi beginning fat and obese because that's GonNa compromise your immune system just like everything else and I know that. I'm not just fascinating for spiritual reasons. Only that's part of it. Well I'm spokes fasting for practical reasons as well. Our energy use is down but you use the same three meals a day. That's stupid and it was a part of this coaching community. We had a call that was challenging. But it's true they said because we're not calling people stupid anymore. People are not people are are continuing to do stupid things. Instead of saying man I will never be seen as stupid again and doing the right thing. We used to call people stupid but now we got politically correct so nobody has heard that there were stupid years and look at the state of the world in. Brahm calling people stupid in my house. I'm calling people stupid in my life. I'm calling people stupid in my community if you use something stupidest stupid. I'm not I'm not going to spin it so you feel good. Broader jail for Taksin is stupid penal. Wait this man had kids. I forgot to say that. So you choose in the fiance over Your Own Children U. Treatment I got no children are no better. You super trip it. But that's what happens when we lose control. That's what happened when we don't love and lead. That's what happened when we don't relate in relationships and that's what happens when we don't nurture our marriages and guys as men. We need to get back to being the leaders. We were called to be and loving way that most needle now when we open the call up. Share your heart As clearly heard I shared mines. And just let me know what's going on in in your communities what's going on because look if domestic bonds is on the rise. This is a nationwide thing. This is not just pockets of the country of child abuse. Rice is not just pockets of the countries it's countrywide thing and if people are not loving and being led again that's a nationwide thing probably even worldwide thing in China. Someone asked me it was like right. This virus started in China. How come no other major? Chinese CDs was impacted. Brunt Yorkers in crisis crisis and someone said to be Bernard. Have you ever been to China now? I lived in China for a few years. He was Louis. Start with this. China is not a democracy. They're not asking your permission to do. What's best for you? So when they say lockdown. Either you'RE GONNA be locked down locked up or shot any questions. Would they say stay home? You either go stay home. Be locked up or shot. I'm like Oh that's an easy decision. Stay Ma Behind in the house and because we have all this freedom what we're seeing is rampant stupidity rampant stupidity. I'M GONNA call that spade a spade. Every time it comes up the deck. Our guys the call open tells. What's on your heart? Tell us if your marriage is on the wrong end of the see-saw let's go hand telling now that was by accident but I do have a question for Hanoi. What is leadership from your point of view Do you sit down and talk with Tasha before you. I mean if it's a major move or you just leave and go from now on practice in this thing and for for many of you will be foreign because it's hard. It's really hard it's hard. It's one of the hardest things I've ever done. I believe in the create I believe in a higher power so I believe any conversation that I have period that in that conversation I need to be humble enough to hear the voice of God any conversation I have. I need to be humble enough that I hear the Voice of God. In my book of faith the word says somebody whose job was to listen to the Voice of God or Prophet could hear the Voice of God so God made a donkey awhile. Animal ass to the ASS since he could hear from God and I don't want to ever be asked I don't ever want to hear a dog talked to 'cause that's go freak me out you don't have been through some things with an animal start talking to me. Bron bought just checked myself into the situation. Just put me into white coat. Let me hug myself. I'm confused so in my heart. Tony every conversation needs to be humble enough to hear the voice of God like I heard my wife saying man myself curious down. Because I can't go get my massages so I was humble enough to hear. The Voice of God Latasha needs her. Brian Care no nothing about the massage. I'm just looking at all the money I'm saving you know I'm a man. She's lady so I was humbled enough to hear the voice of God. Tj So I said baby here's A. I. O. U. Anytime you give this back to me. That means we schedule a massage. And I'm a do my best to be as professional and as great as your masseuse so Tj for me leadership is I being aligned with the Creator and then secondly being open to wherever God is pushing me on something you told me to share on the car. T. J. Part of tons of business communities one business community here in Seattle Would like we were the first hit by everything. Seattle is not big. There's eight million people in New York City. There's eight million people in Washington State Bronwyn big. I'm saying we got that many people to be afraid. You know what I'm saying. So this business community was like when the government opens up these loans for businesses. They're gonNA give it to us first because Seattle was ground zero. We were the first place hit. We were the first place someone died from Kobe. Kobe nineteen so they walked us through the application process. They walked us through all the processes for. I'm already approved for government funding. Because I was around people and I was humbled enough to hear the what I could have said. Bronco need the money because I know but I'm humble enough in every conversation to hear the voice of God and if I can be led I can be a leader if I can be lead. I could be leader and because I can be lead. I'm humbled enough to hear the voice of God in every conversation. I'm now quipped to lead when I would. It's my turn to speak and that's what leadership looks like for you. So in Tasha brings me an idea. I just humble myself or write it down and I like Whitman. Say that the final say is up to them and I don't speak with that arrogance because your wife can walk out that door. That's a fact and a lot of men speak with that kind of arrogance and they think authority. It's not it's arrogance. The reason I have the final say is because my leadership track record stellar but it wasn't always and as my leadership track record grew raw goat's my wife and say you fast and it's not yes. She is pissed he liked man but my leadership track record. So if I tell my wife the fast is going to be like a day I'm like I'm fast forty. Not because I'm better than her but I'm call to lead her so in me. She needs to see strip that maybe she doesn't have in Michigan. See stability that in a moment. She might be shaky and I think that's the leadership we have avoided because we're afraid to call a spate of spayed and called stupid stupid and to love and lean and teacher. I believe it's in every last man on this call or you wouldn't be consistently investing in yourself in a community like this one and because we hear people say I don't want to or I don't have to one of the dumbest things I've heard. Will you agree or disagree? Is that you can lead a horse to water. But you can't make it drink. I remember being in the military airborne school. They're teaching you the jump out of a perfectly good airplane for no reason except that they wanted to know how to do it when it's time to do it if ever you need to do it and everybody's afraid everybody. Even the season veterans are afraid. People break their legs their backs. People die all the time and you know how you lead a horse to water you get it to drink. I was told he was like you. Drown it because before it dies is gonNA drink water. That's what drowning is is like. You know how you get scared people to jump out of perfectly good airplanes you push and after they finish the first one. They realized they didn't die and many of us are forgetting the party. Leadership is pushing people to higher levels. What would happen if no one was in your life to push you through this coaching community through other communities you belong to where you be right now? Where would you be without the people who have pushed you into your next level of greatness? Where would you be without the things that challenge your faith to grow your faith to be stronger than your fair? You probably still be on the sidelines to this day and more than anything right now. What we need is people who can love lead not just love a lot of people love you but how many people in this season has chosen to lead you. And that's what we're after. Y'All were after a space where we can love people and lead them and if love and working just leadership because in your leadership they will see love.
Stranger In My House
"Wrong again what's that. What's that everybody ashley here. Thank you again for joining me for another episode of love me now. This one right here this right here. This was all the beautiful black women out there. All right today's episode is called stranger in my house. We're going to talk about. What imposter syndrome is what it looks like and tools that can use to flip the script to get rid of this past many of you may be able to relate to aspects of what i'm saying in this episode as well not just black women however i say it what i said so imposter syndrome. What is it if you listen to the previous episode called quarantine conversations self talk. We know that it could be self doubt or feeling like a fraud. Not in a sense that we've done anything wrong. But in a sense of us not feeling deserving of compliments that we've worked hard to achieve or questioning our worthiness people in all walks of life have felt this worldly scholars mothers women in the military partners lawyers sisters doctors. And even every one of us between while bay bay. Let me tell you something. If you've ever experienced this you're not alone. Let's take a deeper dive into it. I didn't even know that. There is a valid way to describe how is feeling it was imposter syndrome all along. I'm still battling this each day. Whether it's when i record these episodes and it feels like the very first one and i think no one's going to listen to it anyway. Or why would anyone listen to me. I've never went through anything when these statements are furthest from the truth to prove it. Listen as up so right now. We all have our experiences in battles that we worked through and successes that we've attained is not luck. No izhar work impatience taking a one day time and making these plans and even manifesting many these accomplishments into existence. You are where you are for a reason a you don't have to prove yourself. Oh no like i said. I never knew imposter syndrome existed. Until i started reading more articles about people that i look up to like tracy ellis ross. I read about her getting dropped from an agent early on her career and then she began self doubting. She eventually came to the conclusion that people will say and feel many things. That wasn't the end all be all and it didn't stop her. Happiness or bliss. Those opinions didn't matter. She went on life and started her journey of personal growth. She told vibe magazine in an interview that she unconsciously set really clear intentions of what she wanted for her career. And to me she was gonna be fabulous and girlfriends and yeas workout plan video and she continues to exude her light and fabulous social media. Tit his day is black women -ociety. We often feel like we have to prove ourselves from the moment. We walk out of our homes and workplaces stores and even get a seat at the table as viola. Davis mentioned in the friends for franklin is located. Be vulnerable and let people in or let yourself in. Just be you love on you. I know it's hard sometimes but you did it. You're doing it. Celebrate yourself with imposter syndrome. It gets easy to believe the lies both our brain society. Tell us this doesn't have to be the case. So how about. We look at tools to help get us out of that. Autopilot mindset. One way we start doing that is to watch the thought versus engaging it meaning to just let it flow without resisting and going into this automatic questioning of. Do i deserve this instead. let's ask ourselves. Does this thought of self doubt helped me or hinder me. This can help reframe our mindset and continued to achieve our next goal or celebrate. Ourself speaking of reframing our thoughts this can help us when we work in teams now. Look i'm sure many of us myself included wanna be perfectionist when getting things done when we don't know something. We researched the hell out of how to do it. Which takes more time than just asking for help from our team. Yes i know. I mentioned before in self-talk we're own team. But that's when we're alone. Here's where we switch lanes while in the driver's seat it's okay to ask for help not just few humility but it helps with our growth. We're more open. Not asking for help on a team can make whatever you're trying to accomplish take longer in the grand scheme like i mentioned as many. Y'all know back in the day. I had pry bigger than my head. And if you know me you know my his big ammo proud as it inside my head so long thinking about how to do something. It wastes time also with being inside my head like that. I only get one point of view a very recently. I've been coming to a better understanding of this by talking to someone else about how we're feeling you be surprised to learn that you're not the only one and that by talking to someone else it helps you to get a different perspective or they can give you some clarity of your own thoughts. Who don't get also remember how far you've come. We not the same people. We were years ago whether they be a year ago. Five or even ten years ago. We're always growing like grass or the trees around us so this brings us to the next approach. Be kind to yourself. Don't rewind backtrack to the what ifs. That's not serving you right now. Baby girl laura hill said. Don't be a hard rock when you really are a gem like your gem your price list just get whatever needs you have met like if you're studying and one way you study doesn't work try another try one that makes you less anxious and question yourself less take breaks if you need to very short breaks but let yourself reset or even when you're caring for others take time for yourself to regroup us productive self talk you doing the best you can because you are remind ourselves of our achievements create that type of space for yourself. You're not alone when it comes to how you think maya angelou an amazing woman who many prestigious awards and an author to numerous books that we've read. She too suffered from imposter syndrome. See said and i quote. Oh they're gonna find out now. I've run game on everybody and they're gonna find me out. Well we did find out. We found out that she's talented. And she charmed us with her vulnerability and honesty in her many works. So what amazing things. Will we find out about ourselves. Let's recognize who we are and that we are deserving you are worthy you are capable and you got talent. Y'all let me know how you've experienced some concert syndrome in your life or how you've overcome it in the comments of the stranger in my house post on at the art of actually with underscores inbetween each word. I repeat on at the underscore underscore of under ashley s. h. l. e. y. Thank you again for joining me on this tuesday. Don't forget to join me again with new episodes every tuesday. Give yourself the roses while you can still smell or cupcakes. Why y'all know what it is. Because i love me do you love you.
BENEFITS OF SINGING FOR ALL WOMEN PODCAST, WOMEN'S MENTAL HEALTH PODCAST, STRESS RELIEF PODCAST
"You're listening to work at mommy where the goal is for all women to be the best versions of ourselves at is. If you are a single woman may be. You're a teen. Maybe your mom. Maybe your grandma. The goal here is for all of us would be the best version of ourselves and of course if you happen to be a mom be the best mom ever emmy tenure sandy while we do it out. This one is going to be a really fun episode especially for me. I have to say guys. This one might be a little bit of a selfish episode because little known facts. I have -solutely love singing. Here's another little long a known fact. I actually cannot sing. Okay so i do not have the voice. The vote goals are does not their voices. Low raspy as you guys probably heard if you're listening to this podcast and if you have been enduring all my rast thank you so much. No it is not easy but anyway i've always liked idea of knowing more about seeing. I really wish that that was something that i could have pursued. You know and really gotten into so today. I'm actually going to be speaking with shana. Silver hi sean. Thank you so much for being here today. Hi thanks for having me. Yes and he is basically going to tell us some things that we can do to kind of embracing even if we're not professional singers and i feel like every woman we have those moments we wanna saying. You know so. On the first question i have for you is how is seeing beneficial for all women. Even if they're not familiar with singing. Yeah so i really identified so much that you said Because many of my students say the exact same thing when they come to me so my belief is that singing is for. Everyone might believe that we were given a voice. And there's there's a reason why we're giving a voice nesn everyone can learn how to use it so even if it doesn't come naturally to There are ways to learn their techniques to try. And you know what singing does most of all is very. It's an emotional release hadn't so so many people Don't even realize that they have that need until they start at right. So i've started these lessons with some of my adult students and to stephen go through this emotional process where they're able to express themselves in this way for the first time is really amazing. So it's it's a tool for expression. And i think that that's how it really benefits. Everybody while that is incredible you know. I think that's the reason why i want to do. It's so bad you know. Probably why so upset. When i hear like every now and then i'll like record myself and my phone really don't have sounded good like it's good when i was doing it but i know that i want to see is when i'm going through something so the fact that you're talking about the emotional connection i'll often even watch videos and things like that it's just a very freeing thing you know for me so So now your voice coach right so some things that you first of all keep. Give me this down on your website. I remember taking a look. And we're gonna take an in-depth look in a little bit. But i believe you said you are a soprano. Is that right. yes yes i am. Spread okay now. What does that actually mean. So this show you how little i know about like voice so so many people have the same exact question so i am a soprano which is the highest voice type so the tapes are gordon. Two categories In so the lowest is a base. I mean there's subsets of these but let's say in general. The lowest is a base male. Voice amena tenure and mezzo-soprano and then a soprano so i have a higher higher rain. A higher pitched voice. Okay okay so that makes thank you for going through those because always i should just look it up but what i wanted to what that means. Now i feel like somehow that i am actually on the lower and i have to get with you and actually do a connotation his own that would be so fun but Okay so what does the voice coach do. And what are the benefits of a woman seeking out. We talked about the emotional part of it. But what other benefits are there so you know especially if you never if you've never sung before he definitely needs to know where to start and so there's i really call myself. It's a voice teacher and there is differences in What we have to start with is basics. Like posture right. So even things like that. So i'm gonna teach posture alignment making sure everything's lined up here. I'm gonna talk about breathing. Which is beneficial for so many things. So i mean. I go on that for days because of the things that it helps me with after c. section in all of that right so there's all of this kind of Importance on breathing. So i really do is help people technically. That's the first part of what i do. And then the second part is more of that artistic vision. So that's where i'm going to get into. Why did you pick the song. What is the song. Means you What is this character trying to say. And then we kind of dive into the expressive part of things. Wow wow so. People really are going to learn a lot about themselves. posture now. That's the nets interesting for me. And now that you mention. I do see that the singers who really saying they do have that certain posture. You know the way they stand they kind of have stance that they do. So wow so you really you really do know your stuff so tell me a little bit about your patient than in Singing and everything. Yeah so i Started singing her real in high school. i played. I played the flute in my band. Seizure hurt get saying then. I started singing and then kind of took that and i am going to two different universities for singing. The first one i went through it wasn't really ready for school going But i had amazing teachers. They're fantastic Coaches teachers we had to learn the basics of things like piano unbearable in a like right now. But i can. I can help my students enough. I know enough to help students get by. I grew up would appear on my house. can't play league. I get it. But i did have to take the bus as it turns out. We do things like music. History things like After winter a bit of a transition in my life. I tried it distorted over and so then i went to university of cincinnati conservatory of music. Thousand extremely competitive and very very negative program were really add. Intense instruction And then. I decided that. I wasn't going to sing. O i just thought i had all this training and i was just like no. Don't wanna do it. And i walked away for a really long time And then had a major life teen and decided. What am i doing like what's happening. I need to sing right now. And so after many years. I looked up. Some teachers and i was in at this point and look up some teachers in boston. That's references from people that i trusted dove right back in into hardcore private lessons and private coaching and all that so i have had a lot. I've done a lot of studying. It just didn't really take all the traditional pats and that's why i think that students Appreciate my style. I looked and i lived a life. It's not just you know. I'm not preparing people to go to major conservatories. I'm helping people find their voice in. Yeah so i mean. I have friends that are teaching on a very different level. I am but my my goal is really just to help. You will find their voice and everyone has learned. That is beautiful. I really i mean. I'm so intrigued by this. You have no idea. I'm like this is awesome. That's great because you know you kind of been through. You know some of the things that some of your especially adult students you may have gone through. Maybe they want to seeing. Didn't work out or you know things like already got discouraged. You you know so. You can really kind of helped them on that journey. Wow so Of course you mentioned that you do have some adults that you teach. But i believe teach to retirement as well so how did official is singing for kids. It's also so my students rate outrage from five years old to in their sixties seniors that are retired. It's awesome it is awesome. It's my my favorite thing is how different by students are. I just love it. i'm so the children. You know my five year olds to obviously you know. We're not gonna learn major works. You know we're we're going to have fun right and so a lot of my very little kids so five six seven They will learn songs you know and sometimes i teach them songs saying back and forth. Sometimes they write their own. I'm batsman really fun to have these little kids like makeup. Their song that day you know so. I talked to them about basics like okay. Let's stand up straight out of we take a nice deep breath. We do that It it's awesome then when we get into my leg more like tweens. Eleven twelve thirteen. This is like the best competence boost for these people. We remember where women so we remember that not so awesome time for you know at so singing lake singing just boost self esteem like like. You wouldn't believe you know it. It gives an enduring cova especially it's giving people and especially this age of kids like this creative release that some of them might not have had otherwise while. That's that's really. I can definitely see that. I mean You know just sometimes we Play our little songs from j. W dot oregon. The girls are just having so much fun singing and of course they're really toddlers so they're finding their boy beings getting hey. Mommy still ain't found her jet either so it's not bad work in progress so we just do our thing you know and it's just so much fun to see them express themselves like that and just brings a lot of happiness so What what made you talk a little bit about your path that you kind of went to school and kind of had some transitions what what made you really want to become a actual teacher in the capacity. What you're doing now. Yeah yeah so. That was a big step for me to take I've had lots of different careers. And i did a lot of different things and like especially after rediscovered. My voice Do work and then i would you do all the singing aside from work And all along. I wanted to just singing and teaching it to be my job because in my previous jobs i have always been a coach or a mentor of something. So i I lead into cosmetics for clinic. I lead teams. So i mentored and coached and every job i had was mentoring and coaching. And i just didn't really believe in myself enough to believe that. I could teach saying so. It's i had to overcome a lot of struggled to realize the i'd definitely can teach singing. I after i will knowledge to share and so it just kind of was that that leap that people take you know and i had a baby. So she's eighteen months now and it was like kovin hit and i was just like i had already been thinking about doing it and i just decided dive in just and the responses men like i just feel very blessed. I don't know. I just feel extremely like i never could have imagined how blessed i would feel. That is incredible. Kudos to you you know just having a baby and everything and then he just decided i'm going to go ahead and do this right now and i feel like that's what a lot of women are doing right now in kobe. It's like how. Can i make my own career. Wave home at our babies. You know without having to worry about all this extra stuff though. Kudos for you to you. Bridges ask the ivan near saying. I'm going to do something different and you you've been to school. There's people out there teaching. They haven't been to school school for music definite. Louis i have the credentials Okay so now. Why don't we go ahead and we're going to take a journey over to shahnawaz website guys and We are even going to is going to get really fun because I did see the clip of you singing on your website. And i thought that was just awesome. So i'm going to see if i can actually make sure that this goes through today Away so we are here on shawna's website guys on lucas dot com and Right now i'm on The page That has been listen and watch and so you have is song on here. Called the birds succeeds him about this song. Yeah this is a so that is what is called an art song And so i am classical singer. Which means i focused on Opera mostly But there's things like very different genres within classical music and so the bird isn't this beautiful art song About how music How music is founded nature. I guess is the best way to describe it. And this is a a lot of the songs that i sing are not in english But the bird is. It's a beautiful english art song. And i was just very touched by relieve the the piano part of it the piano is really kind of echoing the birdsong and i just just flipped it. Wow okay that's beautiful wall. Let's go ahead take a listen guys. And Who okay. Guys that was beautiful. I mean you really really do have a beautiful voice. I always say and again me as a layman who doesn't actually know anything but i know this anybody who can come in on a high note like that like like the song you know. I don't know how to describe what you start with. The high in any goes to the low. Whatever that's called that's when you know. The person has a real talent guide. So you did that like five ten fifteen times in this song. That right there is is just incredible so It looks like from these pictures that you've done some performing on stage as well. Yeah yeah definitely In thank you for it's always. It's never easy to listen to yourself no matter what i was like okay So what is your students. Do like you never really get over it. You know But yes i've done some performing for sure The i i've done recitals. So the top is very different. Hair styles you find that a lot with me very different genres of my life. But so that's a recital where it's just me on stage with a pianist and we go through many songs. This underneath isn't opera workshop. Production of Fledermaus okay and so. I was singing in that one In this year. I work with an opera company here in maine And so that's me and my co director doing a from nuts so very cool very cool yay just very very nice devon then of course guys. There's a video here. that kind of just. You're giving just kind of information on yourself and everything in this video on. That's on youtube as well so Definitely guys go ahead and check out shanas website. You can see her resume right there on her website which is nice she shares. All you know amazing things that she's been a part of our training and everything And then you have their Tabar about your vocal studio. So i know you probably offer like some different packages and everything but just listeners. For those who might be interested what are like of the main to Packages or services that you offer people built. Yeah i'm love. us that actually didn't really put it on there. Because i didn't know what was going on how this would evolve non but most of my students right now are private which means they get a one on one lesson with me. I teach in thirty minutes. Forty five minutes and fifty five minute segments okay. So a lot of private lessons. The other thing That just happened. I wasn't necessarily planning on doing but it happened in. It's been amazing. Is i work with two groups of homeschool kids. And so the the leaders of the homeschool kind of we kinda started talking back and forth and we created this thing together. So what i do is offer masterclasses. And that's not something i made up. That's something that we do as classical singers. You'll have a teacher come in and you saying and then the teacher basically gives you a mini lesson in front of everybody was gonna be nerve wracking but it's awesome. So that's what we do. So what how. It works is I perform in the beginning of the classic to expose the kids and some adults are in it. Actually expose the kids to different types of opera different languages different genres and then three of them perform in the class that day. And so i do a mini lesson like fifteen minutes segment with each of the students and then they rotate so this has been kind of on like a semester level and so that's something i am extremely open to continuing Because i think it's a very affordable way for students to participate as well as It's just very amazing ticket to work with groups like that. It's just been great That's amazing so the kids who are participating in that program. It's through those Home schools. it's not just that particularly action isn't open just to anybody. It would have to go through a private with you or yeah but you know. That's that's how this one started. And i loved that because they were able to kind of handle some of the assigning that can take care of those tasks but i don't think that there is. There's nothing stopping me. For necessarily wanting to explore more options. I see okay. So that is a i think. That's just been a really great saying. And i love to talk to more people about it. Wow that's that's great. that's great. Those are some great options Guys oh definitely you know. It sounds like if you're part of one of those groups or come with the idea of your own group and make something happen Now the other thing that i wanted to show you guys is shawna's instagram. So it's sean. I'm lucas vocal studio on instagram. And i definitely recommend Connecting with her there. Because i have say. I really like her instagram you Share these encouraging. Things like this one you have. Is maya angelou quote it's Words mean more than what is set down on paper work it takes the human voice to infuse them with deeper meaning. And that's certainly. What song does you know when you hang. You're taking those words in your pudding. Actual emotion to those is just so incredible. So those are the type of tidbits that you will get on shanas instagram page. If you follow her so definitely if you feel like this is something up your alley go ahead and give her follow So i guess that's pretty much you answer so many of my questions today But i guess the last thing that i would ask you is what would you say to someone who really may be bills kind of down about their voice. You know kind of talked about that a little bit before. Then i i just. I really don't like the way i sound. Is there anything that you'd maybe said to some of your students at they found to be really encouraging absolutely and so many people Feel that way. And actually i know all singers feel that way professional singers. Feel that way sometimes But yeah to to them. One thing i say is that your voices really not even for you because rates you don't share the way sounds away other people here sound. It's impossible such as part of the the way it happens in the physics of it. You can't hear what we care but it's a it's to give right the voices to give and so when you stop thinking so much about what it sounds like you. You don't like about it anew. Think about what you're giving and what the music means you're able to get to a very different level And it's also Like i've said with some of my adults there's been very emotional things that have happened when we kind of dig a little bit deeper as to why you know why they don't like it and sometimes someone said they sing stuck with them. There's all those things. So i i know for a fact that everyone can sing And that the journeys different for everybody. But i'm very convinced that the benefits of doing it outweigh anything any stress or anything else. That might come of. It is the benefits you hit our sore fit for sure. Wow that was very encouraging for sure. I love that everybody can sing. Okay i'm gonna stick with that. I love it. I love it all right guys though. I wanna thank you so much for listening to this episode. I also wanna thank you. Shanna for being an today sharing this very encouraging uplifting information would certainly made me feel better about myself so i appreciate that and i'm sure the listeners do to thank you so much for how do i really really appreciate it right ladies. Thank you so much for listening to work. Mommy a great day and we'll see you in the next episode.