Yesterday the legendary Maya Angelou passed away at the age of 86. She was best known for her novel I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which is just as much a literature classic as it is an African American literature classic, so much so that Maya Angelou’s novel became a staple in high school English curriculums all over the country. Maya Angelou was revered as one of the strongest and most influential voices within the Black community, becoming a representative of the African American literature and the entire Black community in general. In the literature world, Maya Angelou was among the most respected writers of the last century and was seen by many as a pioneer in modern African American literature. Her poetry and her writing in general will forever remain as some of the best work in American literature.
Personally, I have always respected her work and I see her as one of the bet role models in modern literature. She had a unique and memorable voice, while also being able to resonate with so many readers, which is hard to do. Like so many others, I applaud and admire Maya Angelou for everything she was able to accomplish during her lifetime. I’m glad she has at least left us with her writing and a piece of her wisdom. I’m sure she will never be forgotten thanks to her work and I’m just grateful to have witnessed her legacy, but, then again, writers never die.
Christina Aguilera is undoubtedly among my favorite singers of all time and she very well may hold that top spot. I’ve been listening to her music since I was in elementary school and her first single “Genie in a Bottle” came out. Of course, it was the hype of the pop music phase that got me hooked on Christina, but I was soon captivated by her unbelievable talent and her ability to inspire others. Once Christina got more control of her song choices, her music evolved with the purpose of inspiring and uplifting her listeners, most definitely including women. “Fighter,” “Can’t Hold Us Down,” and “Beautiful” are just some of her songs that show how positive her music can be. Yes, there are some risque songs and a few that flow back to her pop roots, but, for the most part, I can greatly relate to her music, which is why she continues to be one of the women I look up to most. Say what you want about Christina, but there’s no denying her positive message, you can’t overlook her blessed vocal chords, and she never had a mental breakdown that ended in her freaking out in front of countless cameras. So, in honor of Christina’s birthday today, I wanted to share her video “The Voice Within” with you all. Enjoy!
I had certainly been missing the sound of Asher’s verses coming through my headphones, so naturally I gave Greenhouse Effect Vol. 2 a good listen once my brother told me about it and I must say Asher Roth did not disappoint. Somehow he manages to still hang on to his witty sense of humor and crazy talk, while still being a positive influence for his audience. “Females Welcome” is just one of many tracks on the MC’s latest mixtape and I am loving it. Look past the modern, youthful language and my fellow females can definitely learn something about what being a real woman means.
Monday night, NBC’s The Voice kicked off its battle rounds and the episode ended with one of the best battles I think the show has ever had. Powerhouses Judith Hill and Karina Iglesias went head to head using their voices in their own rendition of James Brown’s infamous “It’s a Man’s World.” Honestly, their performance gave me chills and stirred so many emotions within me. That is a tough song to sing and it is one of my favorites, so I had very high expectations that both women surpassed. I love seeing purely good talent and those two women exhibited that on top of their sheer strength and power. Needless to say, I loved the performance and had to share it with you all. Enjoy!