Oct 20, 2014
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Posts tagged: Alvin Ailey

Miss Calypso: Maya Angelou’s Caribbean Roots

Words by Iscious—

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Maya Angelou, the world-renowned author, poet and activist, died today at the age of 86. She was best known for her landmark 1969 memoir I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which described in brilliant lyrical fashion her upbringing in the Jim Crow South. Angelou would go on to write six more books about her life, along with dozens of poems and essays. Her vivid prose centered on themes of the African-American family, black women, poverty, and racial discrimination. A perhaps lesser-known chapter in Maya Angelou’s illustrious career is her musical endeavors, which included a brief but notable foray into calypso. Even lesser known are her own Caribbean roots.

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Modern Dance…Hall Queen: Tobago’s Lindsay Hall Wines Di Best

Words by Emily Shapiro, Photos and Video by Terence Thomas—

While we’ve found lots of reasons to explore Trinidad, we haven’t had as many opportunities to spotlight it’s smaller sister island, Tobago. So when we met our super talented Tobagonian friend and Large Up supporter, dancer Lindsay Hall, we jumped at the chance to learn more about her and the culture on the island in which she was raised.

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