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GOOGLE HONORS DR. MAYA ANGELOU ON HER 90TH BIRTHDAY WITH DOODLE AND VIDEO FEATURING THE VOICES OF OPRAH WINFREY, ALICIA KEYS, LAVERNE COX & MORE

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“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.”

-Dr. Maya Angelou

In a life rich with experiences and stories, author, poet, memoirist, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou touched the lives of millions around the globe through her teachings, her writings, her voice, and her actions.

Born Marguerite Annie Johnson in 1928, her incredible story began with tragedy when a sexual assault at the age of seven rendered her mute for five years. During those years, however, books and poetry became her solace and constant companions, eventually helping her find her voice again to embark upon an intellectual and creative journey that defies description.

In her her teens and early adult life Dr. Angelou saw more experiences than many do in a lifetime: from motherhood, to becoming San Francisco’s first female and black streetcar conductor, to touring the world as a cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess — all while mastering several languages. She sang and danced in professional cabarets, worked as a journalist in Africa, and became one of the most prominent civil rights activists of her generation.

The success of her first book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” in 1969 brought her mainstream attention as an author. Six other autobiographical works followed, in addition to poetry, children’s literature, and non-fiction (even cookbooks!).

Through her works, Dr. Angelou gave a voice to millions. She championed women’s rights and gender equality. She redefined black beauty and celebrated African-American oral traditions. She advocated against war and campaigned for universal peace.

She was also the recipient of numerous honors during her lifetime. She became the first poet to make an inaugural recitation in three decades when Bill Clinton became President in 1992. Her vast impact on popular culture was also felt through a host of award nominations, public accolades, and more than 50 honorary degrees.

Today’s video Doodle celebrates Dr. Maya Angelou on what would have been her 90th birthday. Set to her poem “Still I Rise,” the Doodle includes her own voice along with the voices of other individuals whose lives she has inspired, and who aspire to live by her legacy today.

Special thanks to these project partners who include (in order of appearance):  

​“Maya Angelou, I love her so much. Everything she represented as a woman, her creativity, her story, who she is. She was a renaissance woman of all types, she recreated though levels, all angles, all places in her mind. She is brilliant…I am honored to be able to say her words.”

 

 

“Being around Maya was so powerful and inspiring. I count myself very blessed to be one of the ones chosen to be a part of this. For some reason she took a liking to me and went out of her way to extend herself to me and I am forever grateful for that.”

 

 

“Dr. Angelou’s work is filled with such incredible wisdom and spiritual teachings. It feels like the ultimate privilege to have the opportunity to speak her words. She is a national treasure we should always celebrate.”

 

“Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she did it all.  She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence, and a fiery, fierce grace and abounding love.” 

 

Here’s to Dr. Maya Angelou for her courage, compassion, and words, which continue to inspire hope around the world.

 

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Megan Thee Stallions wins 3 Grammys at the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards

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MEGAN THEE STALLION WINS BEST NEW ARTIST, BEST RAP SONG, & BEST RAP PERFORMANCE (“SAVAGE REMIX FT. BEYONCE”) AT THE 63rd ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS + MEGAN AND BEYONCE DONATED THEIR PROCEEDS FROM GRAMMY AWARD- WINNING “SAVAGE REMIX”, RAISED OVER $1M FOR HOUSTON’S BREAD OF LIFE

Megan Thee Stallion had a monumental night at the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards, taking home the awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Song (“Savage Remix Ft. Beyonce), and Best Rap Performance (“Savage Remix Ft. Beyonce). These were Megan’s first GRAMMY wins. Megan also graced the GRAMMY stage for a dynamic performance of her global hits “Savage” and “Body”, followed by a show-stopping performance of “WAP”, her record-breaking collaboration with Cardi B. Her GRAMMY Award-winning song “Savage Remix ft. Beyonce” became her first #1 single and ignited a global dance sensation on Tik Tok and Instagram. With over 1.2 billion global streams to date, the song also had a huge charitable impact; both Megan and Beyonce donated their proceeds from the song to Houston’s Bread of Life, raising over $1 Million.

Megan’s GRAMMY wins come on the heels of her critically acclaimed debut album Good News, released in November. Aside from the release of her album, Megan has had a truly incredible year. She was honored as one of TIME’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020 and in October, following a powerful and politically charged performance on Saturday Night Live that demanded justice for Breonna Taylor, Megan published her monumental ‘Why I Speak Up For Black Women’ op-ed and accompanying visual with The New York Times. Most recently, Megan teamed up with the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC) Disaster Services and U.S. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee for her #HottiesHelpingHouston initiative that aims to rebuild and repair homes for senior citizens and single mothers affected by the recent devastation in her hometown of Houston, Texas. Megan prioritizes her philanthropic efforts and she champions women’s empowerment. She recently partnered with Fashion Nova for International Women’s Day, launching an initiative to give away $1 million in the month of March to finance female entrepreneurs, female students, women-owned businesses, and women-focused charities. Megan also recently teamed up with Cash App to spread financial literacy around Bitcoin and banking. This past year, Megan has also partnered with some of beauty and fashion’s most iconic names – she the new face of Calvin Klein’s Spring 2021 campaign, as well as a Global Brand Ambassador for Revlon and the face of Coach’s Fall/Winter 2021 campaign. Megan The Stallion is a multi-faceted star, record-breaker, philanthropist, and ever-evolving cultural icon, and she shows no signs of slowing down.

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