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Bend It Like Bey: The Funniest Beyonce Impersonations

July 2nd, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Since her start with Destiny’s Child, Beyonce has amassed a legion of fans who cheer her on at every move. She’s also inspired a lot of people to channel their inner Sasha Fierce and impersonate the “Bootylicious” singer. Here are some of the best and funniest Beyonce impersonations.

Maya Rudolph Talks About Elevator Beat Down

When the public got its hands on the now infamous video of Solange physically attacking Jay Z in an elevator while her big sister Beyonce silently watched, we all knew an “SNL” parody was right around the corner. Show regulars Sasheer Zemanta and Jay Pharoahe played the younger sister and the Brooklyn rapper respectively but when Maya Rudolph walked on as the R&B diva, she stole the show.

In Case You Missed It: Watch Dr. Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service

June 9th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Source: Wake Forest University

Source: Wake Forest University

As we reported earlier, Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service was held this past Saturday at the Wait Chapel on the campus of Wake Forest University  in North Carolina, where Dr. Angelou taught for more than 33 years and served as Reynolds Professor of American Studies from 1982 until her death.

First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah, Cicely Tyson, Andrew Young, President Bill Clinton and many others attended the ceremony, which was private but live streamed for the public, to pay their respects to the poet, teacher, author, dancer and all around phenomenal woman. Bebe Winans also sang during the service.

The highlight of the day, for many, came when Mrs. Obama delivered a very moving and inspiring speech that spoke frankly and eloquently about Maya Angelou’s words helping to carry her from a little black girl in Chicago to the White House. And she credited Dr. Angelou for being one of the forces that encouraged her during the campaign trail when her own black womanhood was examined and dissected. She spoke about how Dr. Angelou’s achievement was not just her’s alone but one in which all black women can share.

If you don’t have time to watch the whole ceremony, which you can do in the video below but if you want to read Mrs. Obama’s speech, you can read the entire transcript on the next page.


First Lady Michelle Obama To Speak At Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service

June 6th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

First Lady Michelle Obama will be among several speakers scheduled to deliver remarks at Dr. Maya Angelou’s private memorial service this weekend, The Washington Post reports.

The service is set to take place Saturday at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Although the service will be closed to the public, Wake Forest has plans to stream it online. Her relationship with the Obamas dates back to 2008 during the POTUS’ first presidential campaign. Dr. Angelou, who was initially a supporter of Hillary Clinton, endorsed President Obama once Hillary dropped out of the race.

“When her friend Nelson Mandela passed away last year, Maya Angelou wrote that ‘No sun outlasts its sunset, but will rise again, and bring the dawn,” President Obama said in a statement regarding Dr. Angelou’s passing.

Today, Michelle and I join millions around the world in remembering one of the brightest lights of our time – a brilliant writer, a fierce friend, and a truly phenomenal woman. Over the course of her remarkable life, Maya was many things – an author, poet, civil rights activist, playwright, actress, director, composer, singer and dancer. But above all, she was a storyteller – and her greatest stories were true. A childhood of suffering and abuse actually drove her to stop speaking – but the voice she found helped generations of Americans find their rainbow amidst the clouds, and inspired the rest of us to be our best selves. In fact, she inspired my own mother to name my sister Maya.

Like so many others, Michelle and I will always cherish the time we were privileged to spend with Maya. With a kind word and a strong embrace, she had the ability to remind us that we are all God’s children; that we all have something to offer. And while Maya’s day may be done, we take comfort in knowing that her song will continue, “flung up to heaven” – and we celebrate the dawn that Maya Angelou helped bring.”

As previously reported, the esteemed writer and poet passed away last week in her Winston Salem home.

Maya Angelou’s Memorial Service Set For Saturday; Will Be Streamed Online For Fans

June 3rd, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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After living an inspirational life and leaving her mark on this world, renowned poet and author, Maya Angelou, will be laid to rest this upcoming Saturday in North Carolina. She passed away last Wednesday.

According to People, her family will be having a private memorial service for Angelou at Wake Forest University’s Wait Chapel. Because the Wait Chapel is small (2,550 seats according to TheGrio), the service will be for friends and family only. However, those who want to be able to tune in and pay their respects will be able to stream the service online at the University website. The funeral will start at 10 a.m. EDT and looks to be over around 12:30. Oprah Winfrey has stated that she plans to speak during the service this weekend. And there were reports that the Westboro Baptist Church wanted to protest Angelou’s funeral, but we’re going to hope that they won’t make an appearance.

Angelou passed last Wednesday at her home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Her connection to Wake Forest is that she taught at the school for more than 30 years, and even had a class planned for the fall: Race Culture and Gender in the U.S. South and Beyond. Before teaching there, Angelou was given an honorary degree from the University in 1977.

According to the school’s website, there will be more celebrations taking place in cities across the country. That information is to be announced by her son, Guy Johnson, at a later time.

Heyyy Boo! Surprising Celebs Who Have Jungle Fever

May 30th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Beauty is in the eye of the holder and for these celebs who have jungle fever, they see no color when it comes to dating someone outside of their race.

For more on interracial dating, check out Moguldom Studios’ new docutainment film, Swirl, now available for purchase on iTunes, GooglePlay, and VHX.

Celebs Who Have Jungle Fever


Michael Fassbender

Perhaps best known as magneto in the blockbuster franchise X-Men, Michael Fassbender knew he wanted to be an actor since he was 17 years old. His first role came in the television miniseries “Band of Brothers.” The German-Irish actor has been romantically linked to actress Nicole Baharie and Leasi Andrews. He also dated Zoe Kravitz for several years. Recently rumors were sparked last month when the 12 Years a Slave actor was spotted hugging and kissing supermodel Naomi Campbell while dining at a London restaurant.

So The Westboro Baptist Church Wants To Protest At Maya Angelou’s Funeral…

May 30th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Source: WENN

The controversial Westboro Baptist Church, popularly known for their outlandish attempts to protest celebrity funerals and LGBT events, have set their sights on the homegoing ceremony for Dr. Maya Angelou.

As we told you earlier this week, the beloved poet, writer and speaker passed away Wednesday due to apparent health complications. Members of the “ministry” made it clear that they have big plans to protest at Dr. Angelou’s funeral due to her long-lived messages of inclusion and acceptance of everyone.

Plans for Maya’s funeral have not be disclosed as of yet, and it’s currently unclear if it will be open to the public. WBC’s behavior isn’t exactly surprising, but it is very sad that they continue to carry out such hurtful actions, while claiming to do them in an attempt to spread the Gospel.

Must Watch: Editors Pay Respect With “Still I Rise” Maya Angelou Tribute

May 28th, 2014 - By Brande Victorian
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When we heard the news of Maya Angelou’s passing this morning, we were moved with grief. Having grown up with Dr. Angelou’s words, most women of our generation felt like the author’s life would be like her works: timeless. Unfortunately, that wouldn’t be the case, but to help the author and poet’s words live on just a little while longer, editors from all of Moguldom’s sites, MadameNoire, MadameNoire Business, StyleBlazer, HipHopWired, and Bossip, joined together to remember the prolific civil right’s activist in this moving “Still I Rise” Maya Angelou tribute. Watch and share in Dr. Angelou’s memory.

“When I Die, I’ll Live Again”: Remembering Maya Angelou & Her Most Inspiring Quotes

May 28th, 2014 - By Kimberly Gedeon
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via Amazon

“When I die, I’ll live again,” Maya Angelou wrote in her poem, Thank You, Lord. “I want to thank you Lord for life and all that’s in it,” she added. Today, we’re more than thankful for Ms. Angelou, who has passed at 86, for the myriad of literary gold she’s left behind as a relic of her great American legacy. From I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Still I Rise, Angelou — with an extraordinary command of poetry — has inspired us for decades with her beautiful, spirit-lifting words.

It’s no doubt, Ms. Angelou, just like you’ve predicted, though you are not among us anymore, you will “live again.”  Here are some of Angelou’s quotes that remain en vive forever.

“I Will Profoundly Miss Her”: Oprah Pens Open Letter About Her “Mentor, Mother/Sister, And Friend” Maya Angelou

May 28th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Many well-known celebrities, along with thousands of fans, have been taking to social media today to mourn the passing of Maya Angelou. Someone who knew her well and loved her very much is Oprah Winfrey. Both women came from humble beginnings and didn’t let the sexual abuse and troubles of their lives hold them back from reaching their full potential. With that in mind, Winfrey took to Facebook this afternoon to pay homage to her good friend, her mentor, and the woman she, along with many others, considered “a teacher.” Here’s what she had to say about Angelou’s influence to her thousands of followers:

I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister, and friend since my 20’s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.

She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken, it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakeable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.

We agree that Angelou’s grace was unmatched. She will be greatly missed by everyone, but her work, her words, and her massive influence shall remain.

The Life Of A Renaissance Woman: 10 Things Maya Angelou Taught Us About Success

May 28th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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Source: WENN

The world has come to a standstill with the loss of legendary poet, author, activist, producer, historian, et al, Dr. Maya Angelou. (She was also a dancer, a singer, a college administrator and more.) Gracing us with her voice through literature there is so much we can take away from her life. Here are 10 things Maya Angelou taught us.