RIP MAYA ANGELOU

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"A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song"Maya Angelou

Being a girl from St. Louis, one of the first things I did when I arrived at Howard University was hit the Founders Library to see if they had any Maya Angelou books. I would spend hours reading them while waiting to take the bus home from school. Why? Because Maya was my home-girl born in STL!!

I was proud that someone from my hometown was such a prolific and profound influence in the literary world!

As an adult, I purchased and devoured again every book she wrote and still go to them from time to time for inspiration today.

This morning I rose to find out that this literary voice and her spirit have moved beyond this realm. Although saddened, I found solace and joy in the reality that her infamous words will live on in eternity.

Hopefully, other generations will enjoy and discover the work of Maya Angelou just as I did being a young, idealistic college student searching for ways to make this world we live in a more positive, productive place to exist...RIP Mama Maya...you will be missed😔

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Carla Renata

Hey My Fellow Movie Lovers...

A Bison, Virgo, devoted daughter, yoga and spinning enthusiasts, graduate of  the "mecca" - Howard University's School of Communications, former publicist, actress, branding influencer and "doggie mom" to an adorably smart-energetic maltese are just a few of the characteristics that make up the essence of me -- Carla Renata.

Formerly of UBNRAdio.com, where I Co-Hosted "On Air With Tony Sweet", this Fall, I will be hosting a new show for Black Hollywood Live owned by E! Correspondent Maria Menounos  and am a freelance contributor for NPR's Weekend All Things Considered.

I absolutely adore talking about all things cinema and it is my sincere hope that although not every opinion I have will or will not be embraced, know that I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to share!  Enjoy and see you on the red carpet!!!