Statement from Dr. Maya Angelou’s Family:
Dr. Maya Angelou passed quietly in her home before 8:00 a.m. EST. Her family is extremely grateful that her ascension was not belabored by a loss of acuity or comprehension. She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being. She was a warrior for equality, tolerance and peace. The family is extremely appreciative of the time we had with her and we know that she is looking down upon us with love.
Guy B. Johnson
As you know from the news this morning, Dr. Maya Angelou has passed away at age 86, but her impact and soul will continue to have a great influence on generations to come.
We had our own amazing experience with Dr. Maya Angelou three years ago in what is probably our all-time favorite interview. We were blessed to see first-hand her beautiful, kind soul speaking powerful truths; her mere presence radiated volumes for us in that room and to many more beyond. R.I.P. Dr. Maya Angelou.
GWHH sits down with Common & Dr. Maya Angelou (a Camovement by Cam Be)
(later picked up for a BET special on Maya Angelou)
The truth is we make a mistake when we think that generations can be separated. The truth is you need me, so that I have shoulders you can stand on. And you need me so that you have shoulders somebody else can stand on. We are One. And to separate us and decide that we’ll be polarized is ridiculous, it’s stupid, and it’s dangerous. I am responsible to that 5 year old, that 15 year old, that 30 year old, that 55, I am responsible to you. And I try to live my life as a responsible teacher… giver. Yes, I try to live my life that way, so that I will encourage Common to live his that way.
BONUS: 15 things you (probably) didn’t know about Maya Angelous (but should)
One of the hardest hitting tracks on Between Heaven & Hell is Add-2‘s “Death of Chicago”, where the lyrical storyteller explains his pain, anguish, and powerlessness about living with the harsh realities of our hometown. For the audio backdrop, he linked with his Jamla labelmate Khrysis, and now for the visuals, longtime collaborator (and GWHH videographer) Cam Be. Their videos always come correct and this one’s no different as they brought to life said harsh realities of the city. Little subtleties like the careful color correction Cam adds on the city’s skyline or the black and white on the streets adds to the tone of the lyrics. As such, “Death Of Chicago” is best experienced as a video and it goes without saying at this point that you should press play above. Common says so too…
It’s always a treat to see Lauryn Hill live nowadays and she just graced the Miami 9 Mile Music Fest stage this past weekend with high energy and all her hits to perform. Another new Camovement by Cam Be captures “Doo Wop (That Thing)”, “How Many Mics”, “Ready Or Not”, and “Final Hour”. Once again, I love how the audio and visuals are illustrated, it feels like it’s really there as Cam mixes in up close footage with wider shots of her and the band. There are a lot of subtleties to see all the way across the edited medley. If you enjoy this, also check out the Camovement on the Marleys below!
ICYMI: Stephen, Damian, & Julian Marley @ 9 Mile Music Fest | 9 Mile Music Fest (Photos) #GowhereMIA
Earlier today, I posted the photos of the Marleys, Lauryn Hill, and more at Miami’s 9 Mile Music Fest, and tonight we have a Camovement by Cam Be of Stephen, Damian, and Julian performing ‘Get Up, Stand Up’, ‘Three Little Birds’, and ‘Buffalo Soldier’. These classics sound great the way Cam captured both the audio and visuals and it’s hard not to get up, stand up with the energy in the video above. Enjoy!
ICYMI: Photos (Marleys, Lauryn Hill, Sean Paul, Shaggy)
I love to highlight some spoken word from time to time here on Gowhere and one new video that caught my eyes and ears is the latest from Aja Monet. She speaks on “You Make Holy War” about a significant other she’s thought hard about and I think there are places here where anyone can relate. What’s more engaging about the track is her ability to create such vivid imagery — right off the bat, especially. I was gripped to the piece that was predominantly shot in the woods, with multiple Aja Monet’s amongst the trees. Job well done visually too by directors Cam Be and Aja Monet herself. Peep one of more Camovements to come today above!