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GATHER TOGETHER IN MY NAME- MAYA ANGELOU

Gather Together In My Name – Maya Angelou’s autobiography. VOLUME 2.

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Maya Angelou. God Bless Her Soul!

 It is mesmerizing how this author would take you through a series of her American past as though it were your own.

I have to read, but I have to admit. Maya Angelou is, if not the best I have read. [That woman was the definition of Narration and talent.]

 So I grabbed this book Wednesday Morning at 10AM and it kept me all but pinned down to my seat until I finished it at 2pm. There is an aura in her literature. The narratives are excellent, and I would be lying if I claimed to have words to describe it.

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 [Gather Together in My Name continues Maya Angelou’s personal story, begun so unforgettably in I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. The time is the end of World War II and there is a sense of optimism everywhere. Maya Angelou, still in her teens, has given birth to a son. But the next few years are difficult ones as she tries to find a place in the world for herself and her child. She goes from job to job–and from man to man. She tries to return home–back to Stamps, Arkansas–but discovers that she is no longer part of that world. Then Maya’s life takes a dramatic turn, and she faces new challenges and temptations.

In this second volume of her poignant autobiographical series, Maya Angelou powerfully captures the struggles and triumphs of her passionate life with dignity, wisdom, humor, and humanity..


Now you’ve read about it. I suggest you grab the copy as soon as possible and if you’re already a reader, you sure by now should be aware of Maya’s enormous significance in Global literature. 

Enjoy your reads,.. Remember,     images you can share your opinion about the book in the comment section below!  

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Why Britain’s forgotten slave owners?

 

BRITAIN’S FORGOTTEN SLAVE OWNERS

PROCUDER & DIRECTOR:  BEN CHRISTON

DAVID OLUSOGA as Writer and Presenter.

#Prompt# Did this documentary challenge any preconceived notions you had about the subject matter of this film? What were they and where did they stem from?

I barely had any notions before watching this documentary. To be honest I know slavery has existed, and it is still arguable that it still exists today, but I had never thought about it in the way that David Olusoga, the writer of this film, presented it.

When I think of slavery, what comes to mind is usually the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, plus of course the slavery in America. I had never really focused on slavery in Britain and how it must have been even though that I know chunks of enslavement had been there. Neither did I know that the extent to which slavery in Britain had been practiced was as large as the revelation that I got when I watched the film.

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I have always known slavery is an evil, that it was horrible, but I had never fully understood its depths. It was the vastness of the archives that shocked me however. The huge number of slave owners around Britain, and how many slaves these owners had.

My team and I did the topic ‘The Trans-Atlantic’ slave trade in my African Philosophical Thought class last year. The experience was great. The lessons enormous. But barely in our research did we come across Britain. Most of the videos and literature we came across was American. So we did not really delve deeper into Britain. Watching this video has however opened my eyes to these realities. Learning that even after the Trans-Atlantic slave trade was abolished, slavery still existed. This gave me insights on themes like Trans-Atlantic slave trade Abolition versus The Abolition of slavery as a whole.

It was also amazing to learn that the slave owners had to be compensated for, but what was even more amusing was the fact that they invested their money in huge national projects, sparking a new wave of development. Which makes me wonder. Were the slave owners/traders inherently aggressive and enterprising? After all, when the slavery was being abolished, they fought. When they were at losing ends, they filed for a compensation and when they got the money, they invested it in even more productive or rewarding activities.

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The thirst and drive at which these men ran the country was mesmerizing. They were boisterous, aggressive, and influential. They were powerful. They had an overwhelming thirst for prosperity and wealth. They prospered at everything they did despite the cost. No wonder men like George Hibbert defended slavery as much as they could. It is not surprising that one woman in Jamaica, had to completely devalue her slaves, in order to make it clear to the Royal government that the compensation they were making was not enough whatsoever.

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FOUR SIGNS YOU SUCK

There are many reasons as to why you may suck. You may have to consider spending some time alone and see how you live your life. I know. It has never been easy. Sometimes you think you you’re fine yet everyone around you finds you a sucker. Now you need to think twice, how are you behaving and how is your character affecting you and your community? Who are you to your friends? Below are four things that could make you suck without you realizing that you actually do.

  1. You’re a gossipdownload

Now talking has never really been a problem. Especially for me and those I meet. But truth be told, sometimes we are just too excited we do not even realize we are talking a lot. Sometimes we are with people we are comfortable with. Well that’s okay. How about if you’re kwon for your infamous involvement in cheap talk and back-biting nature? If you’re a slanderer and it gets everywhere. You start being tagged as a liar, gossip, and who knows what may come out of it? My dear, better you reduce on your time of gossiping and start doing things that really matter.

2. You’re always complaining images

A person who complains a lot is hard to impress. Once in awhile we want to see you smiling and occupied in whatever it is without complaints. Positive people are nice to stay with. They are just too full of good vibe.

3. You don’t know/ remember anybody’s name

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As in, Really??

Have you met that one person who doesn’t remember your name? All people recall her name but she doesn’t call anyone by name. Why? She doesn’t remember. Truth be told, find myself in these shoes on so many occasions. But best effort is trying to call you by name or recite it or relate it to another person or event so I don’t forget. Great strategy.

4.  You receive may favors but never return any.  tumblr_lvv85p6xwu1qh8hjzo1_500

Everyone knows at least one person like that. You know that one person who is always taking, taking, taking, but never returning? Or never giving? Now if you’ve not heard of this, this is the time. A borrower is a slave to the lender. So you should keep this at the back of your mind each time you go borrowing. Your lender becomes your master, you become his slave. It is just like the person who feeds you. Otherwise you would go hungry. But wise people try hard not to borrow. And if they do, they try their best to return/ pay. But there are those who will never pay. Once you lend them something, you will never see it again. Then, my dear borrower, truth be told,  you suck!! Otherwise, return some favors and stop going to people only when you need them.