Episode Clips

See Behind the Scenes of Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn-Whack share the inspiration and process behind their film.

Louis Gossett Jr. shares a story about his great-grandmother

Louis Gossett Jr. shares a story about his great-grandmother.

Maya Angelou & James Baldwin

“Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise” Film Excerpt: Maya Angelou & James Baldwin

Maya Angelou On Teaching

Maya Angelou speaks about her work as a teacher and what she shares with her students.

Behind the Scenes: Common, Rita Coburn-Whack & Maya Angelou

Rita Coburn-Whack originally introduced Maya Angelou and Common.

See Maya Angelou's early performances in the Bay Area

Maya Angelou transitioned from dancing to singing early in her career.

Learn why Maya Angelou signed with Porgy and Bess

Dr. Maya Angelou started her career singing and dancing in San Francisco.

Go behind the scenes with John Singleton

John Singleton shares why he believes Dr. Angelou's story is so important.

Learn about Norman Lear's friendship with Dr. Maya Angelou

Learn how Norman Lear struck up a friendship with Dr. Maya Angelou.

Dr. Maya Angelou's Inspiration and Poetry

Learn how Dr. Maya Angelou began writing and reading poetry as a child.

Hear how Maya Angelou met Tupac Shakur for the first time

Without realizing it, Maya Angelou met Tupac Shakur.

Maya Angelou's missed opportunity to work with Pearl Bailey

Maya Angelou nearly had an opportunity early in her career to work with Pearl Bailey.

Listen to Dr. Maya Angelou's take on creative writing

Dr. Maya Angelou describes the challenges she faced as a writer.

Explore the friendship between Maya Angelou and Malcolm X

While Maya Angelou was living in Ghana, she met and began working with Malcolm X.

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