In the aftermath of the devastating outcome of this election, Maya Angelou brings us a glimmer of hope. It’s important to remember that we are still stronger together. We have to dry our eyes, dust ourselves off, and get to work. We will rise.
“I have written a poem for a woman who rides a bus in New York City. She’s a maid, she has two shopping bags. When the bus stops abruptly, she laughs. If the bus stops slowly, she laughs. I thought, ‘Mmm, a-ha.’ Now, if you don’t know black features, you may think she’s laughing. But she wasn’t laughing. She was simply extending her lips and making a sound. I said, ‘Oh, I see.’ That’s that survival apparatus. Now, let me write about that to honor this woman who helps us to survive.” Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (2016) dir. Rita Coburn & Bob Hercules
Before you fell, you were known as Samael. The Lightbringer. That was a name that connotated your father’s love for you. God didn’t cast you out of Heaven because he was angry with you. God cast you out because He needed you to do the most difficult of jobs. It was a gift. It was an act of love. Because you are his favorite son, Samael.You are his fallen angel.But here’s the thing: When angels fall, they also… rise.All you have to do is embrace all that you are.
1970s David Bowie Photography Exhibit by Mick Rock - The early ‘70s work by photographer Mick Rock – whose iconic glam and punk images have become the album and single covers for David Bowie, Queen, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, Syd Barrett, Blondie, The Ramones, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Talking Heads – is on exhibit in “Mick Rock: Shooting for Stardust, The Rise of David Bowie & Co.” at the Taschen Gallery in Los Angeles until October 11, 2015. The photos are part of the new Taschen book, The Rise of David Bowie. 1972-1973.