Maya Angelou

'Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise' In praise of the poet

'Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise' In praise of the poet

Worshipful and awed — that would describe the look in comedian Dave Chappelle’s eyes during an exchange with Maya Angelou, excerpted in the new documentary about the late writer-performer-activist, “Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise.” It would also describe the film itself.

If this adulatory “American Masters” production elides certain chapters of Angelou’s biography, it nonetheless offers ample evidence of her commanding intensity and of her importance as an unwavering voice of the black experience. In new interviews, conducted during the last years of her life (she died in 2014 at 86), her elegance is magnificent, her...

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