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Maya Angelou: 1928-2014

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African-American author and poet Maya Angelou has died at age 86 in North Carolina.

Maya Angelou was a an eloquent commentator on race and gender best known for her groundbreaking autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – which is a coming-of-age story in a hostile society in the American South in the 1930s and 1940s that deals with racism and rape, and is considered an American classic.

“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,” her family said.

Angelou penned more than 30 books, won numerous awards, and was honoured last year by the National Book Awards for her service to the literary community.

In addition to her many books, Angelou also directed, wrote and acted in movies, plays and television programs and was a singer, songwriter, educator and popular lecturer. She was a Grammy winner for three spoken-word albums.

Active in the US civil rights movement in the 1960s, Angelou worked with both Martin Luther King Jr and Malcolm X.

She spent part of her childhood in Stamps, Arkansas with her grandmother after her parents divorced.

At age seven, Angelou was raped by her mother’s boyfriend, who was later beaten to death in an assault that some believed was carried out by Angelou’s uncles.

The trauma of the rape and her assailant’s death left Angelou mute for six years.

Her devoted readers found plenty of inspiration in the works of Angelou, who once summed up her approach to life by saying: “Life loves to be taken by the lapel and told, ‘I’m with you, kid. Let’s go.'”

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Who needs one of these?!

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We do!!!

We’ve all had that horrible feeling – you’ve left the house, feeling good, ready to start the day or a big night out and suddenly you think “Did I turn my hair straightener off?!” And your mind instantly goes into over-drive.

Birth…of Love Lois

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Love Lois was born from THAT feeling.

THAT moment when your period arrives unexpectedly and you have no tampons or pads on hand.

THAT moment when the cramps kick in and you don’t have any painkillers.

THAT moment when you realize you didn’t have another week, you SHOULD have bought tampons when you were at the supermarket yesterday.

But also, THAT moment when you feel your face swiftly change to tomato red at the checkout as you realize its going to be the baby-faced, cute checkout GUY that’s going to be serving you as you stock up on tampons, pads, and pantyliners.

Fight Period Cramps the Natural Way

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Even as experts remain skeptical about the presence or intensity of some symptoms of PMS (like extreme mood swings), one thing is fairly certain – close to 80% women have experienced some form of physical menstrual discomfort.

This could be in the form of mild pain in the abdomen, back pain, or severe cramps anywhere below the waist. For some lucky women, the pain is mild and fleeting and doesn’t affect their day to day lives. However, for others, it becomes next to impossible to function properly in the wake of repeated, painful menstrual cramps.

Your Monthly Friend’s New Best Friend

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Best friends are so amazing…they always know just what you need, any time, especially that time, the dreaded monthly visit from Mother Nature. Best friends can sympathize when your hormones are making you feel slightly mad and possibly even homicidal, and they are always there to complain to when your period is getting you down.

Some best friends are better than others. You know the ones; always show up with chocolates in hand or a bottle of wine to help get you through the worst of your period. These are the same ones you can count on to run down to the shops and grab some pads for you when you realize you’ve forgotten to stock up, or who’ll discreetly deliver a few tampons to your office to save you the hassle when your period shows up and you’ve left your ‘supplies’ at home.