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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.