The story of poet and writer Dr. Maya Angelou will be brought to life in the newest documentary entitled Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, directed by Bob Hercules and Rita Coburn Whack.
The clip above shows Angelou early in her career as a calypso dancer and singer. Actress Diahann Carroll says the famous poet was a statuesque beauty entertaining crowds before being known for her poetry and literary talent.
The trend in music during the 1950s was Afro-Caribbean inspired and Angelou was a hot commodity. She was so popular that she was even known as Miss Calypso. Angelou performed on many stages during her singing career and even appeared in a few films.
Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise will be screened for the public at the American Film Institute Documentary Film Festival June 22-26 in the Washington, D.C. area.