On Saturday, April 4th, 2015 Dr. Maya Angelou would have turned 87 years old. It’s been a little under a year since she passed on May 28th, 2014 but her life and legacy remains in our hearts. To commemorate her, The United States Postal Service will release a commemorative forever stamp on April 7th. The postal service will celebrate with a First-Day-of-Issue stamp dedication ceremony at 11 a.m., Tuesday, April 7th, at the Warner Theater in Washington, D.C.
Additionally in celebration of her birthday, her family will release a lyric video for the song “Human Family,” the second release from her album, Caged Bird Songs. The video will premiere on Friday, April 3rd, on Yahoo Music.
Caged Bird Songs is the album Dr. Maya Angelou worked on prior to her passing. The iconic American writer, poet, actor, dancer, director, composer, lecturer, civil activist and one of the most renowned and influential voices of our time, worked on her album, Caged Bird Songs. The album produced by RoccStar and Shawn Rivera of platinum recording artist, Az Yet, is a unique musical collaboration that thoughtfully blends the gifted poet’s words and vocal performances with modern hip-hop beats. The lyrical content, underlying social context, rhythm, melody and cadence of Dr. Angelou’s early work bears a striking resemblance to the sound of current Hip-Hop and is, unfortunately, still relevant to today’s urban experience.
The official music video for the first single, “Harlem Hopscotch,” was directed by Emmy Award-winning duo Tabitha and Napoleon Dumo, also known as Nappy Tabs, and best known for their work on the hit television series, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, and features the pair’s signature choreography. “Harlem Hopscotch” was shot on the streets of Harlem and various spots in Los Angeles and includes notable performers and dancers Nia Peeples, Derek Hough, Alfonso Ribeiro, Zendaya, Ian Eastwood, Quest Crew and dancers from both ‘So You Think You Can Dance‘ and ‘America’s Best Dance Crew‘. The video is produced by Smooch Music and is distributed by OWN.
Oprah.com – http://www.oprah.com/entertainment/Maya-Angelous-Harlem-Hopscotch-Official-Music-Video