Sitting in on a “Master Class” with Maya Angelou

A master class is a class given to students of a particular discipline by an expert, the eponymous “master”. Master classes were typically held by professional performing and other artists, such as musicians, singers, dancers, and painters, in fields in which much art technique is transmitted personally. (Wikipedia)


I have been curious about the Master Class series that Oprah Winfrey is airing on her new OWN network since I first read about it. Not being in the States, however, I thought I wouldn’t have an opportunity to actually see the programs on this season’s schedule.

Enter: The wonders of the internet!

If you are currently in Europe (or simply don’t have access to Ms. Winfrey’s channel), please check out this thought-provoking and inspiring Master Class with Maya Angelou – and let me know what you think about it!




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4 responses to “Sitting in on a “Master Class” with Maya Angelou

  1. Thank you for sharing this! It was very inspirational and touched me on many levels! She is just a remarkable person.

    • Trina

      Thanks for your feedback, Romy! Yes, she is a truly remarkable woman and a real role model.

  2. Thanks so much for posting this.

    I think that the most poignant thing about this Masterclass is that Ms Angelou talks about her many struggles and disadvantages, the devastating things that have happened to her, and how she has not allowed it to change her personality, her moral core. The lessons she took away, that every second of pain, and challenges and obstacles… That they all taught her something about life and loving, in spite of. Her heart is huge and she has never lost her heart. Most of the things that have happened in her life would make some people’s hearts shrivel up. But she reminds us not to think that she is so special. She reminds us that all the ingredients are there, ingredients for good, for evil, and that it is our decision about what recipe we make of those ingredients. She reminds us that we can all make an impact in our small way and be great in our little corner…and even to our selves.

    I think I may have to marry the woman. Thanks for posting.

    • Trina

      I think anyone who is ever depressed or feels resigned in life should look at this Master Class! Here is a woman who has faced much adversity. Not only is her personal biography full of setbacks, but she is also grew up both black and a woman at a time when neither was necessarily an advantage. But she never let the limitations in other people’s minds influence her own outlook on life or the size of the dreams she chose to dream. If anything, that is the message I take with me from watching her: “They” can only win if you give them power over your story and your dreams. As long as you remain in possession of both, you hold the key to open any door in life you choose to open.

      And I think there is a very long line of people of all genders, races and nationalities who would fight you over this wonderful lady’s hand! 😉

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