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Poet Maya Angelou has died. Much has and will be said about this courageous writer whose wisdom, honesty and humor have inspired readers the world over. Angelou’s groundbreaking memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” shared brutal truths about her rape at age 7 by her mother’s boyfriend. After she spoke out about it, the perpetrator received vigilante justice from a mob. Angelou said that at the time, she thought she had killed him with her voice. So, she stopped speaking for nearly six years. And it was during this self-imposed retreat to silence that she discovered the healing power of poetry.
Chonny is Hmong and her family practices Shamanism. Both Hmong and American cultures influence her, and she is challenged by each culture's perspective on body image.
Journalists strive to show and tell the truth, enabling people to bear witness to what is happening in their world or in their name. Is telling the story enough? Who doesn’t want their work to make a difference, to have an impact? Awareness is at one end of the spectrum; action is at the other.