In good company with Oprah Winfrey

I listened to a new podcast during a run last week–SuperSoul Conversations with Oprah Winfrey. In this podcast, Oprah interviewed Maya Angelou, and this conversation was so inspiring. Among my favorites nuggets from Dr. Angelou:

“Your crown has already been paid for. Put it on your head and wear it.”

Oprah described how she met Maya Angelou. Oprah was a young reporter angling for an interview, and Angelou had turned Oprah down. Oprah asked again for her time–“just a five-minute interview”–and Angelou acquiesced. To her word, Oprah ended the interview after five minutes, and the two became friends.

This is something Oprah Winfrey and I sort of have in common–we both scheduled interviews with Maya Angelou; only Oprah actually interviewed Dr. Angelou.

I interned at UNC-TV while I was in journalism school at UNC, and the producer / host of “North Carolina Now” was continuously looking for people to interview. I had read I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings a year before and had read recently that Dr. Maya Angelou was teaching at Wake Forest University. Long story short, I called several times and finally secured Maya Angelou to be interviewed by our UNC-TV producer Melitta.

Come the week of the interview, my mother had a stroke, and I went to Fayetteville to be with her. I did not, unfortunately, get to meet Dr. Angelou, but my boss Melitta was kind enough to take my copy of Caged Bird to Maya Angelou to be signed.

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