Celebrity #SHINESTRONG Moments

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  • Erykah Badu
  • Jill Scott
  • Mariah Carey
  • Dr. Maya Angelou
  • Esi Eggleston Bracey
  • Gabrielle Douglas
  • Janelle Monae
  • Jennifer Hudson
  • Beverly Bond
  • Elle Varner
  • Queen Latifah
  • Alicia Keys
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Angela Simmons
  • Sanaa Lathan
  • MC Lyte
  • Alesha Renee
  • Michelle Williams
  • Estelle
  • Regina Hall
  • Venus Williams
  • Wanda Sykes
  • Ciara
  • Tracee Ellis Ross
  • Regina King
  • Raven-Symoné
  • Debra Lee
  • Angela Davis
  • Susan Taylor
  • Sevyn Streeter
  • Misty Copeland

Dr. Maya Angelou

The phenomenal Dr. Maya Angelou has been encouraging women to #SHINESTRONG since as early as 1969, when she published I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first in a series of acclaimed memoirs. Her poetry, novels and essays all touch on themes of love, race and identity, particularly her work from the Civil Rights Movement, which propelled her as a voice for Blacks and women. The late cultural icon was awarded the Presidential Medal of the Arts in 2000 and the Lincoln Medal in 2008. In 2012, she received the Literary Arts Award from First Lady Michelle Obama at the BET Honors Award show. 

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