Topics included his experiences as a talk show host on BET and Public Radio International, his childhood in an all-white town in Indiana, living in a foster home, his Christian upbringing, the influence of Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr., his mother’s views on homosexuality, his experiences at Indiana University, and his decision to lead a life of public service.
She lives on in his Journey." Arienne Thompson, USA Today"Angelou's personality comes through in the book, which opens up a remarkable connection to a legacy of African American intellectual and creative life..." Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times"For Angelou admirers and those intrigued with black culture, Smiley's glowing praise-song reminds us of what her singular, exceptional presence meant to her community and the nation." Publishers Weekly"Confidence and compassion compliment one another throughout his portrait of Maya Angelou.
Roberts, The Philadelphia Tribune"Smiley proves to be a faithful recorder of Angelou's poise, compassion, and dignity....
Fans also got to see Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy repeat their week 2 dance as they were voted to do the encore performance, as well as a short comedy sketch in which contestants were shown as if they were in major movies.