Hellos and Goodbyes

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This week in Hollywood welcomed a slew of new beginnings and premieres for many, but also said goodbye to one of the world’s most influential women. Throughout her 86 years of life, Dr. Maya Angelou represented hope and encouragement for all women. An award-winning author, famed poet, and renowned civil rights activist, Angelou strived for success with books such as “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” while working and forming friendships with many influential people, like Malcom X, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King Jr. As one of the first black women to enjoy mainstream success, Angelou devoted her life to helping others and seeking change in the world. On Wednesday, Angelou was found dead in her North Carolina home by her caretaker. Though she had been frail in health and had heart problems, she remained in good spirits until the end. Since her death, people across the world have been taking to social media to reminisce about her life, and to express their gratitude and appreciation for all the work she has done. Thank you for all that you have done and all that you still inspire, Dr. Maya Angelou.

“So You Think You Can Dance,” premiered its 11th season this week, kicking off its audition segment in New Orleans and Chicago. With only one episode in, this season is already looking to be the biggest yet, offering a variety of dance styles from break dancing and hip hop to jazz and contemporary. As a new twist this season, dance crews will be allowed to compete for the title of America’s Favorite Dancer. Though in the past only soloists have been allowed to compete and claim the title, the crews will provide new competition, upping the stakes for everyone on the show. Hop on board the Hot Tamale Train and catch the rest of what looks to be an exciting season on Wednesday nights on Fox.

Forbes released their list of 100 most powerful women this week, congratulating the most influential women from a list of celebrities, CEOs, politicians, and more. German Chancellor Angela Merkel nabbed the No. 1 slot, marking the ninth time she has graced the list as the most powerful woman. Others that were selected for top spots included Melinda Gates (No. 3), Oprah Winfrey (No. 14), and Michelle Obama (No. 8).

If you’re out and about this weekend and have the time, make sure you check out Angelina Jolie’s new movie, Maleficent, spun from the classic Disney princess tale, Sleeping Beauty. Though the movie doesn’t make its debut until Friday, early critics are already applauding Jolie for her sinister performance as the title villain. Though based off a Disney classic, the plot takes a turn and delves into a different realm, following the villains story rather than the princess’. If you’re planning on taking the little ones along for this one, be warned that the movie has a much darker tone than the animated version, and some scenes may frighten young children.