A Must Watch Conversation Between Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle
Wow. That’s what I said after watching the conversation between Dr. Maya Angelou and Dave Chappelle. It’s from an episode of Sundance Channel’s Iconoclasts, where they spent a day together in her home in Winston-Salem. I’ve never seen it until today and I am floored by the poignant, insightful, and really important moment they had.
This was in 2006, after Dave Chappelle walked away from his show and $50 million contract with Comedy Central.
Maya Angelou asks him what made him walk and the conversation evolves into talking about the icons we know and living through the 60s. The end, though. The end is a gem.
Watch this, because you will understand why Dave walked away and watch it because you will want to soak it all up. It is so worth it.
This is a gold mine. It was rice and stew for my soul. And that ending…
“You should be angry. You must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So use that anger. You write it. You paint it. You dance it. You march it. You vote it. You do everything about it. You talk it. Never stop talking it.” – Maya Angelou
That was a gift to watch. And Maya’s life was a gift to us. We are the legacy so we better pick up the torch.
My tribute post to her – Maya Angelou: Rise in Power After Living in Purpose.