Oprah Winfrey’s statement on the passing of the woman she called mentor-mother-sister-friend

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Oprah Remembers Dr. Maya Angelou

Dr. Maya Angelou & Oprah Winfrey​

May 2013
Oprah Winfrey’s statement on the passing of the woman she called 
“I’ve been blessed to have Maya Angelou as my mentor, mother/sister and friend since my 20s. She was there for me always, guiding me through some of the most important years of my life. The world knows her as a poet, but at the heart of her, she was a teacher. ‘When you learn, teach. When you get, give’ is one of my best lessons from her.

“She won three Grammys, spoke six languages and was the second poet in history to recite a poem at a presidential inauguration. But what stands out to me most about Maya Angelou is not what she has done or written or spoken; it’s how she lived her life. She moved through the world with unshakable calm, confidence and a fierce grace. I loved her, and I know she loved me. I will profoundly miss her. She will always be the rainbow in my clouds.”

— Statement from Oprah Winfrey
More on Dr. Maya Angelou’s Legacy:
From Oprah.com:  Most of the 6 videos are short 1 to 5 minutes with one video that is a full interview of 45 minutes
Don’t miss the Pajama Party video where Maya shares one of life’s Biggest Lessonswith Oprah.  Click on title of the video to PLAY.

Regal & real describes Maya & Oprah

circa 2011
An O Magazine  Interview

Oprah & Maya sharing a laugh at Maya’s home

December 2000​
Maya, your words will forever inspire!


BLUE STAR Military families have access to 2,000 Museums through Labor Day 2014

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We are all interconnected; therefore, everyone has a role to play in helping our military personnel.   Click on the links below for more information regarding ways you can connect and assist.
Note:  Blue Star Museums has “free” admission to 2,000 museums across the country from Memorial Day, May 26th thur September 1, 2014, Labor Day.  Click on the link and then your state to see which museums are participating.
Michigan has about 50 museums and The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has a wonderful exhibit.  Did you know that the Samurai were also Artists? 
Discover the artist behind the armor. Samurai: Beyond the Sword is a rare opportunity to experience the world of the Japanese Samurai. Moving beyond the stereotype of the warrior, the exhibition explores the role of the military arts and the importance of Samurai engagement in the cultural, spiritual and art worlds of their time. 
This exhibit has been at Detroit’s DIA for several months; please note that this is the final week thur June 1st.


Kimono_Samurai artist
Samurai:  Beyond the Sword
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Tea Pot_Samurai artist
Samurai:  Beyond the Sword
The Detroit Institute of Arts
Find out ways you and your neighbors can become part of the solution; click on links below.
“Every Act of Kindness Makes a Difference!”​
Camille Mitchell

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Is the glass half empty or half full? Oprah loves what happiness expert Shawn Achor says & you will, too. The answer will surprise for sure.

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Happy Sunday!
Is the glass half empty or half full?  
Oprah loves what happiness expert Shawn Achor says & you will, too. The answer will surprise for sure in the brief preview video below.
​Shawn Achor, author & researcher with Oprah Winfrey
Super Soul Sunday
Sunday, May 25th_11am & 2pm EDT


Nourish your mind, body and spirit every Sunday on OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network. Oprah Winfrey presents the Emmy Award-Winning “Super Soul Sunday,” designed to help viewers awaken their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. 


“Super Soul Sunday” airs every Sunday morning at 11am EDT/PDT.  


You have two times you can view the hour long show.  11am  PDT is 2pm EDT 

OWN TV – Cable

To find OWN in your area go to: http://www.oprah.com/own/channel_finder.html

Exploring topics including spirituality, the afterlife, alternative health, happiness and personal fulfillment, “Super Soul Sunday” will present fresh and thoughtful insights into what it means to truly live your best life. Programs featured in “Super Soul Sunday” include Oprah’s Soul Series, a series of in-depth, one-on-one conversations between Oprah and some of the most recognized spiritual thinkers of our time; feature-length documentaries; short-form content from SoulPancake; and more
Super Soul Sunday websites:
A winner of multiple awards, “Super Soul Sunday” is the daytime series that delivers a timely, thought-provoking, eye-opening and inspiring block of programming designed to help viewers awaken to their best selves and discover a deeper connection to the world around them. 
Recognized by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with a Daytime Emmy Award, the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation with a Gracie Award and the Religion Communicators Council with a Wilbur Award, “Super Soul Sunday” features all-new conversations between Oprah Winfrey and top thinkers, authors, visionaries and spiritual leaders. 
Exploring themes and issues including happiness, personal fulfillment, spirituality and conscious living, guests who have appeared include Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, Wayne Dyer, Gary Zukav, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson, Ram Dass, Eckhart Tolle, Sarah Ban Breathnach, Daniel Pink and Thich Nhat Hanh. Home to Oprah’s Book Club 2.0, the series has helped surge book sales of best-selling author Cheryl Strayedand debut novelist Ayana Mathis. 
The series also frequently presents Rainn Wilson’s collection of uplifting short films created under his SoulPancake banner. A truly unique television experience, this groundbreaking series has attracted one of the most loyal, active and engaged social communities in television. Every episode has ranked in the top 10 most social shows in broadcast television and cable, spiking to number one more than 12 times (source: Bluefin Data). Produced by Harpo Studios, “Super Soul Sunday” presents an array of perspectives on what it means to be alive in today’s world.


Enjoy the show & your Pancakes!
Camille Mitchell

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One Look is Worth a Thousand Words – “Behind the Painting” – Where to see the movie Belle

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Hello Everyone:
The 1779 painting is of “Dido” Elizabeth Belle Lindsay beside her cousin Lady Elizabeth Murray, commissioned by William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield, then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, the portrait of his two nieces hung in England’s Kenwood House until 1922. It now hangs in Scotland’s Scone Palace
In the fascinating featurette below “Behind the Painting”; you’ll hear from the writer Misan Sagay, the historian Paula Byrne, the current Lord Mansfield William Murray, Master Storman, the producer Damian Jones, the director Amma Asante, lead actor Tom Wilkinson as Lord Mansfield and lead actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw as “Dido” Elizabeth Belle Lindsay.

Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay & Lady Elizabeth Murray
 unknown artist _1779 
Displayed at Scotland’s Scone Palace
An elegantly rendered costume drama, Belle tells a true story only lately becoming better known in Britain and remarkable in its details:  An illegitimate biracial child, “Dido” Elizabeth Belle Lindsay, born to a British admiral [Sir John Lindsay] and a former slave [Maria Belle] he loved, is brought up as an orphaned, beloved member of her father’s aristocratic family in 1770s Jane Austen-era England. She is so beloved she is painted as an equal with her white sister/cousin, in marked contrast to the usual subservient poses of black people in paintings of the era.
Dr. Misan Sagay
Belle screenwriter 
Misan Sagay, screenwriter {Their Eyes Were Watching God} is a British woman of Nigerian descent.  “I was stunned. And taken aback,” says Sagay,  when she first saw the painting at Scotland’s Scone Palace
Misan Sagay dove into drafty palace archives to learn more, and years later the result is Belle, written on spec by Sagay, directed by Amma Asante, a British woman of Ghananian descent, and starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a British woman of South African descent.
Medical Experience
To find out how Dr. Sagay’s  medical career informs her writingclick on article link.
Belle was released fin New York and Los Angeles a couple of weeks ago and on Friday, May 16th opened in Detroit and  many U.S. cities and Canada.  The movie will debut in England in June.  
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May 20, 2014
“A Painting is Worth a Thousand Words”

Camille Mitchell

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BELLE: The movie is a Poignant & Empowering Story of an African-British Aristocrat in 18th Century England

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Hello Everyone:
If you are missing the Merchant Ivory Productions set in Jane Austen’s era; you’ll love this movie.  BELLE is based on the true story of “Dido” Elizabeth Belle Lindsay with all the social mores of the Jane Austen period; but, with greater social complexities.
Sam Reid plays John Davinier & Gugu Mbatha-Raw plays 
“Dido” Elizabeth Belle
BELLE, the movie _May 2014
  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw as “Dido” Elizabeth Belle
  • Tom Wilkinson as William Murray, 1st Earl of Mansfield; then Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales
  • Miranda Richardson as Lady Ashford
  • Penelope Wilton as Lady Mary Murray
  • Sam Reid as John Davinier
  • Matthew Goode as Captain Sir John Lindsay
  • Emily Watson as Lady Mansfield
  • Sarah Gadon as Lady Elizabeth Murray
  • Tom Felton[5] as James Ashford
  • Alex Jennings as Lord Ashford
  • James Norton as Oliver Ashford
  • James Northcote as Mr Vaughan
  • Bethan Mary-James as Mabel
AMMA ASANTE, director 
(The British Ambassador to the United Nations 
hosted a luncheon & special screening of BELLE)


DAMIAN JONES, producer 

(The Iron Lady) 


MISAN SAGAY, writer 

(Their Eyes Were Watching God)

You’ll receive an update within a couple of days regarding “where and when” 
BELLE will be released in your city or state.  In the meantime; enjoy the 
featurette above.

Camille Mitchell

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Lemonade Day: A Fun way for Children to Learn Entrepreneurial Skills

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Hello Everyone!
Lemonade Day is one of my most favorite projects.  Lemonade Day in Detroit is Saturday, June 7, 2014  Detroit Lemonade Day Site

For the main site for information and to see if your city is represented; go to: www.lemonadeday.org  National Lemonade Day was May 4, 2014 with many cities participating on that date; however, other cities have chosen to launch Lemonade Day on different weekends.  I have seen some dates as late in the Summer as August in prior years and the earliest was in March in Alaska several years ago.   
The 2 minute video below will give you an overview of what Lemonade Day is with some excited young entrepreneurs.


About Lemonade Day
Lemonade Day is a fun, free experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business…a lemonade stand! Each year, National Lemonade Day is observed on the first Sunday in May, [Note: Lemonade Day can be implemented any weekend from approximately May-August] when youth around the country take to the streets of their communities to open their Lemonade stands, and put the business skills they have learned into practice.

Launched in Houston, Texas in 2007, Lemonade Day has grown from 2,700 kids in one city to 200,000 kids in over 35 cities across America and Canada. With the help of partners like Google, Lemonade Day will bring this entrepreneurial experience to 1 million kids in 100 cities across America, sparking entrepreneurship and empowering youth in a way that’s never been done to scale.

The Lemonade Day story
It all started with a Turtle. Lemonade Day was founded when Lissa, Michael Holthouse’s daughter asked her dad to buy her a turtle. When Michael drew a line in the sand expressing she had enough pets, Lissa decided to open a Lemonade stand and purchase the turtle with her own money. Michael, a successful entrepreneur, soon found himself offering Lissa numerous tips to make her lemonade stand a success. He quickly realized the tips were valuable business lessons that she could apply to any entrepreneurial situation. As a result, Michael was inspired to pour the same principles for success into other youth and empower them to realize their entrepreneurial dreams: Lemonade Day was born!

Since its inception, Lemonade Day has provided access to the experience of business ownership to youth from all walks of life. They learn business skills and principles which follow them into adulthood. Whether they become entrepreneurs or not, the life skills learned from this experience help develop strong community leaders. From that very first Lemonade stand in Houston, Lemonade Day now has over 150,000 youth across the U.S. and Canada participating each year.

The goal of Lemonade Day is to give children of all socio-economic backgrounds, in all neighborhoods, the opportunity to start their own business and learn how to make money where they are encouraged to ‘spend a little, save a little and share a little.’

As most new business owners, Lemonade Day entrepreneurs usually have a goal for what they want to do with their money. For some it may be to go to summer camp. Others want to help a classmate who is sick. Some youth want to buy something. Thus the spend, save, share model.

The mission of Lemonade Day is to empower today’s youth to become tomorrow’s entrepreneurs.  
Continue for Frequently Asked Questions

Have a Fantastic Weekend!

President Obama & President Aquino III on shared interests – On Board with the President in the PHILIPPINES

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Hello Everyone!


April 28, 2014
On Board with President Obama in the Philippines
President Barack Obama arrived in the Philippines to meet the President Benigno Aquino III,  It’s interesting to note that like South Korean President Park Geun-hye, President Aquino III is single and never married.  
Both come from political families and had a parent assassinated.  President Geun-hye’s father and mother and President Aquino III’s father Benigno Aquino, Jr. whom he is named after. 
The people power revolution in the events leading up to President Corazon Aquino’s being sworn in as president in 1986 was the most eventful political election  prior to President Barack Obama being sworn in as president in 2009.

President Barack Obama waves at people as he walks with Philippines 
President Benigno Aquino III, second right, at Malacanang Palace
Manila, the Philippines, Monday, April 28, 2014
More than six decades after President Eisenhower’s trip, and more than a decade after the last presidential visit—President Obama returned to the Philippines, in a sign of how the U.S. now finds itself once again in a contest for leadership and influence in Asia. President Obama’s two-day visit is as much about symbolism as strategy. 
The two sides agreed on a ten-year pact that will allow the U.S. to pre-position fighter jets and ships; it’s not yet clear what level of force and equipment the U.S. will rotate through the Philippines, though it won’t be a return to the levels once hosted at the sprawling Subic Bay Naval Station

President Barack Obama talks with President Benigno Aquino III
Malacanang Palace in Manila, Philippines April 28, 2014
The first woman o hold the office of president in the Philippines, and the first woman president in Asia; President Corazon Aquino is regarded as the “Icon of Philippine Democracy”
President Aquino was the most prominent figure of the 1986 People Power Revolution,which toppled the 21-year authoritarian rule of President Ferdinand Marcos and restored democracy to the Philippines. 
She was named Time magazine’s “Woman of the Year” in 1986. She is the first President without any political experience as she had not held any other elective office.
The fete, hosted by Philippines President Benigno Aquino, was a sweet 
ending for a week-long foreign swing, that included Obama’s induction 
into the Order of Sikatuna, a Filipino diplomatic honor that has been 
bestowed on U.S. presidents dating back to Dwight D. Eisenhower.
Malacanang Palace_Manila, Philippines, Monday, April 28, 2014
Shared Interests
President Obama visit to the Philippines reaffirms the United States’ commitment to the alliance, and to discuss with President Aquino our strategic vision for the bilateral relationship.  The President noted our shared history, shared democratic values, strong people-to-people ties, commitment to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region, and commitment to build prosperity for our people and the global economy. 
In the video below both presidents pay homage and a toast to a shared past, mutual interests and a commitment for the future of a bilateral relationship.
President Barack Obama & Philippine President Benigno Aquino III 
share a toast during the State Dinner
Malacañang Palace on Monday, April 28th

​President Obama addresses U.S. and Philippine troops about the 
two countries shared interest before leaving the Philippines
Manila, Philippines_April 29, 2014
Air Force One in the Philippines for the fourth and final country of 
President Obama’s Asian Trip_April 29, 2014
Filipino-American Bruno Mars in performance at a concert near you this Summer
Bruno Mars, 28 was born in Hawaii and his heritage is one=half Filipino, one-quarterPuerto Rican and one-quarter Ashkenazi Jewish.  This talented young man is a singer-songwriter, record producer, musician, voice actor & choreographer.
If you watched Super Bowl XLVIII earlier this year; you saw just how talented he is.
Below follows a 4 minute video of one of his songs in quite a different atmosphere than half-time at Super Bowl XLVIII.
Michigan Concerts
Bruno Mars will be performing two concerts in Michigan in mid-June 2014.  There are limited tickets for only one of the Detroit metropolitan area concerts left
Out of the fifty-six (56) domestic and international concerts; thirty-five (35) are already“Sold Out”.   Check his website to see if there are tickets available in your city.
Magkaroon ng isang kamangha-manghang mga panggabing!
Have a Fantastic Evening!
Salamat sa iyo para sa naglalakbay sa board ng Pangulo
Thank you for traveling on board with the President

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