Barbra Streisand has always been a role model to me. She is an independent woman who fought her way into the music business. She had people who didn’t like this strong, confident woman. But many of us thought she was terrific and still do. She was a woman who knew what she wanted but she wasn’t a classic Hollywood beauty. She was Jewish and her nose was bigger many movie producers and record companies thought she wasn’t pretty enough for the entertainment industry. She never hid who she was, she just sang like a nightingale and acted with great talent. She has been a mother and is now once again a wife. She is married to James Brolin. She has always been private yet not hiding who she was and wanted she wanted to accomplish. Then she accomplished it with style and dignity.
There is a woman who is a role model for any woman in our country. She is a poetess and has written an autobiography. She broke into mainstream America when she read at President Clinton’s inauguration. She read “On the Pulse of the Morning.”
Today she is teaching at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC. My favorite of her books is, “Even the Stars Look Lonesome.” She is a woman who will share her thoughts and what they mean to her.
“The loss of love and youth
and fire came raiding,
a horde of plunderers
on one caparisoned steed,
sucking up the sun drops,trampling the green shoots
of my carefully planted years.
The evidence: thickened waist and leathery thighs, which triumph
over my fallen insouciance.
the arena has changed
I must enlist new warriors.
once natural as raised vioces,
importunes in the dark.
Is this battle worth the candle?
Is this war worth the wage?
May I not greet age
without a grouse, allowing
the truly young to own the stage?” —-Maya Angeloe