Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou!

Happy Birthday, Maya Angelou!

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Maya Angelou was born on April 4, 1928, exactly ninety years ago. She played many roles throughout her life, including being a streetcar conductor, a singer, and a journalist.  However, while she did not begin writing in earnest until a bit later in her life, it is her role as an author and poet that allowed her to leave her greatest mark on the world.   Her first book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings gained her mainstream attention as an author following its publication in 1969, and she went on to publish six more autobiographical works in addition to …

New App Allows Readers to Find Writers of Color at the Tap of a Screen!

New App Allows Readers to Find Writers of Color at the Tap of a Screen!

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Software engineer Kaya Thomas designed an absolutely awesome app called We Read Too. It lets readers easily find children’s books by writers of color featuring characters of color. It’s not always easy to find diverse children’s literature, and Thomas noticed this growing up. We Read Too should help future generations read from a wider array of authors.   The app is sleek, colorful, and easy to browse. It allows users to filter by picture, chapter, middle grade, and young adult books. With over 600 books included, the simple browsing system allows parents, teachers, tutors, guardians, and basically all adults help children …

English Majors Among Most Desirable Employees, says Google

English Majors Among Most Desirable Employees, says Google

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STEM skills are vital to the world we live in today, but technology alone, as Steve Jobs famously insisted, is not enough. If you have been thinking about applying to universities and have been focusing on the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics for no reason other than you think they will make you more employable upon graduation, you might want to reconsider. Take a step back and re-evaluate where you want to put your mental energy, everyday, for four plus years, because as recent studies have shown, these subjects are not the be-all and end-all of starting a career.        …