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Calling Us Higher

At Dr. Maya Angelou’s memorial service, First Lady Michelle Obama’s speech blew my mind. Oprah’s words were phenomenal. Ms. Tyson's reflections were heartwarming. Lee Ann Womack sang my favorite song, “I Hope You Dance”. Valerie Simpson made me want to shout for joy. But it was something that former President Bill Clinton said that shook something in me. He was talking about her life and all that she had done. All of her books, poems and accolades. She worked with civil rights giants including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He went on and on and then he said, “On her 40th birthday Dr. King was assassinated.” I thought, to myself, “Dear God, she had done all of that by 40.”

I'm 44, I'm behind… LOL. I got so inspired. Her life was such an example to all that you can achieve, whatever you'd like, no matter where you came from. Sitting in that chapel I could hear her voice on my phone as it had been many times. The conversation would always start with "Hello you brilliant man". She made me light up and feel like I could do anything. That was her gift to us all. And above the beauty of the celebration of her life yesterday, more than anything in that room, what I felt most was her life calling us all higher.

God, thank you for allowing us to have shared this planet with Dr. Maya Angelou.

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  • Concerned Dallas, TX

    Dear Tyler, This is urgent and I know you get these a lot. I work for the Dallas Urban League, or I used to. We have been laid off 3 times since January because of no funding.. This is a community services agency, as you probably already know. Many people lost their homes because we were not able to help them. The organization offers education, homebuying training, ccomplete rent and utility payments to those in need. WWe have not been able to keep our commitments because of funding. The Dallas Urban League is a nonprofit organization and usually state funded. While waiting for fiscal grant completion, clients and employees that provide the service suffer. PLEASE HHELP us keep this valuable community service. Thanking you in advance, The CSBG Department of The Dallas Urban League

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  • Loraine Collins NJ

    As a poet, the life and poetry of Maya Angelou will forever be etched in my memory; I take it as an honor and a responsibility to carry on her legacy of impacting others with my words: "Legacy of My Life" I'm standing here listening to the drip dropping of the rain Agonized by planned achievements I've yet to obtain Sadly I acknowledge the feeling of life passing me by And I question to myself, what will men say of me when I die Will my biography read: Yet to live her dreams Yet to soar to the sky A broken winged sparrow Forever incapable to fly So what will my legacy be? What will I leave behind? I look deep inside but the answer I can not find Still, I know somehow I must leave an impact Make my life worthwhile Prove the naysayers wrong And leave a legacy of pride But how can I do this How can I establish my worth How can I let the world know There's divine reason for my birth The only talent I'm aware of is manipulation of paper and pen Putting rhyme to rhythm Can this be the means to my end Can I one day write the song that makes the world cry Can I one day write an ode to turn a tear to a smile Can I one day impact the nation with these lyrics that I write Can I one day.... establish a legacy from my life. © 2010 www.PoetykPrayz.com

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  • SHARON New York

    Hello Tyler, Thank you for your beautiful message concerning Bobbi Kristina. My heart is broken, just from the overall occurrence surrounding her comatose state. I believe that God is taking care of her and will continue to do so until "HE" decides to call her home with HIM. I recently lost my mom and sister, and the actuality of these devastating moments will last a lifetime. My heart goes out to Bobbi's family because their grief began with Whitney, who I loved and still do so much. As a dance instructor and artist, I incorporated her music in many performances. The beauty and timelessness of her music and artistry can never be matched or compared to that of anyone else in the universe. Her "gift" from God transcended anything that anyone could ever say about her when she walked a path which was never intended for her. Such sadness....such loss. So instead of trying to push Bobbi into eternity, people should continue praying for her. God truly is a miracle worker. And even though my mom and sister are not physically here to see, talk to, touch and hug, their love...and the love of Jesus Christ lives on in my home, in my spirit, in my work and in my heart. Thank you Tyler, for your love and gift of taking time to reach out to so many through your work and from your selflessness. May God Bless You Always.......Sharon

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  • Brittney Maryland

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  • Mia L. Coleman Albany, GA

    Mr. Perry, I am a 2015 honor graduate of Westover High School in Albany, GA. I have been accepted at SCAD (Savannah College of Arts and Design and I plan to major in writing. My dreams have always been to attend this school. I would love for you to review some of my writings and would be appreciative of any advice or assistance you may be able to provide me. Thank you for you time, Mia

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  • M.H

    Do you like my writing?

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  • Ms. Proverbs NC

    Hi there Tyler :-) Have A Safe Memorial Day Weekend!!

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  • Ms Proverbs NC

    Tyler :-) :-) It's my birthday today. YAY!! I'm so grateful to God allowing me to see another year and praying many more to come. It would so kind of you to send me a "Happy Birthday" Shout Out, I Thank You Kindly In Advance..LOL! What a beautiful pic of the islands very relaxing I know. Thanks for sharing! Hope you and your family are enjoying a well deserved vacation...God Bless You! Ms. Proverbs

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  • Arlisha Trotter Athens GA

    Made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up! Boy didn't we have some powerful people in our history. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. I really do enjoy your work! I was old school was not really into the internet bu tLord knows you got me looking for answers giving answers, searching through history spreading the history!

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  • Alan Mighell

    My grandpa passed away March 8th 2002 my one grandma passed away August the 29th 2006 and my other grandma she passed away August the 15th 2014 would you write a song about grandmas and grandpas on your album would you make a movie Grandma and Grandpa their names James boomer Evelyn boomer Bertha Mighell pretty please

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  • Ms. Proverbs NC

    Hi there Tyler :-) Awww...I know that you are a Great Dad! Children are a Blessing! All the best to you and your family :-) Can't wait to see the play next month Hope you are getting plenty of rest! Ms. Proverbs

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  • Sandra Conner Glen Burnie, Maryland

    Hi Mr. Tyler Perry, my name is Sandra, I understand tha you met Anthony Spann Pack, (12yrs old), he was sick with Neuroblastoma Cancer, him and mom Julie was on a trip and he met you, every since then you all he talked about, his family has losted him he passed on 7th April 2015, his funeral is on 18 April 2015, at 10am, at Asbury Towneck United Methodist Church, 429 Asbury Drive, Severna Park, Maryland. 21146, Thank You for Making His Day, God Bless You.

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