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Macaulay Culkin has been booed off
stage at a concert with his band The
Pizza Underground in Nottingham,
The group, which plays Velvet
Underground songs with pizza-themed
lyrics and kazoo solos, also had pints of
beer thrown at them.
"Why are you throwing those?" Culkin
asked the crowd at the Rock City venue.
"I'd rather drink them."
According to reports, the band lasted
only 15 minutes before being forced to
flee the stage.
"Thank you so much Nottingham,"
they tweeted later. "Sorry that a couple
[of] people ruined it for everyone."
Their show in Nottingham was part of
the Dot to Dot festival---meaning
audience members may not have
known what to expect from the act.
But audience member Patrick Mendes
"I'm glad I lobbed a pint and I'm glad it
hit you," he wrote on the group's
But not everyone was so hostile.
"I for one enjoyed pizza underground
at dot to dot yesterday," tweeted
Hannah on Monday. "They gave the
crowd pizza... what more do you people
Culkin booed off stage in Nottingham
Maya Angelou, the
poet and author
who died yesterday
at the age of 86.
The passing of Maya Angelou...
Maya Angelou, a poet and author who
rose from poverty, segregation and the
harshest of childhoods to become a force
on stage, screen and the printed page, has
died. She was 86.
Angelou died yesterday morning at
her home in Winston-Salem, North
Carolina, her son, Guy B Johnson,
said in a statement. The 86-year-
old had been a professor of
American studies at Wake For-
est University since 1982.
"She lived a life as a
teacher, activist, artist and
human being. She was a
warrior for equality, tol-
erance and peace,"
Tall and regal, with
a deep, majestic
defied all proba-
bility and cate-
one of the
stream success as an author and thriving in
virtually every artistic medium. The young
single mother who performed at strip clubs
to earn a living later wrote and recited the
most popular presidential inaugural poem in
history. The childhood victim of rape wrote
a million-selling memoir, befriended Malcolm
X, Nelson Mandela and the Rev Martin Luther
King, Jr, and performed on stages around the
An actress, singer and dancer in the 1950s
and 1960s, she broke through as an author
in 1970 with I Know Why the Caged Bird
Sings, which became standard (and occa-
sionally censored) reading, and was the first
of a multipart autobiography that continued
through the decades. In 1993, she was a sen-
sation reading her cautiously hopeful On the
Pulse of the Morning at former President Bill
Clinton s first inauguration. For former Pres-
ident George W Bush, she read another poem,
Amazing Peace, at the 2005 Christmas tree
lighting ceremony at the White House.
She remained close enough to the Clintons
that in 2008 she supported Hillary Rodham
Clinton s candidacy over the ultimately suc-
cessful run of the country s first black pres-
ident, Barack Obama.
But a few days before Obama s inauguration,
she was clearly overjoyed. She told the
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette she would be
watching it on television "somewhere between
crying and praying and being grateful and
laughing when I see faces I know."
Obama said her death has dimmed "one
of the brightest lights of our time."
Angelou was a mentor to Oprah Winfrey,
whom she befriended when Winfrey was still
a local television reporter, and often appeared
on her friend s talk show programme. She
mastered several languages and published not
just poetry, but advice books, cookbooks and
children s stories. She wrote music, plays and
screenplays and never lost her passion for
dance, the art she considered closest to poet-
ry.Angelou was born Marguerite Johnson in
St Louis and raised in Stamps, Arkansas, and
San Francisco, moving back and forth between
her parents and her grandmother. She was
smart and fresh to the point of danger,
packed off by her family
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TRIBUTES TO MAYA
Maya Angelou was a Black icon who
was revered throughout the African
diaspora. For many Trinidadians,
particularly those who lived abroad, she
was a voice of reason.
Chicago-based Trinidadian blogger
Patrice Grell Yursik, known to her
followers worldwide as Afrobella, said it is
difficult to imagine a world without Maya
"To so many of us she seemed timeless
and eternal, a monument of a human
being. Larger than life. To imagine a world
without Maya Angelou would be like
imagining a world without Mount
Rushmore, the giant sequoias,
leatherback turtles or Maracas Beach,"
"It just felt like she would always be
there, to appear on television with that
distinctive voice and laugh, to offer a
quote that would lift us up and guide us
through life. On May 28, 2014, we woke
up to a new world. A world where we
must speak of Maya Angelou in the past
tense; where we cry at our keyboards as
we write heartfelt tributes and confess
what she meant to us.
"To me, she symbolised the
grandmother I never had in real life. She
offered an unceasing source of wisdom
through all stages of being. She branded
herself as a symbol of beauty in its
purest, most genuine form. For
generations of us around the world, hers
would be the first poems to grip our
tender hearts and give us fierce hope for
our future as women. Maya Angelou
taught me that I didn't have to be 'cute or
built to suit a fashion model's size' but
with confidence, backbone and belief in
myself I could also be a 'Phenomenal
Yursik, whose blog Afrobella.com is
rated as one of the top beauty blogs for
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