Inside a ruined pyramid in the Guatemalan jungle, archaeologists have unearthed the oldest known Maya painting, a brightly colored 30-foot-long mural depicting the creation myth and the coronation of the Maya's first earthly king. The paint-on-plaster image, three feet tall and nearly 2,100 years old, predates other depictions of the creation myth by several centuries. "It's the equivalent for the Maya of the Biblical account of Genesis, but it's more than that because it provides a link between the gods of creation and the Maya kings," said Francisco Estrada-Belli, an archaeologist with Vanderbilt University who was not involved in the discovery.
By Gwendolyn Glenn | June 2, 2014
I was listening to a local radio news program when I heard the anchor say that Dr. Maya Angelou had passed. To make sure the report was accurate, I called a friend, who knows her through a close friendship with Angelou's grandson. She confirmed what I was hoping was not true. The world had lost an icon in the passing of Angelou at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was 86 years old. Through her autobiographies, poems, essays, lectures and work in front of and behind the camera, as well as on stage, Angelou touched generations - my mom's, mine, my nieces' and nephews' generation and their children's.
By Fay Lande | April 15, 2003
Maya Catherine Harris was one of five African-Americans in a class of 95 at the George P. Schultz Foreign Affairs Training Center in Arlington, Va. "And that's pretty representative, from what I've seen," she said about the proportion of minority diplomats in the U.S. Foreign Service. The U.S. State Department is an equal opportunity employer. Secretary of State Colin Powell has actively promoted recruitment of minorities and women to its ranks, Harris said. "One thing Secretary Powell is trying to show the rest of the world right now is that America has a diverse population," said the newly minted diplomat.
May 31, 2014
On Wednesday, just for a moment, my heart stopped. The same way it stopped when I heard that Toni Cade Bambara had breast cancer and when I heard that Nelson Mandela had passed away. It stopped the same way that my grandmother's heart stopped when she received the news about the deaths of John F. Kennedy, Jr., Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers, and the Four Little Girls. It only stopped for a moment as I realized that the world had lost a giant and for some of us, things would never be the same again.
By Abigail Tucker and Abigail Tucker,Sun Reporter | May 13, 2007
She heard the flutter of programs and the audience murmuring, but even when the stage lights clicked on, Maya Redfearn saw nothing. No shadows, no silhouettes. Blindness is like that, a velvet curtain that never rises. And yet, alone on stage one night a week ago, Maya knew it was nearly time to begin. She could feel the eyes on her, hundreds of them. Her family was there. So were church friends and a few former classmates who still live in the Baltimore area. Everyone was wondering what she would do with this, her first public performance without sight.
By Patricia Rodriguez | April 20, 2003
Juan isn't in charge at the Hotel Mahahual, in Mexico, but he might as well be. Of several employees sitting in the office on a slow Sunday afternoon, he is the one most interested in dealing with my inept Spanish and in practicing his equally shaky English. Any time our clumsy conversation wanders into an area he thinks might interest other visitors, he asks for the English translation. "Hot water," he repeats carefully. "Where would you like to call?" he asks, hovering over the hotel's phone, the only place in town to make international calls.
August 10, 1995
Frank Maya, 45, a comedian and performance artist who was one of the first openly gay male comics to gain a foothold in mainstream stand-up comedy, died Monday at his parents' home in Manhattan. The cause was heart failure because of AIDS, said his sister Janet Maya.
May 2, 1994
Maya Angelou ThompsonSchool: Oakland Mills High SchoolHometown: ColumbiaAge: 17Maya has served as class president since she was a freshman. She has been a Student Government Association representative and is a National Honor Society member. She is a longtime member of the school's Black Student Achievement Club.Maya has attended several research-oriented programs, including a National Institutes of Health-sponsored summer enrichment program at Hood College, a University of Maryland School of Pharmacy apprenticeship program and a NASA apprenticeship program.
November 14, 1997
An item in yesterday's LIVE section about this weekend's performance featuring Maya Angelou, Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson incorrectly listed the times for those shows. The Saturday show will be at 7: 30 p.m., and the Sunday show will be at 3 p.m.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 11/14/97
February 13, 2002
"Do you like horses? Then you will enjoy Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan. This is a book that is interesting and sad. First, Charlotte's parents ride a horse down the hill with a baby and they crash into a boulder on a stormy night. A great sacrifice happens to save the baby. To find out more, you should read the book." -- Michael Spanos Joppa View Elementary "I read a book called Grizzly by Gary Paulsen. I would not recommend this book for kids younger than third-grade because it might give them nightmares, but I would recommend it for older kids because it will help them get into chapter and non-picture books.
Dan Rodricks | May 29, 2014
I bring Maya Angelou along today because news of her death made millions of us think of her voice - we can all hear that voice - but mostly because I think she belongs here. I have a couple of small stories to share, and while they stand alone as heart-lifters and soul-refreshers, some Maya music might give them a little more resonance. She extracted great lessons and profound wisdom from small things - personal experiences, observations from daily life - and her words ended up on posters and greeting cards.
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | May 28, 2014
There will undoubtedly be a solemn tone to this week's Civil Rights Game festivities in Houston. Nationally renowned poet and essayist Dr. Maya Angelou, who died Wednesday , was scheduled to be one of three Beacon Awards recipients in a luncheon prior to the Civil Rights Game between the Orioles and the Houston Astros on Friday. Last week, Major League Baseball announced that Angelou would be unable to attend the Beacon Awards luncheon because of health reasons. “It is with deep regret that I able unable to attend the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon,” Angelou said in a statement to
Lauren McEwen and For The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
When I checked the episode guide and saw that last night's episode was titled “YOLO,” I knew that things were going to get insane. And they did, quickly. Huck's in full-on torture mode. He's got a naked Quinn on the floor, tied up with duct tape, and is narrating the ways that he plans to hurt her. Because they are friends, he'll yank out her teeth with pliers instead of taking off toes or fingers. Thanks? At one point, he licks the side of her face and apologizes because he is going to enjoy hurting her; it is one of the creepiest TV moments I have ever witnessed.
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2013
Eleven-year-old Tyler Parker-Rollins says being vegan isn't always easy. But he says it's also "fun" and that he plans to be one "forever. " His 9-year-old brother, Will, loved it when his friends tried vegan pizza at his birthday party and "they actually really liked it. " Their little sister, Maya, who's 5, says she's vegan "because I love animals, and I don't want pigs to be killed. " She then runs off to find her copy of "Charlotte's Web," which, she says, "is where I got that from.
By Colleen Dorsey, b | August 2, 2011
Asante, 29, has worked with all kinds of art forms in all sorts of combinations, including photos, collages, painting, and sculpture. Most recently, she's turned her unique style loose with brightly colored tissue paper. She's been exploring the manifold uses of tissue paper in art for five years now, ever since she found some in her grandmother's basement. Check out her work currently on display in the Material Girls exhibition at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum. Favorite artist?
By Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun | June 26, 2011
Animal trainer Deirdre Weadock has worked at the National Aquarium long enough to have seen her share of life and death, but she'll tell you this has been the roughest week of her career. Losing one dolphin, then another, within days. "You can't really describe what this feels like to other people," Weadock said Sunday, her voice breaking. "I guess any parent can relate. " On Saturday night, the second of the aquarium's two calves died in the arms of the aquarium's medical workers as they tried desperately to save her. The first had been found dead in the pool on Tuesday.
By Thomas H. Maugh II and Thomas H. Maugh II,LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 26, 2004
A magnificent stone panel just unearthed from a royal ball court in the late-Maya capital of Cancuen shows that the Pasion River kingdom was thriving even as other Maya capitals were disintegrating in the last stages of the ancient civilization. The slab, which shows Cancuen's King Taj Chan Ahk extending his power by installing a subordinate king in the nearby city of Machaquila, "is one of the greatest masterpieces of Maya art ever discovered in Guatemala," according to epigrapher Federico Fahsen.
January 14, 2006
On January 6, 2006, MYRON M. WRIGHT; beloved husband of Teresa Wright; devoted father of Maya Wright, Myra Ford and Sean Wright. Public viewing will be at Estep Brothers Funeral Home, 1300 Eutaw Place, on Monday, January 16, 11 A.M. to 7:45 P.M. Family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 17, at Kingdom Life Church, 125 N. Hilton Street, at 10:30 A.M. to 11 A.M., with services to follow. Interment will be at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery. Address inquiries to Estep Brothers Funeral Home 410-728-2800.
By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts, | March 15, 2009
Since she first came to prominence in 1981 as designer of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, Maya Lin has constantly crossed boundaries between architect and artist, landscape designer and monument maker. A new exhibit at Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art shows her in yet another role: Lin the environmentalist. When she's not creating civic monuments or enlivening urban plazas, it turns out, she creates large- and small-scale studies of natural phenomena - mountains, rivers and oceans - and puts them into museum settings where they can be contemplated from above, below and sideways.
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