Smiley's 'Journey' is all about Angelou

April 19, 2015 6:04 PM

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It's easy to understand why talk-show host "young Tavis Smiley" — as Maya Angelou called him — deified the late, great poet, author and activist. In many ways, she was a goddess to him, as made evident throughout his recollection of their special friendship, My Journey With Maya (*** out of four).

Smiley writes about Angelou, who asked the eager young man she met in the early 1990s not to put her on a pedestal, with such reverence, respect and fondness that the reader can't help but envy their bond — even when he describes it with heavy-handed sentimentality and sometimes overblown language.

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