She learned discipline and drama in the Southern Baptist Church, but she left the organization as an adult. Oprah moved around several times as a child. When she was six years old she moved to Wisconsin with her mother. At the age of nine, and various years after, she was sexually abused by her teenage cousin, male relatives, and friends. Oprah tried to run away from home when she was 13.
After testifying against him, several of her uncles beat the boyfriend to death in order to get revenge for what happened to her. Even though her grandmother helped her build her self-confidence, Maya felt guilty of causing his death by speaking his name so she stopped talking for about five years. In 1944, a short high school relationship led to a pregnancy in which she gave birth to her son, Guy, at the age of 16. Six years later she married a greek
Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Johnson, lived through an unstable early life. She was born in St. Louis, Arkansas, but moved away to Stamps, Arkansas at age three due to her parents’ divorce. There, Angelou lived with her brother, Bailey, and her paternal grandmother (Galenet - Self and a Song of Freedom in the Southern Tradition). As discussed in her first autobiography, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, seven-year old Maya was raped by her mother’s boyfriend. The man was consequently murdered by her uncles, and Maya, feeling responsible for his death, ceased talking and remained speechless for five years.
With the mindset Maya had she was always qualified to come up with things to write about. Maya was born in St. Louis, Missouri on April 4, 1928, as Marguerite Ann Johnson (Moore). At the age of three her parents split apart. As a single parent Maya’s mother couldn’t take care of her and her brother Bailey
Yvonne Mcbarnett was born and raised in London, England. She immigrated to the United States at the age of thirteen. She grew up a “PK” or pastor’s kid in Boston and can remember hard days and many struggles attributed to being not only a woman, but a woman of color. She was able to complete her middle and high school education in the States, but bypassed a four-year college to earn an Associate’s degree while working full time as a singer. Yvonne sang at various churches and venues with a group of her friends before starting a career in the corporate world.
-Vivien Leigh was born November 5, 1913, in the city of Darjeeling, India. A daughter of an English stockbroker and an Irish mother. The family rebounded to England as Vivien turned six years old. A year afterwards, the premature Vivien Leigh came forward to her classmate Maureen O’Sullivan that she will be famous, but so soon that anyone would have known about her bright future. As a teenager, she went to schools, in England, Germany, Italy and France.
The main thing that got Emma thinking about acting was when she won her school poetry competition when she was seven. After she won this competition she started doing a bunch of school plays and auditions. This is when she auditioned for the movie Harry Potter as Hermione Granger. Another reason that Emma has had such an amazing childhood was because of her family. Her family starts with her mother, Jacqueline Luesby and her father, Chris Watson.
Thornton tells the story of Talma Gordon to his Canterbury Club in Pauline Hopkins’, “Talma Gordon”. The conversation to start the story is about interracial relationships. He tells the story of two sisters, Talma and Jeanette who were set to receive their father’s inheritance. There was a fire one night and their father as well as their step mother and brother were killed. Talma was accused of the murders but was found not guilty.
While visiting her mother in this time, her mother’s boyfriend raped her. Too afraid to tell anyone, Maya Angelou told her brother and in result her brother told their uncles. Their uncles killed her mother’s boyfriend out of rage, and this made Maya Angelou mute for five years until she met someone very important; Mrs. Flowers.
In the case of Vinnie Gerecke, a sixteen-year-old teen, Mathview Baldonado who was charge with the murder of Gerecke with five other teens who went on a crime spree. The victim’s family is charging the parents of the young teen for being responsible for the murder. Baldonado is sentence five years in jail but victim’s family think the offendants parents should be accountable as well due to bad parenting. In another case, Loretta Villalobos was charge for negligence allowed her son to murder his twelve-year-old friend. The prosecution knew her son was violent, but Villalobos allowed her son to go out unsupervised with a friend.