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The Black Image Series Screening and Talk with Rita Coburn

Thursday, May 16th 5PM

University of California

Santa Barbara

This was sponsored by the Multicultural Center (MCC), the Black Student Engagement Program (BSEP), and the Black Image Series, Voir Noire invites students, faculty, staff, and community members to witness the life, legacy, and lessons of Black feminist intellectual, poet, dancer, and novelist Maya Angelou and to explore Coburn’s journey to bring Angelou’s story to the screen. 

Many came out to enjoy a screening of the Peabody Award-winning documentary "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" and a post-screening discussion with Emmy and Peabody Award-winning producer/director Rita Coburn moderated by UCSB's film scholar Anna Everett.

Ebert Festival

Saturday, April 13th 10 AM

Champaign, Illinois

Founded in 1999 by the late Roger Ebert, Ebertfest celebrates films by giving them a well-deserved second look and gives their filmmakers an opportunity to speak. All of the 2019 selections centered on powerful and fascinating women and real icons such as Maya Angelou. 

“What Coburn [does] so well is capture Angelou’s power and elegance, which seems to have increased as she got older,” said the Guardian’s Lanre Bakare. This year many came out to experience "Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise", with a special talk with film director Rita Coburn.

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It's all about our stories. Rita Coburn appeared at the Steppenwolf Theater on April 7th, Sunday at 4 p.m. The panelist and crowd added their diverse voices to a timely conversation. Coburn spoke on making lives better across generations with purpose. Together all the panelist contributed unique perspectives through different art forms, and expressions. 

Screening & Talk with Director Rita Coburn

"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise"

Friday, March 22 at 8:00 pm

Brooklyn Public Library 

"Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise" is the first feature documentary on the singer, dancer, poet, writer, and activist, who inspired generations with modern African-American thought that pushed boundaries. As we approach the 5th year of Maya Angelou's passing, the Maya Angelou Film continues to honor the relevance of Dr. Angelou's life.


In March the celebration of International Women's Month continued with this New York event that was free and open to the public. The film was followed by a talkback with the director, Rita Coburn.  


January 21, 2019

Rita Coburn delivered the keynote address at Martin Luther King Jr.'s 39th Annual Tribute & Ceremony at the Capitol Rotunda in Madison, Wisconsin. Hosted by Dr. Jonathan Overby this impactful and relevant celebration was broadcast on Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. You can view her speech on the media page and YouTube channel.

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